Rated 3.73 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Revised Review! After Months of Use
I wanted to revise my initial 3 star review that I did for this product, but Ulta isn't really good at allowing one to do that...so I decided to add another review to add to what my experience has been with this vitamin C serum. Initially, I gave this serum a "hard pass" but have grown to appreciate how great this serum is. First of all, the smell is from the Ferulic Acid which gives any serum that contains it a "hot dog water smell." I don't like the smell, but having a smell doesn't make the serum "bad"...it is simply the Ferulic Acid. This serum contains THD ascorbate (THDA), which is a fat soluble form of vitamin C, which means it actually does penetrate all the way down to the dermis layer of our skin, and studies have shown that THDA actually interrupts the formation of cancer cells. THDA is also very shelf stable. L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA, the most widely known form of Vitamin C) is water soluble, which means it stays on the outer surface of your skin, never penetrating to the dermis. So, when you combine THDA, vitamin E and ferulic, then you have a very potent antioxidant serum that has science based cancer fighting results. That is why, after putting the bottle down and calming my rosacea skin, I tried this serum again. I am very careful in how I use this serum. as most vitamin C serums irritate my skin. Vitamin C serums also don't need to be used every day. They can be used every other day or every 3 days, as vitamin C does remain on your skin for a few days after you apply it, even with washing. What makes this serum the very best out there, in my opinion, is that it can sit on your shelf for 18 months before it goes bad, and it penetrates deeply and is more effective than LAA. I'm glad I gave this serum another chance. I even use this as a stand alone moisturizer, as it is very creamy. Some nights, I combine it with PTR's Water Drench serum and call it a night. Give this serum a shot, your skin will thank you.
Most Helpful Critical Review Not worth the price point
I have many PTR products & was excited to try this one. I have been using it for about 3 weeks & really can't see much of an improvement. I agree that it is more like a moisturizer then a serum. It made my skin oily using it 2 times a day. I have decreased to just once a day. I feel it also made my skin breakout. So sad that it isn't living up to the hype on my skin. I didn't notice any irritation though.
Reviewed by 71 customers Vitamin C Serum
Teragram from California
Yes, this product is expensive. And yes, it's true, the smell is truly awful. BUT IT WORKS. And it works better than any other vitamin c serum I've tried. I've seen my skin get brighter, dark spots fade, and I'm able to confidently go makeup-free. The reason it stinks is because this serum has a potent and stable version of vitamin c. I tried the drunk elephant one - which contains the same active ingredient - and it smelled the same. But I like the texture of the PTR one better! Not sticky and I'm able to layer it, then apply my makeup on top. A bottle lasts a long time! Will be repurchasing when the time comes.
VMG from Los Angeles
The smell was a little intriguing, it smells herbal like patchouli, the smell gos away as it sits on your skin. I have cystic acne but my top layer of skin is really dry and this has helped with evening out my texture and rejuvenating what my acne has destroyed as well as tightening my skin. My makeup sits nicer as well. I pair this with the Peter Thomas Hyaluronic cloud serum then a moisturizer with spf after. My skin has never felt and looked better. I would buy the rest of the line if my wallet could afford it because it is pretty pricy but WORTH the price. If you really wanted something with vitamin c-get this. If you also want something to moisturize get this and pair this with the hyaluronic cloud serum as well.
Really made my skin brighter
Moxie from Iowa
After one use my skin looks brighter. I did start using multiple products at once but I've used them all before on an individual basis and never noticed the brightening effect. I'm nearing 40 so I'm trying to take better care of my skin and this stuff is amazing. I got it as a free sample with purchase of PTR Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum and PTR Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream (which are also amazing!) and I love it. It does smell like hot dogs/hot dog water but I only notice it while applying. After I've applied it I don't smell anything or maybe it's because of my other products but once it's on I smell nothing. My skin looks so much brighter and healthier using not only this product but the others mentioned. It's pricey but if you are looking to improve your skincare routine I highly recommend.
Give it a chance..it's a life changer!
Ana from Novato, Ca
I got this as a sample with a moisturizer kit I bought. At first the smell threw me off, but as an esthetician myself, I knew that concentrated products don't always smell like candy. Vitamins give it a bit of a unique smell. Nonetheless, I started using it...it's been about 3 weeks now, and my skin has never looked or felt better! It's clear, smooth, hydrated, and plumped. I love it!!!
Katie from Virginia Beach
Got this as a sample with the water drench moisturizer (a favorite of mine.) I was excited to incomparable this product into my routine, however I was severely unimpressed. First of all - the SMELL. Smells like hot dog water. Second, it left my face feeling VERY tacky and oily/shiny. Would not recommend this product to ANYONE.
LOVE THIS !
Denise E from Downey
I'm 25 years old and consider skin care essential to prevent aging, Ive bought several vitamin C, drunk elephant, maelove glow serum and olehenriksen truth serum and none have shown significant change as PTR. I love this, Ive only been using for a month every a.m and I'm obsessed with my natural glow. I recommend this to everyone, bought my 54 year old mom this and she is also obsessed. If you want to invest in a quality product purchase this
Gentle and does not cause breakouts
Jo from Western Springs, IL
I apply this every morning after cleansing and a little bit goes a long way. It's very lightweight, and there is no odor that I can detect. I've tried other vitamin C serums and expensive skin care lotions and all of them make my skin break out with usually one cystic pimple on my chin. This product is very gentle on my skin and has not caused any breakouts. It's now part of my daily routine.
TG from Novato, CA
I read reviews where others disliked the scent. I completely disagree. It smells gently of mulled cloves. I like the fragrance and find it relaxing. Plus, I notice a significant difference when I use this product. I mix up my serums and use this twice a week. I have use skin ceuticals but it was too rich. I also used Perricone but didn't notice a difference. I'll continue to use this.
Noticeable difference in 3 days
RNMomto2 from BethesdaMD
Used day and night for 2 or 3 days and skin texture noticeably smoother. Fine lines seem reduced. Don't understand the smell complaints.
Mary from Nashville
I got a travel size of this in a holiday set and was excited to try it. The smell was very off putting and I didn't notice any visible difference after a few weeks of use. I went back to using my Caudalie serum and am much happier.
Best I've Tried
Kim from MN
I have tried 5 C serums before the PTR. They were oily and just didnt work for my morning routine, which was important to me. All my products I use are fragrance free. This to me has no noticeable scent. I love the way it feels and it layers so nice! I have noticed brightness and evening of my skin tone.
Amazing for daily use
Lyn! from Utah
I use this twice per day and I love it! I am 30 and started getting serious about anti-aging skincare about a year ago. This has been a staple for me and I get a lot of compliments on my skin. Works great under makeup and I also use with a daytime moisturizer. Just give it some time to absorb for maximum effectiveness. The price is a little high but I get a ton of mileage out of each bottle. As for other reviews - I can't figure out why people complain about the smell. I'm on my fourth bottle and it has no scent! I hate perfumed products so I wouldn't use it if it had a smell problem.
Smells like hotdogs
Shepeela from Sheboygan
I was so excited to try this serum! However, It smells like I crushed up hotdogs and slathered them on my face. I walked into the bedroom and my husband said, "what's that wretched smell? It smells like burnt bbq."
If you're looking to have glowing skin and smell like processed meat, this is the product for you!
Linguist from East Lake
I'm on a budget, but that's the only thing I can't replace. It works great with my rosacea skin, and keeps my age spots and texture under control.
Great for my melasma
Aracien from Whitsett, NC
I love this product. I have been using it for 6-8 weeks, and it has reduced discolaration on my face dramatically. I have melasma on my cheeks that was hard to cover with foundation. But this serum has really helped fade the discolaration. I don't smell anything--I guess it depends on your sense of smell.
I would purchase again and again
Marcia from Satellite Beach, FL
Use the serum twice a day. Does not smell bad at all in fact has almost no smell. Blends easily. Makes my skin feel smooth and soft, helps with fine lines, wrinkles, etc.
kit from Phoenix
Smells so bad I can't stand to use it.
Made me break-out, smelled terrible
Rachel from Texas
Received a sample of this product and it was awful! I agree with the other reviews that it smelled terribly, it was way too thick and did not absorb easily, and it made my face break-out. would never purchase or recommend!
Faded my hyperpigmentation
Wanted you to know from Detroit, MI
I used this product daily until it ran out and it dramatically reduced some hyper-pigmented areas that had developed from too much sun exposure last year.
Florida GirlSatellite from Satellite Beach, FL
Been using this seum since it first became available. Makes my skin look bright and glowing. Don't understand why some people comment about the bad smell since I smell nothing when I use it. Twice a day and dulliness is a thing of the past.
Glowing youthful skin
Jenna from Chicago, IL
Loved my sample! My face was never brighter and had such a youth glow. I am pregnant and did not have any problems with the smell, do not have the pregnant glow either, so it's definitely the serum making my skin look so good. I have sensitive skin & this is great! I actually don't think it had much of a smell, to me anyways. If it didn't, it didn't last long at all. Really considering purchasing the full size it's that good.
Happy45 from Campbell
Use my product at night, my face feels tightening in the am
Smells Horrible...Immediately Tossed My Sample
Janie P from NC
I've always liked PTR products but this was an immediate no from me. I got it as a sample and I was immediately turned off by the smell. I have a horrible sense of smell (i can barely smell anything) and when products are scented they usually don't both me but this was a completely different story. It was such an odd smell...like a mixture of orange and cloves and bacon grease (I saw someone else mentioned it smells like bacon so I know I'm not crazy). I couldn't even put it on my face it smelled so bad. Definitely do not recommend for people who are sensitive to smells and/or dislike scent in their skincare products.
MGK from Satellite Beach, FL
I use this serum morning and night. Do not understand the reviews that say it has a bad smell since I do not smell anything at all. Have tried other companies c serum and they are very tacky. Makes my face look bright and radiant.
Ryann from Aztec, NM
I wasn't impressed, the smell is horrible! I won't be repurchasing this product.