[REVIEW] The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane


Well, even though there are lots of drama towards this particular brand recently, I will *try* to be as neutral as possible with my review. I will make my judgement towards the product 100% because of my experience and the performance on the product, not because of the recent drama. So, here it is, my last review from The Ordinary’s face oil line up: The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane.


Squalane is a saturated and stable hydrocarbon that is found naturally in the skin. It has very high emollience, is an exceptional hydrator and can prevent ongoing loss of hydration that impairs dermal suppleness. Squalane is non-comedogenic and is suitable for use on all skin types. It can also be applied to hair to increase heat protection, add shine and reduce breakage potential.

Note: This product uses 100% pure plant-derived Squalane that is ECOCERT approved and is a USDA Certified Bio-based Product.
Apply a few drops daily or as needed to entire face ideally after water-based treatments.


Our formulations are updated from time to time as part of our commitment to innovation. As such, the ingredient list shown here may vary from the box of the product depending on time and region of purchase.

If you date plant oils in your skincare routine, get ready to get engaged to 100% Plant-Derived Squalane now available from The Ordinary. Squalane may sound like a boring thing but it actually is a simple thing that does so much for skin and hair that we can just go on and on without end. It is a natural hydrocarbon that is present in the skin, helping to prevent loss of hydration and to improve suppleness. Unlike plant oils, Squalane is completely non-greasy, is exceptionally pure and stays stable in varying UV, temperature and oxidative conditions. Its non-comedogenic emollience hydrates while improving visible elasticity and texture. If you use it on your hair, it offers heat protection, stops moisture loss and prevents breakage. We basically use it everywhere. Our Squalane is 100% pure, 100% colourless, 100% odourless, 100% non-greasy and comes from 100% sustainable plant sources. You will 100% fall in love with it from the very first date.


I think this is one of the most lightweight oil from The Ordinary. However, even though it is lightweight, this oil still delivers enough hydration and moisture towards my skin. I think that this oil works better than Goodness Chia Seed Oil on my skin. This oil also didn’t have any significant scent and colour and it definitely make me prefer this oil much much better than the Argan Oil from The Ordinary.


This oil seeps into the skin easily and definitely not as heavy as Argan Oil or Rosehip Oil. I think everyone would love this oil for summer time, especially people with normal to oily skin because this oil almost didn’t leave any greasy residue if I’m going to compare it to other The Ordinary oil. For dry skin pals like me, maybe this oil won’t be enough for winter time, however, if you happened to live in humid country, or you need some oil for summer, this oil definitely will work for you.


So, in conclusion, I think this oil shares the same place with The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil in terms of my favourability. My favorite is still is the Marula Oil, and then in the second place, The Rosehip Oil and this 100% Plant-Derived Squalane, and the last place is The Argan Oil.

Without the current drama, I will repurchase this oil without any hesitation. However, I have to say that the recent drama made me hesitant to repurchase it, so maybe, you will only see a couple of The Ordinary’s products in the future, as I’ve decided to stop purchasing their product until they tidy up their social media issues. Nevertheless, if you don’t mind the drama and looking for a decent oil with a friendly price, especially if you live in humid country and/or have normal to oily skin, I highly recommend this oil for you since it is pretty good.

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