Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths
Biossance’s Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths are one of the brand’s best products, save for one slip-up that keeps it from being totally ideal.
The first intriguing aspect of these cloths is their packaging. They come in a box of individually-wrapped packets. While not the most cost-effective option, it is convenient, especially if you only want to throw one or two wipes in your purse for on-the-go use.
The formula that the soft cloths are steeped in is squalane-based, and they’re not super-saturated in cleansing solution. Instead, they work somewhat like an oil cleanser, removing makeup in much the same way.
These fragrance-free wipes work well to remove dirt, oil, and makeup, and you’re able to get a fully clean face from just one or two cloths.
The only drawback is that they do not do a great job removing waterproof or long-wearing makeup as claimed, and in fact, smear around longwearing formulas (you will need a waterproof makeup remover to truly get rid of all traces of makeup).
That aside, these are great wipes, especially considering the impressive lineup of ingredients they boast. Among these are non-fragrant plant oils such as olive oil, antioxidant vitamin E, and skin-soothing allantoin. As long as you understand that these aren’t for heavy-duty makeup and are okay paying with paying for the convenience factor, they’re well worth having in your makeup bag!
- Individual packaging is convenient.
- Removes dirt, oil, and most kinds of makeup.
- Have a good mix of skin-beneficial ingredients.
- Do not effectively remove long-wearing makeup as claimed.
A one-step wonder that melts away even the most stubborn long-wear makeup while conditioning lashes and brows with 100% squalane. Alcohol-free, No Compromise™ cleansing cloths nourish and hydrate skin to leave it feeling exceptionally soft and thoroughly clean.
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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