Biossance Review: Product Hits & Misses

Biossance is an award winning beauty brand that makes claims to be not only be clean beauty but also sustainable beauty. I am sharing my Biossance Review and if I think the products are worth the investment or not!

Finding the right products for your skin type can be a bit like finding the right pair of jeans – no easy task. Then filter it by clean and easily accessible and we might as well be searching for a needle in a haystack. 

If you’ve been in the clean beauty space, you know that purchasing your favorite products usually requires going to several different websites. Thankfully, times are changing and the terms, clean and convenient, are no longer mutually exclusive in the clean beauty world.

The Biossance skincare line is one such example. It’s a safe and effective skincare brand that is cleaner than most formulas and can be purchased not only from their website but also through Amazon and Sephora. 

Biossance cares as much about the health of people as they do about animals and the environment. You will see their passion on display in the ingredients they use, the Leap Bunny certification and the recyclable packaging they use.

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From their eye cream, face cream, to Vitamin C oil and more, you will find squalane oil in the products!

What Makes Biossance Unique?

Biossance is a vegan skincare line that supports youthful, glowing skin for all skin types. In terms of affordability, it’s a good value for your money. 

It is known for their patented, sugarcane derived squalane oil which is at the foundation of all their products. Our bodies make squalane but unfortunately as we age our squalane levels decrease too. 

The superpower behind squalane is that it restores lost moisture for every skin type. In fact, squalane is recognized by the National Eczema Association for its ability to help calm and protect the skin.

For example, their highly rated Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil comes in at $74.00. It is not cheap but in comparison to other products on the market, it’s a good price point.

As a side note their Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil was the Glamour Beauty Awards Readers’ Choice Winner for 2022 for “Best Face Oil”. Allure also recognized the Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil as the Readers’ Choice Winner in 2021

Biossance has been receiving beauty awards lately – this also intrigued me to want to try it!

Is Biossance Actually A Clean Brand?

Although Biossance isn’t all-natural or organic and doesn’t get a perfect 10 for some of their ingredient choices, they are considered a clean, sustainable and eco-friendly skincare brand. 

Biossance bans over 2,000 ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans and the environment. They also claim that all of their ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced. 

The ingredients in Biossance products meet the following standards:

Questionable Ingredients

Phenoxyethanol is a controversial ingredient because it is a synthetic preservative. It is used to keep cosmetic products free from bacteria and mold growth. 

It’s important to note that there is no free phenol in phenoxyethanol and it’s only considered to be an irritant to the skin, eyes, and lungs when it’s a stand-alone ingredient in a concentration of 100%. However, in a finished product its concentration is 1% if not less. I always reach out to companies when I see this ingredient listed because it can be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane if it doesn’t come from a clean source. 1,4 dioxane is a known carcinogen.

I did email Biossance and this was their response:

Thank you so much for reaching out to Biossance Customer Care!

We focus on creating clean products, which means formulating with ingredients—whether synthetic or plant-derived—that have been validated to be extremely safe and non-irritating to skin, as well as ethically sourced and environmentally friendly. We ban over 2000 potentially harmful ingredients from all our formulas which is more than even the most strict personal care product regulations world wide, and all the ingredients in our OTC formulas are listed as safe ingredients in the EWG’s Skin Deep database.

Our environmental certification through EWG allows for phenoxyethanol usage at certain levels, and we include it at less than 1%. Phenoxyethanol has been regarded as a safe ingredient by the EU when used within certain parameters. I hope this information is helpful, please reach back out with any further questions!

With love and squalane,

I was not happy with their response. Not answering the actual question at all. This happens a lot with brands when you start to dig a little deeper.

Another sometimes questionable ingredient is palm oil, which is used in some Biossance products. You will find palm oil listed as Sorbian palmitate. 

Only RSPO or the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certified Palm Oil is used so that animals or humans aren’t hurt. The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO).

Whenever a brand uses squalane oil as an ingredient – I know I need to check out their products!

All Star Ingredient – Squalane

The desire of Biossance to make a positive impact on the world led them to convert renewable sugarcane into squalane oil. Sharks used to be hunted for this valuable oil that their livers produce, but thanks to technology, Biossance found a way to not only sustainably produce this oil but also save 2 million sharks in the process. 

Squalane oil is at the heart of Biossance and the base for all of their product formulas. It is hydrating, yet weightless and non-comedogenic and easily absorbed into the skin.

According to Biossance, squalane oil penetrates 20x deeper than other moisturizing oils and also helps other skin care ingredients work 40x harder.

Vegan and Cruelty-Free

Biossance products are vegan, cruelty-free, and Leaping Bunny Certified. In short, their products are nontoxic for humans and for the environment.

Biossance Product Reviews

**My sister Rose also tested the products who has oily/combination skin.  I also tested the products and I have dry skin.  Wanted to get two different skin types to weigh in on products**

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Is Biossance Worth It?

If you have been looking to make the switch to a clean skincare line then I think Biossance is a decent option. It wouldn’t be my top recommendation. They are a “somewhat” clean skincare line that is relatively affordable, emphasize sustainability and easy to access.  I wish they were more transparent with their ingredients. I’ll be sure to include if they email me back regarding phenoxyethanol.

I’ve tested their products for both my morning and nighttime routine and there were no major design flaws, just preferences depending on skin type.  I find some products worked better for my sister’s oily/combination skin and others worked better for my dry skin.

Share your favorite Biossance product below!

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Cheers, Suzi


Suzi is a wife, and mama who is passionate about sharing her natural lifestyle with those around her. She created Gurl Gone Green to show how our everyday decisions, from what we use on our face, home and the food we eat affect us more than we know. She loves holding space where people can weed through the marketing clutter to find truth, and ultimately make the best decision for their families.


  1. Tina Stephens

    Hi I’m 57years old looking to find safe and clean products for aging facial skin. Was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. I never have thought about using clean beauty products till now and how important it really is. I would greatly love your input regarding this. Thank you so much😊 what brand do you recommend??


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