Review: Ole Henriksen Oil Control Skincare Line

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Today I am doing a review on my very first VoxBox – the Ole Henriksen Oil Control skincare line. This line includes a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. These products were sent to me by Influenster and I am so grateful to be given this opportunity to try these products for free. I received these products over a month ago and it came at the perfect time. I had just finished my K-Beauty foaming cleanser. I will also be taking more of a scientific approach to this review. I think it’s really important to take a closer look at the ingredients in skincare products because harmful ingredients that can cause sensitivity can ultimately damage your skin and ruin your makeup game.

Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser

The key ingredients of this cleanser includes a Green Fusion Complex (which contains green tea, eucalyptus, algae and Irish Moss extracts), neem seed oil and glycolic and lactic acids.

  • Green tea is an antioxidant that helps neutralize harmful free radicals and reduces the signs of aging.
  • Eucalyptus is a popular essential oil. It is useful for reducing inflammation and has antibacterial properties.
  • Algae can help soothe irritated skin and it can act as an emollient.
  • Irish Moss contains minerals that also helps to soothe.
  • Neem seed oil is a natural remedy for eczema symptoms because it helps to relieve swelling and redness.
  • Glycolic and lactic acids are a form of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) that act as exfoliants to remove dead skin cells.

Some of these ingredients can cause sensitivity but it didn’t make me break out, make my face red or feel tight after washing. Overall, I am really enjoying this cleanser. It has a nice refreshing eucalyptus-peppermint scent that isn’t overpowering. The only thing that I wish this cleanser could also do is remove makeup. So a huge heads up to anyone who wants to try this product – remove all of your makeup before using. Other than that, I have no complaints.

Balancing Force Oil Control Toner

I’m not a huge fan of using a toner in my skincare routine, especially the ones that need a cotton round for application. I’m too lazy to use a toner with a cotton round, lol. It feels like an extra step that I can’t be bothered with. So if I do use a toner, I prefer to use one that has a spray nozzle. If not, then I would rather buy an all-in-one product that can remove makeup, cleanse and tone my skin.

This toner contains all the same key ingredients that the cleanser has, plus salicylic acid. Salicylic acid, also known as Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is an exfoliant that functions similarly to AHA. It removes dead skin cells that could be clogging pores and making your skin look dull.

Other ingredients in this product include Polysorbate 20 and Witch Hazel.

  • Polysorbate 20 acts as a surfactant that breaks down fats and oils from the skin.
  • Witch Hazel is commonly used as a plant extract that has antioxidant and astringent properties. It also contains alcohol. Astringents contract tissues, which can tighten your pores. However, this ingredient is known to cause sensitivity after prolonged use.

In general, toners are essential for those with oily skin because it helps remove excess oils, tightens pores, and balances the pH. This toner didn’t break me out, but it does contain Witch Hazel, which is an ingredient that I want to avoid in my skincare products. That’s why I stopped using the Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Cleanser and the Mario Badescu Rose Water. I used to love those products but because of the Witch Hazel, I don’t use them anymore. After I’m done with this product, I will definitely switch over to a toner that does not contain Witch Hazel.

Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator

Again, this product contains the same key ingredients as the cleanser. It does also contains Rosehip fruit extract, Butylene glycol and Dimethicone.

  • Rosehip fruit extract acts as an emollient with antioxidant properties. This ingredient does not have a fragrance, which is great!
  • Butylene glycol is a texture enhancer that conditions the skin.
  • Dimethicone is a type of silicone that acts as an emollient. When applied to the skin, it creates a vapor-permeable barrier on your skin to prevent moisture loss and has a silky texture.

Overall, I really like this moisturizer. It’s very lightweight and a little bit goes a long way. I only use one pump of product for each application. Some people don’t like using products that contain silicone as an ingredient, so watch out if that’s you, but please be aware – there’s a common misconception that silicone clogs pores, causes acne breakouts, and prevents your skin from being able to breathe, but it actually doesn’t. Silicone molecules are too big to penetrate your pores, so it can’t clog pores or trap dirt and oils in your pores.

As a whole, I think this skincare line did a great job at reducing oilyness and shine on my face. It didn’t mattify or dry out my skin, but instead it looks much healthier. There’s only a few things that I would nitpick at (cleanser does not remove makeup and toner contains Witch Hazel) but I would still recommend people with oily/combination skin to try these products out.

What is your skin type? What skincare products have you been using and loving recently?

I think sharing skin and product info like this would be really helpful for others who have your skin type and similar issues. I hope this review was informative and helpful. Have a wonderful day and I’ll talk to y’all later~~~

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***Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for review but all opinions are my own.




  1. xoJenny | 30th Mar 17

    During the summer my skin is so darn oily and its not cute at all. But I think I like the fact that the toner has witch hazel, I use that on my skin as is every so often…this is sounding like a pretty good fit 🙂

    xo, JJ

  2. Always Cleia | 30th Mar 17

    Congrats on getting chosen for a vox box! I love this review style, it’s very informative! I didn’t know anything about witch hazel before and any ingredient with a di or tri in front of it usually goes right over my head. I love feeling like I’ve learned something from a blog post 😁
    I have dry skin so this probably wouldn’t work for me, but it’s still good to know that this is a good skincare line. Have a lovely day 💕

    • Linda Talks Beauty | 14th Apr 17

      Thanks Cleia! I’m glad you learned something from my posts! It makes me so happy!

  3. Tigritsa | 31st Mar 17

    You got such a good VoxBox! I love your review. So informative! I have oily skin so I was curious how these products hold up!

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