Founder Ole Henriksen had his fair share of acne in his youth. It was during his stay in Jakarta, Indonesia that an encounter with a local esthetician named Lagita would alleviate his skin problem and initiate a fascination with skincare. His newfound interest would take him to the Christine Shaw Beauty College in London and then result in the start of his eponymous spa Ole Henriksen in Los Angeles in 1975. Henriksen claims to have had the first spa on the west coast to introduce micro-dermabrasions.

Henriksen’s line was developed after 1986; the first products included the Avocado Facial Cleanser, Cucumber Facial Toner and Herbal Day Crème.

The Good:

Henriksen centered his African red tea body cocktail treatment around the ingredient African red tea, which first piqued his interest because he says it contains 50 times more antioxidants than green tea and trace minerals from iron, zinc, calcium, copper, magnesium and potassium, plus cell-proliferating fruit acids. The Truth Serum Collagen Booster recently won the Natural Health and Beauty Award for best miracle worker.

The Bad:

Their marketing might be the most organic thing but their products are worth looking at. The only downside we can find is that some products contain phenoxyethanol.

TIA’s Take:

Claire took such a liking to the African Red Tea Mist that she spritzed herself and willing volunteers frequently to obtain soft refreshed skin. She was also impressed with the truth serum, though it did still have some parabens in it at the time. Jimmy's favorite is the Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub, which has exfoliating walnut powder, aloe, allantoin and ginseng. TIA hasn't reviewed the brand in a couple years, so taking a look at the newer products, we see some beneficial inclusions such as micro algae and rice bran protein, along with beta carotene and beta glucan to protect skin and heal wounds. While we are weary of Henriksen's slightly fame-centric marketing, we do like the ingredients he continues to use in his products, especially since they are now without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan. We still do see phenoxyethanol though, a top ten allergan and potential irritant, so we still can't give the brand a full thumbs up.