Good Molecules Squalane Oil is a straightforward product as its name implies, and in this case, that’s good… it’s just that it’s short of being great.
This fragrance-free oil is packaged in a dark brown bottle with a dropper dispenser, which is important. Squalane is a potent source of antioxidants, and these beneficial ingredients lose their effectiveness in the presence of light and air, so stable packaging is key.
On to the star of the show: Squalane is beneficial because it contains skin-replenishing fatty acids, which are good for helping skin maintain a healthy moisture content. The texture of this oil isn’t super greasy, though because of it is so emollient, it’s best for those with normal to dry skin (or for those with combination skin that has dry patches--just don’t apply this to oily areas).
The reason this doesn’t get our top rating is that it’s a one-note product; while squalane is a good emollient, it’s not vastly superior to any number of other emollients available, and skin needs more than just one ingredient to look and feel its best. Though the price is nice, it’s better to treat skin to a blend of beneficial non-fragrant plant oils to get more than the benefit squalane alone provides (and it’s more budget-friendly option that similar offerings, like that from Peter Thomas Roth).
- Squalane is a good source of skin-replenishing fatty acids and antioxidants.
- Packaged to protect its star ingredient.
- Fragrance free.
- One-note product doesn’t offer skin anything beyond the benefits of squalane.
100% plant-derived squalane hydrates, softens, and seals in moisture.
Good Molecules is the house skin care brand of online retailer Beautylish. Beautylish got its start in 2010 in San Francisco and features articles on makeup and skin care topics, community reviews and feedback, and of course sells beauty products from a variety of brands.
Good Molecules launched in 2019 because the team behind Beautylish wanted to create a skin care company that focused on effective ingredients with a bargain price, not unlike the line’s most direct competitor, The Ordinary, which Beautylish also sells.
To that end, Good Molecules focuses on a small core of booster and treatment-like products, some being notably better than others. Just like The Ordinary, some of the formulas are one-note (focusing on a single ingredient or a pair of ingredients, instead of offering a more well-rounded option). This isn’t what research has shown is best for skin any more than eating only one healthy food would be a wise dietary choice; however, at these prices, some of these one-note products can make a nice addition to a great skin care routine.
Another concern is that almost all of the packaging is in bottles that need to be stored out of light to protect their ingredients. And we’re not thrilled that one or two products include citrus ingredients known to be irritating and the drying type of alcohol. Unlike many of the options from The Ordinary, however, the textures of the Good Molecules products are generally quite nice and layer well.
Still, the line’s philosophy is solid and there are some worthy entries, as long as you keep your expectations realistic (a single ingredient isn’t the solution to any skin concern). For more information about Good Molecules, visit https://www.beautylish.com/b/good-molecules.
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