The oil with the strange name has a very close relative that is found in our skin. The name is just as weird and easy to confuse - the squalene. The skin's own squalene is an unsaturated fatty acid that is very reactive with, for example, oxygen and only has a very short shelf life. Therefore, it is unsuitable for cosmetics production.
We therefore use saturated squalene, the so-called squalane. This does not oxidize as quickly, is heat-stable and therefore more durable and effective. However, squalane still offers the same benefits as squalene for our skin. Our vegetable squalane is very similar to the skin's own sebum. This is mainly due to the fact that our skin consists of 15% squalene.
There are two types of squalane on the market, the vegetable one, which we only use, and the animal one, which is made from shark livers. Our vegetable squalane (also called phytosqualane) is obtained from vegetable oil residues from Portuguese olives. But it is not comparable to a conventional olive oil. Squalane is transparent, completely odorless and less greasy. We also like to call it the non-oily oil, because it feels very light on the skin and is quickly absorbed - therefore it also scores with oily skin.