The Ordinary: Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, 100% Plant Derived Squalane and Buffet


  • Cruelty-free and Vegan
  • Excellent value
  • Available in DECIEM stores worldwide

The Ordinary has very quickly become my go-to skincare brand. The brand’s affordable, effective and no-nonsense approach to skincare has converted me into a loyal fan. I’ve tried several products now, all of which (except one) have amazed me with noticeable results in my skin.

Right now, the three products that are in my daily routine are the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, 100% Plant Derived Squalane and Buffet.

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

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This is my most recent purchases from “The Ordinary” and one I have been looking forward to getting my hands on the most. Regarded as a less expensive version of Pixi’s Glow Tonic which I tried a couple of years ago and loved, I had high hopes for this product.

The product has a slight citrusy-smell and is pink-ish in colour. There’sana application nozzle included in the box too, which makes it easier to get the perfect amount of product. The bottle is huge, containing 240ml of product, so it’s safe to say I won’t be running out anytime soon.

With a pH of 3.6, this product acts as a chemical exfoliant, gently removing dead skin cells at the surface to assist with perfecting the skin’s texture and promoting a more even skin tone. Along with glycolic acid, this product also contains amino acids, aloe vera, ginseng and Tasmanian pepper berry. Since it contains AHAs, its advised to wear a sunscreen everyday and only use it at night.

I apply it after cleansing each night using a cotton round. Initially, there is a slight stinging sensation. However, this only lasts a few seconds. The toner has a slightly tacking feeling on the skin, but dries fairly quickly. I expected it to be quite drying, but I’m pleased to report it doesn’t make the skin feel dry at all and I actually fell asleep one night before getting to the rest of my routine and my skin felt hydrated and soft.

I’ve only had this product for a few weeks, so can’t speak to it’s long term results, but so far I feel as if it’s increased my skin’s brightness and reduced congestion. I’m looking forward to seeing more results in the coming weeks.



This serum is my favourite of the three. I was unsure of what to expect, having read mixed reviews about this product. Essentially, Buffet is a serum that is made up of several different patented peptides (not owned by DECIEM) that assist with hydration, texture and smoothness.

The main complaint I read about this serum was that the consistency was too gloopy, but I found that it sunk in after a couple of minutes even with a generous application. Perhaps it would be a little gloopy to use in the morning or under makeup, but if your using it as part of your night time routine, it should be fine.

This serum has definitely made a difference in my skin. My skin gets quite dry during the day and I usually find myself having to apply moisturiser throughout the day to counteract the uncomfortable tight feeling. Since using this product over the past 6 weeks or so, my skin’s felt far more hydrated during the day. Along with this, the overall texture looks more even, smooth and brighter.

I use this serum after cleansing and toning, but before moisturisers and creams. I’m nearly out of my first bottle and I’ll certainly be repurchasing.

100% Plant Derived Squalane

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This product was my first foray into the world of squalane and until recently, I hadn’t ever heard of it. Squalane is often called an “oil less” oil because despite having an oil-like consistency, it actually doesn’t contain any oil.

Squalane occurs naturally in our skin, so our skin recognises it and knows how to best utilise it. When you are looking for a squalane product, make sure it is plant-derived. Non plant-derived versions are usually made from petro-chemicals or mineral oils, so they are not good for the skin. While The Ordinary do not say what plant sources this product is derived from, there’s speculation it comes from olives.

As someone who is an avid facial oil user, this product naturally sparked my interest. The consistency is very different to any oil I’d used before. It’s much lighter and runnier, almost water-like. Due to this, it’s supposed to be a great hydrator for those with oily or combination skin.

This product hasn’t changed my life or anything, but I have been enjoying using it. I apply it last, after all my other products at night using 2-3 drops. When I wake up in the morning, there isn’t any residue when I wake up, which is nice. It adds some extra moisture to my skin and most importantly, doesn’t clog it up or cause breakouts.

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My obsession with The Ordinary is still in full effect, so no doubt I’ll have more products to review from the range very soon. Let me know if you have any recommendations!


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