Reviews of Ole Henriksen Truth Serum and The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

Happy Tuesday!

Last week, I promised a review of Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum, which I received as a gift with purchase at Sephora last year.

It’s billed as “A powerful anti-aging serum formulated with vitamin C and collagen for brightening and all-day hydration.” As I age, I’ve noticed my skin getting duller. I’ll try anything that promises that “Goop glow” as La Gwyneth would say. (I’ve seen her in person once. She was sitting right behind me at TIFF. If there is something I can buy to give me that glowy, ethereal skin, I want it!)

People love this serum. The reviews are good. For me, however, it did not work at all. I have a citrus allergy, which made the serum irritate my skin. I had to stop using it after a week, which is not enough time to measure the effectiveness of an anti-ager like this. It’s too bad. The smell was pleasant and the texture nice (albeit a wee bit shiny for day), but it was far too citrusy for me.

When I stopped with the Henriksen, I decided to try out The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid 2% Solution. People love their products so I wanted to see if they measured up to the hype.

Salicylic Acid is a mainstay in my routine to keep my skin clear and exfoliated. I’ve been using Paula’s Choice, which is a great product line, but I could not resist The Ordinary’s price point and packaging. 30oz is US$5.30. That’s right. It’s under $6.

It’s made by a Canadian company and they’ve based their business model on Everlane, which is my go-to company for basics. The Ordinary wants to be transparent in their pricing and charge the customer what the materials cost, plus a profit. Because they have a bare bones approach, they don’t put a lot of extra stuff in the bottle, which – if you have sensitive skin like I do – is a blessing.

I loved this product. It absorbs well into the skin so you can wear it in the day as well as overnight. The bottle design makes it easy to apply a small amount, which is all you need. This is a definite winner in my book and I will be sure to repurchase. I have a few other products in their line to test and I hope they perform like this one did for me!

If you have any Holy Grail products, I’d love to hear about them.


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