The other day in Sephora, I received a free trial size bottle of Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster. That night, I tried it and loved it so much after one use that I went out and bought it the next day after work.

Ole Henriksen is a brand I’ve found interesting (no parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals etc.) but never got round to trying. It was a good job I was given the initial freebie otherwise I might never have discovered this product!

Okay, the reason why I love this serum so much after so little use is that I used it overnight under my usual night moisturiser (currently Forest Secrets iRejuvenate Step 1), and woke up with the softest skin I’ve had since… hmmm well, a very long time. Have I mentioned the air is SO DRY in New York in winter?? It’s SO DRY. No-one believes me until they get here and their lips immediately start cracking and bleeding. Anyway, it makes it extra difficult to achieve radiant skin. I can’t wait for it to warm up here.

Back onto the serum. Even after cleansing and drying my face in the morning, my skin still felt noticeably soft and smooth. I kept touching my face because I was so confused, until I remembered that I had used the serum the night before. I’ve now used the serum morning and night for a few days and I feel silly for saying this, but my skin is looking more even-toned and has more “clarity” about it. I don’t have any major complaints with my skin… but I do feel in the last couple of years I’ve been losing the fresh-faced, woman-child skin I used to take for granted. Somehow, this serum has airbrushed my entire face and just makes me look so much better even without a scrap of make-up.

After the first use, I thought to myself, “Wow if this is the effect after just one use, what will happen if I use it for a longer period of time…?” and that’s why I went out and bought it.

In terms of the serum itself, it’s an orange-coloured, tangerine-smelling, viscous watery substance. It’s not a silicone-based serum, so it doesn’t have that slick or slippery feeling. It absorbs almost instantly (I have to spread the serum across my face really fast before it sinks in) and just leaves the skin feeling fresh and bare. I don’t find it offers much moisture but I do have exceptionally dry skin, and I use moisturiser over the top anyway. I have quite sensitive skin, and this serum doesn’t irritate it at all.

The main active ingredient is high potency Vitamin C to calm and heal skin and strengthen collagen. But another interesting ingredient is licorice extract which helps to even out pigmentation. I should point out though that I’m not expecting this serum to lighten any of my UV-induced freckles. I think I’m stuck with those for good!

The Sephora description of the serum is:

What it is:
A high-potency vitamin C complex that prevents and corrects signs of aging while promoting brightness.

What it is formulated to do:
This amazing ten-percent vitamin C skin booster and antiaging treatment firms and smoothes, delivering more radiant skin. The weightless, fast-absorbing, oil-free formula penetrates to deep layers of the skin, offering instant and long-term hydration, nourishment, and antioxidant protection against environmental aggressors.

The full ingredients of Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster are:

Water (Aqua), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Calcium Acerbate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Euphrasis Offinalis Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Oleth-20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thioctic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow 6 (CI 15985).

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster is quite pricey at $48 for 1oz (30ml). I feel like I have to use quite a lot of the product each go because it absorbs so quickly and if I don’t use enough, I end up dragging my skin while I’m trying to spread the serum. So the bottle probably won’t last that long. But for the results I’ve seen so far, it’s worth it! I’ve used some much more expensive serums that didn’t have even show a tenth of the effects of this stuff. Thumbs up!

17 comments on “Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster review: WOW!

  1. I have been using the Estee Lauder acclained serum and liked it to begin with but then got a little underwhelmed (maybe too used to it). is this one sold in UK? also been contemplating the new Creme de la Mer one, very pricey but I have heard good reports – have you any tips on this or their moisturiser, I too am after a new really good moisturiser and away fro anything Clinique!

  2. Wow I have been looking for a new serum and I love the sound of this. Thanks for the review!

  3. Thanks Helen! I missed your great reviews, so welcome back. As you said it this serum is quite expensive and definitely out of my budget. But I’ve been recommended a lot Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate. I going through a lot of (hormonal) breakouts and the spots are leaving dark marks after they dry. They tell me the serum will help to heal scar tissue and reduce hyperpigmentation. The results won’t be immediate but they said that if I’m constant I’ll be able to see results after some months.
    Have you heard, tried or reviewed this Liz Earle’s product before? What do think about it?

  4. Thanks for the review! I have been on the look out for a good (powerful) Vitamin C serum for a while now and this sounds great.

  5. i love boosters, serums and etc. 🙂 great review

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  6. @socialitedreams: You have it but you haven’t tried it yet?? Go go go!

    @Pandora: I haven’t tried any Ole Henriksen moisturisers yet (but they’re definitely on my hit list now!) and I haven’t tried Creme de la Mer. But I have to say I don’t like the sound of Creme de la Mer… it’s mineral oil based which my skin hates.. brings me out in huge spots.

    @Laura: Laura! Hope you’re enjoying your time off from blogging and enjoying life!

    @Cl@cam: Aww thanks. I’ve missed blogging a lot… I just wish there were more hours in the day. Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate contains rosehip oil and vitamin E, both of which are meant to help heal skin and reduce scarring. I have a bottle of it but haven’t tried it yet… I’m planning to use it after I finish my Forest Secrets iRejuvenate oil because I’ve heard great things. It’s about the same price as this Ole Henriksen serum though isn’t it? The Ole Henriksen serum contains rosehip and vitamin E as well (although the focus is more on the vitamin C). I’m not sure which would be better though… might just be a case of trying them both. Good luck with whichever one you go for first!

    @Cecilia: This is the first vitamin C serum I’ve tried and I think it’s great!

    @Michelle Lee: Hi there and thanks!

    @Arianne: Haha don’t you just love Sephora? Hope you manage to get a sample!

  7. It sounds heavenly, I’ll definitely give it a try after I finish my current regime. I’ve also heard good things about Ole Henriksen’s Blueberry mask!

  8. Great review, Helen. I also got a sample at Sephora (last week) and cannot believe the results of this product. At 43, I’ve used many different products over the years (Affirm 3x, Perricone, Burt’s Bees, Prevage, etc). There is definitely something different about the Truth Serum… probably the licorice? No greasy residue, and my skin glows. Much better than results from some other peptides I’ve tried. (And in Northeast Ohio, believe me, I’ve tried plenty!)

  9. I’m always intrigued by serums as I know they’re important but I never use them because I’m kind of clueless. I’ll have to check this one out!

  10. Like you i got a sample at Sephora. I immediately started using it and INSTANTLY saw results the next day. My skin was rejuvenated, bright and had life. So today, i went to Sephora again and got the 3 Little Wonders pack with the 1 oz of Truth Serum, 1 oz of Sheer Transformation (everyday moisturizer) and 1oz of the Invigorating Night Gel, for $70. I’m anxious to see how this trio works for me.

  11. @Suki: I definitely want to try more of the range now!

    @Anonymous: I have no idea what exactly it is in the serum that works so well, but sounds like you’re having similar results to me!

    @Christy: If you’re going to try a serum, definitely give this one a go!

    @Jeannette: Wow that’s great that you saw the same instant results… it’s so rare to find a product that makes such a big difference so quickly. Good luck with the other products!

  12. I too received this sample at Sephora. I spray my face with water first to help spread it around. Actually, I do the same before any serum or moisturiser as it means I don’t pull my skin too much and also use less product. I just wished I’d picked up the 3 Little Wonders pack before heading back to Australia…no Sephora here 🙁

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