Review: Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum with Coffee Berry & Retinyl Retinoate

Mad Hippie is serving up skincare straight out of the garden.

With everything we know about the ingredients that skin loves, Mad Hippie thinks we should ditch the synthetics and find what we need in nature. Elements from nature can be combined with safe, healthy ingredients that makes our skin happy instead of tricking it into looking “younger” by slathering toxic chemicals on it.

Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum

It took me a long time to figure out facial serums. The issue is that I received a very expensive facial serum far too early in my life, at a point when I had ageless, care-free skin that didn’t do anything other than be plump-looking all the time and hide my hangovers. I neglected it entirely by never using it, and eventually threw it away because sadly, everything “beauty” has an expiration date. (Meta, dude.)

But now that I’m staring the last month of my 20s in the face, I’m kicking myself for not being proactive and just drunkenly smearing that crap on my skin before passing out watching Black Books for the millionth time.

Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum

Mad Hippie Combines Science & Nature for Skincare

Mad Hippie sent over a sample of one of their three facial serums, the exfoliating Vitamin A Serum which is full of retinyl retinoate which sounds like a gross chemical but actually just means “vitamin A.” The vitamin A molecule is just called Retinol, and “retinoate” is what happens when that molecule is combined with retinoic acid (also, um, vitamin A – in charge of cell regeneration!). The resulting product is less irritating to skin and more beneficial than other forms of vitamin A used in skincare. (Whew! Science is exhausting.)

Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum

Included alongside the powerhouse vitamin is coffee berry (ever heard of caffiene for puffy eyes?), which is loaded with antioxidants, coconut oil, and the salt of hyaluronic acid – which you’ve undoubtedly seen in astronomically expensive facial creams.

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How To Use Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum

There’s more to this stuff than smear it on your face as I instructed my past-self to do. This stuff has specific purposes: to help your cells regenerate and eliminate signs of aging in your face. That’s a tall order, you know? Thus, there is a time and place for this Vitamin A Serum and that time and place is in bed.

Some of the ingredients in this serum can make your skin a little bit more vulnerable to sunlight (and sun damage), so putting it on before bed is the smartest thing to do.

Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum

Next tip – this ain’t your night cream, girls and boys, so don’t slather it on like a masque and wait for it to absorb. Gently (GENTLY.) massage it into your face in small, circular motions to help it penetrate your skin and really sink into your dermis.

Ten minutes after application is the time you slather that moisturizer like you just motorboated a sand castle. Whether you use Mad Hippie’s face cream or your own favorite night cream, using the two products together is going to become your 15 minute powerhouse skin routine before bed. (I literally leave my night moisturizer and Mad Hippie serum on my nightstand so I can’t get into bed and get apathetic.) (Which is exactly what happens every. single. night.)

If you want it to work as fast as it can, do it right!

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The Review: Does Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum Work?

It takes a long time usually to see if skincare works, and if it guarantees that it’ll make your skin look 10x better overnight – do yourself a favor and don’t trust it.

Mad Hippie offers a lot of before & after photos, which I will forever forget to do, so  I can only comment on what I perceived over the four week that I’ve been using it. If you’re here for the short answer: Yeah, I’m gonna go ahead and say that it works.

Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum

What do I mean by “works?” I mean that, over the last four weeks, I have noticed that my “thwrinkle” (thinking wrinkle – between my eyebrows) has become way less defined and also less deep in appearance. My skin has also felt smoother and possibly may have evened out in color a little bit. The redness in my cheeks is a little bit less pronounced.

Incorporating it into my routine was flawless once I learned the “keep it on the nightstand” trick. It smells really good – some kind of light, tropical scent – and it the serum is thin and very light colored. It goes on and absorbs quickly into the skin, and massaging it gently really helps. Once it’s applied, it really feels like you’re priming your face for moisturizer. It’s not sticky or tacky at all, but slathering a night cream on top of it certainly feels awesome.

As for the price… It’s around $33, but you can find it for less. Generally, that’s a bit more than I typically pay for skincare, but for a concentrated serum like this one that will last months because you only use 1/2 teaspoon at a time – I’m okay with it. If I didn’t show me results in 3 weeks, I wouldn’t pay $30 for it. Because Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum actually visibly improves the look and feel of my skin – I say it’s worth it. Especially because I found it for less on a different website…

Where to Buy Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum

While they’re still an independent company, they are starting to gain traction in the natural markets! You can find Mad Hippie in some Whole Foods stores, as well as online at these sources:

I’ve been hard-pressed to find a negative review of this product – or this brand. And believe me, I dig for dirt. The brand has a Vitamin C Serum that is extremely popular, but the Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum is much newer – it doesn’t even have reviews on Amazon yet! But much like it’s Vitamin C cousin, the reviews are pouring in and they’re predictably glowing.

FutureDerm breaks down the science better than I ever could, and the customer reviews on iHerb are roughly 4.5/5. I’m happy to be contributing my own glowing review to the internet.

See more Mad Hippie products on their website!