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

The Ordinary is so cheap. Why would anyone fake it and more importantly why would anyone buy a fake? Well, there seems to be a lot of fakes around and people buy them for different reasons as you will find out below.

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On this page you will find…

  • How to avoid buying fakes of The Ordinary
  • Why people buy fakes
  • Where most of The Ordinary fakes are sold
  • Photos of The Ordinary fakes
  • The Ordinary original box
  • The Ordinary original bottle
  • Original boxes differ too
  • Where to buy The Ordinary

How to avoid buying The Ordinary fake?

Quite simply, only buy from authorized stockists. You can find a full list of authorized Deciem stockists here.

  • Deciem ship to practically every country normally. Covid is causing issues and there are quite a few exclusions.
  • There are over 100 authorized online retailers around the world.
  • If a product is out of stock for a long time, sign up for notifications on the Deciem website 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 products.
  • 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.

Why do people buy The Ordinary Fakes?

  • Because they live in countries where the minimum spend is 250$ for free shipping. I recommend finding a friend to share the cost with or pay the shipping fee.
  • They cannot buy the products in their country, especially since Covid.
  • People become desperate for a product that has been out of stock for a long time so they look on eBay and other similar websites.
  • For many of us The Ordinary is super cheap but for others around the world, it’s not. 1 cheap bottle of The Ordinary could be someone’s shopping for a week.
  • Some people truly believe these fakes are real.
  • I’m sure there are many other reasons.

Where are most of The Ordinary fakes?

Most of fakes I´ve seen are people buying/selling them in the Philippines, Vietnam, India. However, there are also people in the UK, US, Australia who have also ended up buying through eBay or Amazon and believe their products were counterfeit.

The Ordinary Counterfeit News

I know I’ve said to avoid fakes only buy through authorised stockists but there was one authorised stockist that was caught out selling fake The Ordinary.

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 there are some that 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 the 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 Deciem.

The Ordinary Boxes

The original boxes are made of good quality cardboard. Apart from at 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.

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 helps you understand how strong the card is. Some of the fake boxes are really thin and rip easily.

The Ordinary Products – texture and smell

Deciem often updates formulas so sometimes even the authentic products can differ. Another way to check if The Ordinary product you have is real is by the product itself; colour, texture & smell. You can find a really good rundown of all The Ordinary products here with colour, texture and smell.

We all smell scents differently, so what might smell ok to me may not smell ok to someone else. There are some products some people find the smell of really strong like NIOD MMHC2 but then there are others who cannot smell a thing. So it’s difficult to say if something is fake based solely on smell or consistency.

If you are unsure whether a product is authentic, my personal advice is to not use it. You have no idea what´s inside it.

The Ordinary Authentic Products Differ

Both of these Marine Hyaluronics were purchased direct 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 direct from Deciem or from one of the many authorised stockists, do not worry if the boxes are slightly different.

The Ordinary Fakes

Where to buy The Ordinary

The best place to buy The Ordinary is direct from Deciem which is the umbrella company for The Ordinary, NIOD, Hylamide, and a few other brands. There are also over 100 online retailers around the world. Find out where to buy The Ordinary here.