Reviva Labs new Vitamin C+ serum with Emblica – review and giveaway

logo_reviva-blkIf you’ve been hanging around Beauty Info Zone for any amount of time you’ll know that we are big fans of Reviva Labs. For over forty years Reviva Labs has brought us wonderful cruelty-free skin care that use natural ingredients. But they don’t stand on their record which is proved by their new improved ULTRA POTENCY VITAMIN C+ ANTIOXIDANT SERUM WITH EMBLICA.

The BIZ ladies were each sent a bottle of this in anticipation of Reviva Lab’s 43rd Anniversary and we’re excited that they are offering 2 US subscribers the chance to win one to celebrate our anniversary too.



ULTRA POTENCY VITAMIN C+ ANTIOXIDANT SERUM WITH EMBLICA does so many things that are good for your skin and we’ll be talking about them but let us first talk about Emblica which is their newest ingredient and one Reviva Labs is excited to be using in this serum. Emblica is from the Indian Gooseberry plant; it attacks both oxygen and nitrogen free radicals. Other plant antioxidants are added to this by Reviva including Sunflower, Blueberry, Cranberry, Fig and Aloe extracts. But the most important of these ingredients is Emblica. This unique ingredient has a longer life than other antioxidants thereby protecting us for the entire day.

Indian Gooseberry (Emblica is derived from this)

Indian Gooseberry (Emblica is derived from this)

It helps to fight pollution, help with skin discoloration, wrinkles and collagen loss. This super antioxidant is great for those of us who need and want anti-aging skin care.

Marcia and Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica:

The first thing I noticed about Reviva Lab’s improved serum is that it has no fragrance whatsoever. I know many people enjoy the lift that a fragranced product can give them but I don’t happen to be one of those people. Therefore I can use this Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum day and night without concern.

Lisa and I reviewed the original Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream way back in April of 2012 so it’s fitting that 4 years later we’ve had the opportunity to try the new improved version. This is loaded with so many more terrific ingredients like Vitamin E, CoQ 10, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), and more. We love the airless pump that protects the serum from light, bacteria, and air. The potency remains the same through the life of the product.

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

The result I’m seeing for the weeks I’ve been using this serum is brighter skin. My skin looks and feels softer, less lined, and brighter. I was in a group discussion about the effects of Vitamin C prior to receiving this and I wasn’t able to tell people what I saw but I can now. But Reviva Labs is more than just Vitamin C since emblica raises it to a new level.

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

The first product I apply after cleansing is this serum. I massage it onto my face and give my skin time to absorb all the goodness that this brings. After my eyes are done I apply my moisturizer/SPF. I love that this never balls up under foundation. I recently gave up on a serum that did so it was one I could only use at night but Reviva Labs came through, as usual, and makes it a breeze to look my best.

Lisa and Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica:

Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica

I love a bargain…and at just $32, this very effective Vitamin C serum is definitely a bargain. The Ultra-Potency Vitamin C serum is not just an antioxidant fighting off free radicals, it also neutralizes nitrogen free radicals. Nitrogen is the nasty stuff in the air from soot, pollution, traffic exhaust…you know, the gunk that turns white snow into gray ick.

Even teenagers need the Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica

Even teenagers need the Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica

I am impressed with the addition of Emblica to the already fantastic ingredient list. Emblica is a perfect partner with the Vitamin C for combating pollution and car exhaust. Ultimately, this doesn’t just mean less wrinkles – it means less skin cancer. That is something to really get excited about. It’s never too late to start, but just think what it could mean if teenagers started using this serum under their sunscreen and makeup or just by itself? My teens are getting a bottle and I am starting them on this regimen immediately.

Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica

Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Thanks to Reviva Labs for offering two US subscribers of Beauty Info Zone a chance to win Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica. We have two requirements to enter our giveaways: be a BIZ subscriber and comment on the post. The rest of the options give you more ways to enter. You can tweet daily too to boost your chances. If comments close please email us at [email protected] with Reviva Labs as your subject and comment that way, then continue on. Good luck – we know you’ll love this.

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Purified Water, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C Ester), Aloe Leaf Juice, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sunflower Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Laurate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Panthenol, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate, Rosehip Oil, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Amodimethicone, Lecithin, Sodium Alginate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cocoa Butter, Allantoin, Steareth-2, Borage Oil, Emblica Extract, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), Retinyl Palmitate and Ergocalciferol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Fig Extract, Blueberry Extract, Cranberry Seed Oil, EUK-134, Flaxseed Oil, Xanthan Gum.

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Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil – I’m mad about this!

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil

I know exactly what attracted me to MAD HIPPIE ANTIOXIDANT FACIAL OIL. It’s the name. I love the name of this line. My dad was a “Mad Man” and we lived and breathed advertisements, commercials and PR in our house. We didn’t watch the TV shows as much as we watched and discussed the commercials on TV. I know my dad would be as impressed with Mad Hippie as I am.

When Mad Hippie offered to send one of their products I had a hard time deciding which to try but I’m in my oil phase of life and enjoying what they are doing for my skin. I’m so glad that this is what I chose because it’s a wonderful facial oil.

What makes this line unique, aside from its creative name and packaging, is that everything about the line is all-natural yet it has active ingredients that are fabulous for treating signs of aging (meaning what I live with), sun damage and environmental damage.

I’ve been using Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil as my night time moisturizer and my skin is lapping it up and thanking me. I’m probably using more than I need but I love the ingredients and want my skin to enjoy them too. I’m sure I could use this in the daytime with a lighter touch but at night I don’t have to worry about SPF or how something works with my foundation.

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil has the best ingredients. (information from

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil ingredients

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil ingredients

“Argan Oil – Providing instant, non-comedogenic hydration to the skin while naturally occurring triterpenoids work to heal scar tissue, reduce inflammation & protect the skin.  Containing over 80% essential fatty acids, as well as naturally occurring vitamin E, this exotic oil works to moisturize & revitalize the skin.

Sea Buckthorn Berry – This berry native to the Tibetan Himalayas, is rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K, P, carotenoids, flavonoids, phenols, folic acid & fatty acids. In fact, the buckthorn berry is the only plant in the world to contain omega 3, 6, 7 & 9 all together.

Blueberry Extract – This superfruit is rich in antioxidants including vitamins A & C that protect the skin by neutralizing aging free radicals.  Blueberries have been shown to reduce the rigidity of capillary walls underneath the skin, promoting circulation & aiding in the reduction of redness & flushing.

Pomegranate Oil – Potent antioxidant that is a high source of ellagic acid, a polyphenol that has been shown to inhibit the growth of skin cancer.  Believed to also mediate the effects of ultraviolet rays & skin discoloration.

Camu Camu Berry – Amazonian berry with 30x the vitamin C of an orange.

Broccoli Extract – A recent study at John Hopkins found that broccoli extract applied topically reduced UV induced redness & inflammation by an average of 37%.  This is thought to be a result of the sulforaphane found in broccoli.

Raspberry Seed Extract – High in antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin A, and omega fatty acids 3 & 6, raspberry seed extract is also know for its anti-inflammatory and anti-septic qualities.  High in ellagic acid, a natural polyphenol, raspberry seed extract provides UV protective benefits, while protecting the skin from damaging free radicals.

Strawberry Extract – Another antioxidant-rich berry, Strawberry extract has been shown to have UV protective effects on the skin.

Goji Berry – Containing 18 vital amino acids, zinc, selenium, phosphorus and vitamins B1, B2, B6, C & E, goji berries provide the skin with essential nutrients and antioxidants. In fact, the superfruit contains more beta carotene than carrots, and even more iron than spinach.

Hemp Seed Extract –  Rich in omegas 3, 6 & 9, as well as antioxidants, hemp seed oil provides the skin with instant moisturizing and protective benefits.

Grape Seed Extract – One of nature’s most potent antioxidants, shown to inhibit UV generated skin damage and protect skin from free radicals.

Sunflower Seed Oil   Rich in vitamins A, D & E, as well as essential fatty acids, sunflower seed oil has natural moisturizing and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin.”

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil

The Antioxidant Facial Oil comes in a glass jar with a dropper. Now I’m the biggest klutz in the world and when I use this I pray I don’t drop it. I’ve broken way too many items lately. I’m sure though that it’s the freshest and most sanitary way to keep this oil so I’ll forgive them for the packaging. Or maybe they should forgive me for being a klutz.

Mad Hippie

Mad Hippie

This is preservative free and a very natural way to moisturize. The facial oil has a very mellow light citrus scent that’s a pleasure to smell as I’m applying it. I love the feel of this on my face at night and I love what it’s working at doing for my skin while I sleep. At $24.99 for the bottle I think the price is right on (as the mad hippies would say). You can find this for sale at the Mad Hippie website as well as on Amazon, VitaCost (20% off). some Whole Food markets, and more.

In the cold months I think I’ll add some into my moisturizer or use it under my moisturizer but for now it’s just me and the Mad Hippie and we’re a happy couple.

What Mad Hippie items have you used? I’d love to explore more of the line. — Marcia

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Mad Hippie is a natural, cruelty free line that is also vegan.

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Side by Side – YBF Skincare, Antioxidants Concentrate and Control

The “YBF” in YBF Skincare stands for ‘Your Best Face’, something that Lisa and Marcia completely agree this line will give you.  They first wrote about YBF Skincare here, and they have been happily exploring more of this line ever since.  Today, the girls of the BIZ will share with you some current favorites that have become welcome additions to their skin care routines.

Lisa’s Side:

There are many products from the YBF line that I absolutely adore, and one of my favorites is the antioxidants concentrate ($55).  Why?  Because you can use this with so many things.  It’s a product that gives your other products an extra ‘oomph’ and allows you to customize your skin routine.

YBF antioxidants concentrate

Antioxidants concentrate is full of, guess what, antioxidants!!  These help fight free radicals, which cause the skin to age.  It’s a lightweight moisturizer that can be used on its own or mixed with other products.  The ingredients include Ferulic Acid, which fights free radicals created by UV exposure; Spin Trap, which actually prevents damage by stabilizing free radicals; Lipochroman-6, which protects against 2 different types of free radicals; and Vitamin E, which not only fights free radicals it also helps the other ingredients be even more effective.

antioxidants concentrate swatch

As you can see from the swatch above, it’s a creamy but thin moisturizer.  It’s great used by itself, but what I love to do is mix it with my other products.  I mix it with my serums, my moisturizers, my hand lotion, and my body lotion.  I always use it with my neck cream to help repair that area that is constantly exposed to the sun.  I pretty much use it with everything except cleanser, and I love how it gives more kick to all my other products.  I have a real thing for ‘multi-taskers’, so this product is like a dream come true for me.

 Marcia’s Side:

While I hate to admit I want skincare that that is a wrinkle fighter, I’m willing to do it since it means I can introduce you to YBF control. YBF Skincare is a brand I love and trust. The ingredients in each product are lovingly selected to be the best in anti-oxidants, anti-aging and skin brightening. Not only does CONTROL work to make sure I’m keeping those wrinkles at bay, it also works on the sun damage that my skin has from all the years I didn’t know better. Since my hands have sun damage I’m using YBF Control on the backs of my hands now too.

CONTROLworks on 3 areas: wrinkles, sun damage repair and rejuvenation. Thank goodness I don’t have deep wrinkles but I really want to keep it that way. I’m very observant about people’s complexions and I guess I compare mine a little too much. But when I see someone my age or younger with deep wrinkles I want to rush up and offer them the solution. Of course then I’d be arrested and they wouldn’t let me take CONTROL to my cell with me.

drop of YBF Control

Control uses the latest wrinkle fighting peptides (Snap-8 and Leuphasyl) to help reduce expression lines. Even without wrinkles we all have expression lines. They also use Syn-Tacks and Matrixyl 3000 to improve smoothness. Other ingredients like spin trap, Lipochroman-6, idebenone, alpha lipoic acid and vitamins E and stable vitamin C work on the damage already done to our skin by the sun and elements.

One of my favorite things about CONTROL is the fragrance. I’m an admitted fragrance-phobe but this smells like almonds so it’s like having a little drink of Amaretto on my face. The fragrance doesn’t last long but it’s so pleasant to apply. I need just the tiniest amount of this light orange gel for my entire face and allow it to sink in before applying any other product. It can feel a little tacky if you apply anything else too quickly. Once it’s on I know my face is being protected and I can pretend I’m young again! — Marcia


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