Mad Hippie is an American natural cosmetics brand with a philosophy very similar to mine: more active, more results. Its containers are full of anti-aging actives, all formulated to complement each other and work in synergy.
In addition, their products are formulated with both efficacy and safety in mind. They have no parabens, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, SLS, and other nasty additives.
At the moment it looks very good, but since I do not stay with what the brands say, I am going to analyze their INCI to see what I find.
And if you want to know what your cosmetics include, do not miss this Analysis of the Best Serums with Vitamin C , with a lot of information that will interest you.
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum Review
- Water Deionized : Analyzed in Nezeni Cosmetics anti-wrinkle cream as Destillated Water.
- Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) : Tested in Vichy’s Liftactiv eye contour as Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate.
- Alkyl Benzoate : Tested in Neutrogena Men’s Age Fighter Anti-Wrinkle Cream .
- Vegetable Glycerin : Tested in Clarins Men’s Anti- Wrinkle Cream as Glycerin.
- Glycerin : Same as the previous ingredient.
- Sodium Levulinate: Sodium levulinate is the sodium salt of levulinic acid and is used as a preservative and skin conditioner in cosmetics. Little information is available on its use in these formulas, although there is more research as a preservative in foods, especially fresh meats. Inhibits the growth of aerobic microorganisms during storage compared to controls, without affecting color or pH levels. It is likely to work similarly in cosmetics and other skin care formulas, protecting products from the growth of micro-oranges without significantly altering the integrity of the other ingredients. Since sodium levulinate is derived from levulinic acid, it is important to note that it is an irritating ingredient, even in low doses.
- Sodium Anisate : It is an antimicrobial agent, one that helps preserve cosmetics and beauty products and prevent germs and bacteria from accumulating. The interesting thing about sodium anisate is that it is derived from fennel, so it is completely harmless and will not cause skin problems or toxic build-up in the body.
- Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea) : Tested in Apivita’s anti-wrinkle cream for men as Salvia Sclarea Oil.
- Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis) : Tested on Clinique Smart eye contour .
- Hyaluronic acid : Analyzed in the Revitalift Laser X3 eye contour from L’Oreal as Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid.
- Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder : Konjac root powder is composed of a high viscosity soluble fiber called glucomannan, which can expand up to 100 times its volume in water, making it an extremely effective moisturizer in cosmetics. Konjac is rich in proteins, lipids, fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, and natural minerals such as copper, zinc, and magnesium. With this powerful combination of natural ingredients and its mild thickening ability, it is a great plant-based alternative to synthetic polymers, such as carbomer.
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf : Analyzed in the Powder Blossoms anti-wrinkle cream for men .
- Vitamin E (Tocotrienol) : Analyzed in SkinMedica’s Dermal Repair anti-wrinkle cream .
- Ferulic acid : Analyzed in Cumlaude’s Summun RX wrinkle cream .
- Chamomile Flower Extract (Recutita Matricaria) : Tested in Estée Lauder Perfectionist Cp + R Serum .
- Sodium Phytate : Analyzed in the Caudalíe Premier Cru eye contour .
- Xantham Gum : Analyzed in the anti-wrinkle cream Vita Lift 5 from L’Oreal Men Expert .
- Hydroxyethylcellulose : Analyzed in Nezeni Cosmetics anti-wrinkle cream .
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum review summary
A short and to the point INCI, with vitamin C in second place. The introduction of sodium ascorbyl phosphate is a success, since it is a more stable form of vitamin C than L-ascorbic acid, more used in most serums.
Provides the same benefits, without the risk of oxidation and irritation often associated with the other type of vitamin C.
It fulfills its promise of adding several active ingredients to its formulas, and it also has antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, moisturizers and anti-inflammatories.
And it also complies with not including harmful ingredients or that are simply not necessary. I would only put one downside: a preservative that is in the first position has a risk of irritating the skin.
It is a serum with active ingredients similar to my recommendation, the option of Nezeni Cosmetics, another brand of natural cosmetics, since it also includes hyaluronic acid and aloe vera.
But I like the Nezeni option better because the hyaluronic acid is in a higher concentration, has fewer preservatives, and because it has ingredients that promote cell renewal and redensification.
The thing about preservatives is important, since it can make the difference between developing or not developing the combined effect of cosmetics, a real problem that can lead to long-term health and skin problems.
Kathie Sand always saw the world of beauty as the terrain on which to build her professional career, a goal that was clear to her when she was only 15 years old. Her great concern to expand knowledge led her to settle in Paris where she studied hand in hand with the best beauty professionals and with the most advanced techniques for skin care.