Deciem The Ordinary reviews: Rose Hip Seed Oil, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%


The products: DECIEM The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed OilNiacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

If you haven’t been introduced to DECIEM The Ordinary yet, well, prepare to be floored. The Ordinary is Deciem’s brand new range of “clinical formulations with integrity,” and they’re anything but ordinary.

The line features incredibly affordable clinical products in order to bring communication and pricing integrity back to the skincare industry. Like any other Deciem product, they are Canadian, cruelty-free, and celebrate innovation and honesty.

» YES, REALLY: The Ordinary is priced at $4.90 CAD-$14.80 CAD for full-sized products. They ship for free, clearly display their ingredients and technologies online, and don’t skimp on the quality.


Deciem The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil ($9.90 CAD)

This is my fourth rose hip seed oil of the year, and it is the only one that I’ll be repurchasing. I’m still struggling to come to terms with the fact that this rose hip seed oil is $5.80/oz (Pai’s blend is $39.43/oz), but I’m beginning to be able to wrap my head around it.

Rosehip seed oil is a rather fragile oil, but it’s a marvel for the skin: it’s full of fatty acids, antioxidants, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, and vitamins C and A. As a result, Deciem have sourced only cold-pressed rosehip oil for this product, and packaged it in UV-resistant amber glass.


Depending on the source, crop, and processing, rosehip seed oil can vary greatly. Deciem The Ordinary’s rosehip seed oil has a rich, buttery yellow hue and an almost fish oil-like scent. It sinks right into my dry skin and is very hydrating without clogging my pores.

In short, it’s beautiful–and a total steal. I’ve been very disappointed in the other budget-friendly rosehip seed oils that I’ve tried, but my skin loves this one! I’ve been using it solo at night and blended with L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil during the day for the ultimate makeup base/nighttime glow combination.


Deciem The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ($5.90 CAD)

My skin typically also adores niacinamide, so I knew I had to try this out as soon as I first read about it. I wanted to really put it through its paces for this review, though, so I had Boyfriend test it out.

He has oily skin that’s been hella breaking out recently, so I’ve been making him use this in place of his serum and moisturizer for the past two weeks. (For anyone with normal or dry skin, please make sure to layer this with a separate moisturizer!) Niacinamide and zinc PCA are not treatments for acne, as Deciem points out, but they reduce the look of blemishes and help balance sebaceous activity.


Inflammation and redness play a big role in acne, which is why niacinamide works so well for many people. This 10% solution was no exception: within two weeks, I watched A’s hairline breakout go from an angry red patch to something almost invisible.

The skin around his beard looks less red than usual and now has ZERO visible blemishes, and while the rosehip oil was enough to stop my breakout in its tracks (I was breaking out due to dryness), I’m looking forward to using this on my skin in the future, too.

Also: how good is the note in the Deciem The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% description? I totally cracked up when I read it. I can totally see some crotchety young scientist furiously typing it out in the dark, and then passive-aggressively editing it the next morning! (You show ’em, Deciem.)


The verdict?

I literally can’t believe that Deciem can buy glassware at these prices, much less full-on formulations… but they did, and they have. It’s frightening to see how much other companies mark up their skincare products, and I love Deciem all the more for making a statement with this range.

Even more than that, however, I love how accessible this makes good skincare. These are less than drugstore prices, but the products and development are of department-store quality. I would recommend both of these products in a heartbeat, and I will be purchasing additional products soon.

Availability: $4.90 CAD & up at Deciem and Sephora. Shipping is free over $25 at Deciem, depending on location.



The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ingredients:

Water, Niacinamide, Zinc PCA, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Pentylene Glycol, Carrageenan, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil ingredients:

Rosa Canina Seed Oil.

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  • Woah, these prices! That packaging! It's almost unbelievable how cheap these products are. How can they even afford to ship free? I love the simple formulations and their in-depth descriptions (that note!). Totally trying out the niacinamide one and will keep checking back for their upcoming retinol emulsion. I am so excited!

    • I honestly have NO IDEA. If I had to guess, I'd say that the larger orders (and huge volume) help offset the cost of shipping, but as per usual… I'm going with "magic?" as my formal answer! :P

      Hope you enjoy the niacinamide!

  • Kim

    Hi, so if I use these serums, then what type of moisturizer or oils would you recommend? Can I skimp on moisturizer since these serums are so effective? I just hate spending so much on moisturizer when serums do all the work?

    Thanks much

  • Sounds very interesting, I just ordered the Niacinamide and the 10% lactic serums. Can't wait to try them out!

  • I've had my eye on the whole range but I keep waiting to order for some out of stock things to come in but alas they do not! I'm glad to hear you say that the rosehip oil is good, it's one of the ones I'm wanting. I'd like to try the retinols and lactic acids. I've been a long term Sunday Riley user but if I can't get similar benefits for 1/10th the price, I'll be a happy camper. The Azelaic acid is my other top choice as it kicks rosacea's ass all over town.
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    • With free shipping, waiting isn't even really necessary! ;) ;)

      I think you'll like the rosehip oil a lot, Erin – it's a good one. (I have my eye on their upcoming oils as well, but that'll be a review for another day!) I can't guarantee that Deciem products will be as effective as Sunday Riley, but honestly, I don't see why they wouldn't be – let me know how the comparison goes!

  • shireenplatt

    I placed an order for the 10% lactic acid, niacinamide, 2% retinoid and the HA Blur primer and OMG, I love them all! I have used gentle acid toning for more than a year and 1% retinol but wow, I saw differences on my skin within 3 days. I have so many spots that are already lighter! The primer is also amazing, I might just found my top 3 favourites!
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    • Whoooo! I am SO happy to hear that you're enjoying your Ordinaries, Shireen!! <3 <3

  • Aaaaaah, I can't get the brand out of my head! :-)
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  • Agggh, Rae, your review is the tipping point. I need that Niamiacide!
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    • I still can't believe how well Boyfriend's skin responded to it!!

  • I really REALLY want to try products from the Ordinary range, especially the Niacinamide but truth be told I have more than enough skincare at the moment. Your Deciem posts are always so tempting though, Rae-whale! xoxo

    • I would totally recommend checking out the range when you whittle down your skincare stash a little, Monika! It's such a great (and CHEAP) line of products.

  • Dita

    Hi Rae, how would you compare Ordinary's rosehip oil with the Pai one? I am using the Pai one, and I wasn't intending to find another one – browsing through online reviews of other affordable options seem to conclude that Pai feels the best. After your review, I had to wonder because it sounds too good to be true!

    • Hi Dita! The Ordinary's rosehip oil is pretty different from Pai's – Pai's is actually a blended oil (not pure rosehip) that contains rosehip seed oil, rosehip fruit extract, vitamin E, and rosemary extract. It smells, looks, and feels different as a result, but I personally prefer The Ordinary's oil.

      Pure rosehip seed oil is a rich yellow with a buttery feel and a nutty-fishy scent, and The Ordinary's oil is a great example of one. Pai's rosehip oil blend, on the other hand, has a thinner texture and a MUCH stronger scent. It contains more carotenoids, so it should be more effective at preventing wrinkles, but I personally didn't like the strong rosemary oil scent (or the way that it tinted my skin orange, as I'm quite fair!)

      In short, both of them are great, but they're very different in both function and results. For a straight oil that moisturizes first and treats second, I like The Ordinary's. For a treatment serum, I think Pai's is better.

      • Dita

        Wow thanks so much for the thorough comparison Rae! I'm guessing from what I need it for, I suppose I will stick with Pai's. Enjoy the rosehip oils! xx

  • Oh my gosh Rae! I have the exact same thoughts as you! I'm currently rotating through my Rose Hip Oil and has already placed another purchase. As for the Niacinamide, I think my skin prefers this over the Buffet (The shock!) and so I'll be stocking up on that as well! I can't wait to see what else they come out with because I NEED!

    • Yes!! I'm so glad we're on the same page, Steph. Thanks for the pointer about Buffet, too — I wasn't sure if bf & I needed to try it, with the Niacinamide going so well, but I think we'll skip for now.

      I really want to try the Natural Moisturizing Factors, marula and argan oils, and squalane!

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