The Ordinary Plant Derived Squalane Review

The Ordinary says "Squalane is a saturated and stable hydrocarbon that is found naturally in the skin. It has very high emollience, is an exceptional hydrator and can prevent ongoing loss of hydration that impairs dermal suppleness. Squalane is non-comedogenic and is suitable for use on all skin types. It can also be applied to hair to increase heat protection, add shine and reduce breakage potential." The Ordinary's Plant Derived Squalane contains 30ml (1 fl oz) and retails for $13.90AUD ($7.90USD). This product is cruelty free, vegan friendly, and made in Canada.

The Ordinary's Plant Derived Squalane comes in a semi-translucent, uv protected dark brown glass bottle topped with a white pipette cap. A white label wraps around the bottle offering directions for use (mine is all sorts of fucked up due to the greasy nature of the product), with more information available on the exterior packaging.

Towards the beginning of The Ordinary's hype I wanted to try a ton of products, but I wasn't really sure of what I wanted beyond the 10% Niacinamide and 5% Lactic Acid serums. The almost exclusively glowing reviews made it difficult to determine what I actually needed in my routine and what I wanted due to hype. I held off buying more products until I saw Sharmtoaster repeatedly recommend squalane products, and decided The Ordinary's Plant Derived Squalane would be the more affordable way to incorporate it into my routine.

Before I discuss how The Ordinary's Plant Derived Squalane works for me, lets talk about what squalane is. Put simply, Squalane is a processed version of squalene, a naturally occurring component of our skin (and shark livers, and some plants like sugar cane and olives). While you may shy away from processed ingredients, its key to recognize that squalane is actually more effective, more stable, and gentler than it's naturally occurring counterpart.

The Ordinary's 100% Plant Derived Squalane has a thin dry oil-like texture that absorbs quickly, but leaves a light greasy film on the skin. I hated it at first! It was too greasy, too heavy, and caused my moisturizers and SPF to pill and roll off the skin. Eventually I came to terms with the fact that I couldn't use it as a standalone product, and learned to love it as a mixer! One or two drops of The Ordinary's Plant Derived Squalane boosted every moisturizer to new levels, and created a lovely glow if added into foundation, without none of the pilling I experienced before. Despite feeling nearly suffocating on it's own, this product caused my skin no congestion or breakouts, which was a pleasant surprise to say the least. Deciem also claims that this product can be used on hair, and frankly I disagree. My hair loves oils, it just soaks them right up, but not The Ordinary's Plant Derived Squalane. This product left my hair greasy and piece-y, never truly soaking in. I'd avoid putting this stuff in your hair unless you're trying to go for a separated, oily look.

Honestly, I don't think The Ordinary's Plant Derived Squalane is for me. I have well hydrated, normal to combo skin, and I don't really need a product like this. That being said, I think this product would be beneficial for hydrating and protecting dry and dehydrated skins. I won't be repurchasing The Ordinary's Plant Derived Squalane, nor will I be in a rush to add more pure squalanes to my collection, but if you're as curious about this ingredient as I was, The Ordinary is an affordable way to get acquainted with Squalane.

100% Plant Derived Squalane

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