MaxiZest describes their Vitamin C Serum as being “rich in natural antioxidants that helps to slow down the aging process by preventing the formation of free-radicals in sun exposed skin. [….] rejuvenates and brightens skin, improves sun damage and discoloration and is an effective age spot remover and dark spot corrector. [….] Stimulates the production of collagen to moisturize, plump, protect and restore skin cells. This powerful texture treatment and wrinkle eraser will help reduce the formation of wrinkles as well as minimize existing wrinkles. It will refine your skin tone and texture for that youthful glow! [….] an advanced anti-aging formula that delivers the highest form of bio-available Vitamin C to your skin. It is not oily and absorbs quickly and completely. It is suitable for all skin types and is gentle enough for daily use by both men and woman. This serum is also thinner than our other serums and a little goes a long way.” and states that it has fast result and is “100% CRUELTY FREE, HIGHEST QUALITY, PURE, NATURAL & ORGANIC: Made in the USA in FDA certified and GMP compliant facility. 72% Organic. Contains NO Fillers, NO Alcohol, NO Sulphates and never tested on animals.”
To me that seems like a whole lot of promises! I received this product at a heavy discount in exchange for an honest review. So this is what I have to say about my experience with this company and product.
It arrived quickly and in good condition, shipped via Amazon (Prime). The packaging is simple – a fitted box with a nice design and the serum comes in an amber glass bottle with a rubber dropper top.
Being that the product description states a lot of positive effects and benefits from using this serum, as well has having those good-for-your-skin ingredients (The box has written on the front: “20% Vitamin C, 11% Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Jojoba Oil, Aloe, and Vitamin E”), I really wanted to like it.
When I pulled the dropper out, the serum is liquidy like freshly squeezed juice, but cloudy with visible sediment on the dropper glass in the form of rings toward the bottom and bits along the shaft. The cloudiness and the sediment, to me, is off-putting, and though it may not be so, it gives off the impression of it being unclean or expired.
Since it contains oils, I suspect that some of the liquid is not mixing/emulsifying with the oils as well as it should. I gently rolled the bottle – as this is what you typically would do with products such as essential oils.
The scent of the serum is also not that pleasant, it’s light, but smells oddly like baking yeast dissolving in warm sugar water and dried orange pith. I can pick up subtle tones of the witch hazel and almost a note of cloves.
The directions for use were to wash the face and apply a toner (if using one) prior. Then apply a small amount to the face, neck, and decolletage, and allow to dry before following up with a moisturizer. It can be used daily and under makeup.
I put a dropper full of the serum onto my hand and spread it on my face and neck. It’s liquidy, but has a slight body to it like an extremely watery gel, so it went on fairly smoothly. The product did absorb into my skin within a couple of minutes.
I used this for only a few days, and in conjunction with a toner and moisturizer. After each application of this serum, the tone of my skin was on the yellow side, more than normal. There was also some splotchy red spots that appeared here and there, indicating irritation rather than the flushing/rosiness that I’ve experienced with other facial product, but they faded after a time.
In conclusion, though this has a lot of natural ingredients and is partially organic – which I like, I’ve found that due to some aspects of this product, it is not a good match for my skin.
*Disclaimer: This product was given to me at a discount in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This evaluation and review is a true accounting of my unbiased opinions and experiences, and is written in the same manner as if I had bought it at full-price myself, been given it as a gift, or received it as a sample.
If you are interested in trying this product for yourself, it is usually available on Amazon in a 1 fl oz bottle, it was up recently w/their black friday/cyber monday deal, but now it’s out of stock, so check back again at a later time. On Amazon they give a 90 Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee that if you don’t like their serum, contact them and you’ll get a full refund.
Do you use a serum? If so, tell me about it!