Flower Power Skincare! Review Of Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum And Eye Cream

Friday May 24, 2013 | Product Reviews

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum & Eye Cream

I was instinctively drawn to the skincare brand Mad Hippie because I myself am a mad hippie!

But as I am also a serious skincare fanatic, products need more than just a clever name to capture my interest.

I like my skincare products to be highly natural. And full of top notch quality ingredients. And I want them to work!

So when I read the ingredients in Mad Hippie skincare products and saw that they were loaded with super star ingredients from natural sources, I was very eager to try them and see just how well they work.

A quick word about the brand…  Mad Hippie is a small, new-ish American cosmetics brand from Austin, Texas. Their products are made with a high content of natural ingredients.

Though they do not carry the organic label, it does not necessarily mean that they are cutting corners. I’ve found some cosmetics brands before who refuse to put the organic label on their products because they do not agree with how low the standards are in order for a company to be labelled organic.

Maybe Mad Hippie is one of them? I promise I will look further into this matter of why they do not have the organic label on their products.

In any case, on to my review of the two Mad Hippie products that I’ve been using for the past six weeks… the Vitamin C Serum and the Eye Cream!

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

MAD HIPPIE VITAMIN C SERUM

This serum is packed with eight active ingredients, including Vitamin C and E, Hyaluronic Acid, and Ferulic Acid.

Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant in skincare. It fights against free radical damage and slows down aging. It has been shown to regenerate collagen and improve the appearance of wrinkles. In addition, Vitamin C lightens pigmentation and helps to brighten your overall complexion.

I was originally looking at Skinceutical’s C E Ferulic treatment, which costs a whopping $153.00! But then I saw that Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C serum also contains Vitamin E and ferulic acid, for less than a fourth of the price. Obviously, I went with Mad Hippie.

Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid are also anti-oxidants that can prevent the signs of aging and protect against environmental pollutants as well as against the damaging effects of UV rays.

Mad HIppie Vitamin C Serum Closeup

How To Use: The serum comes in a glass bottle with a glass dropper. This actually makes it really easy to apply. You can use the serum either in the morning or the evening. And then follow it up with your regular moisturizer.

My experience: I only use this serum once every third night. If you’re curious as to what my skincare routine is like, you can read about it here. When I do use this serum, I tend to be very generous with it. I put a drop on my forehead, each cheek, my chin and my nose. I then lightly massage it onto my skin with my fingertips.

The serum comes out as a clear liquid, with a sticky gel-like consistency. The scent is light and pleasant, with sweet floral overtones.

Once the serum is absorbed, I noticed that my skin feels taut immediately afterwards and takes on a bright sheen.

The Results: …are amazing! However, they became only apparent to me after one month of use.

And what did I notice? The lines that were forming around my mouth and on my forehead have been visibly reduced. My skin feels smoother and firmer. The dark blemishes on my check have lightened. And my complexion has overall become brighter.

What I Like About Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum:

– The results!
– Reduced lines
– Smooth, firm skin
– Lightened blemishes
– Brighter complexion
– The price is really good for what it does
– Easy to use with the dropper
– Loaded with great ingredients
– Flower Power packaging!

What I Don’t Like About It:
- It could be a little more hydrating

How Much: $27.19 for 30 ml / 1.02 fl oz on iherb.com

Would I Buy It Again: Definitely!

Ingredients: 

Water Deionized, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Alkyl Benzoate, Vegetable Glycerin, Water, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea), Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis), Hyaluronic acid, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Vitamin E (Tocotrienol), Ferulic acid, Chamomile Flower Extract (Recutita Matricaria), Sodium Phytate, Xanthum Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose

Mad Hippie Eye Cream

MAD HIPPE EYE CREAM

This eye cream is loaded with 16 Active Ingredients. Jeeze Louise, right?

The featured active ingredients are peptides, ceramides, pomegranate and white tea. But what caught my attention in the first place were the Vitamin K, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. 

Vitamin K is an ingredient to look for if you suffer from dark under eye circles. The eye cream also contains titanium dioxide, which has sun-protective properties and helps to prevent further darkening of the skin.

So, I specifically chose this cream with the hope that it would help to banish my dark under eye circles.

How To Use: The cream comes in an air-tight plastic bottle with a pump. You gently massage the cream onto the skin beside & below the eyes. And you’re supposed to use this twice daily.

My experience: So I actually use this cream once a day, as I still have another cream that I’m trying to finish. The texture of the cream is light and absorbs easily. The scent subtly hints of berries.

The cream feels soothing and is excellent at hydrating the skin around my eyes! It also works well under makeup.

Results: The cream is very good at hydrating the delicate skin around my eyes. It feels soothing and helps reduce puffiness.

The ingredients are supposed to help protect my skin against external aggressors and thus, slow down the formation of wrinkles and sagging. But the result of such preventive measures are hard to assess.

As far as reducing the appearance of dark circles under my eyes however… I can’t say that it’s helped too much.

What I Like About Mad Hippie’s Eye Cream:

– Hydrating
– Soothing
– Reduces puffiness
– Loaded with great ingredients
– Helps to protect the skin against external aggressors
– Helps to strengthen the skin and reinforce collagen production
– Works well under makeup
– The price isn’t too bad for what it does
– Flower Power packaging!

What I Don’t Like About It:

– Not that effective at banishing my dark circles

How Much: $19.99 for 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz on iherb.com

Would I Buy It Again: I wouldn’t say it’s high on my re-purchase list.

Ingredients: 

Water, Niacinamide, Regu-Age, Eyeliss, Haloxyl, Matrixyl 3000, Glycerin, Vitamin K ( Phytonadione ), Titanium Dioxide, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Squalene, Cholecalciferol, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Argan Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Chamomile Flower Extract (Recutita Matricaria), Vitamin E Acetate, Ceramide 3, Buckwheat Wax, White Tea (Camellia Sinensis Extract), Pomegranate Seed Oil (Punica Granatum), Sorbic Acid

Concluding Thoughts

I was very pleased with Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C serum!

But I was rather disappointed with the Eye Cream. Too bad! Keep in mind that I was looking for very specific results. So the eye cream might work quite well for you.

Also, Mad Hippie offers a 100% money-back guarantee if you are unhappy with a product and you return the unused portion within 60 days.

So I’d say, it’s well worth the risk of giving Mad Hippie a try!

Would you give Mad Hippie a try? Also, if you’ve had great results from an eye cream–especially at reducing dark under-eye circles, I’d love to know about it!

12 Responses to “Flower Power Skincare! Review Of Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum And Eye Cream”

  1. Ohh that C serum sounds amazing! I’m such a fan of serum and this brand looks very interesting to me.I’m been looking for a good eye cream, and still hasn’t found one! Too bad this didn’t work that well with dark circles though, that’s what I need as well. LOL

    (how was the whole shopping experience at iherb hun? I was planning to buy from there but was quite reluctant due to custom charges it might incur) xx Donah

    • Kareen says:

      Hey Donah, yeah a good eye cream is so hard to find! I read your experience with the OST vitamin C serum, and I really think you’d like this one too! It was my first time ordering through iHerb and I was very pleased. I was worried about customs too, but had no problems with them this time. I can give you a referral code so that on your first order, you can take advantage of a 10% discount (and since I ordered a lot my first time it was a huge discount). And their shipping prices are quite reasonable too!

  2. Ila says:

    Ziba I love your reviews *_*

    Thanks for making me know this brand that I didn’t know before..the Vitamic C serum sounds like a “must have” :)

    Ila x

  3. Julia says:

    I’m really interested in the serum because Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants and has shown major benefits to being applied topically. My esthetics teacher basically said it’s going to be huge when it catches on but for some reason, at least around here, it hasn’t yet. I’m also looking for a new eye cream. I had one I liked but even though it’s not expired I think the jar packaging was contributing to an issue I was having around my eyes. Since I switched to a different one it’s cleared up but I don’t like the new one as much.

    • Kareen says:

      There are lots of studies that have shown the positive effects of Vitamin C! But be careful, it’s not always for everyone. Are you training to be an esthetician? I’ve considered it myself… also, what eye cream are you using now?

  4. susan says:

    Looking at the ingredients for the serum, I see ferulic acid (the ingredient that is most touted by Skinceuticals) is at he bottom of the list– doesn’t this affect the efficacy ?

    Ingredients:
    Water Deionized, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Alkyl Benzoate, Vegetable Glycerin, Water, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea), Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis), Hyaluronic acid, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Vitamin E (Tocotrienol), Ferulic acid, Chamomile Flower Extract (Recutita Matricaria), Sodium Phytate, Xanthum Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose

    • Kareen says:

      Hi Susan, good point! When ingredients are found at the bottom of the ingredient list, it generally means that the product has a smaller concentration of that ingredient. It would be really great if they could list the percentage of a product’s main active ingredients.

      But in any case, this product has worked well enough for me that I’m not in any hurry to buy Skinceutical’s $150 CE Ferulic treatment.

  5. This product has so many benefits like reduced face line and remove dark spot around eye and etc.so it is the best product which uses vitamin c for the skin care and eye protection.

    Thanks,
    IQ Skin Care

  6. Teresa says:

    I use this entire product line and am very happy with it. I have tried every expensive line available and this one is at the top of the list for price/quality. My only wish is that they would add a cream for very dry skin, but I just add a bit of oil to their moisturizer and that does the trick. Can’t go wrong with this line.

    • Kareen says:

      Thanks for your input Teresa! I’m really amazed at how some people spend a fortune on cosmetic products when there are much more affordable and more effective products available, like Mad Hippie skincare products. Which oils do you add to your moisturizer?

  7. Oh, I don’t have very good experience with mad hippie products! I have oily skin and after using some of their products I experienced even a severe acne breakout! :( Was really dissappointed!

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