It's never a good sign when a skin-care product's first selling point is its "signature scent." Fragrance isn't skin care, and what makes your nose happy isn't going to please your skin because of the irritation fragrance can cause whether it is natural or synthetic.
Unfortunately, whether used at home or on the go, the truth is that Truth to Go Wipes contain too much fragrance and they don't cleanse all that well. Not only is the amount of fragrance a risk, but also the cloths contain rosemary oil, which is a skin irritant that shouldn't be used around the eyes.
Another point is that the cost for these wipes is on the high side; you can buy the same type and number of cleansing cloths with better formulas at the drugstore for far less money.
Note: The brand also sells these wipes in packs of 10 ($8) and 30 ($15).
These cleansing cloths contain some beneficial ingredients for all skin types, but we're never fans of having to apply questionable ingredients to make sure your skin gets good ones, too. You shouldn't have to compromise!
- Contains some beneficial antioxidants and plant oils.
- Contains fragrance ingredients and a fragrant plant oil that pose a risk of irritation.
- Expensive considering the formulary drawbacks and the superior cleansing cloths available from drugstore lines.
Cleanse or refresh your skin with our easy to use wipes. Perfect for travelers or busy people on the go, each cloth is a perfect pick me up with the truth collection's signature citrus vanilla scent. Strong enough to remove dirt, grime and makeup, but gentle enough not to over dry the skin.
Water, Glycerin, Coco Glucoside, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gluconolactone & Sodium Benzoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, (Chardonnay) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (Pomegranate Extract), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Squalane & Ubiquinone, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil & Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba Wax), Algae Extract & Pullulan, Fragrance (Tangerine & Vanilla)
"Facialist to the stars," L.A.'s "number one face man," and "one of Hollywood's hottest facialists" are but a few of the accolades Denmark-born Ole Henriksen has garnered since he first made a name for himself in Los Angeles back in 1974. Henriksen's skin-care philosophy was, and still is, a mix of holistic teachings, common sense, and, as seen in countless other cosmetic lines (though Henriksen was somewhat of a trailblazer when he started), an affinity for Mother Nature and all she has to offer the skin.
We agree with Henriksen's philosophy that feeling good from the inside can manifest itself on the outside, and we applaud the fact that he admonishes his clients for being too hard on themselves when it comes to their complexions. That bromide loses some of its believability, however, when you realize that Henriksen's products are all about fixing the outside of you, especially the parts with wrinkles, puffy eyes, skin discolorations, and on and on.
For example, all the self-confidence in the world won't change the need for sunscreen or change your genetic propensity for certain skin conditions. Clearly, Henriksen believes that, too, because his skin-care products are meant to help his devotees put their best faces forward. He maintains that his products are different because they are "pure," "natural," and "high performance" products—now really, how often have we heard that? Way too many times, and as is often the case, the products aren't pure or all natural in the least. It turns out that Henriksen's products aren't anywhere close to being all natural. Every product is rife with plenty of unnatural ingredients, most of which are used industry-wide. (That doesn't make them bad, but marketing hype and distortion should not be the basis for making decisions about what skin-care products you use.) In essence, the only unique aspect of this line is Henriksen's ability to charm his clients into thinking that his products are in some way unique and worth the money, when they absolutely are not. A quick review of the ingredient label reveals far more problems than is acceptable for anyone's skin.
Stepping away from the marketing aspect, this product line has way too many missteps to make it interesting or beneficial. While it does contain helpful plant extracts and oils, it is certainly not the only line that includes those ingredients. Sadly, the potency, and yes, even the purity, of many of the good plant extracts are compromised due to his tendency to use jar packaging rather than more stable, airtight options (all plant extracts deteriorate when exposed to air or light). And the amount of irritating plant extracts makes some of his products just hurtful for skin.
Perhaps the saddest part is that a so-called skin-care expert can't even get sun protection right. You place all that trust in someone's expertise and they don't even have the basics down! Henriksen's Herbal Day Creme SPF 15 lacks titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone, Mexoryl, or Tinosorb. All the ballyhooed "calming extracts" and "pure botanicals" in the world cannot stave off one wrinkle if your sunscreen lacks sufficient UVA protection. A few of the sunscreens that do provide adequate UVA protection contain skin cell–damaging lavender oil. Sigh. It's not fun when you consistently run into examples in line after line that prove that natural ingredients are not inherently better for skin! Given how many consumers want to use such products, we'd love to offer them some slam-dunk options.
This aesthetician-created line has a few reasonably decent options to consider, but overall the line is not on par with many others. The overwhelming emphasis on "natural skincare" (which, we repeat, this line definitely is not) might sound like it will be good for you, but that is not what you will find here. A company's apparent blindness to the published evidence that many of the natural extracts as well as many of the synthetic ingredients they include are potent skin irritants means you don't want to shop this line through rose-colored glasses.
For more information about Ole Henriksen, call (800) 327-0331 or visit www.olehenriksen.com.