I went to Whole Foods to get my goods to make my Vitamin C Serum because I could not wait for Amazon to deliver. Sometimes, that’s just how things are: I’m impatient.
Here is what I paid at Whole Paycheck, I mean, Whole Foods:
Vegetable Glycerin (Earth’s Care 8 FL. OZ./236 mL) – $6.99
Essential Oil (in Jojoba Oil) in Rose Absolute (Aura Cacia .5 FL. OZ.) – $10.99 (not including retail tax)
Whole Foods Vitamin C (NT. WT 8 OZ./227 grams) – $9.99
Amber Glass Bottle – $1.99 (not including retail tax)
The total came to about $30.00.
I took a print-out of my Amazon Cart as a shopping list and to compare prices. I would have paid $27.84 on Amazon.com and I would have received more in product volume. The vegetable glycerin from Amazon would have yielded 16 FL. OZ. instead of 8 FL. OZ. The essential oil in my Amazon cart was Lavender Oil, 1 FL. OZ., instead of 0.5 FL. OZ. of Rose Essential Oil. Essential oils vary in price based on the type of fragrance and whether it is certified organic. Rose Essential Oil is usually more expensive than Lavender Oil. In addition to being impatient, another reason why I went to Whole Foods is because I do not know the shelf life of the goods sold on Amazon. I wanted to make sure the products I bought had a later expiry and if I had to return the products, I wanted to be able to take it back and choose another product (Oh, what drives consumer purchase patterns!)
Overall, it cost me ~$30.00 for a customizable Vitamin C Serum (I’ll keep you updated how many bottles I make in a later post), that I can adjust from 5% up to 15% or 20%, and create with an essential oil of my choice (or not at all), which is not too bad! In addition, the Vitamin C Serum that I make at home will be free of any parabens and preservatives. If you did the same, you would have control of the base products you choose to make the serum (organic, anyone?). Also, once the product begins turning in color, you’ll be able to see it, unlike other orange or pink colored Vitamin C facial products sold at a high cost. Making a new batch every week and keeping the bottle covered or refridgerated, you should not ever see it change color. Imagine the profit margins in the anti-aging market of the beauty industry!
The downside to making your own serum is that this can be time-consuming and you’ll need to make sure the products you use to make your serum do not expire. I think the upside outweighs the down.