Everything You Need to Know About This Award Winning Sustainable Skincare Brand
Launched in 2016, Biossance is a pioneer in the sustainable beauty movement. Built on the promise of efficacy without compromise, Biossance was founded on the belief that consumers don’t need to compromise when it comes to their skincare, and that you can have the healthiest skin you’ve ever had, while still making a positive impact on the planet.
Powered by science, this award-winning skincare line uses innovative biotechnology and a patented fermentation process to make their hero ingredient squalane—a sugarcane-derived emollient previously harvested from shark livers–which features in every one of their products. “Squalane is a highly effective moisturizer that our skin naturally contains. We’re literally born with a layer of it on our body, but we lose it over time,” says Ramya Viswanathan, director of new product development for Biossance. “Squalane also enhances the efficacy of the other ingredients it’s paired with, making it amazing in skincare.” Since engineering squalane, Biossance says that 2 million sharks a year have been spared from liver harvesting for beauty products.
“By harnessing the power of biotechnology, we’re able to deliver high-performance products that reveal your best skin, without negatively impacting the environment,” explains Catherine Gore, president of Biossance. “It is possible to have it all: a beautiful, efficacious product that is driven by science and sustainability. At Biossance, we believe the nerdy side of science and the charming side of beauty can coexist.”
Because Biossance’s standards for clean beauty are high, they use only the most trustworthy and powerful ingredients in all of their products, which are also vegan and free of cruelty, synthetic fragrance, paraben, and PEG. All Biossance formulations are also developed in a facility certified by My Green Lab—the gold standard for laboratory sustainability practices for responsible usage of energy, waste, and water–and their packaging is completely recyclable.
Since its launch, Biossance has won multiple awards for its formulas, and today sells one product every 15 seconds. “When you are inventing something these days it is usually reinvention, but this is really a breakthrough,” says Viswanathan. “We are so proud that Biossance is truly creating a more sustainable future for the beauty industry.”
We knew we needed to include this line in our Onda clean beauty curation. Here, our four Biossance picks.
100% Squalane Oil
This ingredient is the hero at the heart of every Biossance formula. It’s bioidentical to the moisture produced in human skin, making it light, instantly absorbable and perfect for full body use. Derived from sustainable sugarcane, Biossance squalane is a purer, more ethical, more effective vegan formula.
Squalane + Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum
Fueled by Biossance’s proprietary rapid plumping complex, the innovative copper peptide serum ensures instant and long-lasting hydration. This powerhouse serum includes a harmonic blend of three clinically proven moisture-boosters: polyglutamic acid, squalane, and hyaluronic acid. Drawing in moisture and flooding skin with continuous hydration, it encourages collagen production so skin is left bouncy and plump.
Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum
This rapid retexturizing serum with 10% vegan lactic acid dissolves dead surface cells and reveals soft, luminous new skin below. Exfoliating AHA lactic acid delivers a smoother and softer texture, visibly diminished fine lines, and an overall brighter complexion, while squalane soothes and fortifies to make skin stronger and healthier from within. Powerful but non-irritating, it delivers silky skin, at any age.
Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen
A powerfully invisible broad-spectrum SPF 30 zinc sheer mineral sunscreen that protects even the most sensitive skin. This lightweight, deeply hydrating clean sunscreen lotion blends onto all skin tones fast without leaving a trace. It calms and cools sun-stressed skin and leaves absolutely everyone with a soft, dewy finish. Something we all want in a sunscreen.