100% Squalane Oil
The concept behind Biossance’s skin care line is built around its star ingredient, squalane, and 100% Squalane Oil puts that front and center. It’s a good product featuring a research-backed ingredient, but skin needs a lot more than one great ingredient to look and feel its best.
Here’s what we like about this fragrance-free oil: it’s packaged in an opaque bottle with a pump dispenser, so the product inside is protected from light and air. This is important because squalane is a source of antioxidants which are susceptible to losing their potency when in the presence of light and air.
Squalane’s a worthy skin care ingredient because it contains skin-replenishing fatty acids, which are good for maintaining skin’s health, particularly when it comes to its moisture content. The texture of 100% Squalane Oil isn’t super-greasy, but because it is so emollient it’s best for those with normal to dry, or very dry skin.
The reason this doesn’t rate higher is that for the price, you should be getting more than just squalane. Squalane is great, but it’s not the most powerhouse ingredient ever and isn’t superior to any number of other emollients out there. In fact, if you’re looking for an oil-type product, a blend of beneficial non-fragrant plant oils is really the best way to go.
- Squalane is a source of skin-replenishing fatty acids and antioxidants.
- Packaged stably to protect its star ingredient.
- Fragrance free.
- One-note product that doesn’t offer skin any benefits aside from those of squalane.
- Pricey for what you (don’t) get.
A weightless, multi-tasking oil that instantly hydrates while locking in essential moisture.
Biossance is the commercial beauty arm of biotechnology brand Amyris. Amyris manufactures plant sugars (like that from sugar cane) into specialty ingredients for use by other companies, but chose to center Biossance around one ingredient in particular: plant-based squalane.
Each Biossance product prominently features squalane; so much that it’s in the name of every offering. Squalane has its merits—it’s an excellent skin-conditioning ingredient and has antioxidant properties—but skin needs much more than one focused ingredient to feel, look, and perform its best.
Thankfully, Biossance includes other ingredients in many of its squalane-centric products and these are also impressive, particularly bakuchiol (which has many retinol-like properties), antioxidants, and peptides. Unfortunately, the brand also uses a number of fragrance ingredients in many of its products, and whether naturally-derived or not, fragrance is known to irritate skin—even if you don’t see or feel the damage taking place. For this reason, most of the brand’s offerings wind up being middle-of-the-road, though there are a couple of standouts.
For more on Biossance, visit the brand’s website at https://biossance.com/.
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