Squalane, Sustainably Speaking

by Mollie Jensen April 18, 2018

We’re big on celebrating Earth Day (April 22nd!). Because you know, the earth is kind of important and it deserves its own day. And because we love the planet so much, we do our best to help take care of it. These efforts span our personal lives, how we work as a company, and of course, our skincare.

It all starts with squalane, the hero ingredient in every one of our products. Our squalane is derived from sugarcane, a rapidly renewable resource. Did you know that irrigating the sugarcane crops isn’t necessary because of the abundant rain in Brazil? The crops are watered from natural rainfall. The crops are also grown on established farmland far away from the Amazon Rainforest, so there are no issues with deforestation or adverse environmental changes. The sugarcane is then bio-fermented, creating a safe, stable, effective and highly sustainable ingredient—it’s good for your skin and the environment. And the facility that converts the sugarcane to squalane is certified through the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, which guarantees fair labor and sustainability practices.

When it comes to ingredients, Biossance has a blacklist of over 2,000 that we won’t allow in any of our products. An ingredient makes the list if it has the potential to harm people or the environment. To put it in perspective, the EU (whose guidelines are some of the strictest in the world) bans over 1,300 ingredients. On the other hand, the US only bans 11, with an additional 19 currently under review. That’s a whopping 30 ingredients. Thankfully, our standards are much higher, because we really like you, the planet and all of the creatures who live here (which is also why all of our products are vegan and cruelty-free).

To complete our product sustainability, we make our outer cartons from tree-free sugarcane paper, and our inner cartons are from paperboard certified through the Forest Stewardship Council to assure ethical harvesting. And of course, our bottles and jars are made of recyclable glass or plastic.

As you can see, sustainability is something we take very seriously at Biossance. We continually look for ways to lower our carbon footprint—from the beginning of a product concept on through to the final product launch. You can say it’s in our DNA.

Mollie Jensen

Mollie Jensen
Mollie Jensen


My lifelong obsession with the world of beauty started at an early age and kicked off right out of high school as a makeup artist. My dreams of being the next big thing in Hollywood took a detour as I discovered esthetics and became fascinated with how the skin functions. From there I worked post-operatively with patients in a burn trauma unit, helping them care for their skin and conceal their scars. This led to product formulation and the world of aromatherapy where I began my career in product development. As a consultant for several years working with many startups, I quickly became the go-to in helping launch and rebrand product lines, my specialties in product formulation, regulatory compliant copywriting and building cohesive brand personalities. My love of natural and sustainable beauty led me to Biossance, where I happily reside as Senior Marketing Manager for new product development.

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