The Ordinary Skincare….A Beauty Steal or One-Note Products?

My favorite skincare products from The Ordinary. Including 9 products I would recommend.

The Ordinary Skincare-Part 1.

The Ordinary Skincare products are all the rage right now, but are they worth the hype?? I have tested 23 of their products, which doesn’t make me an expert in any sense, but over the next few posts I will be sharing my thoughts on the skincare range. Today I will be focusing on the very best products from The Ordinary, or at least my favorite. Whether I like a product because of its formula, effectiveness, or simply because of its price point…I will share that all here!

The Ordinary is now available at Sephora!! 

The Ordinary Skincare can be purchased on The Ordinary website, Cult Beauty, Beautylish, and Victoria Health.

To view a complete list of International retailers click here.

Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

Retinol 0.5% in Squalane is a new product from The Ordinary (1 oz/30 mL for $5.80.) You guessed it, this oil contains 0.5% of pure Retinol. It is also available in a lower concentration,

0.2% Retinol and a higher concentration, 1% Retinol. If you have never tried an oil based Retinol product, now is the time! There are not many oil-based Retinol products out The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalanethere, and the ones available are priced much higher! The base for this treatment oil is Squalane. My love for Squalane runs deep, as you will find out later in this post. It is an excellent hydrator that doesn’t feel greasy on my combination skin and sinks in very quickly. All absolute must-haves for any oil I use! I haven’t been using the Retinol 0.5% long enough to comment on most of its anti-aging claims. However, the results I have seen over this last month I have been impressed with! It has helped tackle some texture issues I have been experiencing and produced baby smooth skin. This treatment oil is definitely worth your consideration if you are looking for a new retinol option. You can read my full review here where I go through all the details and benefits of this oil, including a look at the ingredients. This product is available to purchase through Deciem’s website here.  They are also available at Victoria Health and they do ship internationally. 


Natural Moisturizing Factors +HA

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors +HA
The Ordinary NMF is a lightweight, mousse-like textured lotion.

Natural Moisturizing Factors +HA, or NMF, is a product that I initially overlooked when I first started purchasing products from The Ordinary. I even called it a ‘basic moisturizer’ when I did my original TO Favorites on Instagram a few months ago, which is kind of crazy considering I used it every night last winter. I think I didn’t fully appreciate it until I really took a look at the ingredients after reading an excellent review by a dear, IG friend @m.s.sophia. Her post explained how she didn’t like the greasy feeling of moisturizer on her combination skin, and how they caused congestion. In her quest to treat perioral dermatitis, she began searching for barrier repairing ingredients that her skin desperately needed. Which led to the discovery of NMF and her love for the product (Definitely check out her post, it is a must-read!) This post came at a time when I was researching products to repair the skin barrier…which is exactly what this ‘basic moisturizer’ does. I think the reason why I believed it to be basic is because of its texture. The texture is nothing sophisticated, just a light lotion that feels like something you would use on your body. I guess that is a possibility now that The Ordinary is now making NMF in a 100 mL tube!

As mentioned above, NMF is perfect for my combo skin during winter. It just felt a little too heavy on my skin during the hot, humid summer days in Oklahoma. Even Mr. Country Girl used it when he was out of town for a business trip! Which is very surprising, trust me. He has oily skin and he likes it enough I got him his own tube. I whipped it out for the first time since early Spring a couple of days ago to refresh my memory, and it is as great as ever. As time goes on I appreciate NMF more and more. At $5 a tube, it’s definitely worth a try!

Natural Moisturizing Factors (30 mL/$5.80 or 100 mL for $7.70) can be bought from Sephora, The Ordinary Website, Cult Beauty, Beautylish, or from Victoria Health. 

Full Ingredients List: 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.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

My next pick is a treatment serum with highly effective ingredients, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. (30 mL/1 oz. for $5.90) There are some drawbacks for me with this product, but the benefits

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. An excellent multi-tasking serum.
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, and excellent multi-tasking serum.

of Niacinamide far outweigh these issues. I love multi-tasking products. Who doesn’t want to use a product that targets multiple skin concerns? Niacinamide is shown to have verifiable results on aging skin, discoloration, compromised skin barrier, and acne prone skin. I believe these results make it suitable for all skin types and can literally benefit anyone with skin! Everyone should use barrier repairing products, if only for prevention. In my full review, I discuss the benefits of Niacinamide, who could benefit from this serum, and of course, my reservations with this product! Read my full review here. This product can be purchased from Sephora, The Ordinary’s website, Cult Beauty, Beautylish, or from Victoria Health.


Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

There are very few truly affordable acid exfoliators on the market that are formulated at the correct pH, don’t contain skin irritating ingredients like alcohol, and contain a high enough percentage of glycolic acid to truly make a difference on skin. The Ordinary knocks it out of the park with their Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution! This acid toner is a game changing product especially for the younger audience that The Ordinary has been attracting on social media. It’s not only impressive for acid newbies, it is even impressive to acid veterans like myself

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning SolutionWhile I could list 4 different acids that The Ordinary makes on this list, I chose this one because it is mild enough to be used for acid newbies. Plus, just look at this bottle…it is HUGE! The bottle contains 8 oz of product for $8.70 USD. What a steal! The packaging itself is brilliant with its twist top pointed tip, easily poured onto a cotton pad.


Some have compared this toner as a dupe for Pixi’s Glow Tonic. I have never used Glow Tonic before, but it does have some similar ingredients. My IG friend Vanessa (@goalstogetglowing) has an awesome infographic comparing The Ordinary Toner and Pixi Glow Tonic on her blog.

The Ordinary Glycolic acid Toning Solution can be purchased from Sephora,  The Ordinary’s website,  Beautylish, Cult Beauty, or at Victoria Health.

The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane, a dry, fast absorbing oil perfect for oily or acne prone skin.
100% pure plant-derived Squalane that is ECOCERT approved and is a USDA Certified Bio-based Product.

100% Plant-Derived Squalane

As mentioned above in my thoughts on Retinol 0.5% in Squalane, I have quite a fondness for Squalane. 100% Plant-Derived Squalane is absolutely one of my favorite The Ordinary products, and I think it is one of their underrated products! It’s not a fancy treatment serum, so I don’t think it is shown enough love! However, I have seen only great results since adding Squalane to my skincare & body routines about 9 months ago. I love it so much, I dedicated an entire review  where I discuss the benefits of Squalane and who should be using this oil…asap! 

100% Plant-derived Squalane, 30 mL/1 oz for $7.90, available to purchase from Victoria Health,  Cult Beauty, Beautylish, or  The Ordinary’s website.


This is Part 1 of my favorite products from The Ordinary, stay tuned for Part 2! The Ordinary has been a brand that has been so much fun to explore, experiment with, and definitely deserve the hype! What they are doing in the skincare industry is definitely making waves, but they should be commended for what they are trying to achieve. Of course there are duds in most every skincare line, and The Ordinary is no exception. I will be exploring my Ordinary fails in a future post also! Until then thank you for reading….Stay Happy & Beautiful!



**Some affiliate links may be included in this post. I did purchase all products myself and reviews are based on my own experiences with these products since early 2017. Any review and my experiences are honest, unbiased, and completely unrelated to any affiliate relationship.







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  1. Sarahjeangirl

    Great reviews! I love your blog!

    You know, a while back I bought the NMF, and I don’t think I really gave it the love it deserves. I need to start incorporating it into my routine again!

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      Completely agree! I guess a lot of people like it for them to produce a bigger bottle! It is a lot like Paula’s Choice Omega + Complex serum or Stratia Liquid Gold in the fact it contains all of those skin-identical ingredients needed to repair and protect our barrier! Definitely one of The Ordinary’s underrated products, imo.

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