What is squalane? Put simply, the power-packed ingredient is an oil that has long been featured in luxury skincare and Korean beauty products for its moisturizing and anti-aging effects. The lightweight lipid helps to shield against moisture loss and provide a barrier from environmental toxins. Luckily, our bodies already produce a version of squalane. However, research shows that the amount we create begins to decline over time, usually starting around the age of 30. Utilizing an oil with squalane in it can help combat this loss.

Squalane should not be confused, however, with squalene, which is the non-hydorgenated form of shark liver oil. Luckily, squalane can be derived from plants, specifically made from sugarcane (because we all like the sharks!) So, you can receive the same fast-absorbing, moisturizing effects in an all-natural, non-toxic, and cruelty-free product.

This year, I’ll be turning 38. And while certain routines have always been important to me, the older I get the more important self-care and wellness become—for my body, mind, and spirit. Being an Editor at Mother, I’m fortunate enough to test-drive a number of different products, and I’m constantly adding and eliminating various brands to and from my routine. Over the years, however, I’ve learned the importance of finding the products that not only work, but that are also good for my skin. These hero products become mainstays that I permanently keep on my bathroom shelf and use religiously, day and night.

That said, I’ve been a fan of Biossance for years. Each of the brand’s products is full of plant-based squalane derived from sugarcane and used to provide additional hydration to the skin. Biossance’s range offers an all-natural, non-toxic squalane that you can add to your routine for a supple, natural glow. I was sent samples of the 100% Squalane Oil and the new Squalane + Vitamic C Rose Oil, and I truly love them. I slather the stuff on before bed and wake up with the softest skin!

Beauty tip: add a couple of drops of the oil into your foundation, mix in the palm of your hand and apply with your fingertips. It will give you a dewy, non-cakey, natural looking finish. It has literally changed the way makeup looks on my skin and leaves me looking fresh-faced all day long.

423If you’re looking for added hydration in your daily routine or feel your skin could use a little love, Biossance is offering free samples of their 100% Squalane Oil and Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil. All you have to do is pay $4 for shipping and handling. Trust me, your skin will thank you! For more information on the power-packed ingredient or on the Biossance brand, visit the website.

This post is in partnership with Biossance.


  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    I’d love to try this out. I have really dry skin (peeling even in 100% humidity, where I live…) so this would be great to add to my skincare routine.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Jayme

    I just ordered my sample! I’ve been wanting to try this brand after seeing it at Sephora. I can’t wait to try these out!

  • Natalie

    This was so interesting. It’s so nice to learn about the ingredients in skincare, I’m definitely going to be looking out for squalane in the future!

    - Natalie

  • Adrienne

    Sweet! Thanks

  • MaKayla

    Ohhh I can’t wait to try the samples out!!

  • rarara

    hey. i used to love you, then i thought you sold out, but then i realized you were just another mother trying to make it. i am sorry i said shitty things about you on the internet. im glad you met drew. im happy for you. i know im a stranger and it may not matter that a stranger is saying sorry, but it helps my mental health for me to do so. so, yeah, im sorry. i wish you the best.

  • Lithienne

    I hope it’s phytosqualene and not squalene derived from shark liver ! :(

    • Katie

      She said that it’s plant-based!

    • Calli Alford

      It’s not! Written directly in her post…

      “Squalane should not be confused, however, with squalene, which is the non-hydorgenated form of shark liver oil. Luckily, squalane can be derived from plants, specifically made from sugarcane (because we all like the sharks!) So, you can receive the same fast-absorbing, moisturizing effects in an all-natural, non-toxic, and cruelty-free product.”

  • Paula

    this sounds nice :)
    james, you’re my fav blogger since 2010 (!!)
    I’m not a mother so I dont read Mother often – though I do read it sometimes – but I relate a lot to your lifestyle perspective and LOVE when you update this little space – I check in every day, hahaha.
    anyway, just wanted to say that we miss your posts!
    here is for hoping you can do it more often! have a lovely day!!!. <3

  • rarara

    im 44! just got my son out of the house and it’s amazing! at first, the whole empty nest thing was quite an adjustment, but you can do it! if you can raise four awesome kids, run busineeses, and keep a husband happy, you’re not gunna have a problem! getting older is fun! i love my life more now than i ever did :) cheers to you, and you look great, btw!

  • Lorelai Smith

    can you make another spotify playlist – i loved your last one and I need some new music to listen to

  • Helen

    I’ve been using the Indie Lee Squalane and I love it – I’m looking forward to trying the Biossance one. It has great reviews! XO

  • Alexandria

    I hadn’t heard of this brand – definitely something I want to try out! Gotta love natural and plant based!

  • emily

    Ha! I just had this intuition that it was about time for you to put up a new skincare product post, and I clicked over here and voila – craaazy. Also nicely timed because I’ve been looking for a new product and have been wondering about squalane for a while. Your skin…it’s like you’re getting younger every year – it’s unbelievable. You look like you’re in your 20s still, and I’m so curious if it’s mostly genes, skincare routine/products, and/or diet choices. Any insight into that?

  • chefxchange

    Love the idea about combining a few drops with foundation – thanks for a great post!


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