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Why Is Squalane So Controversial?

Squalane is an oil whose biochemical composition is very similar to that of sebum. It therefore has an excellent affinity with the skin. It combats dry skin by repairing the hydrolipidic film. This ingredient is still controversial today because despite the fact that it can be obtained from plant sources — such as sugar cane, wheat, palm or olive - it is still extracted from shark liver worldwide, mainly for economic reasons.


The Story From the Beginning

Japanese chemist Mitsumaru Tsujimoto first isolated squalene from shark liver oil in 1916, hence the name he gave it. Squalene makes up to 96 % of the oil contained in shark liver. Squalene was then hydrogenated to squalane for oxidation stability. Because squalane can withstand extreme temperatures and pressures, it was first used as a lubricant in the aerospace industry. Then, in the 1950s, it was used in skin and hair care due to its safety and emollient properties.

Squalane of Animal Origin in Crisis

According to a 2012 study, 3 million sharks were killed each year to meet international demand for squalane. Today, the cosmetics industry is still the main user of animal squalane. Although sharks are on the Red List of Endangered Species and the European Union bans their capture, they continue to be hunted in other parts of the world and some cosmetic products still contain animal squalane. However, this massacre and environmental tragedy are unnecessary, as it has been possible for several years to obtain squalane from plant sources (sugar cane, olives, wheat, palm trees). There is no difference between these two compounds. They offer the same benefits and promise the same results. However, because vegetable squalane is pricier than animal squalane for economic reasons, the latter is still widely used in skin care. Sometimes you can find a mixture of vegetable and animal squalane in the same formula.

Note: The I.N.C.I. list of skin care products does not indicate the origin of the raw materials. Thus, both vegetable and animal squalane are listed under the name "SQUALANE".

We Exclude Squalane of Animal Origin in Our Skincare Products

The squalane contained in our formulas is extracted from the unsaponifiable component of olive oil or from sugar cane. We have developed numerous galenics containing this multifunctional ingredient. For the face and body, the following skin care products are enriched with squalane:

  • The regenerating facial scrub: it gently exfoliates and unclogs pores. The gel transforms into an exfoliating oil under the action of massage and into a milk on contact with water. Since it contains essential oils, it should not be used by pregnant women.

  • The moisturizing Botanical Assembly with Papyrus: It helps to restore the moisture content of the skin and promote cell regeneration.

  • The nourishing body cream: it restores the lipid barrier of the skin, reduces feelings of tightness and protects the skin from harmful environmental influences.

  • The nourishing face cream with hyaluronic acid and shea butter is a care enriched with lipid replenishing and moisturizing active ingredients that restores the skin's suppleness and reduces feelings of tightness.

  • The nourishing serum 100% Squalane is a care recommended for dry skin to relieve feelings of tension and reduce fine lines of dryness.

For hair, the following oils contain squalane, which is always of plant origin:

  • Hair oil with acai and hibiscus oil strengthens, nourishes and protects the hair fiber without weighing it down. It restores shine and softness to the hair.

  • The rich hair oil with pequi and argan oil nourishes and restructures the hair fiber to protect it from heat. The hair is soft, shiny and tamed.


  • DUCOS L. & al. Shark in our beauty creams: An exclusive study by Bloom (2015).


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