Review: Ole Henriksen Pure Perfection Night Cream

By Voxy  

ole henriksen pure perfection<– That’s supposed to be orange. I don’t know why it looks so red. Is it me? (Huh, and on the Ole Henriksen site it looks brown. Maybe my eyes are broken.)

Anyway, Ole Henriksen Pure Perfection Night Cream may not exactly be perfection — that is, after all, an awfully high bar to set — but it’s definitely pretty darned good. It has a ton of good-for-you ingredients in it: antioxidants (vitamin C and beta carotene), AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids), primrose oil, and other good stuff. It’s also paraben-, phthalate-, sulfate-, and fragrance-free, and the whole Ole Henriksen line is all about the “natural,” however you want to define that.

This cream is fairly emollient, so I don’t know how it would be for those with oilier skin (who in general will probably do better with lotions rather than creams anyway). It’s the weight, texture, and consistency of vanilla frosting — the kind that you get in the can, the kind that makes perfect little curly points on top of a frosted cake, the kind that you eat with a spoon straight out of the container at two in the morning. It spreads easily (the cream, I mean; I can’t stop thinking about the frosting) and you don’t need much to cover the whole face. Because it has silicone in it (OK, now I’m off the frosting), it leaves a smooth, silky finish. It’s a bit too heavy for me to use in the summer, but now that we’re getting into chilly weather, it’s about time for this to make it back into my rotation, probably on an every-other-night basis. It lends a lovely glow to the skin and the AHAs definitely make my skin smoother. I do find that my pores get a bit congested if I use this every night, which is why I alternate it with other things. I also don’t use it on the night before or the night after another AHA treatment (like the MD Skincare daily peel). Because of this, and because you don’t really need very much, my jar has lasted quite awhile, and doesn’t seem to have diminished in effectiveness at all. I’ve had it about a year now, I think, and I’m just starting to get to the end of it.


Ole Henriksen Pure Perfection Night Cream: $48

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Good

Purchase again? Yes

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Let us know in the comments!)

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  1. avatar Inthelab
    Posted November 17, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’d like to try it sometime. However, just looking at it, the biochemist in me makes me say that the Vitamin C is likely to disappear very quickly, especially because the product is in a jar (hence exposed to air) and not protected from light. Ditto for the beta-carotene.

    I know jars are pretty, but tubes are practical.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted November 17, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I agree! That’s why I am surprised that it still seems to be effective. Of course, I can’t measure the vitamin C or beta carotene content, but the cream seems to deliver the same kinds of results today as it did when I first bought it.

      I do keep my skincare products in a closed box and only bring them out to use them, so I try to minimize their exposure to both light and air, but as you point out, they are still getting much more exposure than they would if they were in a tube.


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