The Ordinary | Review*

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A couple of months ago I was kindly sent some products from The Ordinary range and I have been trialling them since.

Lets start with the packaging. The boxes themselves feel very sleek and have a Nars-ish packaging feel to them. The bottles on the other hand are glass and have pipettes in them, which work really well. All together the bottles look really cute in my skincare cupboard, not that that’s a reason to get them but it is a nice touch.

Before I go into each one in detail, I will say one of the roadblocks I personally ran into is that I wasn’t sure exactly what some of these serums initially did. This is definitely due to my lack of knowledge in the department (there are just so many different acids and serums!) but I did have to first look up exactly what each serum did. But after that there were no problems. Although I understand that they are purely the serums themselves, the names are still slightly confusing to me.

The Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

The Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

This is a hydration serum. We have it in our skin, however its function isn’t to hydrate, although it does have amazing hydrating properties. This was amazing to use after my winter trip in Europe in December, as when we got back to Australia and it was the middle of summer, my skin was slightly freaking out. When you apply it, the serum seems slightly sticky, but that feeling goes away very fast and it sinks into the skin in moments. I only use one pipette worth for my entire face and have been doing it both in the morning and at night, though I think I prefer it at nights.

The main thing I really like about it is how hydrating my skin feels immediately once it’s sunk in. Even the first few times I used it, I could already feel my skin be softer and plumper. Overall, I’m really glad I have this in my life now and will definitely continue using it, especially on those extra dehydrated days!

The 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

100% Plant-Derived Squalane

This is without a doubt the oiliest serum I have out of the three here. I would definitely only use this at night and one pipette is enough to do my whole face and neck as I really find it goes a long way. Although I find it very oily, I don’t get a greasy feeling from it, so if you enjoy oily products that aren’t greasy, definitely check this out!

What it does is help to ensure that hydration actually stays in your skin and limits dehydration. I think it would have long-term benefits in that, however after roughly a month and a half of using it I can’t say I have noticed a crazy big difference. However, I do want to keep using it for longer to see if there are more long-term benefits. I do find my skin feels more supple the morning after I use it though so that’s definitely a positive.

 The Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%

Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%

When I first saw this, I had no idea what it was. But after some research I found that Lactic Acid is a mild exfoliant. This is the one I used with the most caution, as it should not be used on peeling, sensitive of compromised skin. Although generally I don’t have sensitive skin, I did worry about putting too much of this on. It causes the skin to be more prone to sunburn, which in this Australian summer is the last thing you want.

However, I did try it a couple of times and I do have to say that the results are immediate. My skin felt less textured and smoother after applying this. I also feel like my pores looked clearer and I didn’t get any tingly feeling. However, if you have sensitive skin I would recommend trying it first slightly diluted and don’t forget to wear sunscreen once you have used it!

So there you have it! Overall, I am very happy with the products and the ways they have all performed. I think if you’re planning to get some, because of how effective and pure they are, definitely read a few more reviews to find out exactly which serums would work for your skin type. Having said that, I have normal to dry skin and I would highly recommend the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 to anyone!

Have you tried these before? What did you think?



*Please note, these products were kindly sent to me for my review and consideration. However all opinions are honest and 100% my own. 



  1. January 29, 2018 / 3:13 am

    Great honest review Sophia. I have heard about this brand for a while now and I think I might give them a go once I finish the serum I am currently using by Khiel’s.
    Thanks for visiting my little corner, much love from not so sunny England

    Saida | She talks Glam

    • SofiaaDot
      January 29, 2018 / 6:40 am

      Yeah definitely check them out!! 🙂 xx

  2. January 24, 2018 / 4:19 am

    I have never heard of this brand, I must be missing out, because a lot of your commenters have! Lol! I def. would need to do some research before using all of these, too… there are so many different serums!


    • SofiaaDot
      January 24, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Haha definitely check them out!! They are an awesome brand 😀 Yeah but once you find the one for you, it’s sooo good 🙂 xx

  3. Claire Talks Beauty
    January 22, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    I really want to try the LACTIC ACID 5% one! I love good exfoliating products and i am always searching for good ones!

    • January 23, 2018 / 8:32 am

      Definitely give it a go!!! Especially if you love those kinds of exfoliating serums 😀 xx

  4. January 20, 2018 / 11:09 pm

    this brand is so affordable! I bought Coffee Solution and I love it

    • January 23, 2018 / 8:31 am

      Ohh I might look into that one, sounds lovely! xx

  5. January 19, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    I’ve heard so many good things about this brand but never tried them out, the options are confusing! That first serum sounds like it would be perfect to start off with though 🙂

    Hope that you are having a good week so far! The weather has been more bearable this week which is nice, not the crazy high temps we had last week!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • SofiaaDot
      January 23, 2018 / 6:32 pm

      Yeah definitely try that one!! It’s an awesome place to start with 🙂 Thank you, I hope you’re having a great week too! Haha agreed, the weather has been a lot better! xx

  6. January 19, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    The Ordinary can definitely be overwhelming! I know that’s what put me off at first, but I’ve heard amazing things about their products. And it’s actually one where I can afford to try out all of their products that I’ve been hearing about, haha

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

    • January 20, 2018 / 6:17 pm

      Yeah exactly that’s what I love about them too haha its affordable as well as good quality as long as you match the right product to your skin type! xx

  7. busyandfab
    January 19, 2018 / 8:53 am

    I’m actually looking for a product with HA ingredient and this one looks good. Nice review!!!

    • January 20, 2018 / 6:16 pm

      Yeah definitely check it out! Such good quality 🙂 xx

  8. Straight A Style
    January 16, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    These sound great. Thanks for sharing!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • SofiaaDot
      January 23, 2018 / 6:33 pm

      They are! xx

  9. becky
    January 15, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    I get you on the confusion – the ordinary has so many different products and it’s really overwhelming at first! their hyaluronic acid is my faaave! I’ve went through 4 or 5 bottles of it already, and it does a lot for my dry skin! squalane is one of my favorites too, though it’s actually supposed to be a moisturizer 🙂

    becky @ star violet

    • January 20, 2018 / 6:15 pm

      Ahhh I love the hyaluronic acid one too! Oh thats so interesting! I have dry skin but its not crazyyy dry I guess so the squalane one just feels too oily! But everyone definitely has different skin types haha 🙂 xx

    • SofiaaDot
      January 15, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      You definitely should, it’s a great brand! xx

  10. January 15, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    I haven´t tried anything from the brand, but for someone that loves skincare as much as I do the different kinds of serums and actives all labeled by ingredient name excite me.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

    • SofiaaDot
      January 23, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Yeah you should definitely check them out especially if you are a fan of skincare! Such an amazing company with a lot of unique products 😀 xx

    • SofiaaDot
      January 15, 2018 / 7:50 am

      Definitely give them a go! xx

    • SofiaaDot
      January 15, 2018 / 7:44 am

      Yeah they really have I agree!! Definitely do it 😀 xx

  11. January 14, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    Wow! First of, I like how all the ingredients are clear at the front so you know EXACTLY what you’re putting onto your face. Considering the price, it looks like a very high-end product. It’s unbelievable. The only products I’m genuinely not too keen on are oily hydrators or moisturizers. I just don’t like the look or feel of it on my face. However, when you mentioned how it doesn’t have that oily feel which I hate, I kind of second looked the product. Great honest review in my opinion. Hope the product has done you well.

    #sweetreats xx

    • SofiaaDot
      January 14, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you! Yeah I really don’t like super oily ones either!! Completely agree with you 🙂 Thanks! xx

    • SofiaaDot
      January 14, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      Definitely do it!! So so so good! xx

  12. Mile High Dreamers
    January 13, 2018 / 10:54 am

    I definitely do NOT know a lot about skin serums and such, so this was super helpful to me! What I LOVE about these is that they’re vegan formulas! That means a lot to me so this is definitely something I’d try. Especially with Colorado’s crazy dry winters!

    Susie |

    • January 14, 2018 / 9:58 am

      Haha exactly!!! Definitely give it a go, it can be a bit confusing but its so good once you figure out exactly what your skin needs! xx

  13. Simone
    January 12, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    Your review sounds amazing! I haven’t tried the products so far, but I definitely have to give them a go.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    • January 12, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Definitely give them a go!! They are so so lovely!xx

    • January 12, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Definitely try it! The packaging is amazing! Xx

    • January 12, 2018 / 1:07 pm

      Yesss agree, I especially love how light weight it is! So good xx

  14. luxblush
    January 12, 2018 / 6:38 am

    I haven’t tried the Ordinary before, but everyone seems to love them! These sound good too, and I’m glad they worked for you xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • January 12, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      You need to, they really are amazing! And the price is super reasonable too xx

  15. coatandcoffee
    January 12, 2018 / 1:38 am

    Great review! I’ve heard a great deal about them, but STILL haven’t tried them. I probably should by now!


    • January 12, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      Haha you really need to!! Especially as they aren’t crazy expensive! Highly recommend! Xx

  16. January 11, 2018 / 11:50 pm

    I placed two orders from the Ordinary, the one was last month and I re-ordered the Hyaluronic Acid, I really enjoyed using it and I can’t believe the price of it! My skin loves it!!


    • January 12, 2018 / 1:05 pm

      Yeah the price is definitely amazing as well! And definitely agree, it’s so lovely for the skin! Xx

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