Ole Henriksen is one of the skincare brands I always wanted to try. They are a natural, paraben-free brand form the USA with Danish roots. The brand prides itself on being ahead of ingredients fads. The founder, Ole, studied chemistry in London and runs an exclusive spa in LA. On his website he writes: “Conceptualizing and developing products has always been my favorite hobby. For many years the most popular products at my spa were custom blended by me in small batches”. Nice 🙂
The products are not cheap which is why it was a bit daunting for me to buy one on a whim without trying it first. Especially that there wasn’t one product that really stood out to me.
I bought this serum on sale from Beautyexpert.co.uk. It was reduce by 65% so it was only £16.45. I thought it was a great opportunity to try it out.
I like to look and the packaging of the brand. It is colourful and has this Ikea-like cheerful, homely Scandinavian feel, probably due to Ole’s heritage.
The serum is supposed to even out skin tone and lighten skin. The main active ingredients according to their webpage are THC, lactic acid, lemon and mulberry extracts. This is quite surprising as THC is one of the main ingredients of cannabis. Looking at the ingredients list I’m guessing it’s a cosmetic ingredient from of a similar chemical structure. Other ingredients are supposed to stimulate collagen production (Vitamin C), exfoliate and renew skin (lactic acid), proliferating skin cells (lemon extract) and fade pigmentation/ brown spots (mulberry extract – natural alternative to chemical fading ingredients).
In consistency it’s quite runny, although thicker than water. You need to be careful when you press the pump applicator cause it has a tendency to dispense much more product than you need. In fact, the applicator reminds me of MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer. The one everyone complained about as it was impossible to get the right amount of product. This applicator isn’t as bad but you really have to be careful with it.
The serum isn’t greasy and absorbs nicely. I apply it at night and follow up with a light moisturiser.
It definitely doesn’t give the instant ‘plumped up’ effect I came to know and love having used retinol serums (for instance my beloved Filorga Meso, review here). I think I’m a bit spoiled now by Liquid Gold and retinol-based products. I’m expecting immediate results from serum, which by definition work in the long-term and improve skin’s overall condition and appearance. As for the brightening effect, it’s too early to tell. My skin does look brighter after the first two weeks but I write an update when I finish the bottle.
Overall it’s a nice product and I’m glad that I got to try it. Although I will probably revert to using retinol products I will stick with this serum for now. I hope it will lighten my pigmentation spots.
It retails for £47 (for example from Beautyexpert here)
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