REVIEW: Ole Henriksen Uncover The Truth 3-in-1 Melting Cleanser

by - November 09, 2018

I feel like cleansers are sort of the unsung heroes of the skin care world - but if you've followed my blog for a while now, you'll know that for me they're not ony one of my favorite types of skin care products but also one of the most important in my routine. My skin is only at its best when I'm maintaining a regular and effective cleansing routine. Of course, that means that I want to try all of the cleansers. One that has been on my list for quite some time but I've only recently picked up is the Ole Henriksen Uncover The Truth 3-In-1 Melting Cleanser. I've loved some of the other Truth products from Ole Henriksen, particularly the Truth Serum, so I was eager to give this one a go!

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Uncover The Truth™ 3-In-1 Melting Cleanser is a luxurious cleansing formula that transforms from gel to oil to milk, effortlessly melting away makeup and impurities as it hydrates with natural oils and illuminates the complexion with the help of vitamin C. Enriched with rosehip fruit, cherry seed, and sweet almond oils, its silky texture—containing antioxidant vitamin E—nourishes skin, leaving it smooth, soft, and supple. Instantly unveil a healthy-looking Ole Glow™ that leaves you feeling pampered and straight from the spa.

Honestly, I was initially really surprised and a little bit tripped out by the texture of this cleanser. When I hear the word melting in regards to a cleanser, I tend to think of an oil based balm cleanser, but one straight up feels like hair gel when you dip your finger into it. I was a little bit worried that this was going to  be a problem when it came to it actually melting down on the skin because it felt like it could get sticky, but once applied it really did melt down to a thin oil on the skin.

I was expecting this cleanser to have a brighter, fresher orange scent, but I found that I didn't enjoy the smell nearly as much as I thought I was going to. Obviously, this is a minor complaint, but when it comes to cleansers that do have a scent to them, I really like when they give me a soothing, immersive experience and this one just didn't do that. 

Before trying out this product, I had read some really mixed reviews, but the thing that stuck out the most for me was the importance of how you use this cleanser - luckily, it was my preferred method of using a first cleanse. On dry skin - don't wet your skin before applying this because the water can form a barrier between the cleanser and your makeup - massage the product into the skin to break up the makeup. Next, use a warm, damp face cloth to remove the product and the makeup in one or two swipes. Like with other cleansing oil products, you can add water and emulsify on the skin, but I personally loathe the feeling of that and find that it works better for me to just massage it in and then remove with a cloth.

I really, really enjoy this as a first cleanse and think it does a good job of breaking up my makeup and removes quite well from the skin with a face cloth. That said, I really feel like I can't stress enough that this is a first cleanse type of a product and you should definitely go in with a second cleanser to actually clean the skin after using this. There's a couple of reasons for this. First, it does contain lemon oil and, while I don't personally mind using that in a product that I rinse off, I definitely don't want to leave it on the skin because it can cause irritation and phototoxicity. And second, I do find that even when I do remove this with a face cloth, there is some residue left behind on the skin and I think it's important to remove anything that could prevent my more transformative skin care steps from being able to penetrate. Honestly, though, this is true for the vast majority of oil based cleansers and there are really only a couple that I would use as a single cleanse.

Honestly, coming to the end of this review, I really realize that I feel two ways about this cleanser. I think I ultimately wanted to like it more than I do. I think it does definitely work, particularly with the way I prefer to wash my face, but for someone who doesn't want to double cleanse or wants to emulsify and splash their cleansing oil step, this will definitely leave behind residue on the skin. Personally, while I will certainly finish this pot and probably enjoy it the whole way, it's unlikely that I'll pick this up again because there are other cleansers at a similar price point that I prefer to this one on all fronts.

The Ole Henriksen Uncover The Truth 3-in-1 Melting Cleanser is available at Sephora!

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