Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil – You can never know it all

If you have been around for a little while now, you may have read my blogpost on „Pregnancy skincare“ (if not, here is the link) and remember that I claimed I´d not be introducing Vitamin A in my skincare until I finished breastfeeding and that I had never used it before.

Turns out I was wrong.


Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil


Because all my ingredient research aside, I had never considered that Rosehip Oil contains 0,4% retinoid acid, which is pretty much the stuff that retinyl palmitate is transferred into once it is applied to the skin.

Surprisingly enough, applying retinoid acid from rosehip oil is considered safe throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding, while retinyl palmitate isn’t. I guess that is because of most of the research these recommendations base on are focussing on orally taken Vitamin A in prescription strength.

But whatever the reason, I was pretty relieved when I learned it was, because I had been using my rosehip oil all throughout pregnancy. So relieved I even added a new product into my routine.

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activation Oil, to be exact.


What Ole Henriksen claims:

Powerful 100% concentrated rose hips oil activates skin’s natural reparative ability with potent antioxidants and essential fatty acids to reveal skin’s youthful state – bright, resilient and radiant. Unfiltered, unprocessed and cold pressed to maintain the highest potency, rose hips oil is a single source of active vitamin A, vitamin C and high levels of essential fatty acids. Luxurious and lightweight, this citrus scented and potent anti-aging treatment quickly absorbs and deeply penetrates to heal, nourish, and hydrate. Fine lines are visibly reduced and skin is immediately brighter and more radiant. Abundant with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, skin is defended from future damage and balanced.



Packaging and price:

The plastic bottle contains 30 ml and is available for 45 $ online here or 63 € here. With application around three times a week for six months now, my 15 ml sample size still contains more than two thirds of the original content.


Texture and scent:

Bright orange in color, the oil itself feels very liquid and is easily absorbed without leaving a greasy residue on the skin. Just like claimed, the smell is citrusy, and even though it isn’t very strong, I somehow found it less pleasing than in other Ole Henriksen products.

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil - quite orange, don't you think?
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil – quite orange, don’t you think?



Application and results:

Designed for application AM and PM, both works perfectly fine, but I preferred it in the evenings as my last skincare step. If your skin is drier than mine, application in the morning before your makeup should totally work.

Along with the other products I used it really helped my skin looking radiant and hydrated.


Favorable ingredients:

  • Rose Hip Seed Oil: Vitamin C and A, antioxidant, promoting collagen production, brightening
  • Tangerine Peel Oil: Clarifying, oil controlling
  • Lemongrass Oil: anti-inflammatory, oil-controlling
  • Tocopherol: Vitamin E, antioxidant


Unfavorable Ingredients:

None. If your skin is very sensitive though, the tangerine peel oil can be a little too much.


Does it live up to its claims?


As far as I am able to tell, I cant vouch for the cold-pressed part or the long-term protection claim. But is sure has the ingredients to back up the claim.


Will I rebuy?


It has been a tight competition between my Antipodes Divine Facial Oil (read here) and this one, but in the end this one wins ever so slightly. Despite the smell.


Who do I recommend it to?

Anyone with aging, acne-prone skin.

Anyone with hyper pigmentation they want to tackle.

If your skin is very sensitive or very dry though, there might be better alternatives for you around.


What was the last surprise in skincare you had?

And would you use it while pregnant?


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  • Good to know! Thanks for sharing and it’s so great that you’re knowledgeable about these things and looking out for yourself properly.


  • I’ve been using this oil for months and I absolutely love it! x

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  • In my mind rosehip oil has this divine status and it can never do anything wrong, ha ha. I’ve been using it religiously on my surgical scar and it has really helped keep it hydrated, not itchy at all and it is ever so slowly fading in colour. What would you say is the difference between this oil and Antipodes? I’m very knew to the latter brand and so far I really like it so am considering trying more of their products.

    Inma x

    • The antipodes one is a little richer and focuses more on the antioxidants, while I feel like this one is more brightening. But they are very similar, only that the Antipodes one is only half the price…

  • Carina Vardie

    Seems like a wonderful product! I have never tried this, but sounds like a must! Thanks for the detailed review!


    • If these are you skins concerns, you should really go and try it.

  • Sounds great! Love that it’s bright orange makes you immediately think that it will make you have a glowing complexion. Gemma x

    • It does, doesn’t it? It applies sheer though, no Oompa-Loompa face here.

  • I’m so glad this product has worked so well for you! As I’ve mentioned before, I love the Invigorating Night Treatment, so I might have to check out this one as well.


    • I have been loving a lot of their stuff lately, I need to explore the brand more.

  • Sounds like a really good product! I love the orange colour of it!

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  • Wow, it’s quite orange! Ugh, I really need to amp up my skincare! You are the queen of skincare and have amazing skin!
    Glad this is working for you and that it’s safe while breastfeeding!
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    • Maybe the duchess of skincare, the Queen is Caroline Hirons 😉 But thank you, skin care really is my passion.

  • Wow, this sounds an absolute dream. I’ve been reading about so many Vitamin C products and they all sound so good, I will definitely be making an investment soon!




  • I bought a set with 2 pretty generous samples of this & their Truth Activating Serum & they took a while to grow on me! xx


    • But they did in the end?

      • I liked this oil more than the serum. I think I found the scent very off-putting initially but was on a lot of medication & maybe it affected my sense of smell because I stopped using the oil for a few months and when I went back to it, I didn’t find the scent offensive at all! xx

        • Funny, I liked he serum better than the oil at first and stopped using the oil due to the smell, but that was in the beginning of pregnancy, which may have been the reason.

  • Sounds like a nice product. I think the rosehip oil might be very good for my PIH.

  • I’ve heard so much about this brand. I’d really like to try some products. I recently found I had some samples from my last Sephora splurge. I should probably give them a try before buying. But this oil sounds really nice.

    • Using samples is a great idea, as the products themselves are pricey, but in my opinion they are totally worth it.

  • So this is the oil you mentioned the other day… It definitely sounds great! I’m trying to resist buying more oils at the moment, though. I’m better at restraining myself when it comes to skincare than when it comes to makeup!

  • idu

    I love Ole Henriksen Nuture Me and the brand as a whole. never used the oil but not surprised by the great review.


    • I have only tried three things so far, but I liked everything.

  • Estefania

    It looks really interesting and the ingredients are pretty nice, definitely gonna try it


  • I used my normal skincare routine while I was pregnant and my doctor never mentioned anything specific to avoid except shellfish. This sounds really good and this is also the first product that has no unfavourable ingredient listed! Definitely a winner and added into my list to try.

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  • I have this product! I need to write them up again now that I’m using it and the serum regularly. The smell to me is exactly that of Red Zinger tea from Celestial Seasonings. I have noticed an issue for me personally is it tints my skin! If I use this and the serum a few days in a row I look like an oompah loompa. I only use at night now because of that and usually only every 3 days. So I’ll use Sunday Riley two nights and then this as a break from Luna/Good Genes/Tidal. Though I did test Tidal for 2 weeks straight alone.

    • It does? I was concerned at first, but didn´t notice any tinting on my skin.

  • It’s nice that this product tackles hyperpigmentation but I probably wouldn’t be able to use it since my skin is both sensitive and dry.

  • Jamie RS

    Great review! this products looks great and sounds amazing! I would love to try it 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • Seems like I might enjoy this product! Great review, always willing to try new oils xx

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    • Me too, something I would never have thought possible a few years ago.

  • Have not visited in a while, but love your new layout. and great review! I tske rosehip in a mixture, love my Trilogy antioxidant+.

    • Rosehip oil really works great, I like it a lot as well. And thank you, I figured it was time for a change in layout.

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  • i have been curious to see how this works, but haven’t seen a review on it yet, so thank you! glad to hear it was a winner.

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    I really want to try this, great review!
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  • It sounds very good to me. I like that it has a citrus scent 🙂

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    • I liked the smell of the serum better, to be honest, but the scent grew on me.

  • Kate

    Sounds like a lovely product. I would definitely give this one a go. x

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    • I thought I wouldn’t be surprised as easily anymore, but somehow there is always something new to discover.

  • Toyas Tales

    Do you think this product would work on oily skin?

    • My skin is combination/oily, so yes, it definitely would. Oils are, against common belief, great for oily skin, as they help balance sebum production. If you choose the right oils that is of course. But rosehip oil would be a safe bet.

  • Denise

    Hello again! I am finally back after a long trip and got a bug – feeling weak now, but being in bed is also fine sometimes 🙂 Got back on Tuesday and since then I have slept a lot, due to the bug. I am very glad to know that your baby was born in the 7th, it must be such a joy to have two sweet bundles at home now, Little Beans and Peanuts 🙂 Congratulations! I must confess that I didn’t know about palmitate and pregnancy, but rosehip oil seems to be so good and with other properties, non harmful. I have sensitive skin, so as you said, this is not for me, but I have a friend with ace and I will recommend it to her! Happy Easter!

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  • A very informative post and interesting to read about this youth activating oil. It sounds like an appealing one especially those with sensitive skins.

    I’ve been playing around with oils more so recently especially on my face and impressed with the results.

    I also introduced a body oil which funnily enough was ‚meant‘ to be for the face, however it was far too rich however it really benefitted dry areas on my knees and elbows.

    A great post and thanks for sharing, love hearing about great products such as this especially anti-ageing ones.

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    • Which oils have you been using? I am always looking for new recommendations.

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    I’ve been playing around with oils more so recently especially on my face and impressed with the results.

    I also introduced a body oil which funnily enough was ‚meant‘ to be for the face, however it was far too rich however it really benefitted dry areas on my knees and elbows.

    A great post and thanks for sharing, love hearing about great products such as this especially anti-ageing ones.

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  • This sounds like an interesting product, when I first saw it, I noticed at how orangey bright it is. But it sounds to do a pretty good job, and anything that helps my annoying acne prone skin, I am willing to try haha ♥

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    This sounds great though it probably wouldn’t work with my sensitive skin. And I don’t think I would use anything while pregnant mainly out of fear of finding out there was something bad in it. I hope you and your little one are doing well and feeling wonderful.

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        Sadly no I don’t get out of all the cleaning, but I do use more natural cleaning products now haha!

        • Part time success, I guess. I have switched to more natural when I had my daughter, just because I realized how much she touches…

  • On one hand I feel like I belong to the target group for this, but then my skin is also quite sensitive and fussy, so I don’t know… So yeah, just give me the macarons and we’ll call it even.

  • Caliope Couture

    This sounds like an interesting product. Might have to try this out 🙂 The colour strongly reminds me of ladybugs‘ defense mechanism though 😉 But that won’t deter me. Have a great Easter weekend!
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    • The ladybugs defense mechanism? Now that is an interesting image…
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  • Aisha

    This seems a really good product !! Have a wonderful day Anne, and happy Easter ! xx


    • The same to you! I hope your Easter is full of chocolate and time with the loved ones.

  • sounds like a great product. I hope it will be great for oily skin.


  • Surbhi Suri

    not a fan of the colour, but u got me at Olay. I am a sucker for everything olay.
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    • The color is kind of scary, and I had someone commenting it stains their skin when used to frequently, even though that wasn’t an issue for me.

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Always enjoy reading your skincare reviews, hun, they’re so thorough and to the point! I love the sound of this oil, it seems so fab and packed with natural ingredients, no unnecessary artificial fillers and what not! I’d love to try it. 🙂 Also, I hope you’re well, I know you’ll be very busy over the next few months but I just wanted to say, good luck and please keep us updated whenever you can, got my fingers and toes crossed for you!! x


    • I am very well, thank you Kay. And I am spending lots of time on the couch feeding, which gives me the perfect opportunity to catch up with all the lovely blogs out there.

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        Aw I’m so happy for you! Sending my love to you and Peanut, and I’m grateful for being able to be part of that journey at least in a small way. X

  • This oil seems really the perfect product, thanks for sharing, dear! And Happy Easter!
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  • Pisa

    Great review dear! The oil looks beautiful!
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    • It is a great product. Have you tried anything Ole Henriksen before?

      • Pisa

        No, I never heard of this brand before, but it seems to be great. I should try these one 😉

        • It is the third product I tried from that brand and so far everything was convincing.

  • Dressed With Soul

    Liebe Anne, da freu ich mich, dass das Öl für die so wunderbar passt! Ich denke, für meine Haut kommt es wohl eher nicht in Frage auch wenn ich das Gefühl habe, das ich den Geruch mögen würde 🙂 Hoffentlich geht es Euch weiterhin wunderbar!
    Ich wünsche Euch ein zauberhaftes Osterfest <3

    • Danke, liebe Rena, und auch Dir und Deiner Familie ein wundervolles Ostern.

  • Hm, it sounds alright though. Do you have a suggestion for very dry/sensitive skin? You seem to be more of a pro at skin care than I am! So any help will do 😀

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  • Nic Mora

    This post was so helpful! I’m turning 26 and JUST getting into skin care! I’m so terrified of aging now and I can’t wait to try out this product! Thank you so much xo NM


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    • Maybe get a sample first, or ask for the opportunity to patch test?