The Ordinary

This brand has been buzzed about so much over the last year. I have to admit that it piqued my interest but I was also skeptical about the price point. How could something so cheap be fully effective? I get the “no frills” thing and I’m a big fan of skincare just getting to the point and omitting dyes and perfumes (a la First Aid Beauty style) but this just seems almost too cheap. So I delved into testing out a few products to see what all the fuss is about.

Now when you go to the website, it’s kind of overwhelming. The product names are very technical and I feel like you need to be a bit of a chemist to understand how these products work together. So I went on a mission to do some research on the brand from my go-to skincare resources (Beautypedia, Caroline Hirons) which led me to a highly detailed review by youtuber – Stephanie Nicole (you can check out her video review of The Ordinary here). This was very helpful in deciding which products would be best as a starting point for my skin. With that, I narrowed it down to the following:

  • Buffet Serum
  • Rose Hip Seed Oil
  • Natural Moisturizing Factor + HA
  • Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%


Here’s the combination that I have been using after cleansing my face in the morning and evening:

AM #1 = Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%, AM #2 = Natural Moisturizing Factor (followed by SPF 50 because this is a must when using Ascorbyl Glucosides during the day)

(First Aid Beauty AHA Resurfacing Liquid first) then PM #1 = Buffet Serum, PM #2 = Rose Hip Seed Oil

The thing about The Ordinary is that you need to use multiple products to get the best results, one item isn’t going to do it all. But once you find the combination that works for you, it really is very effective skincare at a great price. So let’s get into the results…..

The Results

I have to say that I was actually very surprised at how quickly I saw some nice results when using this combination of products! The fastest and most noticeable improvement was how much smaller my pores have become and I believe this was largely due to the Buffet Serum. The second result I saw around 3-4 weeks after starting this routine was that my skin looked brighter and I believe this was due to the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution. All in all, I see what all the fuss is about. The Ordinary really is very affordable and effective skincare. The only trade off is that you can’t get 1 product that does it all, you really do need to mix and match….and this requires a little homework and effort upfront. It’s something I would highly recommend putting the time investment into though. Once you find the combination that works for your skin, it’s easy and all four products only cost a total of $43.40 CAD ($49.04 with tax). I can’t think of one higher end skincare cream or serum that costs less than $50 so it’s definitely a great value!

I’ve recently ordered the Serum Foundation and will start testing that soon so look out for a review on that.

The actual stores have a very simple and clean look to them, much like their product packaging. I checked out the Yorkville location in Toronto.



The Ordinary skincare line is available on their website

They often sell out so you may have to keep checking back for some of the quicker-selling products. However I have also had some luck finding these items in stock over on



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