Before you read this post I encourage you to read the low-down on Rose Hip Seed Oil- the ingredient here and find out the “Royal” reason why I thought I need this product in my skincare Routine.
Well Royalty might not have opted for this brand but a commoner like me was anyway dying to try stuff from “The Ordinary” so I went shopping! I’d heard such good things about the Rose Hip Seed Oil they were carrying that I could not let myself checkout without this item. I got a bunch of The Ordinary products along with this from Beautylish.com since they were shipping stuff faster than the brand itself.
Personally I think Beautylish carrying The Ordinary products is the best thing that has happened to Deciem-The Abnormal Beauty Company (The parent company of The Ordinary.) since they have made it much simpler to help noobs find the right stuff for their concern and build a routine. Otherwise The Ordinary is not a mass-market brand and targets a very educated and aware audience (just look at their names- e.g. Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F) who understands ingredients and does not fall for marketing S#!t like Over Night Whitening Miracle Beauty Serum. But let’s be real not everyone is like that and that should not be a reason to not be able to buy the right stuff. So Beautylish for the win! Check out their The Ordinary – Treatment Guide here.
Price: 9:80 USD for 30 ml (approx 640 INR) | Buy Online: Here
- This formulation uses 100% pure Rosehip Seed Oil that is both cold-pressed and organic. Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in Linoleic acid, Linolenic acid and pro-vitamin A, all of which degrade when the oil extraction process involves heat. While cold-pressed extraction is complex, it preserves all of the quality of this important oil which has been shown to reduce signs of photo-ageing and many other skin conditions.
- Supplied in UV-protective packaging.
- Our Rose Hip Seed Oil is completely unrefined and imparts a natural scent partly due to its high omega fatty acid content. This scent is not an indication of rancidity. Rose Hip Seed Oil that does not have a scent is refined and offers reduced benefits.
Water-free, Alcohol-free, Silicone-free, Nut-free, Vegan & Cruelty-free.
Rose Hip seed oil is considered really good for the skin: it’s full of fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins. More details about Rose Hip Seed Oil here.
And I am pretty happy with the fact that Deciem has sourced an Organic variety which is Cold-pressed. It comes packaged in a UV-resistant tinted glass bottle with a pipette. The packaging is not fancy but does the job.
The Ordinary’s Rose Hip seed Oil has a rich amber/ melted-butter yellow colour and a strong nutty scent. The smell is not great – kind of like an old Walnut but it goes away after a while.
The oil is surprisingly thin and of a very runny consistency. Due to this fact it doesn’t feel oily or greasy when you rub it in between your palms. It sinks into the skin quickly. By quickly I mean in around 10 minutes during which expect a light oily film but after that it sinks in and leaves the skin feeling non-greasy yet well moisturized. Also I have a combination skin so the folks with dry skin might need a little more help with an extra layer of moisturizer.
I apply it to my face at night as the last step in my skincare routine either on top of, or instead of, my Estee Lauder Serum & finish by smoothing any excess over the back of my hands and cuticles. I wake up with supple moisturized skin that doesn’t feel oily or dry. Also I am using this during the winters and I have not seen any dry patches which tend to plague my nose during this time of the year.
This review would be incomplete without addressing the best part about this product – the ridiculously low price point. Yes, it is super affordable, because the other brands that offer a similar quality oil come nothing lower than three times this one’s cost. Of course there are some Indian Brands that offer it at a similar price points, whose efficacy and claims are yet to be explored by me.
- Light & Non Greasy
- Affordable Price Point
- Organic & Cruelty Free
- Not easily available in India
- Glass Bottle isn’t very travel-friendly.
Its been close to three months I have been using it and if you ask me- has my skin become absolutely flawless and have my scars and spots vanished? The answer unfortunately is “No”! For that I would need to be at it with the oil for a lot longer than a couple of months!
But this is a great product at a very affordable price point that I am willing to continue to keep using for the long run.
Have you tried this or other extra ordinary offerings from “The Ordinary” yet? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments.
Update – 17 Sep 2018
The Ordinary – Brand Review
So far I have tried many products from TO’s portfolio. Namely,
- The Ordinary – Rose Hip Seed Oil
- The Ordinary- Niacinamide 10% Zinc 1 %
- The Ordinary: Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
- The Ordinary: Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%
- The Ordinary: Buffet
- The Ordinary: Natural Moisturizing Factors +HA
After finishing the above products and experiencing this complete lineup over the past year I want to take a minute and share my opinion of the brand with you folks so that you can make an informed purchase decision.
The Ordinary has taken the global beauty world by storm, this has literally not happened before and there are two big reasons for that
- Their rock bottom pricing and
- Their unique (but also questionable) Marketing Strategies.
I totally understand that every one wants to try these ultra affordable skin care and anti-aging products mostly because one can collect a host of formula’s at a price of one product from the expensive high-street brands. This has attracted so much chatter about how DECIEM can rationalize the low prices of The Ordinary products when they themselves own other skincare brands like NIOD which sells similar products at a much higher price point. This difference is quite strange to be honest!
TO products feature a lot of ingredients that are also seen in expensive formulas from the high street brands. Some of these are definitely expensive to source especially so when claimed to be cruelty free/ cold pressed /organic etc. Moreover skin care products need to go through some very strict regulatory tests where right from the stability of the formula to the manufacturing units where they are bottled needs to comply with some stringent standards and obviously all this costs a lot of money. So you have to wonder how are they able to price things so low!
It feels like all the marketing budget is focused on attracting consumers to this super affordable brand via social media (and of-course the drama going on with the owner helps to do that; Like they say any publicity is good publicity) to eventually direct them to their more expensive sister brands. I have seen many famous bloggers review The Ordinary offerings and then very casually slip in the fact that with regards to certain aspects like potency/ pH value/ formulation / molecular weight of a particular ingredient etc. the other expensive sister brands are better.
The majority of TO’s products are one ingredient formulas which is unlike products from other skin care brand which offer a potent mix of varied ingredients to target the particular skin requirement. So if one wants to replicate the same they would have to purchase several products at once to round-up those many ingredients. Then there is the obvious question of what goes in what order and the massive confusion revolving around building a routine, which is well know among folks who have attempted to create a regimen using The Ordinary products.
In the end there is no doubt that low prices are very welcome but then based on the stuff I have already tried and the skin care community chatter that I am privy to; I have come to realize- in terms of efficacy there are very few products from TO that actually stand out, the rest just skim the surface and that fact is simply drowned by the noise their marketing creates.
If you agree or agree to disagree I want to hear from you in the comments or find me on Instagram and let’s have a conversation.