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The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Borage Seed Oil 30ml

4.2 of 53 reviews


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Skin Concern:

  • Acne, breakouts and blackheads
  • Dull, dry or dehydrated skin
  • Sensitivity and redness

Skin Type:

  • Dry
  • Normal to dry
  • Normal to oily
  • Oily

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4.2 of 53 reviews

81% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Great for combination/acne prone/sensitve skin
The thought of oil on my skin scared me but using this has changed my dry dull skin especially in winter. No spots either and I usually break out very easily. The people complaining about the smell are being ridiculously dramatic. It isn't an amazing smell but it smells like oil....so not sure why people are shocked lol

Most Helpful Criticism

Hydrating and effective but the smell....
The smell of this oil is extremely pungent and fishy...which I struggle to get over. I have to use it with a product that has a strong pleasant fragrance to mask the smell of this product.

That said, this product is extremely effective. My skin feels hydrated and soft after for the whole day.

If you can get over the smell or mix it with other moisturisers to mask the smell, then its a product I recommend.
  1. Great for combination/acne prone/sensitve skin

    The thought of oil on my skin scared me but using this has changed my dry dull skin especially in winter. No spots either and I usually break out very easily. The people complaining about the smell are being ridiculously dramatic. It isn't an amazing smell but it smells like oil....so not sure why people are shocked lol
  2. Hydrating and effective but the smell....

    The smell of this oil is extremely pungent and fishy...which I struggle to get over. I have to use it with a product that has a strong pleasant fragrance to mask the smell of this product.

    That said, this product is extremely effective. My skin feels hydrated and soft after for the whole day.

    If you can get over the smell or mix it with other moisturisers to mask the smell, then its a product I recommend.
  3. did the job....but that smell

    I'm sure this product works wonders if you can get over the scent, but holy moly this stuff smells BAD. I am very sensitive to smells, particularly fishy smells and I just hate this stuff. After applying, I could smell it on myself for the rest of the day. I could smell it on everything I touched, even after washing my hands, and everything my face touched. So gross. If you have a bad sense of smell, go for it, but I would even be able to smell this on someone else and it would make me wretch.
  4. Great

    Very hydrated
    This product is great! I use it before bed so that when I wake up I don’t need to wear moisturiser as this has hydrated my face during the night xx
  5. Glow

    Love this to add into my foundation. Creates a luminous glow without compromising on the foundation's composition.
  6. Surprisingly amazing

    I bought this because I thought for the price how could I go wrong? and its been a real savior for my skin this winter. I use this at night and my skin is so soft when I wake up.
  7. Gorgeous feel on the skin

    Yes this oil smells a bit odd! I completely got over that when I realised how nice it felt even on my slightly oilier (combo) skin. My T-zone gets rather oily and some oils definitely increase that. The borage seed is not one of them, it feels lovely and I truly think it’s helping with the texture and appearance of my skin. I wake up baby soft every time I use it! Have even started applying in the morning as we get into the colder months. For the price I will continue to repurchase!
  8. My skin is so soft now

    I have dry skin that doesn't react well to strong exfoliants or active ingredients. I'd been using a face oil but found it left my face a little greasy. I bought this one not thinking it would be much better, but now I love it! I use it in combination with a moisturiser, night and day. Yes, it smells a little weird, but nowhere near bad enough to outweigh the benefits.

    This oil is better for night time as its a bit heavy to use through the day.
    You notice your skin feeling soft and glowy in the morning.
  10. nice after an intense mask

    i use this after i do a mask that strips alot out of my skin.. it just adds the oils back and makes my skin feel so soft
  11. Beautiful hydrating night oil

    I currently use this after The Ordinary Buffet and Niacinamide serums as directed by an online advisor from Deciem (T.O. parent company).
    On it's own, it's beautiful on the skin, doesn't break me out, my face feels happy and plump in the morning and I think it's even helped my scalp psoriasis when I work it up to my hairline.
    Only negative of how I currently use it is that the Buffet and Niacinamide prior tends to pill on my skin when I apply the Borage Seed Oil which means I haven't been able to massage it into my skin too well and have had to let it sit on the top more so. BUT, given this, it does still absorbs nicely!
  12. Not for me, Smell

    This product wasn't one of my favourites , whilst there is nothing wrong with the oil and how it works the smell definitely wasn't a feature I was happy with. That said you don't notice it for very long once it is on. But if you don't mind a oil with smell you won't have an issue with this oil. That said I prefer The ordinary's B oil - it has a slight smell too but I like the idea of getting the benefits of lots of different oils at once If I have to suffer a slight stink.
  13. Get past the smell and it’s golden

    Yep, it smells. Kind of like fish oil. Gone bad :(. But it is so nurturing, so good when my skin is inflamed, incredibly hydrating and reduces redness dramatically within a few days. So, use it at night and remember to use an old pillow case. This is a regular repurchase for me, and in terms of the ordinary’s oil range, is my favourite along with the Marula.
  14. Good heavy oil

    This is very nourishing and healing. Not an everday oil for me, but rather something to use if my skin is feeling a little too dehydrated or even dry. Sinks in well for a heavy oil, restores skins glow and eradicates that too-tight feeling.
    I use this with other oils, and it sits nicely over Rosehip or Jojoba oil, and under Egyptian Magic cream.
    Like, will probably re-purchase.
  15. Great for redness and dry skin

    After finding the TO Marula oil too thick, I decided to try the borage oil. I’m glad I did! It’s helped my dry skin even more than the marula oil did and is quicker to absorb into the skin. At the moment I love to mix it in my moisturiser for an added boost of hydration. It also helps with my redness. It definitely calms down my skin after a rough skin day.
  16. good body oil

    been using this on my arms and legs, you only need a few drops, it's great!
  17. oil to beat them all

    This is the queen of all facial oils to me - and I've tried a few. Most others seem to sit on my oil/combo sensitive skin, but this one sinks in really effectively and gives me a glow rather than an oily sheen. I wear it day and night (it sits well under my makeup). As for the smell I've read other people complain about...? I honestly don't really notice it, and even if I did it wouldn't deter me from using it due to its benefits.
  18. Excellent

    I have combo/oily skin. I got this to combat dry areas that have been affected by retinol use. It’s a lot lighter than Rose hip and feels so soothing to apply.
    I’ve also discovered its great for nappy rash and I put several drops in my daughter’s bath. The smell is mild and doesn’t bother me. If it works, who cares?
    For this price I’ll definitely be buying again.
  19. Skin looks amazing but really bad smell

    The oil makes my skin glow and calms my redness but I only use it at night because it smells like off chicken and the one time I used it in the day I was very concious of the smell. I can look past the smell because of how good my skin looks but if you’re very sensitive to smell this probably isn’t for you.
  20. The smell...

    I saw the comments about the smell and thought how bad could it be... no it really is that bad. Smells like something gone off. Kind of think it wouldn’t hurt to add fragrance to this one product...
  21. Cannot use it due to smell :(

    The consistency seems good but I cannot use this due to the awful overpowering and long lasting smell. As some other reviewers have stated, it smells like raw chicken, not something anyone would want to smother in.
  22. Good oil, but not sure if i can get past the smell.

    I liked the effect of this oil on my skin, but i've stopped using it as I can't get past the smell. Even when I layer it with other products the smell is still overpowering.
  23. Addicted

    I actually love the smell of this! It reminds me of many Liz Earl products. I mix with other oils at night to keep wrinkles at bay, or at least try to.
  24. Brilliant, if you can get past the strange smell

    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.
  25. Didn't fix my problem

    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.
  26. Best cuticle oil

    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!
  27. Smell is putrid

    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.
  28. Smells too bad to use

    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.
  29. Perfect for sensitive skin

    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!
  30. Odd smell, but really good oil

    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.
  31. Kind on acne

    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.
  32. Good, if you can get past the smell

    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.
  33. Stinky but amazing on my skin

    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.
  34. Didn't do much for Eczema

    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.
  35. Redness, begone!

    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.
  36. Dry, sensitive skin + redness saviour

    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.
  37. Good for dry skin

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

    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.
  39. good oil

    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
  40. Great for dry skin or sensitive skin

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

    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.
  42. Sinks in... Too well?

    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.
  43. It’s great

    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!
  44. My skin loves it

    It works amazing and makes my skin feel supple.
  45. Soothing oil

    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.
  46. A good quality oil brimming with fatty acids and anti-inflammatory benefits

    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).
  47. Great

    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.
  48. Nice

    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.
  49. Nice

    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.
  50. Borage oil for the win

    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!
  51. Great if it works for you

    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.
  52. Nice way to top off night routine

    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!
  53. soothing

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