Haulage! The Ordinary by Deciem, Part I (March 2017)

Haulage! The Ordinary by DECIEM (March 2017)

I’ve been wrestling a lot with my skin lately, thanks to not sleeping nearly enough since my two kids and my husband have been hit by norovirus, colds and coughs.

When I don’t sleep enough for a few days running, my skin instantly reacts by developing cystic acne along my jawline and generally just looking like crap. So, dry and flaky winter skin, plus hormonal/stress-induced acne. Not happy days.

I’ve been trying to sleep more (not really possible sometimes, though) and drinking more water, but all of this prompted me to seek out some topical assistance over the weekend. I settled on trying out skincare from The Ordinary, who specialize in pared down skincare products with just a few essential ingredientsโ€”all at amazingly reasonably prices.

The brand was launched in 2016 by Toronto-based skincare company DECIEM, and it has been a crazy hit, so I felt pretty safe in trying out several products from them all at once.

Here’s what I ordered (they’re sold online in Canada at their official site, which is where I placed my order, and at Well.ca (referral), who carry The Ordinary and another DECIEM brand, Hylamide, and were already sold out of most items). All prices are in CA$.

  • The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% ($7.90)
  • The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum ($14.80)
  • The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG ($6.70)
  • The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($6.80)
  • The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA ($5.80)
  • The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ($5.90)
  • The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane ($7.90)

The Caffeine Solution is for my husband, who has undereye circles he would like to address. He’d also like to try the Azelaic Acid for his mild rosacea.

I was tempted to pick up something from one of DECIEM’s other, higher-priced lines, but in the end I decided that I’d wait to see how I liked the Ordinary products, first.

The website stated that due to high demand, my order might not be fulfilled for 10 days. However, they literally shipped it the day after I ordered (Sunday) and it was delivered to me in Toronto on Tuesday. Now that’s service!

This is how the parcel looked:

The Ordinary by DECIEM box
Now the gentlemen at my building’s front desk think I’m into bizarre beauty products.

Everything was wrapped up so neatly:

The Ordinary by DECIEM box
Yay for secure packaging! Boo for no free samples! Hehe.

The simple, apothecary-inspired packaging is sleek and attractive.

The Squalane, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, and “Buffet”:

The Ordinary by DECIEM haulage: Squalane, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, and Buffet
Squalane, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, and “Buffet”.
The Ordinary by DECIEM haulage: Squalane, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, and Buffet
Squalane, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, and “Buffet”.

The Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, and Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG:

The Ordinary by DECIEM haulage: Azelaic Acid, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, and Caffeine
Azelaic Acid, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, and Caffeine.
The Ordinary by DECIEM haulage: Azelaic Acid, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, and Caffeine
Azelaic Acid, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, and Caffeine.

All the products are made in Canada, which is awesome.

I have to reorganize my skincare routine a bit, now, and decide which item(s) I want to start using, first. Skincare, particularly with active ingredients, has never really been my interest until now, so I have a lot to research and a lot to learn!

Have you tried anything by The Ordinary and DECIEM?


15 thoughts on “Haulage! The Ordinary by DECIEM (March 2017)

  1. I did a Deciem haul yesterday and we had no crossover in things! I got the glycolic toner and the alpha Arbutin serum which is supposed to help fade scarring, my skin had a huge freak out during march and it’s finally back to normal but i have some scars and dry spots I’m trying to heal pre wedding! I also picked up the primer which I have heard amazing things about, but have yet to try yet!
    I ordered direct from them and I’m not sure where it came from whether it was flew over or dispatched from the UK but it took nearly three weeks to arrive, I was also warned about a backlog, so maybe it came from Canada, although I didn’t notice any international shipping on the box.
    I think I might pick up that azalic solution for my friend she has severe rosacea at the moment and nothing is helping!

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    • Hahaha together it’s like we bought the whole lineup ๐Ÿ™‚ I am definitely curious about the Alpha Arbutin, as well. I hope it works for you, esp since you’ve got a deadline!

      I’ve already started on a regimen with a few of the products. Seeing good results so far, fingers crossed! ๐Ÿ˜€


  2. Dang, this is the 3rd post in TWO days I’ve seen about The Ordinary! They’re so affordable! And yay Canadian company!
    I hope you find these to help with your skin issues. I’ve got my eye on the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and also the Vitamin C + HA concoction.
    They’re opening a store in the PATH… at FCP! I’m going to hold off getting something until that location opens – I sure have enough skincare to last me till then.

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    • Hilariously, since I don’t usually pay attn to skincare at all, I only just learned about Deciem/The Ordinary fairly recently! And now it’s like everyone’s trying it.

      I’m really loving the Hyaluronic Acid and the Squalane, atm. The Buffet & Niacinimide will take a bit more time (I have only patch tested the latter).

      I’m looking to try the Vit C stuff, soon. I picked up one of the other Vit C products, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F (yes I copy-pasted that), to start off a bit slower. And also got one of their new foundations and another Natural Moisturizing Factors since DH stole mine already. And my wishlist is just growing. Dammmmmit.

      From a blogger’s perspective, the worst thing about skincare products is it takes forever to review them properly ๐Ÿ˜€


  3. Are fhe prices in the official site in CAD or USD?. I am bit confused because it says US currency, but I also read that the prices are in CAD unless otherwise stated. When I proceed to checkout it says US.

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    • Hi Linda, I’ve occasionally had trouble getting their site to display in CA instead of US, too! It may help to clear cookies, and also I had to remember to turn off my VPN (if you’re using one).


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