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Good Molecules Squalane Oil Versus The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

Oil
Oil
American Brand United States
Canadian Brand Canada

Updated on October 25, 2023

Overview

What they are

These products are both vegan, cruelty-free, fungal acne (malassezia) safe, and reef safe oils. They have a total of 1 ingredients in common

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for dry skin

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates

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Ingredient Info

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Benefits

Benefits

Ingredients Side-by-side

found in both products
Squalane Oil
Squalane Emollient, Skin Conditioning
1 / 0 Helps hydrate Dry Skin Icon
Helps hydrate Dry SkinHelps hydrate Dry Skin Icon

Squalane is an emollient that helps the skin hold onto moisture. It's an oily liquid that occurs naturally in certain types of fish and plant oils.

1 Com. / 0 Irr.
100% Plant-Derived Squalane
Squalane Emollient, Skin Conditioning
1 / 0 Helps hydrate Dry Skin Icon
Helps hydrate Dry SkinHelps hydrate Dry Skin Icon

Squalane is an emollient that helps the skin hold onto moisture. It's an oily liquid that occurs naturally in certain types of fish and plant oils.

1 Com. / 0 Irr.

Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

Emollient, Skin Conditioning
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Squalane is an emollient that helps the skin hold onto moisture. It's an oily liquid that occurs naturally in certain types of fish and plant oils.

Because squalane boosts hydration in the skin, it also comes with plenty of benefits: it is an antioxidant and can help fight free radicals and skin damage. Squalane is also found to have a detoxifying effect when applied.

Squalane comes from squalene, which occurs naturally within the sebum of our skin. It is one of the oils our skin produces to keep itself hydrated. Squalane is the hydrogenated version of squalene and has a longer shelf life.

Research shows that squalane is non-irritating (even at 100% concentration).

In general, it's a fantastic ingredient. It does a great job at hydrating the skin, and it's suitable for those with sensitive skin.

The source of squalane may impact malassezia / fungal acne. This is because olive oil derived squalane can contain impurities such as fatty acids and plant waxes. Sugarcane derived squalane is recommended for anyone with malassezia concerns.

Is squalane vegan?

This depends on the source. Squalane can be derived from both plants and animals. Most squalane used in skincare comes from plants.

Please note: the source of squalane is only known if disclosed by the brand. We recommend reaching out to the brand if you have any questions about their squalane.

Read more about squalene with an "e".

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Ingredient Ratings

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Squalane Oil
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100% Plant-Derived Squalane
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When to use

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36% use in am
64% use in pm
87% use every day
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40% use in am
60% use in pm
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Reviews

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Good Molecules Squalane Oil 1 ingredient

4.5 /5
from 2 ratings
Absorbs Well (2) Great Value (1) Light (1)
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coterie

4 months ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

Love. Just a couple of drops on top of a hyaluronic acid serum makes my skin feel like velvet. Seems a tad oily at first but absorbs well.

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chlolands

4 months ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

A simple, good squalane oil that feels light on the skin. Great for putting a few drops on top of moisturizer for a damaged skin barrier.

The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane 1 ingredient

4.0 /5
from 20 ratings
Works Well (6) Hydrating (5) Light (4)
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Jacob

7 months ago Β· Dry Skin
Review

Love this product for some light daytime hydration.

I've been using it for a few years now and have nothing bad to say about it. It absorbs...

Love this product for some light daytime hydration.

I've been using it for a few years now and have nothing bad to say about it. It absorbs well, is affordable, and hasn't caused me any irritation.

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harmonicinference

3 years ago Β· Dry Skin
Review

Current HG for Glass Skin
My main skin concern is dryness/dehydration. I find many medium-body non-comedogenic moisturizers not moisturizing...

Current HG for Glass Skin
My main skin concern is dryness/dehydration. I find many medium-body non-comedogenic moisturizers not moisturizing enough, or that they dry more matte than I'd like. I mix 2-3 drops of this into my last step cream moisturizer for an extra boost of dew, avoiding my nose if it feels too oily.