I'm always intrigued with beauty products from Scandinavia. Scandinavians generally seem to have flawless skin (hey, there's an advantage in that lack of sun!). So whenever I visit, I pay attention to factors like their diet, their incredibly clean environment and their lifestyles that makes them seem so effortlessly youthful and glowing. With that said, I'm a sucker for products that come from that region (what's their secret, if any?)
Ole Henriksen from Copenhagen is perhaps the most famous line to come from Scandinavia, and I've always been a fan. The product line was spawned by Ole himself, who learned how to incorporate botanicals into his skincare regimen when his skin became inflamed with cystic acne. Female customers were mostly won over by his products but the line is unisex and they recently launched a "men's kit," which takes the work out of selecting specific products that are male-friendly.
Included in the men's kit is one of my favorite products: the Walnut Complexion Scrub ($24). The key ingredients are earth-based (aloe vera gel, chamomile) and the walnut powder is pretty unique (not the most common ingredient in scrubs). It has cell-renewing properties, actually acting as the beads that deep cleanse the pores. I found that the product was pretty chockfull of it, so it was best to apply slowly for about a minute as it does have potential to be abrasive.
Another interesting ingredient is Korean ginseng (while your parents were forcing you to drink your Ovaltine, I was subject to Korean ginseng tea, so I know at this point it's good for me). The ginseng actually stimulates microcirculation and increases cellular energy, a nice perk considering its mostly used for health purposes.
I'm a sucker for the biweekly scrubs, especially those that actually penetrate the pores to deep cleanse and strip dead cells, and this product, in a nutshell (sorry, I had to) definitely serves its purpose.
Ingredients in Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub
Water, Sodium Myreth Sulfate, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Lauramide Dea, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Lecithin, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tocopherol, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Sodium Salicylate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Fragrance, Carmine (Ci 75470).