Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

There’s nothing like the feeling of being able to bare it all this summer. Your makeup-free face that is! For the last few months I’ve been working to restore my skin and get rid of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and dullness. For me, no makeup days are essential in the Arizona summer heat. In the process I’ve discovered some really great products and brands, and some not so great ones. Today I am sharing with you the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Anti-Aging Collagen Booster. This will be a two part series, and tomorrow I will introduce my thoughts on the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil. Let’s get in to it shall we!

Product and Ingredient Breakdown

This is your basic Vitamin C serum. Vitamin C is a great option for treating dark spots and hyperpigmentation, and overall skin damage. When I saw this serum along with the Pure Truth Activating Oil in a limited edition duo, I jumped on purchasing them! The Truth Serum is formulated with the company’s own “five source vitamin C complex.” Another notable ingredient is vitamin E, which has great healing properties. I don’t want to spend too much time on ingredients, because they’re pretty straight forward. It is paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

My Experience

I didn’t have any negative experiences with this product at all. In fact, it’s really great for the price. At first I started out applying this at night before I went to bed, and then I applied a moisturizer after. It actually says on the website it’s for morning use, though definitely don’t feel restricted to that. I used it morning and night plenty of times, both with good results! Each time I used it, I only used two pumps. That’s really all you need to cover your face as it has a typical serum consistency. I was also trying to preserve it a little since I got the smaller size (1 oz). You know, girl things! Buy something and then sparingly use it.

I actually think one of my favorite things about this serum is its smell. It doesn’t smell at all like what you would expect really. When I think vitamin C, I think oranges. Sort of similar to the new Sunday Riley C.E.O. vitamin C moisturizer. This smells… wait for it… like Flintstones vitamins! I swear to god it does and it reminds me of my childhood. I love smelling this after I rub it in to my face. My boyfriend probably wonders why I mumble “mmm Flintstones” so much these days.

As far as results go, I wasn’t disappointed but I also wasn’t blown away. It’s hard because with so many good brands on the market than ever before, a product has to be really phenomenal for me to repurchase. To be honest, I just love trying new skin care products. So if something becomes a life long purchase for me, it’s a big f*cking deal. This isn’t one of those items for me, because I know regardless of my good results, I still want to try other vitamin C serums. After a few weeks use, I did notice that my dark spots from previous acne were noticeably less visible. I really couldn’t ask for anything more. It did its job.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

Who This Would Be Good For

If you haven’t purchased one before, this is a great starter vitamin C serum. It is decently priced at $45.00 on the Sephora website, and you will mostly likely see results from this (I say most likely because everyone is different). This is also very gentle and soothing on the skin, which you can attribute to the green tea. Some vitamin C’s can be really quite harsh on the skin, and leave dry patches. This does nothing of the sort. This would be wonderful for anyone looking to make their first vitamin C purchase!

Final Thoughts

I really do love everything about this product. The 1 oz is also very travel friendly, which makes me happy for obvious reasons. Is this a ‘never have to buy another vitamin C serum again’ product? No, I don’t think so. But it is completely worth purchasing for the price point, great smell, and consistent results. The Truth Serum has done a good job in restoring my skin for the coming spring (if we get a spring) and summer months.

Have you tried anything by Ole Henriksen before? What are you favorite vitamin C serums? I’d like to test out a few more before the spring, so suggestions are much appreciated!


Ole Henriksen


  1. I was so close to purchasing this but thought I would hold off for a few months and then come back to it. I don’t think this is right for me and I’ll just stick to La Roche Posay Redermic C10 which is hands down one of the best serum/fillers for mature skin. My pigmentation, scars and the overall look and texture of my skin improved within a week plus.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. I’ll have to try that one Shireen! I definitely get a lot of hyperpigmentation following a pimple, it sucks! And of course most of my acne is stress related. So I should probably ditch blogging too (hahaha RIGHT). I think this one is a great starter serum for sure, but you may eventually want something a bit stronger. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What a great review! I should start using a serum, I feel like it would be good for my acne scars/ skin damage. Thanks for an honest post that allows me to consider my options! I’ll have to look into this. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Julia || juliainbluhm.com

    1. Definitely! If you haven’t tried a basic vitamin C for your scars or dark spots, I totallyyyy recommend it! I think it will be life changing for you. It was for me haha.

    1. This one is pretty gentle on the skin I would say. Hopefully you don’t have any issues with it! I have tried a few Origins products and I LOVED them. Especially the Ginseng line. However they use a lot of SLS which breaks me out a little. So I had to return a few of the Ginseng products which I was so torn up about! Just wish they would get rid of the SLS, because I love them otherwise.

  3. I remember trying a small sample of this and really enjoying the scent and texture. But like you said, there are so many amazing vitamin c serums out there, each with different types of vitamin c! Of the ones I’ve tried so far, I liked the Timeless Truth vitamin c serum, which is supposed to be a dupe for the Skinceutical one. It does oxidize after a few months, but if you can get it on sale the price is very reasonable!

    1. Oooo I will have to check that one out! Vitamin C oxidizes so quickly, so I always try to look for a lower price point. The shelf life is total crap! Haha.

    1. I don’t know the exact kind, because it only lists their “True C Complex,” which I hate it when companies do that haha. However it is a stabilized form. ๐Ÿ™‚

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