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The Ordinary “B” Oil

the claim

The Ordinary’s “B” Oil claims to solubilize a purified form of micro-algae in a blend of squalane and marula, argan, baobab, pataua, brazil nut, inca inchi, rosehip and borage oils to support healthy skin defense, enhance radiance, quench free radicals and help balance pro-irritant mediators.
The Ordinary 'B' Oil

the science

The oils included at the largest volumes in the blend closely resemble human sebum in structure, ensuring rapid penetration, deep hydration and no greasy residue. The first is Squalane which comprises three major antioxidants, namely, Vitamin E, Polyphenols and Phytosterols, for ultimate protection against free radicals and restorative function. Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil offers a strong concentration of Omega 9 fatty acids. Jojoba Seed Oil is technically a polyunsaturated wax which restores and soothes the skin through high fatty acid composition. Emollient properties from these oils help to trap moisture, keeping skin soft and supple. In the long term, improved moisture retention assists to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Replenishing behaviour is also supported by Baobab Oil which displays excellent softening, healing and regenerating properties too. Antioxidant rich, it helps to protect against free radical damage, activity boosted by Tocopherol, a source of Vitamin E. High Vitamin A, B and C content delivers anti-ageing benefits, helping to improve elasticity, firm and hydrate the skin. Furthermore, Omega fatty acids reinforce the moisture barrier. Similarly, Argan Oil retains a high content of essential fatty acids including linoleic and oleic acids and tocopherol (Vitamin E) to assure hydration and protection against free radical activity.
Bisabolol enhances hydration which in turn assists to reduce flaking and skin damage caused by a lack of moisture. It boasts a high panthenol concentration so can also effectively stimulate and promote the skin’s healing process. Meanwhile, Borage Seed Oil is rich in Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) which is essential for replenishing the skin’s protective barrier. This makes it a saviour for dryness, helping to deliver smooth, plump, supple and radiant skin. It is an excellent treatment for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
The Ordinary 'B' Oil
Rosehip Seed Oil has proven healing and protective properties. Rich in linoleic and linolenic fatty acids and pro-vitamin A, it’s often considered nature’s retin A. Rosehip can help to reduce scars, fine lines, sun damage and uneven skin tone. It’s also beneficial for acne healing, hydration, collagen production and elasticity.
Lightweight and easily absorbed, Marula Oil’s high fatty acid concentration makes it an effective moisturizer for dry or aging skin, keeping it hydrated and well-nourished. Non-greasy and non-comedogenic, it’s also good for oily skin and treating acne. Similar composition makes Pataua and Brazil Nut Oils superior emollients displaying high absorption and deep penetration. Sacha Inchi Seed Oil is also a great moisturiser that additionally imparts antioxidant protection with a high amount of tocopherols.
There are also some botanical extracts rounding the formula including the hero, Marine Algae. A rich source of polysaccharides, carotenoids and phlorotannins algae can effectively fight the aging process. They have the potential to decrease oxidative stress and increase skin cellular longevity in human skin. Tomato Extract is rich in vitamins and minerals. Purifying to the skin, it helps balance skin pH and regulate sebum. It’s also a good source of antioxidants. Rosemary Leaf Extract displays antioxidant properties, excudes aromatic properties and can calm the skin via Rosmarinic Acid.
Finally, represented at the highest concentration in the blend is Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, an excellent emollient derived from coconut oil and glycerin. High fatty acid content replenishes the skin surface and resists moisture loss.

the ingredients

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Bisabolol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Isochrysis Galbana (Marine Algae) Extract, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Oenocarpus Bataua (Pataua) Fruit Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis (Sacha Inchi) Seed Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol
The Ordinary 'B' Oil Ingredients

the packaging

The “B” oil comes in typical The Ordinary packaging, comprising a brown almost opaque bottle (UV protective) with dropper lid.
The Ordinary 'B' Oil Packaging

the analysis

The CosDNA and EWG assessments return ideal low hazard ratings.
The Ordinary 'B' Oil CosDNA Analysis

the application

Apply a few drops daily or as needed to entire face after water-based treatments.

the scent

The ‘B’ Oil gives off a natural scent.

the cost

The Ordinary’s ‘B’ Oil sells for AUD$18.50 for a 30ml bottle.

the availability

The Ordinary range of skincare products is widely available online from boutiques such as Beautylish, Adore Beauty, The Ordinary website and stores including a few The Ordinary boutiques, Priceline pharmacies and department stores.

the expiry

The oil lasts 6 months after opening.
The Ordinary 'B' Oil Expiry

the performance

Firstly, in terms of appearance, this oil takes on the typical The Ordinary packaging, presented in a UV protective brown tinted glass bottle to reduce light degradation of the product. The screw top dropped lid is effective at providing a hygienic dispensing mechanism. The blend is defined by a slightly green tinge with a typical oil texture. A quality blend of oils which costs only AUD$18.50 for 30ml is a cost effective choice whose performance exceeds some more expensive counterparts.
The Ordinary 'B' Oil Appearance
“B” Oil has a very distinct scent which is naturally derived from the formula, nothing added to enhance the product smell which is my preference. It is quite strong and although I find it inoffensive, I have read that some can’t tolerate it. The high fatty acid content combined with the algae delivers a slightly fishy herbal odour which clearly dissipates as the product dries down. There is no indication on the brand website whether the oils that make up this blend are organic and/or cold pressed which is usually stipulated for their single oils.
This product will cooperate with other layers well. I have used it prior to, post and with cream effectively. It doesn’t appear to interfere with makeup application either, although it should be noted, I only wear very light makeup. I allow previous layers to dry down completely before applying it as otherwise, it takes longer to fully absorb. On dry skin, it sinks in rapidly (within 2-3 minutes), as suggested by a highly compatible molecular structure to human sebum.
It is a very lightweight blend that has plenty of slip, gliding on easily across the skin. I use around 5-6 drops to cover face and neck. I like to massage and pat oils into my skin to encourage deeper absorption and immediate impact. It also makes application a little more luxurious.
It’s composition suggests a great inclusion to a routine focused on anti-ageing. (Ideal for me!) Fatty acids reinforce the moisture barrier and antioxidants neutralise free radicals that can otherwise damage cells. Together, added hydration and protection provides an excellent defense against the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. However, there are also soothing and healing properties in the formula through hero ingredients, Marine Algae and Bisabolol which suggests this is additionally a great choice for sensitive skin. I have no inflammation, redness or irritation so cannot personally confirm these benefits, however, the formula certainly suggests they are feasible and the brand also claims such advantages.
The Ordinary 'B' Oil Texture
I have used approximately half a bottle of this blend, and given it is winter, I often apply it day and night for additional comfort. There is a noticeable improvement in skin suppleness and hydration when I include this layer in my routine so I have definitely benefited from increased moisture and softness. The oil also claims to enhance skin radiance. I can’t say that I have observed such a change, although increased hydration does make my skin look and feel healthier.
CosDNA and EWG approved, it contains no essential oils, although there is rosemary leaf extract which would contain some of the leaf oil by default. Nonetheless, the formula is highly suited to sensitive skin while oilier complexions will love the lightweight sebum-like structure. Normal to dry skin types will appreciate it’s ability to reduce dryness with a high fatty acid content.

the conclusion

The Ordinary “B” Oil is a great blend of quality oils which absorbs without greasiness or oiliness to deliver a pleasant layer of hydration and emollients for hydrated and supple skin respectively. I have really enjoyed using it in both day and night routines.
The Ordinary 'B' Oil



the summary

Pros Cons
CosDNA and EWG approved Some may dislike the herbal/fishy scent
Easily absorbed without greasy residue
Effectively hydrates and softens skin
Suitable for all skin types


the references

The Ordinary website
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Paula’s Choice Ingredient Skincare Dictionary
Skin Care Benefits of Squalane Caroline Thompson
This One Oil May Be the Solution to Your Major Skin Struggles Erin Lukas
You Can Stop Looking For The Perfect Face Oil (We Found It) Allie White
THE LAB: Spotlight on Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil In Natural and Organic Skincare Content Beauty
Bisabolol Truth In Aging
Jojoba Oil Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary
Baobab Oil African Botanics
Argania Spinosa Truth In Aging
Borage seed oil: why this new wonder oil could be your dry skin saviour Amber Ascroft
This One Oil May Be the Solution to Your Major Skin Struggles Erin Lukas
You Can Stop Looking For The Perfect Face Oil (We Found It) Allie White
What You Need to Know About Marula Oil Healthline
Ungurahui Oil From nature with love
Marine algae as attractive source to skin care Jean-Yves Berthon, Rachida Nachat-Kappes, Mathieu Bey, Jean-Paul Cadoret,
Isabelle Renimel & Edith Filaire
Tomato Extract CenterChem
Rosemary Extract Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary


the disclaimer

Please read in context with my disclaimer.


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