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The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Borage Seed Oil

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


Soothe and nourish irritated skin with The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Borage Seed Oil. Borage Seed Oil is exceptionally high in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and other essential fatty acids, making it an ideal choice for dry and irritated skins, as well as sensitive and acne-prone skin types.


The Ordinary’s Borage Seed Oil is sustainably-sourced, organic and cold-pressed.


What are the Features and Benefits of The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Borage Seed Oil?

  • Nourishing, soothing oil 
  • High in GLA 
  • Cold-pressed, organic and sustainably sourced 
  • Calms and hydrates dry or irritated skin 
  • Also ideal for sensitive and acne-prone skin 
  • Water-free, silicone-free 
  • Gluten-free, nut-free, cruelty-free and vegan 
  • 30ml

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All of The Ordinary’s products are filled/measured by weight/volume so the product is correctly filled to 30 ml. The packaging does not accurately reflect the size of the fill. However, this is intentional as some air must be allowed at the top for the product to actually close.

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Brilliant, if you can get past the strange smell - 14-01-2019 by

I use this on eczema and red patches from rosacea. It’s worked well on both.

It does smell a bit weird. I think it smells like chicken. My hubby thinks it smells like herbs.
But it does what it’s supposed to do, is inexpensive, and most importantly for me, it doesn’t irritate my easily irritated skin.

Didn't fix my problem - 03-01-2019 by

My skin has acne, acne scars, dryness, eczema, white heads, spots, peeling around the eyes.

My main concern is to get rid of acne, acne like spots or scars etc.

I gave this a try because I found my makeup peeling after being in an indoor office environment for the whole day, due to the dryness in the air with the heater or air conditioning turned on. I used to use Tamanu Oil and received compliments for how glowly my skin looked. Decided to give this oil a try to at least get rid of the flakiness of my makeup and to get back the healthy glow that I obtained from the Tamanu Oil. Sadly this oil did not fix the flakiness of my makeup nor give my the not oily looking healthy glow. However, this product might satisfy the needs of others, the odour did not bother me.

Best cuticle oil - 31-12-2018 by

I have very dry skin & medications I’m on make my poor skin & hair even dryer. My cuticles were in a terrible state & I had spent so much money on expensive hand creams & cuticle oils. This stuff beats the lot of them! It’s also inexpensive & I only need a couple of drops for each application, so it goes a long way! The smell is odd, but honestly I don’t find it bad at all, it’s just a little strange. My cuticles however, look incredible!

Smell is putrid - 25-12-2018 by

Frankly I couldn't get past the smell of this oil enough to try it on my face - I rubbed a few drops into the back of my hand and the aroma of raw chicken hit me like a ton of bricks. I can still smell it, despite a few hours passing and multiple hand washings. I even tried adding a few drops of essential oil to the bottle to try and mask the smell but there was so escape from the lingering scent of uncooked meat. Maybe it was just my bottle? Maybe I'm sensitive to bad smells? Who knows, but this oil is going straight in the Nope basket for me.

Smells too bad to use - 25-12-2018 by

I gave this 2 stars because it does make my skin feel soft. But I only tested it on my hand, one drop, and the smell was so overpowering for hours afterwards that I gave the bottle away. It is foul to me, putrid, like old garbage. I can still smell it now and I have showered since. I wouldn't put this anywhere near my face if you paid me.

Perfect for sensitive skin - 19-12-2018 by

Recently I've had a major reaction to something in my skincare and this has completely calmed my skin down to even better than before! It doesn't cause breakouts and helps redness very well.
Unlike other reviewers I don't mind the smell or think it's very strong at all, it kind of just smells like olive oil.
Definitely worth a try!

Odd smell, but really good oil - 18-12-2018 by

This is my new favourite facial oil. I have combination skin and it works underneath my tinted sunscreen. Only a couple of drops are needed to help the sunscreen blended into the skin smoothly. I also use it at night after my AHA serum. It seems thick but fast absorbing. I had it on on a humid day and my face didn't become oil slick at the end of the day. About the smell, yes, it's a little odd, but I no longer notice it after applying sunscreen, powder and setting spray. Apparently it's got very high concentration of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is great for maintaining skin health. Great value and quality. I'll buy this again.

Kind on acne - 18-12-2018 by

I have combination skin, so I really love this oil focused on my dry areas before bed. It doesn't trigger breakouts, and I wake up with soft nourished skin. It doesn't smell amazing, but it's very mild and as it absorbs it really diminishes.

Good, if you can get past the smell - 29-11-2018 by

Okay, I'm just going to be honest here - this smells AWFUL. It smells like a combination of wet dog and vomit to me. BUT having said that, it does feel really good on the skin. I definitely wouldn't put it on my face during the day because of the smell, but I do use it at night time right before bed.

Stinky but amazing on my skin - 29-11-2018 by

This stuff makes my dehydrated skin feel great. I use it on top of my moisturiser and it evens my skin tone and makes it feel plump. At first I didn't notice the smell but then I realised there was a pong following me around. I soon worked out it was this stuff, which I'd just started incorporating into my routine. It's hard to describe, but my boyfriend picked it up straight away, saying my face smelt like roast chicken. I think it smells a lot like raw meat. It's pretty gross but not bad enough for me to stop using it.

Didn't do much for Eczema - 26-11-2018 by

Oily Skin type; Concerns: Large Pores, Blackheads and Excess Sebum, Eczema and dryness around the body.

Tried this for my eczema prone areas of the body and didn't really do much. Wouldn't really recommend it for that, I'd probably move on to other oils and see which works best. But I would definitely use this on the face for that extra kick of hydration for moisturising especially for dry skin. Don't apply too much though as the smell can get overwhelming.

Redness, begone! - 29-10-2018 by

This is a must for anyone with sensitive/damaged skin. The smell is not the best, but not the worst; but considering just how good it is for redness and sensitivity, it's worth the overall cost.

Dry, sensitive skin + redness saviour - 19-10-2018 by

I tried this for the first time a few days ago and noticed a significant difference in my skin. I use this after I shower and before my make-up routine and it has reduced the redness in my skin. Would definitely recommend this product if you have eczema/sensitive,dry skin.

Good for dry skin - 17-10-2018 by

Good oil for dry skin, it feels hydrating and I also use it on other areas like my hair and elbows and knees.

Addicted - 10-10-2018 by

My new favourite. I can't get enough of it. It healed my skin after a reaction to retinol. Has healed burns and my sons eczema. Every morning after using this the night before, I wake up with plump skin and soft as a baby's bum.

good oil - 04-10-2018 by

the oil is fast absorbing and my face feels hydrated and smoother. i don't really like the smell but it's not bad either

Great for dry skin or sensitive skin - 02-10-2018 by

Love The ordinary as a brand. Super affordable and this oil is really great for dry or sensitive skin

Good. - 26-09-2018 by

I will repurchase this oil since it's probably the cheapest oil I've come across, I just wish the oil was a little thicker. It's a little too thin to moisturise my dry patches.

Sinks in... Too well? - 17-09-2018 by

I added this to my nightly regime after trying squalane and marula oils. I just wanted to see how they all felt on my oily skin with dry spots, and in comparison with those oils this is lightweight and doesn't make you feel greasy. However, it didn't do the job on my dry spots, I felt like it probably wasn't oily enough! I use this in the morning so I'm not super greasy during the day, and have moved on to rose hip oil in the evenings for deeper moisturising over night.

It’s great - 06-09-2018 by

This is fantastic for sensitive skins. Very moisturising and soothing. I have acne prone/oily skin. I find one drop is enough for my entire face. For the price, it’s well worth checking out!

My skin loves it - 05-09-2018 by

It works amazing and makes my skin feel supple.

Soothing oil - 31-08-2018 by

I was attracted to this oil for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties (due to its high levels of GLA), but was wary to try it as some users described it as stinky. Well, it does have a slight not-so-pleasant smell but it does not bother me. My skin seems to like this even more than Squalane oil from TO, it is more emollient and suitable for this time of the year when the air is dry. Would recommend for dry, delicate complexions.

A good quality oil brimming with fatty acids and anti-inflammatory benefits - 20-08-2018 by

I have recently bought TO’s borage oil. It is fabulous as a night oil on face, neck and body. It is deeply hydrating, has no strong scent, and I wake up with lovely plump happy skin. For reference, I’m in my late 30s and my skin tends toward dryness. It is also good as a hair treatment (pre-shampoo or left overnight).

Great - 16-08-2018 by

It has gotten to the point where I will literally buy every product that The Ordinary releases. Even if an oil is too much for my combo skin type, you can always use it on your hair, body etc. I love this! I've been super-cautious with it because I have zit-prone skin, but so far, so good. I will probably rotate this with rosehip oil as well, as I love it so much.

Nice - 14-08-2018 by

Ok so I was a little iffy about trying this because it's just so cheap but its actually good.

It is so lightweight and such a nice oil. I love how it sinks into my skin and it feels great on.

Nice - 13-08-2018 by

I've bought all of The Ordinary's oils, but seem to only use the Rosehip Oil with any regularity. Even though I now realise oils aren't evil (which I had been led to believe, given my acne-prone skin) - I still approach them with caution. I'm still getting used to this one. It certainly seems nice, and doesn't have any offensive smell or residue, so it's all good.

Borage oil for the win - 13-08-2018 by

I am loving this oil, I usually go for Rosehip but decided to change it up. I was initially hesitant because of how cheap it is but I really don't regret it! This oil is great for my dry and very sensitive skin. I was initially put off by the odour but I got over it as soon as I this lovely stuff soaked into my skin and left it supple but not too oily!

Great if it works for you - 08-08-2018 by

I took a chance on ordering this oil based on it's description. There was no review when I bought it. I chose it as I was looking for something to try and make a difference to my irritated, red skin which I think may be rosacea, on my cheeks and neck. After a couple of uses I only applied it to my neck, due to the oiliness.
This oil applies well, and certainly doesn't cause any problems. I just didn't notice any difference to my skin at all. Perhaps there were good things going on underneath the surface, but it just didn't show on top. It hasn't put me off trying different The Ordinary products, as I do like their range and their price point. I use their Buffet serum which I like a lot. For the record, I'm 43 with oily skin but what I believe is slightly bumpy, red rosacea. If you're after an oil, certainly give it a go, it won't do any harm.

Nice way to top off night routine - 08-08-2018 by

I add a few drops to my night routine (serums, moisturiser and then the oil). Takes a little while to absorb, but in the morning my face is smooth and not greasy. Doesn’t really smell like anything, maybe similar to olive oil. Rosehip oil was making my skin break out it seemed but so far my skin likes this oil!

soothing - 31-07-2018 by

this is great for dry skin or just moisturising in general. Also so cheap, so definetly worth it!

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