27 April 2017

Introduction to The Ordinary Skincare Brand

About six weeks ago, I made my first purchases from The Ordinary skincare line.  It was all over Instagram, and obviously peaked my interest like most skin junkies!  I got a mix of products that I thought would be most suited to my skin, i.e. bring on the acids!  I have to say the brand itself has really won me over – most products are vegan, cruelty free and provides a lot of information to the consumers about what products they are going to be putting on their face.  Full marks for all the information and price!

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 The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30ml (£6)

Naturally this excited me the most and unsurprisingly is my favourite product.  The Hyaluronic Acid serum comes in a dropper frosted glass bottle, full marks for the packaging.  Some people called it gimmicky, I personally really like the brands packaging.  Simple and doesn’t look cheap.

I take 3-4 drops and apply all over my face and neck, sometimes I add in a couple of drops of my favourite face oil.  On its own, it is a clear, water-y gel consistency and smooths over my skin really easily.  There is no fragrance at all so nothing to irritate sensitive skin.  It absorbs really well and anything you put on top seems to absorb just as well, i.e. no peeling off of products.  I’ve used it over 6 weeks AM and PM, and I’ve only used about a third of the bottle.  For the price point, this is a super product – I highly recommend it!

Additional Info:
Alcohol-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, cruelty-free.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.


I’m going to be honest, so far I don’t like the smell of this product.  The consistency is similar to the Hyaluronic Acid, except this one is slightly orange in colour.  I like that straight after applying the product, skin feels much smoother.  If you’re new to acids, I’d recommend you try the 5% strength to begin with.  I’m an old timer with acids, so went straight for the 10% - still no tingling, but I can see the difference.  It has made my skin more radiant, it is a good product – but I can’t get past the smell! It’s not one that goes away, it seems to linger.  I’m trying to combine with other better smelling products, I’ll let you know if I find something that masks the smell completely!

Would I recommend this product based on functionality? Yes, yes, yes!  Would I recommend you sample it first? Yes – the smell isn’t subtle guys…!

Additional Info:
Alcohol-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, cruelty-free

Ingredients:Aqua (Water), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Arginine, Potassium Citrate, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Ethyl 2,2-Dimethylhydrocinnamal, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

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Any product that is described as brightening and reducing the look of blemishes, I’m all over it!  It has the texture of a moisturiser and has a slight fragrance, nothing that bothered me.  Initially I used it all over, but didn’t love it as a moisturiser so started using it on areas where I have older acne scars or the odd spots and that seemed to work a little better.  It seemed to take down the redness of the spots.  It’s probably the least impressive product of the four, and truth be told, I won’t repurchase this.  It’s okay, just not something that I found wholly functional.

Additional Info:
Alcohol-free, oil-free, nut-free, vegan, cruelty-free

Ingredients:Aqua (Water), Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Azelaic Acid, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysilicone-11, Isohexadecane, Tocopherol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Isoceteth-20, Polysorbate 60, Triethanolamine, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.


The moisturiser was an impulse purchase, I needed something and I was placing this orer anyway so threw this in the basket too.  The consistency is quite thick but surprisingly absorbs really fast.  The thick consistency isn’t too much for my oily-combination skin and really makes my skin feel supple.  It works really well underneath my foundation, almost as a primer.  This is my second favourite of the four products.  I’ve actually just finished this and repurchased – this may be my new favourite daytime moisturiser! 

Additional Info:
Alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, cruelty-free


Ingredients:Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Glucose, Maltose, Fructose, Trehalose, Sodium PCA, PCA, Sodium Lactate, Urea, Allantoin, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Lecithin, Triolein, Tocopherol, Carbomer, Isoceteth-20, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Pentylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

I'm really sold on The Ordinary brand's products!  I've already placed a second order with a couple of more products that I wanted to try - so keep your eyes peeled for those.  If you have any specific questions about the products I've mentioned, please let me know!  Also, please let me know if there are any products you've tried that I need to try too!  

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