7 Days of Biossance: Does Their Plant-Based Squalane Oil Actually Work?


Has anyone else been bombarded with Facebook and Instagram ads for Biossance? The plant-based skincare brand completely infiltrated my social media a few months back, reminding me of the benefits of their (apparently) ultra-moisturizing squalane oil products every time I scrolled through my IG feed. It makes sense — I am their target audience: A skincare superfan who literally can’t pass up a new product that promises to transform my skin.

Not long after, I became the proud owner of Biossance’s Hydration Essentials Kit ($34). (Side note — I am so on board with the trial-size movement that seems to be an official “thing” for skincare brands these days. It makes it so much easier to test expensive products without dropping $$ on shit that doesn’t work!)

Included in the kit were sample sizes of the brand’s signature 100% Squalane Oil, Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel, Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, and Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer. That’s a shit ton of of squalane, if I do say so myself. 

So WTF is Squalane? Squalane is the stable form of squalene, which naturally occurs in our skin and helps lock in moisture (however, our natural levels of squalene drop with age, leaving our skin dehydrated). Squalane can be found in plants and shark livers — but the people at Biossance weren’t on board with the whole harvesting-shark-livers thing. They came up with a better way to get their hands on the good stuff through biotech — basically, they created squalane by bio-fermenting 100% plant-based, renewable sugarcane. The process is eco-friendly and harms zero sharks. Here’s what I thought after using Biossance squalane oil products for a full week.

100% Squalane Oil: $58. I was most intrigued by the brand’s 100% Squalane Oil and couldn’t wait to try it, but the box cautioned against using too much of this product on your face — apparently, it’s mostly a body thing. Since my skin is so sensitive as-is, I didn’t want to risk anything. I used this on my face a few times in small doses, but didn’t really get a feel for the product. 
Would I buy the full size? Probably not. If there’s a warning on the packaging, it’s not for me.


Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel: $54. I have a really hard time with eye creams. I never notice any immediate results, and then I get frustrated. Like, how am I supposed to know if this is working? Just wait until I’m 50 and see if I have deep crows’ feet or not? That being said, I liked the texture of this eye gel and I’m still using it every day. I’ll keep you updated if anything changes!
Would I buy the full size? I’m going to use up this sample and then see where I’m at — but most likely, I’ll try my luck with another eye cream. I’ve got my eye on Olehenrikson’s Banana Bright Eye Crème. (Eh? Eh?)

Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil: $72. I’ve always loved rose oil and have always been scared of the potency of Vitamin C serums. This combination of the two seemed right up my alley! This turned out to be my FAVORITE Biossance product, and maybe my favorite face oil ever. The oil isn’t heavy or greasy — I even wore it under my makeup some days with no problem — and it sinks into the skin just enough. After sleeping with it on, I noticed a baby-soft, brighter face in the morning. This stuff keeps its promise.
Would I buy the full size? Already did, already using it.

Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer: $52. I haven’t found my “holy grail” moisturizer yet — I tend to switch things up and have a few go-tos that I alternate between, but none of them are so amazing that I neglect the others. That all changed when I started using Biossance’s Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer. Seriously, it’s incredible. The texture is light, but it miraculously keeps my skin as hydrated as a heavy-duty cream would. Plus, I love that it has probiotics in it. Just like the lining of your gut, the surface of your skin has its own unique microbiome. Harsh cleansers can strip your skin of the good bacteria as well as the bad, leaving it vulnerable to irritation and stress. By putting probiotics back into the skin, this moisturizer helps keep it healthy and protected.
Would I buy the full size? Already did, already using it.

Check out the progress pics from Day 1 to Day 7 (I think I skipped Day 3 or 4...):

To me, these pics show a brighter, more even skin tone. The acne around my hairline from Day 2 is pretty much gone by Day 7, and this discoloration on the bridge of my nose is lighter. So basically, I’m thankful that Biossance didn’t stop harassing me with Insta ads.