You ever love a product so much, but never hear anything about it? That’s how I feel about the 40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum!* I’ve been using this product for years and it has been pretty much the only Vitamin C Serum that I’ve been faithful to. It was a discount find at Marshalls, so when I do see it, I buy it in bulk. And if I don’t see it at my local Marshalls, I peruse the nearby stores and hope to get lucky.
But what is it about the 40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum that gets me going? I’ve always wondered myself. I mean, I feel like it works… But does it? Today I’m going to do a little breakdown of the product and see if it really is doing all the wonders a Vitamin C serums should be doing or if I should quit the fantasy and look for a big girl product.
Before we look at look deeper at the 40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum, let’s talk about Vitamin C serums in general. What’s all the rage about them? Vitamin C serums are known for their anti-aging and brightening benefits. Basically, it can make your skin look firm and plump while helping fade those pesky post-acne dark spots. I’ve even read of Vitamin C serums increasing the effectiveness of sunscreen, however I’m not too sure about that claim, but I generally never skip some sort of Vitamin C in my daily morning routine, so perhaps it is working in my favor.^ With that in mind, let’s take a deeper look at what is going here with the 40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum.
Starting with ingredients, below is what is in the 40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum (as listed on CosDNA):
Water, Polysorbate-20, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Capryl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Isopropyl Myristate, Beta Carotene, Retinol, Tocopherol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract, Citrus Brandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Soluble Collagen, Tetrasodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Methyl Gluceth-20, Sodium PCA, Fragrance
Now, I’ve seen more than one formulation online, but I found this is the one that’s on the last few boxes I have. In looking at the ingredients, you can see that the product contains ascorbic acid, which is the main source of Vitamin C here. The one thing I’m not a fan of is that there isn’t a disclosure of how much of the product contains ascorbic acid, but I can imagine it may not be high as it’s lower on the list. I did reach out to the manufacturer, so when I hear back, I’ll update the post and mention it on Facebook.
On top of that, you want to make sure the pH level for the product is ideal. With the inclusion of a water/ascorbic acid mix, you want something around the 2-3 range. The 40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum measured in at a 4.5/5 on my home test, see below. The higher the pH content, the less likely the ascorbic acid will be able to properly absorb into the skin.
One of the other things that’s noticeable about the 40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum, is the color. Yes, this product does have a slight tint, however the product is transparent. I’ve read the suggestions that you want a clear product, but the tint is very minimal and you’d be able to tell if the product oxidizes with this. Due to the tint and clear bottle, I suggest keeping the bottle in a location free of constant sunlight. For me, this is a little rack on the inside of my sink cabinet. Not the most ideal location for my products, since I prefer my current rotation on my countertop, but its close and in a dark space.
The 40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum also contains a lot of other ingredients, like tea tree oil, peanut oil, and carrot and witch hazel extracts. Also, this does contain retinol, beta carotene and soluble collagen. The last ingredient is debatable as it may not be as effective as product manufacturers claim (molecule size, you know the science stuff), but the others include Vitamin E or A and are great for their anti-aging benefits. Perhaps that’s the key to this product?
But have I noticed the product working? Actually, yes! I’ve definitely noticed this lightening any dark spots I’ve had and I know that’s why I continue to purchase it. I didn’t really prepare for this post in that manner, but there have been plenty of dark spots that this has diminished in the past. Perhaps I can revisit this later… Again, an update on social media? My other thoughts:
Recommended skin type: Normal to oily skin type.
Allergy concerns: Contains added fragrance and peanut oil.
Overall, as a Vitamin C serum, the 40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum isn’t anything to rave about. In fact, its pretty poopy (💩) as a Vitamin C serum. But, I do think the additional ingredients help out big time. I’ve used it for years and have seen way more of an impact with this than with other, far more expensive products. Then again, those products aren’t the most amazing Vitamin C serums either. 😂 You can find this under $20 online and I’ve bought my bottles for $4.99-6.99 at Marshalls.
What do you think about the 40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum?* Would you be willing go out and search for this bargain buy or would you skip and head straight to the more expensive products? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!