What Is the Difference Between Squalane and Hemisqualane?

Both ingredients are sourced from sustainable and renewable sugarcane, and both can be used in nearly every category

We manufacture all of our ingredients using the same initial process: Amyris’ patented sustainable technology to convert renewable sugarcane into farnesene, the building block for Neossance™ Squalane and Hemisqualane.

The result is two highly pure, odorless, clear, and stable emollients with similar, but unique molecular properties. For instance, Squalane has 30 carbons and Hemisqualane has 15. Squalane has medium spreadability with a slightly higher viscocity and flashpoint than Hemisqualane.

Both represent ideal sustainable, high performance emollients used in nearly every category.

Squalane is a more stable form of squalene and is a non-polar, fully saturated, and very stable emollient that is easily incorporated into emulsions. Squalane is an excellent moisturizer, keeping our skin and hair properly hydrated and imparting suppleness and flexibility to the skin. It is one of the highest quality and most versatile emollients on the market due to its sensorial profile, biocompatibility and consistently robust composition.

Hemisqualane is Aprinnova’s SEPAWA award-winning new cosmetics-grade emollient. Hemisqualane provides excellent sensorial and spreading properties, ideal for replacing silicones in color cosmetics, suncare, haircare, and more. It also has makeup removal benefits. It is a top replacement for isohexadecane, amodimethicone, and cyclomethicones like cyclopentasiloxane (D5)

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