Frequently Asked Questions

PRODUCTS

Why should I use OLEHENRIKSEN products?

Tried. Tested. Transformative. There’s a reason the OLEHENRIKSEN skincare collection has such a cult following! Our efficacious products are backed by over 35 years of skincare expertise, clinical testing, innovation and a Danish self-care philosophy. We use potent active ingredients—like acids, vitamin C, retinol alternatives, peptides and more—that work for your skin to deliver the Ole Glow®.

What do the different OLEHENRIKSEN collections target?

Our powerhouse collections are designed to target specific skincare concerns so you can meet all your skins needs—no matter your skin type. Whether you’re looking to plump skin with hydration, control oily skin, boost elasticity, brighten or tackle dark spots… our five collections hold the key to unlock your ultimate glow. You can read about our transformative collections here.

Do your products have an expiration date?

All our products have a Period-after-opening symbol (PAO) printed on the product container and/or on the recyclable box that it comes in. The symbol states how many months you have to use the product after it’s opened for the first time. You can find the symbol by locating an icon that looks like a jar with a number, followed by the letter ‘M’, on it.

Does Ole test on animals?

No, the entire line is 100% cruelty-free.

What is Ole’s testing process?

Our products won’t reach you until they’ve gone through rigorous testing, including safety, toxicity, stability and allergens. Each of our products also undergoes a series of third-party clinical tests and comprehensive consumer perception evaluations. We test our formulas on different skin types, skin tones and ethnicities. Of course, we never test on animals.

Have Ole’s products been tested with makeup, to help the wear/performance?

Many of our products—check out our Makeup Primers—are tested with makeup to improve and extend makeup wear.

Are Ole products natural?

We use both naturally-derived ingredients, as well as lab-developed ingredients that have been thoroughly tested for safety and toxicity. We also use naturally-derived fragrance to provide an enjoyable sensorial experience.

Can I use dark spot toner if I don’t have dark spots?

Yes, even if you don’t have dark spots, you can use Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner all over your face to keep your complexion smooth and bright.

Are Ole products vegan? Gluten free?

Yes, all of our products are vegan and we formulate with non-gluten ingredients.

Why do Ole products contain fragrance, essential oils and color?

Ole started in a spa and we carry that indulgence with us in every formula we create. Our product line features transformative formulas with delicious scents and touchable textures to help you to create a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home. We use essential oils—like citrus oils—for their benefits and the sensorial experience they provide. All of our products go through a rigorous testing process, ensuring each formula meets strict global regulations and safety standards. Each product is tested for safety, toxicity and allergens, and we also disclose fragrance and potential allergens in our ingredient lists.

Are Ole products recyclable?

We are actively working toward a more sustainable future for our products & packaging. We are currently incorporating bio-resin & PCR (post-consumer recycled) materials into our packaging. In 2022, we started transitioning to using recyclable glass jars. Many of our packaging components are made with recyclable mono-material plastics and all of our products feature FSC-certified cartons.

Does Ole use parabens?

No, our products do not contain parabens.

Are Ole products clean?

The brand is Clean at Sephora certified and refrains from using more than 1,400 ingredients banned by the EU. All of our products are paraben-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free and talc-free.

Are Ole products pregnancy- and breastfeeding-safe?

We publish all of our ingredient lists and encourage you to share them with your physician when discussing skincare during pregnancy.

A product I want is out of stock. When will it be available again?

Please trust us that we're doing our very best to replenish stock as quickly as possible! If you've been patiently waiting for that amazing OLEHENRIKSEN product that's currently out of stock, this is our best advice: Go to the specific product you want, and then click the "Email me when in stock" button!

Does OLEHENRIKSEN offer any promotional or discount codes?

We frequently offer special promotions, discounts and sales. Check our homepage regularly for our latest deals. We also recommend that you sign up for emails and follow @olehenriksen on Instagram and on Tik Tok to stay in the glow!

ROUTINES

I am new to Ole, where should I start? How do I build a routine?

When building a routine, ask yourself what your biggest skincare concerns are and what benefits you want from your daily regimen. Looking for skincare for oily skin? The best products for aging skin? For super sensitive skin? No matter your concern, we have something you’ll love. Get an Ole Glow® routine made just for you with our Skincare Routine Finder.

Can you mix products from different collections?

Yes, we encourage mixing collections! It’s common to have multiple skin concerns—mixing and matching allows you to address those different concerns with different products.

What order should I use my Ole products in?

We recommend moving from thinnest to thickest: cleanser, toner, essence, serum, moisturizer, eye cream. You can also start your routine with a face mask 2-3 times a week.

What skin types are Ole products right for?

  • Truth Collection: All skin types—for those looking to brighten skin and prevent visible signs of aging.
  • Balance Collection: Combination or oily skin; great for detoxifying and purifying pores, as well as minimizing surface oil.
  • Transform Collection: All skin types—even sensitive; perfect for someone looking to smooth texture and target uneven skin tone.
  • Strength Collection: All skin types—even sensitive; for anyone looking to strengthen their moisture barrier and get healthier-looking skin.
  • Touch Collection: All skin types—even sensitive; for anyone looking for a body care line with skincare benefits. It features caffeine to energize and brighten skin and peptides and Scandinavian berry extracts and oils to firm skin.

What products are good for blemishes and/or stressed skin?

Our Balance Collection is perfect for anyone looking to calm stressed skin and/or purify their pores. For any post-blemish marks and/or dark spots, Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner is a great option.

Can I talk with someone to help me pick products best for my skin type?

Absolutely! If you’re looking for help curating your skincare routine, we recommend following @olehenriksen on Instagram. Our Glow Guides frequently offer skincare tips, tricks and all-around glow guidance. You can also call us at 1-844-OLE-GLOW [653-4569] with your skincare questions.

How long before I should see results?

Our products have instant (after one use) results, as well as results over time (1-8 weeks) results. With skincare, you can generally expect to see major results anywhere from 4-8 weeks. For best results, we suggest sticking with your routine for at least 8 weeks.

Should I wear SPF every day? Why do I need to wear SPF if I am using AHAs?

Yes, you should wear SPF every day, especially if you are using acids, retinols or retinol alternatives. These ingredients can make your skin extra prone to sun damage. We like to think of SPF as your best line of defense for anti-aging—going outside without SPF can undo all of your skincare benefits.

INGREDIENTS

Why does Ole use bakuchiol?

Ole was inspired by the dramatic age-fighting benefits retinol delivers, but wanted to find a plant-based alternative. He selected bakuchiol, derived from the Ayurvedic babchi herb, after learning that it delivers retinol-like youth-boosting benefits—and is suitable for use during the day.

Why does Ole use different types of vitamin C?

We use pure vitamin C, as well as vitamin C derivatives in our formulas—different forms of vitamin C have their own unique benefits, and we want our products to deliver premium efficacy and benefits. We love 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid, a direct derivative of ascorbic acid, because it provides the same great benefits as pure vitamin C without the negative issues that are often associated with straight ascorbic acid formulas.

What is stable vs. unstable forms of vitamin C?

Vitamin C is known to be highly sensitive, and can be considered unstable if not formulated correctly. When we formulate with vitamin C, we take into account all formula aspects and attributes (i.e. the mix of key actives, the packaging if the formula is water-based vs oil-based, overall target pH, etc.) to ensure that the best derivative is chosen for ensured efficacy, stability and product benefits.

What do acids do and how should I incorporate them into my routine?

When using acids, you should always patch test and work into your routine slowly.

  • AHA (alpha hydroxy acid): Chemical exfoliant; helps smooth skin texture (examples: glycolic and lactic acid)
  • PHA (polyhydroxy acid): Chemical exfoliant; helps smooth skin texture (a little bit plumper than AHAs—they don’t go as deep as they exfoliate; that means less irritation)

  • BHA (beta hydroxy acid): Help lift and loosen dead skin cells that can clog pores (example: salicylic acid)

  • LHA (lipohydroxy acid): Help lift and loosen dead skin cells that can clog pores.

  • Hyaluronic Acid: Helps plump skin with hydration and support a strong moisture barrier.

  • Essential Fatty Acid: Moisturize and help soften.

What is the difference between chemical and physical exfoliation?

Physical exfoliation uses small particles—we use ultra-fine sugar and Icelandic volcanic sand—to manually scrub away rough, flaky skin and let smoother skin glow through. Chemical exfoliation involves acids—such as AHAs, BHAs and PHAs—to loosen the “glue” that holds the dead surface layer of skin together and reveal the newer, fresher skin underneath.

What is the moisture barrier? What ingredients help to strengthen it?

The moisture barrier is your skin's first line of defense. When it's strong, the moisture barrier keeps the good in, and the bad out. However, life stressors—aging, sun and pollution—can weaken it and cause moisture to escape, leaving you with dull, dry, itchy or irritated skin. Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturizer, our daily moisturizer powered by peptides, ceramides, collagen and hyaluronic acid, strengthens your moisture barrier all day, helping skin hold onto moisture better.

What are peptides?

Peptides are chains of amino acids that are bonded together in unique ways to help build strength and condition skin. Peptides form proteins to help create the foundations of your skin: These proteins are responsible for your skin’s strength, texture and resiliency.

PAYMENTS, ORDER STATUS, TRACKING AND SHIPPING

What forms of payment do you accept?

We currently accept all major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa), PayPal, Apple Pay, Shop Pay, Afterpay (U.S. only) and OLEHENRIKSEN E-Gift Cards (U.S. orders only).

Do I have to pay sales tax?

We charge sales tax for items shipped to the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, and WY. We collect the simplified sellers use tax on items delivered into Alabama and the tax will be remitted on the customer’s behalf to the Alabama Department of Revenue. Seller’s program account number is SSU-R010335998.

How do I confirm my order has been placed?

Before submitting your order, we recommend double-checking to make sure your contact information is correct. You should receive a confirmation email from customerservice@olehenriksen.com shortly after making your purchase.

How do I track my order?

When your order is ready to be shipped, you will receive a shipment confirmation e-mail. The majority of our orders are shipped within 1-2 business days after the order has been placed. The e-mail will contain shipment details, your tracking number, and a package tracking link. To track an order on olehenriksen.com, sign in to access My Account that will contain your order information.
For more information or questions, please contact OLEHENRIKSEN Customer Service via email (customerservice@olehenriksen.com) or via phone at 1-844-OLE-GLOW [653-4569]. Operating hours are from 7 AM ET to 2 AM ET, 7 days a week, excluding holidays.

 

CANCELLATIONS AND RETURNS

Can I change or cancel my order after it has been placed?

Given our prompt shipping process, orders cannot be cancelled or changed once they are placed. If you made a mistake or changed your mind about your order, you can return your purchase for a full refund within 30 days of receiving it.

Can I return my purchase? / What is the return policy?

If you are not completely satisfied with your OLEHENRIKSEN purchase or gift for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days of the original purchase date without paying return shipping or handling fees. We will process returns as soon as we receive them for the purchase amount minus the original shipping charges, but sometimes it can take up to 60 business days for the credit to appear on your account.

  • When you return your purchase to OLEHENRIKSEN.com by mail within 30 days of purchase date, you will receive a full refund to your original payment method for the price of the item(s).
  • Unfortunately we cannot accept returns or issue refunds after 30 days. 

Visit our Returns & Exchanges page for detailed instructions on how to return your items.

FOR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS

Unfortunately, we can’t offer merchandise exchanges on orders shipped internationally. Only credit back to the original form of payment is available.

Visit our Returns & Exchanges page for detailed instructions on how to return your items.

What do I do if my order arrived, but something is missing/incorrect/damaged?

We apologize for any inconvenience that may arise from your order! Please rest assured that we are here to make it right and we encourage you to reach out to Customer Service:

  • Phone: 1-844-OLE-GLOW [653-4569]
  • Email: customerservice@olehenriksen.com

U.S. / DOMESTIC SHIPPING

How do I qualify for free shipping?

Orders $50 and over always ship Standard Ground Shipping (3-7 days) for free—no promotion code needed.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Does OLEHENRIKSEN ship internationally?

Yes, OLEHENRIKSEN does ship internationally. To see more details, visit our Shipping page.