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Biossance

Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 72.00
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Sometimes simpler is better with skin care, but not in the case of Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, a Biossance product that shortchanges skin of what it needs to look and feel healthy. Even worse, it includes some ingredients that have the opposite effect.

Like all Biossance’s products, the packaging is solid: it comes in an opaque bottle with a dropper dispenser, which is important because that protects its antioxidant ingredients from breaking down in the presence of light and air.

As expected, this has an oil texture that’s best for those with normal to dry skin. It feels immediately hydrating and moisturizing and sinks into skin quickly to a non-greasy finish (though if you touch your face, it’s still very apparent you have oil on it).

This contains the brand’s favorite ingredient, squalane, which is an excellent emollient with antioxidant properties. Vitamin C is also in the mix in the form of textrahexyldecyl ascorbate, which can help brighten skin as this product claims it can. But that’s where the positives end.

Aside from those two ingredients, there’s very little else here in that’s beneficial to skin. It’s a lackluster, ho-hum formula whose ingredients simply don’t justify its price tag (you can get the two beneficial ingredients in other products for far, far less).

Then there’s the issue that the fragrant rose extract that helps give this product its name, as well as the fragrance ingredient geraniol, can irritate skin. There are other face oils that skip these irritants, plus contain a greater range of beneficial ingredients, so there’s not enough compelling reasons to choose this one.

Pros:
  • Feels moisturizing, yet non-greasy.
  • Contains skin-replenishing squalane and vitamin C.
Cons:
  • Doesn’t contain enough beneficial ingredients to warrant its price tag.
  • Contains fragrant rose extract and geraniol, which can irritate skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

A luxurious face oil that visibly brightens, firms, and evens the look of skin tone and texture. This No Compromise™ formula combines the weightless hydration of our sugarcane-derived, sustainable squalane oil with the brightening power of Vitamin C, plus rose oil—revered for centuries to reduce the look of lines and wrinkles. Just a drop or two of this exquisite oil delivers exceptionally soft, smooth and radiantly healthy-looking skin.

Squalane, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Geraniol.

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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