Ole Henriksen Dewtopia 20% Acid Night Treatment Review

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a skincare *product* review – but Ole Henriksen recently sent over a bottle of their newest product release, The Dewtopia 20% Acid Night Treatment, so it felt like the right time to get back to writing!

The serum is housed in a heavy (fancy!) glass pump bottle, and is a yellowish-white color. The texture is wonderful, and lays really well on the skin. It absorbs quickly, and is easy to layer as a result. There is a faint scent of lemon, which honestly kind of reminds me of the Starbucks Lemon Pound Cake. I personally prefer fragrance-free products, but I enjoy the smell of this serum. Dewtopia boasts a whopping 10% AHA and 10% PHA concentration, which is no joke! *See previous blog post here about AHA products* If you’ve read any of my blogs before, you know I’m a huge fan of acid-based products, but I have yet to discuss PHA’s on the blog – they are a lesser known, lesser used chemical exfoliant that works similarly to AHA’s, but is a bit gentler.

After using the serum a few times, I’ve come to like it. It does give me glowing skin when I wake up, but I could see this easily being overused by an acid newbie. Even as a regular exfoliator, I used the serum two nights in a row and peeled a little the next morning. I’d definitely recommend starting slow – once or twice a week, and seeing how your skin tolerates it before using it more frequently. At $55 for a 1 oz bottle, its fairly reasonably priced, but certainly on the high-end side of skincare. If I’m being honest, my real beef with this product is in the ingredient list.

Ingredient list breakdown:

Aqua/Water/Eauliterally water
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juiceskin-soothing plant extract
Betula Alba Juiceplant based antioxidant
Gluconolactonequality exfoliant
Glycolic Acidquality exfoliant
Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Fruit Waternon-fragrant plant oil (atcs as a humectant)
Lactic Acidquality exfoliant
Isoamyl Laurateemulsifier
Potassium Hydroxidealkaline pH modifier (can be sensitizing in large quantities)
Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6thickener
Sodium Hydroxidehighly alkaline pH modifyer
Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoatethickener/skin softening
Polyglyceryl-3 Laurateemulsifier
Gluconic Acidexfoliant
Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extractpotentially irritating fragrant plant oil
Dipotassium Glycyrrhizateskin-soothing plant extract
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extractskin-soothing plant extract
Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract/Extrait De Canne A Sucrehumectant
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extractplant based antioxidant
Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Extractpotentially irritating fragrant plant oil
Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oilpotentially irritating fragrant plant oil
Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract,potentially irritating fragrant plant oil
Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtratepreservative
Sodium Riboflavin Phosphateskin conditioning agent
Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil,potentially irritating fragrant plant oil
Triethyl Citratesolvent
Polysorbate 60emulsifier
Sorbitan Isostearatestabilizing emulsifier
Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymerstabilizer/texture enhancer
Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamatelab-made antioxidant
Dimethylhydroxy Furanonefragrance additive
Caprylyl Glycolpreservative
Limonenepotentially irritating fragrant plant oil
Linaloolpotentially irritating fragrant plant oil
Citralpotentially irritating fragrant plant oil

For the most part, the ingredient list looks pretty good. My main issue circles back to fragrance – I’m not hardcore opposed to fragrance like some people, but I don’t prefer it in my formulas. This particular formula has quite a bit of potentially irritating fragrant plant oils that just don’t need to be there. Even if they removed a few of them, the formula would still smell lemon-y.

Final Score: 3/5

Pros: great chemical exfoliator, reasonable price point (for high end), great concentration of acid

Cons: High concentration of fragrant plant oils, could be easily over-used

I hope you found this review informative. As always, feel free to reach out with questions/comments.

Until next time,

Amanda Kennedy

Follow along on IG: @amandadev4

This post contains affiliate links. Product was gifted by brand, all opinions are my own.

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