LVMH-owned Ole Henriksen continues to attract consumers with its innovative botanical skin care products and strong brand DNA. Lucy Copp explores the story behind the company and what it has planned for the future
Set against the glamorous backdrop of Beverly Hills and with a client list to match, it would seem that beauty entrepreneur Ole Henriksen was destined to make a name for himself – and his eponymous skin care brand – from the outset. But away from the glitz, it was Henriksen’s innovative approach to product formulations, state of the art equipment and tailored treatments that set him apart from the crowd all those years ago, not to mention his unwavering brand ethos that put consumer confidence at its core both then and now.
Henriksen’s fascination with skin care began at an early age. Living in Jakarta, Indonesia, and working as a show dancer and model, Henriksen suffered with acne as a young man. Consequently, he sought the help of a local esthetician, who successfully cleared up his complexion using natural treatments. Inspired by his experience, Henriksen promptly enrolled at the Christine Shaw Beauty College in London, where he studied cosmetic chemistry, before going to work for Helena Rubinstein as an educational team member in London.
In 1974 Henriksen stepped back into a treatment room at Fabulous Faces in San Francisco, specialising in acne treatments and chemical peels. Having refined his skills and knowledge, in 1975 Henriksen opened the Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa in Beverly Hills and quite literally became an overnight s