The majority of male owned, namesake skincare tend to be created by doctors, such as Dr Nicholas Perricone, Dr Howard Murad and Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh. Ole Henriksen is a rarity in this group. He has an eponymous skincare company but he fell into this profession as his background includes stints as a show dancer. He’s also a passionate gymnast and wanted to be a trapeze artist. Read on to learn more about Henriksen’s path towards becoming a skincare guru, what the Ole Henriksen brand sells and is it right for you?
Who Is Ole Henriksen?
Ole Henriksen grew up in a small town in the Danish countryside. His mother worked at a local pharmacy and was always trying out different ointments on Henriksen and his brothers to help protect their skin against the harsh weather. While working as a show dancer in Jakarta, Henriksen developed cystic acne. A local esthetician worked with him to treat his acne, and he became hooked on skincare- and the role of nutrition in achieving glowing skin. He moved to London to study cosmetic chemistry and worked as a rep for Helena Rubenstein. In 1975, he opened the Ole Henriksen of Denmark Skin Care Center in Los Angeles. He cooked up products in his kitchen and took a holistic approach to beauty, talking to his clients about the importance of their diet. His celebrity clientele grew to include Barbra Streisand, Cher, Madonna, Charlize Theron and Katy Perry.
Building on his success, Henriksen launched his namesake product line in 1983. Today the brand is owned by LVMH, and is a top seller at Sephora (also owned by LVMH). In 2017 Ole Henriksen redesigned his products to make them color coded by concern. The orange Truth collection helps brighten skin, while the blue Transform products are focused on exfoliation. The Green Balance products are designed to reduce oil and refine pores.
What Is the Ole Henriksen Skincare Philosophy?
Henriksen laid out his skincare philosophy in his best-selling book, Ole Henriken’s Seven-Day Skin-Care Program: The Scandinavian Approach to Radiant Skin. His skincare philosophy boils down to these three cornerstones: exfoliate, treat and soothe. He was also an early champion of incorporating vitamin C in skincare. Henriksen also touts the importance of diet in skincare and a positive outlook towards life. The brand is known for its dedication to achieving glowing skin, and the brand’s hashtag is #oleglow.
What Does Ole Henriksen Sell?
Ole Henriksen sells a comprehensive collection of skincare products. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best sellers and key products.
Ole Henriksen Moisturizers
Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator – Designed for oily skin, this lightweight, matte moisturizer delivers hydration while also keeping pores clean.
Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer – This oil free moisturizer has a lightweight, whipped texture. It also helps refine skin texture and tone with fruit acids, sandalwood and chamomile.
Ole Henriksen Serums & Toners
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum – This serum is one of Henriksen’s most famous products. It’s packed with vitamin C, aloe juice and green tea extract to help brighten and hydrate skin.
Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Transformation Gel – Packed with alpha hydroxy acids including glycolic and lactic acids, as well as microalgae to help soothe the skin, this gel can be used daily for exfoliation.
Ole Henriksen Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum – This serum is designed to tackle the signs of aging, such as fine lines and dark spots. It’s powered by AHAs and bakuchiol, an alternative to retinol.
Ole Henriksen Eye Cream
Ole Heriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream – Some of the key ingredient in this brightening eye cream are banana powder and vitamin C to help diminish dark circles. A dose of pigments also helps brighten the eye area.
Ole Henriksen Uplifting Transformation Eye Crème – This day time eye cream is formulated with cucumber and oat kernel extracts along with avocado oil to keep the eye area hydrated, and minimize the look of wrinkles.
Ole Henriksen Scrubs
Ole Henriksen Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub – A Teen Vogue award winner, this physical exfoliator is powered by volcanic sand and a mix of glycolic and lactic acids. It can be used two to three times a week.
Ole Henriksen Rub N’ Buff Transforming Salt Scrub – Smooth away old, rough skin cells with this body scrub. It contains a blend of sea salt, lemongrass and sweet almond oils.
What Ingredients are in Ole Henriksen Products?
Ole Henriksen products are formulated with a mix of botanicals, active ingredients and fatty acids. Scent and texture are also key to the formulations, in a nod to Henriksen’s spa heritage. AHAs like glycolic and lactic acid are found in the Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner, along with the Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub. Vitamin C is the star ingredient in Henriksen’s orange Truth collection products, which are designed to brighten, including The Clean Truth Foaming Cleanser and C Rush Brightening Gel Cream. The pink Nurture collection, designed for dry skin, is powered by olive seed oil, blackcurrant and vitamin E. Instead of vitamin A derived retinol, an industry standard for tackling fine lines and wrinkles, Ole Henriksen products use Bakuchiol, which is derived from the Ayurvedic babchi plant, which the company calls “a natural retinol alternative.”
Where is Ole Henriksen Sold?
Ole Henriksen products are sold at his clinic, on his website and at major retailers including Sephora, Amazon and JC Penney.
How Much are Ole Henriksen Products?
Ole Henriksen products are priced at a mid point range, with all products selling for under $100. The Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer is $68 for a three ounce jar, and the Uplifting Transformation Eye Crème is $42. The Glow Motion 3-Piece Brightening Set is one of the priciest at $92. The Transforming Walnut Scrub is $28.
Is Ole Henriksen tested on Animals?
According to PETA, Ole Henriksen is cruelty-free.
Does Ole Henriksen Work?
Ole Henriksen is one of the most popular skincare brands around today, and has been a top seller at Sephora for years. In 2010 Henriksen’s Truth Serum was the No. 1 anti-aging product sold at Sephora. The brand has also received plenty of editorial coverage and awards. The Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator won a 2018 Allure Best of Beauty Awards, and the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream scooped up a 2018 Women’s Health Award. Refinery29 gave Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser a beauty innovator award.
Ole Henriksen products are frequently mentioned in magazine round ups on the “best” products. In 2018 Vogue included Ole Henriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème in a list of “9 Supercharged Retinol Creams to Transform Your Skin.” In 2019 Harper’s Bazaar highlighted Truth™ On the Glow Cleansing Cloths as one of their Anti-Aging Beauty Awards winners.
Sephora reviews are largely positive. The Truth Serum gets a 4.2 out of 5 star rating from more than 4,000 reviews. Customers wrote “I love you Mr. Henriksen… You’ve given me back my bright skin” and “So worth the price.” Those that didn’t love it say “This product clogs pores and the orange serum sits in them! Can’t be healthy for your skin” and others say it did nothing for their skin. The Banana Bright Eye Crème gets over 140,000 “loves” and a 4 star rating from more than 2,000 reviews. Customers that love it say “Fast forward my fine lines have minimized (I’m shocked) and my under eye area looks renewed” and “I no longer look like I have two black eyes!” along with “Oh God, life changing.” Those that gave it a low rating called it “pore clogging” and “sticky and drying.”
The Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer is another hit at Sephora, with more than 60,000 “loves” and a 4.2 rating. Fans say it is “perfect” and “great,” along with “This lotion is AMAZING!! Changed my skin completely.” Reviewers who gave it a low rating say it clogged their pores, caused their face to turn red or it wasn’t hydrating enough.
What Are Some Alternatives to the Ole Henriksen?
Ole Kenriksen may not be the right choice for everyone. It may not react well with your skin, or perhaps the price point isn’t right. If you’re looking for a well-rounded skincare line, there are a few other brands to consider.
Formulyst’s philosophy is long-term and effective skincare. The brand wants to help its customers achieve their best looking skin, rather than covering it up with makeup. The comprehensive line of products focuses on everything from wrinkles to dark spots and dry skin. Formulyst Clarifying AHA Cleanser is designed to give a skin a gentle but effective cleanse. The formula contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) derived from citrus and botanical extracts. These acids work by dissolving dead skin cells and drawing out impurities from the pores to reveal smooth, refreshed skin.
If you want smoother looking skin, skip the harsh exfoliators which can do more harm than good. Formulyst Retexturing and Perfecting Serum is powered by gentle but effective alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which works to dissolve dead skin cells. Packed with plant based acids, it whisks away old skin cells, leaving behind fresher, smoother looking skin. The serum also works to on unevenness and blotchiness. Want to get rid of a blemish? Don’t pop it- dry it. Apply a dab of Formulyst’s Blemish Clearing Complex. It contains a whole cocktail of bacteria fighting, pimple drying products including zinc oxide, salicylic acid, and camphor. It also helps to unclog pores.
If you like the simplicity of a skincare kit, consider Advanced Dermatology. This no nonsense brand offers a pared down approach to skincare. The packaging is simple and streamlined, and the products bring skincare back to the basics. The kit contains just six essential items including a daily cleanser; serum; anti-wrinkle firming treatment; night cream; day cream and an eye cream. In other words, everything you need to achieve your best possible looking skin.