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Radian-C: The face cream recipe that will leave you looking radiant!

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Vitamin C: The secret ingredient for a healthy glow

Did you know? Vitamin C is not just important in our diet, it’s also vital for our skin! A very useful antioxidant, vitamin C evens and brightens your complexion. That’s why we decided to use it to create Radian-C, our DIY face cream that turns dull skin positively… radiant!

While vitamin C is the star ingredient in this face cream recipe, a host of other ingredients play crucial supporting roles. With its lovely orange hue, sea buckthorn oil brightens your complexion. So does rose geranium essential oil, which acts as a toner, too. To top it off, we’ve included revitalizing vitamin E. All combined, these ingredients make THE perfect recipe for bright, happy skin.

Get ready to glow with your new favourite homemade face cream, Radian-C! 

How to make face cream with vitamin C

Before you begin

When we decided to develop a homemade face cream specially formulated for a healthy glow, we wondered whether it would be best to make a light cream for warm weather that would accentuate bright summer skin, or a rich cream for winter to add radiance when your skin needs it most. After careful reflection, we chose to develop both versions, as every season is a great time for a glowing complexion.


Spring / summer version

Aqueous phase

Oil phase

Cooling phase

Fall / winter version

Aqueous phase

Oil phase

Cooling phase


Good to know!

  • The demineralized water can be replaced by orange blossom (neroli) hydrosol, which improves skin tone. 
  • We chose to use ECOmulse as the emulsifier in this face cream recipe because it produces lovely, creamy emulsions. It gives the spring-summer version a light texture, yielding a cream that’s easy to apply and is quickly absorbed. The greater concentration of ECOmulse in the fall-winter version produces a thicker, richer cream that’s better suited to your skin’s cold weather needs. 
  • Sea buckthorn oil is famous for its strong colour, which lends a beautiful glow to your skin. It’s also calming and softening.
  • Jojoba oil protects your skin from dehydration and will also help soften it.
  • Vitamin C evens your complexion, gives it a healthy glow, and is an antioxidant.
  • Elderberry extract is antibacterial and antifungal; it’s the preservative in this recipe. 
  • Vitamin E protects the oil phase from gong rancid and is revitalizing. 
  • Rose geranium essential oil is toning and revitalizing and provides sweet floral notes. You can replace it with an equal quantity of carrot seed essential oil, which has similar properties but is less popular, due to its earthy scent.

Steps to follow

  1. Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
  2. Weigh the demineralized water in the first small bowl. Heat it on the first double boiler until it reaches 70–80°C. 
  3. Weigh the sea buckthorn oil, jojoba oil, and ECOmulse in the second bowl. Heat it on the second double boiler until the emulsifier has melted and the mixture has reached 70–80°C. 
  4. Weigh the vitamin C in a ramekin. Set aside until step 8. 
  5. Weigh the essential oil, elderberry extract, and vitamin E in a second ramekin. Set aside until step 9. 
  6. When the aqueous and oil phases have both reached a temperature of 70–80°C, remove them from the double boilers and pour the oil phase over the aqueous phase. Mix using the mini-mixer until the emulsion is homogeneous.
  7. Place the bowl in a cold water bath. Continue to mix with the mini-mixer until the temperature has cooled to about 45°C. 
  8. Add the vitamin C. Mix using the small spatula. face cream recipe with vitamin C
  9. Add the vitamin E, elderberry extract, and essential oil, and mix again using the small spatula. DIY face cream
  10. Transfer the cream to the jar. Your healthy glow cream is now ready!face cream recipe with vitamin C

Use and conservation

This homemade face cream is suitable for all skin types. It’s specifically formulated for dull complexions. 

When made in optimal sanitary conditions, it will keep for at least three months.



    Vitamin C is supposed to be notoriously unstable. Does it remain stable in this formula? I have another more stable version (forgot name at the moment). Is it better to use that?

    I have a large tub of Vit C powder that I would really like to use but was resisting owing to the reduce efficacy once exposed to water and air


      Hello Katie,
      Our vitamin C is stable yes, but we can’t tell if that’s the case for yours. Best thing is to check with your supplier!
      Have a great day!

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