BIOSSANCE: CLEAN, GREEN BEAUTY

The secret ingredient is squalane and it’s a game-changer.

Clean beauty brand, BIOSSANCE, launched its entire skincare line in Canada (via Sephora) earlier this year and I’m obsessed with it.  I tend to gravitate to green beauty brands (a la L’Occitane, LUSH, The Body Shop, etc.) for their amazing products but it also feels good to support brands and companies whose values surrounding environmental sustainability align with mine. So, it only made sense to add BIOSSANCE to my roster of beauty go-tos, especially when I learned that they banned over 2000 ingredients from their skincare line.

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BIOSSANCE recently visited Toronto with a pop-up clean beauty bus and obviously I had to go. After a short wait outside, we were invited inside where a skincare experts introduced us to the power of squalane and the entire BIOSSANCE line. The swag bag was awesome and I was so excited to try out some new products!

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Squalane is the main ingredient BIOSSANCE uses and it’s basically the next best thing since hyaluronic acid. It’s a special molecule that we’re born with and that our bodies naturally produce (hello, baby skin!) But, like many other components in the body, like collagen, elastin, etc., the body slows down its production of squalane in our early to mid thirties and never actually recovers. Enter squalane-infused skincare!

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IMG_0303Squalane can be found in a lot of skincare products but I didn’t know about this powerhouse ingredient until I discovered BIOSSANCE. Squalene can and was once sourced from shark livers, despite the finite resources and harm it caused for the shark population. 4 PhD students based in Berkley, California discovered an alternative to squalene using yeast and sugar cane, which led to the creation of BIOSSANCE as we know it today. Olives are also a really good source of squalane but sugar cane is known to be a better, more sustainable alternative because it is an easily renewable resource. I also really liked that each product is named after the ingredients that are in it.

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One of the banned ingredients BIOSSANCE refused to put in its products is the well-known retinol. At first, it seems crazy. We know the wonders Vitamin A, commonly called retinol, can work on our skin but we also know how it can irritate and dry out our skin as a result. In response, BIOSSANCE created its Phyto Retinol Serum, which, is a more expensive alternative (it’s a key ingredient in Omorovicza Miracle Facial Oil) but doesn’t have the same negative side effects. This is largely because the Phyto Retinol is sourced from the Bakuchiol seed found in the babchi trees of eastern Asia instead of Vitamin A. It acts in the same way retinol and retinoids do in terms of the efficacy but doesn’t require our skin to build up a tolerance over time.

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One of my absolute new favourites from the BIOSSANCE line is the peptide gel. It actually works wonders. I’ve always had dark circles around my eyes, (thank you pigmentation) and I can honestly say that this eye gel has vastly improved the complexion of my skin. It’s definitely brighter and I find that I’m not reaching for my concealer as much to cover up my under-eye situation.

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I was really excited to try the Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil when I saw it during one of my many visits to the Sephora websites.  I wasn’t a huge fan of face oil but I’ve been liking my Lise Watier Sublimessence Nuit Face Oil so I decided to give this a try. After using the Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil I noticed my skin was infinitely more glowy, soft, and hydrated.

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The cleansing oil was one of the first things I tried from the line and I’m almost finished it. I never really used cleansing oils before because I thought my oily skin wouldn’t appreciate my using more oil. Completely untrue. My skin loves it. Not only does my makeup melt off with little rubbing but it also cleanses my skin without leaving it feeling tight or dry. It’s part of my double cleansing ritual and I probably won’t use anything else ever again.

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Have you heard about BIOSSANCE? Have you tried out their products? Let me know in the comments.

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