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(EX. VAT) 50 ml £7.67
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Derived from Olive Oil, Squalane is absorbed quickly by the skin and improves the spreadability and texture of vegetable oil blends. It also enhances the feel of creams and lotions.

Squalane is colourless, transparent and odourless.

Squalene can come from olive oil or from shark livers. For many years, it was always shark livers and it is still possible to buy that today. However, whatever the source, it is not something we would recommend as Squalene (note the spelling) is highly unstable and will oxidise quickly. Squalene is naturally occurring in sebum which is skin's own natural moisturiser. When the pores become blocked with sebum, it oxidises and goes black where it is in contact with the air - which is exactly what a blackhead is. Therefore, Squalene is not something that we recommend using on your skin.

Squalane (note the different spelling) is Squalene that has been modified to be stable so that it does not oxidise. In this form, it is excellent for the skin. However, its original source can still be from either olive oil or shark liver.

Aromantic only stock Squalane that has been modified from Olive Oil.

Squalene naturally occurs in the sebum of the skin at a level of between 10% to 14%

Read more here.


According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Squalane are:

Emollient, Hair Conditioning, Refatting, Skin Conditioning

To view more information, visit the Cosing Database here.
Skin Care
Squalane softens the skin and improves the elasticity of the skin. Ideal to use in dry skin creams and lotions and oil based serums.

As it has an identical structure to the sebum that is naturally found in the skin, it sinks in very fast and prevents moisture loss. Use this attribute in Winter protection creams and whenever skin is in need of a moisture lock.

In lip balms, it improves the sensorial feel of the balm and reduce any skin drag. The lip balm will feel much more elegant and be even better ay keeping the lips soft and moisturised.

All massage oil blends will be improved by using Squalane.

Extremely effective in night creams and intensive serums.

As Squalane has the same structure as the skin’s sebum, it can help acne prone skin very much. It can have the effect of a “solvent” by combining with the sebum and allowing it to leave the pores more readily. Most effective when used with a mask after steaming.

Very restorative to weather damaged skin from windburn to dry skin from sunburn.

Hair Care
Some oils like Castor Oil, can be very beneficial to the hair, but on their own, they are too sticky and unpleasant to use. Combining with Squalane makes the whole oil mixture feel lighter and more elegant.

It can be used neat but we feel it is always better blended with other ingredients as it also enhances the other ingredients efficacy.

Usage can be 1% to 100% but we feel that 3-15% in your products is a very good balance.

It is heat stable up to 80°C, or just added at room temperature.

It is oil soluble so cannot be used in water based products such as toners and spritzes. A small amount could be added to water based gels.

Suggested Blends
Combine with Camellia Seed Oil for an enhance skin flexibility.

Add to massage blends that contain Castor Oil to make the blend feel better and have more slide.

Blend with Camellia Seed Oil, Argan Oil, White Poppy Seed oil and a little Castor Oil to make a sprayable hair pomade.

Historical Information
The Squalene that is found in the livers of sharks keeps the oils in the liver in a liquid state down to a temperature of -38°C which is quite common as they are found in deep ocean waters. There are still countries in the world that use shark sourced Squalene.
Sprayable Hair Pomade
Stage 1: (room temperature)
32% White Poppy Seed Oil
27% Camellia Seed Oil
23% Argan Oil
9% Squalane
6% Castor Oil
2% Bisabolol
1% Essential Oil of your choice
100% Total


Combine all the ingredients together. Put into a spray bottle and label.

Face and Body Serum for ALL Skin Types
Stage 1: (room temperature)

28% Oat Oil
20% Rice Bran Oil
14% Peach Kernel Oil
14% Apricot Kernel Oil
14% Thistle Oil
7% Squalane
2% Vitamin E
1% Essential Oil of your choice
100% Total


Combine all materials and mix thoroughly. Bottle and label.

For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.

These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters. The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
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