Cheaper Alternatives of the Star Products II – SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is a vitamin C + E skin care product that is proved to provide antioxidant protection. I highly recommend this product. Its price is $142.00 for 30 ml (about 1 oz).

Cheaper alternative: Cellbone C15ie Advanced C-Serum is an antioxidant treatment with 15% L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), 0.5% Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), and 0.5% Idebenone (a synthetic analog of Coenzyme Q10, which is a potent antioxidant). The price of this product is $68 for 1 oz.

Comparison: First, I like both of the companies. They both post concrete information about their products on their websites — absolutely no Mumble Jumble descriptions. Second, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic has a slight advantage over Cellbone C15ie Advanced C-Serum in terms of stability and synergistic enhancement of vitamins C and E. Third, Cellbone C15ie Advanced C-Serum has one more potent antioxidant added.

These two products both have 15% L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), which prevents photo damage, increases collagen production, and reduces pigmentation. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic contains 1% Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E) while Cellbone C15ie Advanced C-Serum contains 0.5% Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E). This difference means that SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic provides more benefits from the synergistic effects of vitamins C and E because these two vitamins work better together. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic also has Ferulic Acid, which stablizes vitamins C and E and enhances their conjunct benefits. Cellbone C15ie Advanced C-Serum does not have Ferulic Acid but it has a potent antioxidant Idebenone, which is proved to have higher antioxidant protection than common antioxidants, such as certain forms of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Alpha Lipoic Acid and Coenzyme Q10.

All the Cellbone vitamin C products have Menthol to cool down the skin since Vitamin C tends to sting the skin for a while after you apply it. Menthol is not beneficial to skin. As I said in A Complete List of Skin Irritants and Allergens, menthol exerts an irritant action to the skin in concentrations of 3% or more. Cellbone vitamin C products contain 0.05% of menthol so you don’t have to worry about menthol in these products.

You need to store both products in a cool, dark place because of the high concentrations of antioxidants these products contain. This is especially true for Cellbone C15ie Advanced C-Serum since it is generally considered less stable than SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. You can find more discussion about the comparison of SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic and Cellbone C15ie Advanced C-Serum on and EDS Skin Care Forum.

2 Responses to “Cheaper Alternatives of the Star Products II – SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic”

  1. Chelsea says:

    I have tested the two and I will write about it.

  2. Biskbee says:


    I like all of your articles very much. They are very informative.

    I am new to Vitamin C products. Unfortunately, Skinceuticals C products are too expensive for my budget. I recently found that there is a cheaper alternative called Vitamin C 20 AOX+ “Advanced C Serum” from Cosmetic skin Solutions, I am wondering if you would do an article that compares them.

    Thank you very much. I am looking forward to hear from you.

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