Skincare Review: The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

Oh this is an excellent buy if you’re after a hard-working cleanser that won’t break the bank. It’s a true all-rounder that can genuinely be used by all skin types, even sensitive and – please sound the bargain klaxon! – it’s one of the most budget-friendly cleansers out there.

The Squalane Cleanser from The Ordinary is exactly what it says it is – a cleanser with squalane. Of course there are other ingredients in the mix, but squalane is the hero here and a mighty and worthy hero it is too. Squalane is a powerful skin moisturiser that also has antioxidant benefits – it boosts suppleness and helps to prevent moisture loss and generally goes about its business in a very efficient and effective way. As a key ingredient in the Squalane Cleanser, it’s light enough for oily skin, provides instant relief for dried-out skin and does a thorough-yet-sensitive job of makeup and grime removal on all types of skin.

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The Squalene Cleanser feels like an oily cream-gel when you squeeze it out of the (incredibly handy, very lightweight, perfect for travelling) tube. I realise that “oily cream-gel” covers just about every base when it comes to texture, but it’s an accurate description – it looks like a cream-gel, has the lightness of a cream-gel, but on application you instantly feel the gorgeous oily slip. Perfect for properly massaging in, especially over eye makeup, it quickly turns into a more liquid oil and then rinses off clean.

There’s nothing to dislike about this product, really – I suppose if you were very oily or acne-prone then the texture might be off-putting, but there’s no residue at all after rinsing. There’s also no tightness whatsoever, which is a problem with even some of the oiliest-feeling balms out there! Skin just feels cleansed and balanced. Can’t ask for much more than that…

To use it, apply to dry skin (at least I do, to get maximum oily massage opportunity!) and then rinse after you’ve really worked it in and broken up the dirt and makeup. You can use it twice, of course, or even thrice if you’ve had a day of it or you’ve been on one of those army training simulation courses where you have to crawl through the mud beneath nets and then hide in a cave, or if you’ve been playing Widow Twanky in the panto and caked yourself in greasepaint.

Squalane Cleanser is £5.50 for 50ml (find it at Cult Beauty here* and FeelUnique here*) but you can get a whopping 150ml tube (as photographed above) for £13.90 on the Deciem website here*. Makes a lot of sense to supersize it…

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  1. Alisa A Bradford
    March 15, 2020 / 9:01 am

    Does this clean pores? Mine appear clean but now seem more noticeable?

  2. November 25, 2019 / 6:34 pm

    I like this cleanser and have been reaching for it a lot lately. I’m not a fan of it as a makeup remover though, purely a single cleanse, but it’s good! Love the tube packaging too and brought it with me on my trip to Las Vegas this year.

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

  3. E.
    November 25, 2019 / 5:26 pm

    The cheapest squalene is extracted from sharks. Contributing to their extinction by massive over fishing. Seeing that this is a budget product, I’m wondering if it uses shark squalene…

    • November 25, 2019 / 5:54 pm

      It’s not squalene, it’s squalane. So no. All of their products are vegan and cruelty free so far as I know. x

  4. November 25, 2019 / 2:04 pm

    Should I ever have one of these army days, I would consider cleansing thrice and get this cleanser beforehand so it wouldn´t completely ruin me. Or do you think the army covers those expenses?

    Anne from Doctor Anne

  5. Tricia Hill
    November 22, 2019 / 1:01 pm

    Deciem currently have a “Black Friday” offer on, with 22% off everything, so I just bought a 150ml tube of the Squalane Cleanser for £10.70! Offer runs until the end of November.

    • November 22, 2019 / 7:16 pm

      OOH THANK YOU – I SHALL UPDATE NOW!! Sorry caps stuck on

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