The Ordinary B Oil First Impressions (featuring a breakdown of ingredients)

I got to a point where I have 7-8 The Ordinary bottles on my bathroom shelf at the same time including Marula, Rosehip, Argan and Borage oil, but finally here’s the answer for saving space while getting the benefits of a blend of delicious oils. Not everyone likes face oils but I always love to have at least one and if it is a blend of my favourite ones, even better! When The Ordinary B Oil came out not so long ago I got intrigued by its green colour and looking at the ingredients it contained most of my favourites so it was a no-brainer for me to order it straight away. Here is how I got on so far:

Packaging: the usual The Ordinary UV protective dark brown glass bottle with a dropper top.

What it is: a purified form of micro-algae in a blend of squalane and oils of marula, argan, baobab, pataua, brazil nut, inca inchi, rosehip and borage with a golden green hue. It is water-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free, vegan/cruelty-free (it depends on how you feel about the brand’s association with Estee Lauder) and gluten-free.

What it does: it increases radiance, fights radicals and irritants, it strengthens skin defence.

Who it is for: pretty much all skin types but obviously look out for your personal skin needs, irritants, etc. Because of the Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, it should work for acne prone skin too.

Ingredients explained:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient), Squalane (highly emollient hydrating oil), Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil (easy absorption mustard plant oil full of fatty acids, unlikely to oxidize, anti-inflammatory, soothing), Bisabolol (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory compound extracted from Chamomile), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (jojoba seed oil, excellent soothing moisturizer to improve the skin elasticity, suppleness and the skin’s restorative quality), Ethylhexyl Stearate (emulsifier), Isochrysis Galbana Extract (a skin conditioning algae extract which is what gives the oil its vibrant colour, full of minerals that help to support a healthy skin) Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil ( or Baboab Seed Oil, a quickly absorbed highly moisturising oil that is multifunctional for skin and hair care packed with vitamins A, D, E and F) Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (argan oil, highly moisturising oil rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin E), Borago Officinalis Seed Oil (borage seed oil, soothing, nourishing, excellent for dry skin, often used to treat eczema and dermatitis) , Rosa Canina Seed Oil (rosehip oil, a lightweight moisturising, brightening and firming oil full of fatty acids and Vitamin A), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (marula oil, a lightweight hydrating, soothing oil full of antioxidants, fatty acids), Oenocarpus Bataua Fruit Oil (high absorbtion moisturising oil rich in fatty acids), Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil (a lightweight nourishing seed oil rich in omega-3 and 6, Sacha Inchi oil offers moisturizing and elasticity to the skin), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (brazil nut oil, skin conditioning agent full of fatty acids and Vitamin E) , Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract (combined with Vitamin E it is a strong antioxidant and helps to clear the skin), Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone (nature-identical molecule that copies a phyto-active found in grains of paradise, a spice from the ginger family that is antioxidant, anti-irritant and a hylauronic acid booster), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, it has also anti-bacterial, astringent and toning properties), Tocopherol (a class of naturally occurring chemical compounds related to Vitamin E, skin conditioning agent, anti-oxidant).

Some people say it has a fishy smell because of the algae extract but I didn’t find that at all.

How to use it: Apply a few drops daily or as needed to entire face ideally after water-based treatments.

How it worked for me: it is way too early in the process to tell but I can already say, I love using it. It has a pleasant, soft feel on the skin, it is not too thick or heavy. There is no smell and despite its strong colour (which is not green as on the website but a strong greeny yellow) it doesn’t stain the skin or your bed sheets, it makes my skin feel plump and nourished. I experienced no irritation or breakouts so far (I have combination, slightly dry skin at the moment).

If you’re looking to add an oil to your routine, this might be a good idea because you can get so many benefits out of one blend. B Oil could be a good skin prep too before the cold weather arrives in the autumn.


Value for money: excellent as always, £8.70 for 30ml, this feels like a great addition to their existing oil portfolio.


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