Today dear friend, I'm reviewing all 8 The Ordinary face oils. You're going to find out which The Ordinary face oil is perfect fit for your skin type. Why your chosen 30ml bottle of magic will work and when and how to use it.

The Ordinary Face Oils; Which one’s perfect fit for your skin type?

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53! The number of products The Ordinary have for you to pick from. 8! The number of face oils The Ordinary have for you to pick from. Wowzer (!) Where do you start? Which The Ordinary face oil is perfect fit for your skin type? Which is non-comedogenic? Which is non-greasy? Which is going to make your skin glow like you just had 5 days at the beach with copious Piña Colada and a fulfil your every need hunky man with grapes on tap?

How do you choose? Everyone raves about rose hip oil, but is this the guy for you?

Today dear friend, I’m reviewing all 8 The Ordinary face oils. You’re going to find out which The Ordinary face oil is perfect fit for your skin type. Why your chosen 30ml bottle of magic will work and when and how to use it. Ready for some face oil savvy? Come take my hand and I’ll guide you through…

Today dear friend, I'm reviewing all 8 The Ordinary face oils. You're going to find out which The Ordinary face oil is perfect fit for your skin type. Why your chosen 30ml bottle of magic will work and when and how to use it.

The Ordinary Face Oils By Skin Type

Don’t worry my friend, I’m not going to make you read through all 8 reviews of The Ordinary face oils. Oh no, I have something much quicker for you, a The Ordinary face oil cheat sheet. Take a gander below. Here you’ll find a short-list of the best The Ordinary face oils for your skin type;

Combination skin;

  • Rose hip oil
  • Squalane oil
  • Chia seed oil

Oily skin;

  • Rose hip oil
  • Chia seed oil
  • Borage oil

Spot prone skin;

  • Rose hip oil
  • Borage oil
  • Sea buckthorn oil
  • Chia seed oil

Sensitive skin;

  • “B-oil” (fantastic for rosacea/redness)
  • Squalane oil
  • Borage oil

Mature skin;

  • Squalane oil
  • Marula oil
  • Sea buckthorn oil
  • Chia seed oil
  • Argan oil

Dry skin;

  • Squalane oil
  • Marula oil
  • Borage oil (also great for eczema)
  • Chia seed oil
  • Argan oil

Normal skin;

  • Argan oil
  • Marula oil
  • “B-oil”

Got your list sorted? Fab. I’ve listed the in order of best-ness for your skin type (also some of these are very close pairs!) so do that control+F thing and get reading dear skin savvy.

Oh and p.s. if you’re still finding yourself in a state of The Ordinary bamboozlement (which is 100% normal by the way) click this link for a personalised The Ordinary skincare routine.

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil Review

If face oils were like socialites, rose hip oil would be IT girl of the decade. Almost every skincare range alive right now has a rose hip oil or moisturiser offering. Rose hip oil is fantastic for skin because of these 3 reasons;

  1. Rose hip oil is fast absorbing and non-greasy
  2. Rose hip oil is non-comedogenic with a high percent of linoleic acid – a fantastic oil for spot prone skin types
  3. Rose hip oil is the only plant oil known to contain all-trans-retinoic-acid (THE retinol) – great for anti-ageing and spot fighting

Every kind of face oil is a mixture of different ingredients. The 2 most common are oleic acid and linoelic acid. I know, I know – they sound super-sciency ‘eh but just think of these 2 as different personalities, like Oprah and Lady Gaga.

Oleic acid is a thick, sometimes sticky kind of oil.

Linoleic acid is a light-weight, non-greasy, non-comedogenic, sebum balancing kind of oil.

Which is why The Ordinary’s rosehip oil is a fantastic face oil for combination, oily and acne prone skin types.

It’s also cold-pressed meaning The Ordinary’s bottle has way more love for your skin. Cold pressing is a technique used to extract rose hip oil from rose hip seeds. Other extraction techniques use heat which kills precious nutrients. Cold pressed oils are always best.

Bottom line, rose hip oil makes a great face oil choice if you have;

  • Oily skin
  • Combination skin
  • Spot prone skin
  • Are concerned about first signs of ageing

The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane Review

Squalane oil is the only skin identical/skin similar face oil on The Ordinary’s face oil list. It’s 1-step off being exactly incidental to an oil your skin makes and needs called squalene. Can you spot the difference. Out goes an ‘a’ and in comes an ‘e’. Which means instead of having a single bond the version your skin makes, squalene has a double bond.

The reason you’ll only ever find squalane in skincare is because the kind your skin makes can go off fast. When squalene gets exposed to oxygen it can turn comedogenic. The reason why some people will tell you squalane oil is comedogenic and can cause you spots. Which by the way is not true, and especially not true if you’re using skincare with antioxidants in (which is pretty much any kind!).

What does squalane do for skin? The top layers of your skin are almost exclusively oil based which is why face oils make perfect skincare. Out of all the ingredients your skin makes to keep these layers healthy, squalene makes up a major component. If your skin barrier’s struggling aka you have dry or sensitive skin aka your squalene levels are low, The Ordinary’s squalane oil is the one for you.

Bottom line, The Ordinary’s squalane oil makes a great face oil choice if you have;

  • Dry skin
  • Sensitive skin
  • Patches of dry/irritated skin

The Ordinary “B” Oil Review

The only oil in The Ordinary’s face oil list which is a mixture of lots of different oils. Like having chocolate dessert instead of just 1-ingredient cocoa powder. Amongst the oils you’ll find in “B-oil” there are a few key stand out ingredients which make this face oil spectacular;

  • Bisabolol
  • Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone
  • Isochrysis Galbana Extract aka algae extract

Bisabolol and Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone are actives paired up into a 2 ingredient mixture which The Ordinary buys in to use in “B” oil. Bisabolol is a natural ingredient of chamomile and Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone is a nature-identical form of an ingredient found in a plant called grains of paradise (it’s similar to ginger). What a name ‘eh.

These 2 ingredients are what make The Ordinary’s “B” oil stand out (although read The Ordinary’s “B” oil bio and you’d think it was the algae!). Both are potently soothing aka they’re anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. The makers of this 2 oil mix claim it can;

  • Act fast
  • Visibly reduce redness in 1 day (fab for rosacea)
  • Protect skin against the environment and premature ageing

…but we can’t leave out the algae ‘eh. The algae extract used in The Ordinary’s “B” oil is actually a tan-accelerator. It works by stimulating your skin’s natural tanning process for better protection against UV damage aka sun induced sensitivity.

Bottom line, The Ordinary’s “B” oil makes a great face oil choice if you have;

  • Sensitive skin
  • Rosacea
  • Dry/damaged skin
  • Irritated/itchy skin
  • Redness

The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil Review

Marula oil has been made famous in the skincare world thanks to a beauty brand called Drunk Elephant – don’t you just love the name (!). When the marula tree fruits ripen, elephants feast on them. And here’s the thing, Marula fruit’s are like a bowl of punch to elephants… so before you know it they’re elephantly staggering home.

The Ordinary’s marula oil is amazingly an exact dupe for Drunk Elephants marula oil – but is almost 7 times cheaper. Winning!

Why use it? Marula oil is a fab source of natural antioxidants plus dry skin busting oleic acid. Meaning it’s great for helping make skin smooth, strong and hydrated.

Fun fact: Dried marula nuts are made into necklaces by African tribes who gift them as symbols of love – aka I’m nuts about you (!). 

Bottom line, The Ordinary’s marula oil is a great face oil choice if you have;

  • Dry skin
  • Mature skin
  • Dehydrated skin

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Borage Seed Oil Review

Every one of the face oils on The Ordinary’s 8 product list is famous for 1 very specific reason. Borage oils claim to fame is its high gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) content. An ingredient which is super rare to find naturally. Borage, evening primrose and hemp oil – these are pretty much the only 3 oils who can claim to contain GLA.

Borage oil contains between 14 to 27% GLA.

Psst! Borage oil usually contains twice the amount of GLA as evening primrose oil. Pretty great ‘eh.

GLA is a super-star for helping repair dry and severely dry skin types. It can also help relieve itchiness, redness and the time it takes for skin to heal. A perfect choice for eczema prone skin.

Bottom line, The Ordinary’s Borage oil is fab for you if you have;

  • Dry skin
  • Eczema
  • Flaky patches of skin
  • Sensitivity/irritation

The Ordinary 100% Organic Virgin Sea-Buckthorn Fruit Oil Review

There are 2 face oils on this list which have a colour and scent you won’t forget about. “B” oil is no.1 and you guessed it… sea-buckthorn fruit oil is no.2. A brightly vivid orange-red sea buckthorne oil definitely ain’t no plain Jane. In fact sea-buckthorn bright sunshine colour is one of the reasons it’s fantastic for skin because those bright orange-red ingredients are carotenoids. Aka antioxidants.

Psst – you’ll also find carotenoids in bright red/orange fruit and veg like carrots, tomatoes and apricots.

They’re great for helping skin protect, heal and anti-age.

Sea buckthorn oil is also made up from a very rare-to-find oil called palmitoleic acid aka omega 7. Palmitoleic acid like squalane oil is a natural ingredient in your skin’s sebum and as you get older *cough* more experienced (!) your palmitoleic acid levels will go down. The Ordinary’s organic virgin sea-buckthorn fruit oil can help top them back up again helping making your skin smooth and soft.

Bottom line, The Ordinary’s sea-buckthorn oil is fab for you if you have;

  • Mature skin
  • Spot prone skin
  • Sensitive skin

How to use The Ordinary’s sea-buckthorn fruit oil: This is the only The Ordinary face oil you shouldn’t use neat. Sea-buckthorn oil is a strong red-orange colour and is highly concentrated. You’ll want to mix a few drops with a moisturiser in the palm of your hand, or blend in with a few more drops of another The Ordinary face oil – just choose another from the ideal for your skin type list at the top of this blog.

The Ordinary 100% Organic Virgin Chia Seed Oil Review

Remember how we chatted about all oils being a different mix of ingredients? And how most of the time oils are mostly made up from a mix of oleic acid and linoleic acid (Oprah and Lady Gaga)? And how oleic acid’s great for dry skin but linoleic acid’s great for oily, combination and spot prone skin?

Well dear friend, chia seed’s one to watch because it has a high amount of linoleic acid and a teeny tiny amount of oleic acid (usually around 2.5%).

Making The Ordinary’s 100% organic virgin chia seed oil a fab pick for oily, combination and spot prone skin.

Published trials of linoleic acid show it could even help reduce your breakouts!

Chia seed oil also has a mega anti-oxidant capacity including natural antioxidants like alpha-lipoic acid, coumaric acid and caffeic acid. This potent mix means chia seed oil can help protect your skin against fine lines, wrinkles and even enlarged pores.

Nutrients to make your skin sing!

Bottom line, The Ordinary’s chia seed oil is fab for you if you have;

  • Mature skin
  • Acne/spot prone skin
  • Combination skin
  • Oily skin
  • Concern of large pores

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil Review

Not so well-known fact: Argan oil contains twice as much vitamin E as olive oil. Yes really! And natural vitamin E is way, way more active than women-made vitamin E. Argan oil also contains up to 50% oleic acid and up to 38% linoleic acid making it ideal for mature, dry or normal skin types.

Where rose hip oil contains a nice helping of linoleic acid – a thin, light-weight, fast absorbing, sebum balancing oil. It does not make an ideal choice for dry skin types because rose hip oil contains a teeny-tiny amount of oleic acid (a thicker, more moisturising oil) and therefore rose hip oil is usually considered a dry oil.

But all is not lost dear friend. Oh no, because you have The Ordinary’s argan oil. An almost 50:50 mixture of oleic and linoleic acid. Oleic acid is richly conditioning to skin so not only do you get a fab dose of  linoelic acid (an essential fatty acid your body cant make but needs) you also get a super dose of dry skin nourishing oleic acid.

Fun fact: Did you know it takes argan oil fruits an average of 2 years to ripen. Crazy ‘eh.

Bottom line, The Ordinary’s Moroccan argan oil is fab for you if you have;

  • Dry skin
  • Eczema prone skin
  • Mature skin
  • Dehydrated
  • Itchy/irritated skin

Which The Ordinary face oil’s going to be your first pick my skin savvy? Wondering between 2? Come ask me your questions in the comments below…