I have often written how much I appreciate the cost efficiency of The Ordinary products and I really enjoy the flexibility of my skincare regime incorporating multiple serums with multiple active ingredients, but not everyone has the time or the interest to find out how to do it. In December last year I started thinking and wondering whether there might be a brand that combines known actives in a no nonsense, affordable way that makes sense for people. I did a lot of research and stumbled upon the Mad Hippie brand. A brand that is not available in retail in the country I live in.
Mad Hippie’s founders are surfers, who were looking for good quality skincare to save and restore their weather beaten skin. Their products contain multiple natural actives that harmonize with each other. They do without anything unnecessary avoiding fragrance and harmful preservatives such as parabens. They use no animal testing and all products are vegan.
Getting hold of the products involved an order from i-herb for me followed by a one hour trip to customs to pay import duties. I was not able to buy everything I wanted, but despite the hoops I had to jump through to get them I do not regret the effort, it was all worth it.
Here are my thoughts on the products I have tested so far:
Vitamin C Serum: This product contains way more than just Vitamin C. Also Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Konjac Root, Grapefruit, Chamomile and Clary Sage. The product does not sting when applied and absorbs quickly. A very pleasant serum. The only criticism I have is that it comes in a dark glass bottle with a dropper. You need to use it up quickly or it will turn bad in 3 months. An airtight, lighttight packaging would be better, but you can decant half of it and keep it in the fridge to extend it’s life, apart from that it’s a really pleasant good serum at a fair price of around 30 dollars.
Exfoliating Serum: I love this serum, it has glycolic and lactic acid in it, as well as Matrixyl (peptide complex), apple stem cells, gigawhite (botanical blend that is skin brightening), Sodium Hyaluronate (related to Hyaluronic Acid)´, penetrates skin deeper), and the anti-oxidants white tea, goji berry and ceramides to protect the moisture barrier. This is the best exfoliating serum I have found to date.
Face Cream: The ingredients of this face cream are amazing, but it was not hydrating enough for my dry skin, normal skin though would love it! I still use it, but top it with a more oily product on top. From the actives, I can’t think of a better combination. It contains Matrixyl & other peptides, Coenzyme Q10 (affects cell activity), Antioxidants: resveratrol, acai berry, pomegranate & green tea, niacinamide (evens skin tone and affects size of pores and sebum), aloe vera and coconut & argan oil.
Eye Cream: The eye cream is amazing. This is the opposite of those oily creams that sit around your eyes with you wondering what the heck they are actually doing. It absorbs immediately and it may be my imagination, but I actually think I can feel it doing good things. This one is suitable for everyone. The actives are matrixyl & other peptides, chamomile, anti-oxidants: pomegranate and white tea, Vitamins C, B3 and E, Wheat Protein and Argan Oil. Best eye cream ever for only 25 dollars.
I have heard great things about their Antioxidant Face Oil, but unfortunately could not get my hands on it.
I have heard that in the States Mad Hippie can be picked up at wholefood stores. I envy you!
I hope to test more Mad Hippie products and I totally support the brand. Proven actives, fairly priced, well combined from an ethical company. I don’t think we can ask for much more.