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The Ordinary Fakes – How to tell if The Ordinary is Fake

There are counterfeit The Ordinary products! The Ordinary is so cheap, so why would anyone create counterfeit products and more importantly, why would anyone buy them?

There are quite a few fake The Ordinary products around. Some are really good, and some are so bad you can´t believe people even question if it is fake.

To avoid counterfeit products, always purchase through authorised The Ordinary or NIOD stockists. The Ordinary ship worldwide with free delivery on orders over 25€$ 30$AUD to most countries. Some countries have a minimum spend of 250$ for free delivery.

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How do you avoid buying Ordinary Counterfeit Products?

Quite simply, only buy from The Ordinary or authorized stockists of The Ordinary.

  • The Ordinary & NIOD ship to practically every country, and delivery is free to most countries on orders of 25€$ 30$AUD.
  • The minimum spend for some countries is 250$ with free shipping. Either share the cost with a friend or pay the shipping fee. This way, you know you are receiving authentic products.
  • There are over 100 authorized online retailers around the world.
  • If a product is out of stock, sign up for notifications on The Ordinary or NIOD websites or ask people for a dupe from other brands.
  • If you’re desperate for a product, please DO NOT buy from Amazon, eBay or Shopee. Members of the Facebook Group bought from these sites and were extremely concerned about the authenticity of the product.

Photos of The Ordinary Fakes

Every day, we receive questions in the Facebook Group asking if their product is fake. Here are just 2 examples of some of the fakes. These are easy to spot, but some are so similar to the originals.

A Fake The Ordinary
The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin Fake. Everything is fake about this. The bottle, lid, label and size.

The Ordinary bottle sizes

  • The Ordinary does not sell samples! I have seen people selling The Ordinary samples in little 5ml bottles. These are NOT authentic products.
  • The Ordinary serums come mainly in 30ml bottles. Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide and Buffet are available in 30ml and 60ml. Only The Ordinary Pycnogenol comes in a small 15ml bottle.
  • If you see The Ordinary packaged in any way different from what you see on the Deciem website, it’s fake.

Photos of authentic The Ordinary products bought from The Ordinary

The Ordinary Boxes

The original boxes are good quality cardboard. Apart from the corners/seams of the box, it is quite hard to tear. The feeling of the box is smooth and has almost a velvety texture.

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The Ordinary Fakes - Authentic Box

The Ordinary Original Bottle

The Ordinary Box

You’re probably thinking, why the hell are they banging the box against a table? Well, it’s to show you how tough the original The Ordinary boxes are. This one has been squeezed, so you can see how it creases. The sound may help you understand how strong the card is. Some of the fake boxes are really thin and rip easily.

The Ordinary Products – texture and smell

The Ordinary often updates their formulas, so sometimes even the authentic products can differ. Another way to check if The Ordinary product you have is authentic is by the product itself; colour, texture & smell.

If you are unsure whether a product is authentic, my personal advice is not to use it. You have no idea what´s inside it or where or how long it has been sitting around for.

The Ordinary Authentic Products Differ

Both of these Marine Hyaluronics were purchased directly from Deciem. You will notice numerous differences. One says 1fl oz US, the other says 1fl oz and the instructions on the sides are different too. If you have purchased products directly from The Ordinary or from one of the many authorised stockists, do not worry if the boxes are slightly different.

The Ordinary Fakes

Unboxing The Ordinary

You can find lots of videos unboxing The Ordinary, which have been purchased directly from Deciem, on the product review pages. The best place to buy The Ordinary is directly from The Ordinary. There are also over 100 online retailers around the world.

Where to buy authentic The Ordinary

Buy direct from The Ordinary or one of their authorised stockists mentioned on The Ordinary website. The official website is

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