The More Affordable Dupe for Farmacy 10% Waterless Vitamin C Serum with Smarter Packaging

When Farmacy claimed it launched a unique ($50/30ml), I was intrigued to try it. It is indeed a good product with a great formulation. It just reminds me so much of the cult favorite Japanese drugstore product -  ($14/20ml), so much so that I cannot help but think it's inspired by that. When I dug deeper, these two are indeed very similar.
The big conundrum with Vitamin C in skincare is how to keep it from oxidization so it doesn't lose its potency.  The 'waterless technology' resolves this by using propanediol as the formula base instead of water, for maximum stability and potency. Both Farmacy and Melano use this formulation in combination with Ascorbic Acid. The texture feels like a lightweight oil that feels silky-smooth on the skin but gets absorbed quickly.
What makes extra unique is its smart packaging. It comes in a thin travel-friendly squeeze tube with a tiny opening. The opening is a one-way valve where the serum can be squeezed out without air getting back into the tube. Vitamin C stays stable for longer. I've had the tube for over 6 months now and it still comes out clear, instead of the orangy brown color most vitamin c products turn into. As many are complaining about the Farmacy's easily broken packaging, another star for Melano CC.
The only downside of the is the brand doesn't close the % of Ascorbic Acid used (probably to not reveal its formula). But based on my experience and many other reviews, it's very effective in fading dark spots and acne scars gently. So no need to worry about its efficacy.
If you want even a more potent Vitamin C serum with a similar waterless-base formulation, you can try the .
P.S. You can find here.
update timestamp: 2024-03-09 21:45:10 ae8475gs3

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