The benefits of squalane in olive oil
There are different types of sources for extracting squalene:
- shark squalene and marine squalene, for pharmaceutical use (vaccines) and come from non-CITES species,
- vegetable squalene, intented to cosmetic products, which is vegetable oil squalene transformed into squalane. Sophim’s expertise is the hydrogenation of squalene into squalane (C30H62) from olives.
- synthetic squalane : petrochemical or biotechnological production
This is a real asset as squalene tends to be unstable, due to the unsaturation of its carbon chain. During hydrogenation, saturation of the carbon chain results in a very stable molecule which is used as an active emollient in many cosmetic applications. Squalane has spreading and skin absorption qualities. It prevents water loss and restores the skin’s suppleness. Its soft, silky, non-greasy feel, stability and complete safety make it an irreplaceable base for quality emulsions.
In addition, natural olive squalane oil (such as Insapolive and Phytosqualan) is an ingredient that brings many benefits to your formulas:
- It is a molecule obtained from a natural source, the It can allow you to claim naturalness in your formulas from these ingredients and thus meet the growing consumer demand for cleaner and more natural products.
- Security of supply is assured: as olive is a renewable raw material, olive squalane ensures a long-term supply strategy. Olive oil is the main oil used around the Mediterranean basin, and its production increases every year.
- The olive tree is a sustainable resource, as it has been rooted in the Mediterranean region for centuries, and does not require deforestation or monoculture to grow.
- Our olive squalane is COSMOS approved: the Ecocert certification was renewed this year. It guarantees the quality of our ingredients and compliance with cosmetic standards.
- As it is a squalene derivative, squalane has a great affinity with the skin
- Its behaviour in beauty products: very soft textures, good moisturising, high penetration rate, and more; beyond its cosmetic benefits, the squalane of natural olive oil is a sensorial asset.
Phytosqualan cosmetic applications
Phytosqualan is a real asset for your formulas. It is a squalane derived from olive oil, and thus allows you to claim the naturalness of your cosmetic products or formulas.
As Phytosqualan is a squalane oil, it can be easily integrated, with other cosmetic ingredients, in personal care formulas: skin care, hair care and make-up.
Phytosqualan is particularly recommended for facial skin care applications. Its main benefits are to restore the lipid barrier and to deeply moisturise the skin.
Thus, it can be integrated into skin care products such as oily face serums, eye care products, anti-ageing formulas, and skin care products for mature skin. It is an excellent moisturiser, and an ally of dry and sensitive skin, as it helps restore the protective barrier of the epidermis. Phytosqualan also has sensorial benefits, and will allow you to develop cream formulas with a silky, non-greasy feel, and are particularly suited to dry oils in body formulas and massage oils.
Phytosqualan is also recommended in hair care formulations as it smoothes and coats the hair fibre. It forms a protective film on the surface of the fibre and helps to maintain its moisture. Its dry feel makes it very suitable for dry emulsions that are silky to the touch. It is therefore particularly recommended for the formulation of repairing or protective serums, and products for specific needs such as: split ends; dry, dehydrated hair; curly, coloured, or straightened hair, etc.
Finally, Phytosqualan is recommended in make-up formulations, particularly lipsticks, mascaras and cream foundations, for its strong spreading power. The application of the product is smoother, making it more pleasant for the consumer during its use. Its silky and slippery but dry feel brings sensoriality to your formula. Finally, it provides an optimal dispersion of the pigments, resulting in a homogeneous diffusion of the colour.