How Our Sustainable Squalane Saves Millions of Sharks

by Beth Wischnia February 26, 2020

We’re here to provide clean beauty that’s better for you and the planet. Our sustainable star ingredient, squalane, is nature’s best moisturizer—it’s a powerfully effective head-to-toe hydrator—but its sister, squalene, has a complex sourcing story.   

Squalene is a hydrator the body naturally produces to maintain and protect the moisture barrier. As we age, the body produces less squalene, which shows itself in the form of dry and dull skin. It’s important to replenish the skin with moisture that it naturally recognizes, which is why squalene is such a popular ingredient in the beauty industry. Squalene can be sourced from olives, but unpredictable weather and growing conditions often make this method unstable. 

Another squalene sourcing method is from sharks. Harvesting shark livers for squalene has been around since the 1950s. The deep sea shark liver is particularly rich in squalene—it can comprise up to 80 percent of the organ. Deep sea sharks are often the target of liver harvesting as they yield high amounts of squalene, although this sourcing method is incredibly cruel and unethical. It’s estimated that harvesting three shark livers produce just two pounds of squalene. Millions of sharks have been killed for their livers and this practice has also contributed to many shark species becoming endangered. The environmental impact is staggering and devastating. 

Our scientists were determined to create a clean, sustainable and ethical squalene alternative. They discovered a way to bioengineer this mega-moisturizer as safely and effectively as the body does—we call it squalane. It’s made from Brazilian sugarcane, a renewable resource that requires little to no irrigation thanks to the abundant rainfall in the area. Our sustainable solution saves millions of sharks every year and has a low carbon footprint. We estimate that over ten years, one hectare of a sugarcane field can produce as much squalane as 23,000 sharks. We make every effort to minimize our environmental impact and are proud that our star ingredient, squalane, is powerfully effective and 100% plant-based.

Beth Wischnia


Beth Wischnia
Beth Wischnia

Author

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.


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Lab Notes

5 Women Leading the Clean Beauty Movement
5 Women Leading the Clean Beauty Movement

by Beth Wischnia March 05, 2020

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re honoring women who are at the forefront of the clean beauty space. Each of these leaders is deeply dedicated to advancing the clean beauty agenda and making clean the new standard. We chatted with five women in a range of roles—from our very own Biossance President to the woman who leads all things skincare at Sephora—to learn about their inspiration, what they love about clean beauty and their favorite Biossance product.

Invisible Sun Protection for All
Invisible Sun Protection for All

by Amelia Glynn March 02, 2020

Sunscreen is hands down the most important part of your daily skincare routine to help prevent premature aging, and our new mineral formula is a gamechanger. Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen is super safe (100% non-nano zinc oxide is good for your complexion and the environment), blends into all skin tones without a trace, guaranteed, and is designed for daily wear.
Our Impact and 2020 Resolutions
Our Impact and 2020 Resolutions

by Beth Wischnia February 15, 2020

Biossance was born in 2017 with the mission to be the leader in clean beauty. Just three years later, we’re full of gratitude as we reflect on the impact we’ve made in the clean beauty space. Thank you for being on this journey with us. Join us as we look back on our accomplishments and look forward to a very bright (and very clean) 2020.
Continue Shopping

There are no items in your bag.
Keep Shopping

Subtotal $0.00
Estimated Shipping Free
Checkout
×