Ole Henriksen Pure Perfection Night Cream

I’ve been using this night cream for a while now and I feel ready to write a review about it. In fact, this is my very first “anti-aging” cream and even though I haven’t started getting any wrinkles yet I feel like it’s about time to start preventing. This product has lots of ingredients that is supposed to be good for you; AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids), antioxidants (vitamin c and beta carotene), primrose oil ++. It is also free of any parabens, phthalate and sulfate.

The Pure Perfection cream is made for dry skin but I wouldn’t say it is too heavy, it sinks in pretty quickly. It is definitely a night cream, after a few hours my skin appear a little “oilier”, but when I wake up in the morning my skin is soft, smooth and radiant. This cream might be a little bit too heavy for me in summer season, we’ll wait and see.
I apply a small amount and gently massage it into my face, you can feel the tingle of glycolic acid, but that goes away pretty quickly. You only need a really small amount to cover your entire face, it can turn a little greasy if you use too much. At first, I was a bit afraid of the glycolic acid being a little bit harsh for my sensitive skin but it has never irritated my skin or caused any redness (or breakouts). However, I cannot apply it too close to my eyes as it can make them tear up. As long as I apply only a thin layer on the rest of my face my eyes are fine. I’ve read reviews where people complain about the smell, but it doesn’t bother me too much. At first, it is a pretty strong scent but I’d say it fades away pretty quickly. I’m not a huge fan of the jar as I really don’t think it’s sanitary, but I’m careful to wash my hands well before touching the cream, so it should not spread any germs.

Overall I really like this product and I feel like it really is helping to smooth my skin and reduce any fine lines I might have. :)

Do you have any products from the Ole Henriksen line?

Hanne Sagstuen

Norwegian New Yorker Hanne Sagstuen a fashion model, art director and editor in chief. Beautylovin is the website where she shares her take on life, travel, beauty and everything in between.

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  1. Anya

    I would love to try this cream! :) I somehow never came across Ole Henriksen skin care, but am considering buying some products right now. I will add this cream to my wish list after your review! :)

    1. Author

      You should definitely try some the Ole Henriksen products! I have an eye cream and a facial oil from the same brand and they are both great! ;)

  2. ingis

    Fikk denne med i et reisesett jeg kjøpte, men den var ikke noe for meg, huden min var ALT for sensitiv! Når jeg tok den på var det ikke litt mild “tingling”, som det er for de fleste, det var ekstrem SMERTE! Det verste jeg har kjent! Det ga seg jo selvfølgelig etter en stund da, og jeg likte den ganske greit sånn ellers, men etter en ukes prøving fant jeg rett og slett ut at det ikke var verdt 5 minutters tortur hver gang jeg tok den på :p Så dere som er supersensitive – styr unna!

    1. Author

      Ja jeg kan nok skjønne at den er for sterk for sensitiv hud, huden min er også sensitiv men den reagerer heldigvis ikke på denne, men det kan svi i øynene hvis jeg får den for nært… Selv om du liker er nok ikke 5 minutters tortur verdt det, hehe ;)

  3. caitlin

    Hi Hanne :) I love your blog! You write very well and I enjoy hearing about things from your perspective.

    I have used Ole’s Aloe Cleansing Gel, Grease Relief toner, Sheer Transformation creme, Envigorating Night Gel and Blemish Attack gel.

    The cleanser was kind of a bust for me. I had acne marks that I had assumed the aloe would really help to heal, but they actually seemed to take longer to heal than before I started using the cleanser! I’ve sinced used it up and won’t be repurchasing.
    The toner was just okay. It’s got a eucalyptus scent and it is refreshing, slightly sticky upon application but dries quickly. It leaves a nice matte finish and isn’t drying to the skin. I have about 1/3 of the bottle left, I use it every now and then just to freshen up but I probably won’t be repurchasing this, either.

    Ole recommends using the Sheer Transformation creme on top of the Envigorating Night Gel… but for me, the combination felt very heavy on my face. So mostly I use the Sheer Transformation as my moisturizer for AM & PM. I like it very much. Feels nice, not heavy, sinks in well and my face feels soothed and nourished. It is supposed to lighten acne scars: I haven’t noticed a difference, really, but who knows what my scars would look like if I weren’t using this? I really like this moisturizer and I would absolutely purchase again.
    The Envigorating Night Gel I use every now and then, or on specific areas of my face like my forehead or chin, where I don’t really need a ton of moisture. I had used this years ago and really liked it, but this time around I don’t see it doing very much for my skin.

    And last but not least (sorry for writing a novel on your blog!) the Blemish Attack gel: not the most effective acne treatment I’ve ever used! It’s okay, very gentle, it works great as a make-up primer so I just use it for that and kind of as a preventative measure for acne.

    Overall, I trust the efficacy enough to try more of his products. I very much want to try his Truth Serum (vitamin C) and his Fresh Start eye creme!

  4. Eva

    Does the pure perfection eye cream have the same use as the fresh start eye cream??? I bought pure perfection when I meant to buy fresh start but this one does work good.

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