Sugarcane: Our Sustainable Hero

by Beth Wischnia March 31, 2022

Sugarcane: Our Sustainable Hero

Squalane is at the heart of every Biossance product—present in everything from the formula to the packaging. While we work to develop the most hyper-effective formulas, we also keep sustainable practices, like using sugarcane, as a top priority. Using every bit of sugarcane, our MVP (most valuable plant) is our secret ingredient that transforms skin and enables us to lead in sustainability.  


Our sugarcane field poses no risk of deforestation and is entirely sustainable. Its field is in Brazil, far from the Amazon rainforest, ensuring the most sustainable growing and harvesting practices take place. The rainfall naturally irrigates the sugarcane, making it a renewable resource.

Sugarcane, our sustainable hero, grown in sustainable farms in Brazil.


No part of the sugarcane goes to waste; every part of the plant is used—this is when the magic starts. Outer product packaging is created with sugarcane plastic and the outer cartons are made with sugarcane paper from a byproduct called bagasse. Bagasse is made when sugarcane is pressed into juice. To extend our sugarcane’s sustainability impact even more, Bagasse is converted to renewable energy and powers surrounding communities in Brazil, our own Brazilian facilities, and power grid. 

Sustainable outer packaging made from sugarcane paper


Sugarcane-derived squalane is found in every Biossance formulation for its ability to deliver weightless, nourishing moisture. Beyond its unparalleled benefits for all skin types, it’s highly stable because of its sourcing method (from sugarcane, instead of olives or shark liver), making it a dependable hydrator for consistent, visible results. Learn more here.

Clinically proven to hydrate, soften and smooth skin based on a study of 84 women after 28 days


Squalane is more than an award-winning head-to-toe hydrator—our sugarcane’s impact extends beyond packaging to the ocean ecosystem. Our shark-saving squalane is renewable, ethically sourced, and a vegan alternative that saves 2 million of the ocean’s apex predators every year from cruel liver harvesting.


We help over 3,000 leading brands by providing access to our squalane. We believe in it so much that we even sell it to our competition! These brands use our squalane in their formulas, trusting us to deliver the highest quality squalane on the market.

We believe that sustainability is not a compromise—you don’t have to give up efficaciousness for earth-first practices. Science and technology are allowing us to create high-performance, result-driven skincare that’s also sustainable, proving we don’t need to compromise.

Beth Wischnia
Beth Wischnia


My industry experience includes years as a beauty editor and leading content for a wide range of skincare and makeup brands. Those experiences led me to Biossance—I was introduced to the brand on an editor press trip in 2017 and instantly fell in love. I toured the labs, created my own 100% Squalane with essential oils, and noticed a dramatic difference in my skin by introducing clean products (especially the Vitamin C Rose Oil) to my regimen. I’m excited to be on this journey with Biossance and be at the forefront of clean beauty innovation.

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