Squalene vs Squalane
Squalane— A naturally occurring lipid found in many plants and animals. The word probably sounds familiar but you might not know exactly where you’ve seen it. It’s likely, if you’re in the habit of reading through the ingredients of your skin care products you would have come across it at some point.
So what is this mystery oil and what’s all the fuss about? Firstly, there’s actually a little difference between squalene and squalane, the former being an unrefined, unstable version of what we’ll be diving into today. Squalane is found in many skin care products because of it’s amazing moisturising abilities, this is due to its similarity to the sebum our skin produces.
The real controversy actually lies in how the squalane is sourced, unfortunately this sought after ingredient is often harvested from the liver of deep sea sharks, this has created a market that threatens to push this species into extinction. The Bloom Association estimates 2.7 million sharks are killed for their precious oil each year, that’s not just a few!
The thing is, shark liver is not the only place to find squalane. All plants and animals produce squalane in varying quantities meaning there are a few other reliable sources. Our next best option is olives, although it is 30% more expensive to produce plant based squalane, the environmental difference is huge. Opting for sustainably sourced ingredients is an amazing way individuals can reduce their impact.
Although squalane is a considerable example, there are unfortunately many commonly used, destructively sourced ingredients with great sustainable alternatives. Being a part of the change forms one of our core beliefs as a brand and as the individuals behind that brand. We believe through educated buying we can foster a kinder world.