SQ pure Squalane – What do sharks and olives have in common?

Sharks and olives? Let´s see…

One lives in the ocean, one grows on trees. One is a fish, one is a fruit (a stone fruit, to be precise). One I am not so keen on meeting, one I really enjoy on my pizza.

So they have nothing in common? Wrong.

SQ pure Squalane - made from olives, promised!
SQ pure Squalane – made from olives, promised!


Both sharks and olives are used to provide squalene, which is then  saturated and transformed into squalane. And that one is widely used in skincare as moisturizer and antioxidant.

Now I absolutely stay away from squalene made from shark liver, which still can be found in products in the US or outside Europe, but I have no problem whatsoever with murdering olives in the name of beauty!

Which is why I was very excited to get sent the SQpure Squalane oil (*) to test. Made from olives, promised!


What SQpure claims:

A natural, non-greasy, odorless, colorless, non-staining and easily absorbed oil. Gives a healthy appearance to the skin and protects against loss of moisture. Effectively softens skin and diminishes fine lines. Reduces freckles and acne scars. Enhances skin elasticity and moisture retention. Fights aging and rejuvenates skin. Creates a protective barrier. Nourishes skin with vital nutrients and induces new cell growth. Suitable for all ages and all skin types, mostly ultra-senstitive skin.



Prize and size:

You get 30 ml in a see-though plastic container that comes with a pump, and it is available for 25 € here. The packaging is sturdy and doesn’t leak.

Texture and smell

Just as claimed, the oil is odor and colorless. Despite Squalane being described as a dry oil (based on reviews of different products I have found) on my skin it felt a little greasy when applied. Not in an unpleasant way, but more than I experienced with other facial oils. It did absorb quickly though, so it didn’t bother me.

Just one drop...
Just one drop…


Application and effect

One drop was enough for my face and neck, and I can see the bottle lasting absolutely ages that way, making it really good value for money. I used it as my last step in the evenings and woke up to baby-soft and plump skin. If it had an effect on my scars and sun damage I cant really say. They do fade at the same pace as they usually do, but I have been using different products to lighten them for ages now, so I can´t say if that one would make a bigger difference on skin that isn’t used to chemical peels.

As it is advertised to be used on hair, cuticles and dry body patches as well I did. It did great in moisturizing my elbows and cuticles, I didn’t like it as much on my hair as I do other oils though.


Favorable ingredients:

  • Squalane

As is is just what it claims to be, pure squalane, I will focus on that one a little longer: Squalene (the precursor) is part of the hydro-lipid barrier that is in our skin, holding moisture within. It is produced by sebum glands and is said to work as antioxidant. As we age, the squalene production, among many other things, is reduced, making aging skin more prone to dehydration.

Squalene is an essential part of the „mediterranean diet“ as well, which is said to help prevent cancer. But eating olives and covering your face in oil are obviously two pair of shoes, so I wouldn’t buy into anyone telling you that it has a similar effect.

Just saying.

Unfavorable Ingredients:

None. Zero. The product is just this. Squalane.


Does it live up to its claims?

Most of them.

Moisture retention, antioxidant, plumping the skin, odor- and colorless, creating a protective barrier, softens skin, I wholeheartedly agree with all of them. And above all, it is one of the very few products I would recommend to anyone with very sensitive skin without a doubt.

But inducing new cell growth? I am not so sure about that one. It is a pretty big claim after all, and one I wouldn’t feel 100% comfortable with anyway.


Will I rebuy?


Will I use it exclusively and ditch all my other oils? No.

I love the effect. It is great value for money. It has just that one ingredient, nothing to worry about. What is not to love?


Who do I recommend it to?


If you have sensitive skin – That one is great.

If you are dehydrated – It will do the job.

If you are getting older – Made for you.

If you are on a budget – It will last you a lifetime.

It is like the trusted friend that will always be there for you to rely on.


Have you heard about Squalane before?

And do you prefer sharks over olives?


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The product was provided as a PR sample and the post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are honest and my own.


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  • Never heard of Squalane before so learning something new here today! I like the idea of using the olive based one obviously not the shark liver one. Great post!

    • I was surprised to learn that it is still harvested from sharks these days, I figured it would be way too expensive.

  • TIL! Sounds like something my skin could use. But yeah, let’s go without the new cell growth. That sounds bad. Cancerous bad.

  • I really enjoyed your intro! I thought this woman was crazy talking about sharks and olives! 😛 I will look for that squalene ingredient here. This reminds me that my fingernails need some lovin‘ right now. xx

  • That sounds like a great, very simple product, just how I like them… I will definitely check out this ingredient as well, as, oddly, I’ve never heard of it before!


    • It isn’t very glamorous, so it doesn’t get much hype. But it is nice to have in every skincare cabinet.

  • I love the fact that it works well with any skin type.
    I never try such products with squalane.
    It sounds interesting.


  • Ich habe zwar schon von Squalane gehört, aber ich hatte keine Ahnung was das ist, bis jetzt. Es klingt super, aber ich bin kein Fan von Gesichtsölen. Ich bekomme immer Pickel davon. Ganz gleich welches ich bisher ausprobiert habe.


    • Das ist natürlich schade. Ich komme trotz öliger Haut mit Gesichtsölen sehr gut zurecht und möchte sie nicht mehr missen.

    • Das ist natürlich schade. Ich komme trotz öliger Haut mit Gesichtsölen sehr gut zurecht und möchte sie nicht mehr missen.

  • Your skincare reviews are always so informative but easy to understand. Thanks for letting us know about this product! It sounds like it would make a great addition to the skincare regimens of many people.


  • I have never heard of Squalane before but this definitely sounds worth checking out. I absolutely love how detailed your review is xx


    • Thanks. I just write everything down that I would want to know before purchasing, which is usually quite a lot…

    • Thanks. I just write everything down that I would want to know before purchasing, which is usually quite a lot…

  • This sounds amazing! And finally a product that is good for my sensitive skin! I will have to take a look in town and see if I can get it 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • It should be widely available, many brands have it in their range.

    • It should be widely available, many brands have it in their range.

  • Sarah Laird

    I don’t have particularly sensitive skin but I eat olives practically every day to ensure I get some help with my skin from them so this does sound fantastic! And I wouldn’t be comfortable using a product sharks had died for so its great this fruit alternative is available 🙂 x

    Viva Epernay

    • I guess keeping a healthy diet is the best you can actually do for your skin.

  • Sarah Laird

    I don’t have particularly sensitive skin but I eat olives practically every day to ensure I get some help with my skin from them so this does sound fantastic! And I wouldn’t be comfortable using a product sharks had died for so its great this fruit alternative is available 🙂 x

    Viva Epernay

  • Your every skincare post brings something new to learn about! I have never even heard about squalane before!

    • Happy to help 😉
      I didn’t focus on it very much as well, but I really liked this product.

  • Your every skincare post brings something new to learn about! I have never even heard about squalane before!

  • Wow.. The fact that they have a version with sharks liver as one of the ingredients is quite shocking.

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    Oh Dear Bumblebees

    • I would have thought that harvesting it from sharks is quite expensive, but it still seems popular especially in the US.

  • I knew about squalane in skincare but I didn’t know it came from sharks as well! I guess it’s interesting to note that ’squalo‘ is the Italian for ’shark’…
    I obviously prefer olives, I LOVE olives! And I’m a huge fan of the mediterranean diet, but being Italian, that probably goes without saying!

    • Squalo means shark? That is really interesting.

      • Yeah, I mean, it can’t just be a coincidence, can it? I wonder if it was an Italian who named it…

        • Sadly wikipedia doesn’t provide that information. Of course I had to google it after you mentioned it.

  • Liliana Ayala

    Wow, I had never heard of this before. Very interesting and sounds like something worth trying!
    xo, Lily

    • I really enjoy it, especially when I am feeling like my skin has had too much and I just want to use something that won’t irritate it any further.

  • This is super helpful, I hadn’t really heard much of it before! That said, I don’t like sharks or olives but I wouldn’t mind using this! xx

    Advaita | Blush Canvas

    • It doesn’t remind me of either of them as long as it is in the bottle, so I think you´d be safe.

  • wow, wirklich mal was richtig gut und total interessant 🙂 Das klingt nach einem öl dass man echt mal ausprobieren muss 🙂

    • Und es ist nicht teuer, für Gesichtsöle kann man ja echt viel Geld lassen.

  • This sounds so wonderful. And since it uses olives and not shark liver, it gets a thumbs up from me“!

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    • I was pretty shocked when I learned about the whole shark thing, to be honest.

  • Who knew that sharks and olives would have something in common. I don’t particularly care for either but I do think my skin would like this product. Good to know that there are really no negatives.

  • Alix Niyonkinzo

    Great read!

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  • I haven’t heard squalane before, I am really not good at knowing all these ingredients! I don’t like the idea of harming animals or any live things for sake of the beauty so I would prefer the olive one. I doubt that there’s a product which is effective on cell growth.

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Skin care is my passion, so I like to do my research on that stuff and share it. I firmly believe that once you know what works for your skin, you can really look behind the claims brands make and get the optimal skincare out there.

      • You know a lot about the skincare products, I wish I was the same. I wasn’t really cautious about the ingredients and never thought it through. Now I try to research and read a lot before I try something new.

        • It is something that comes with time. I already knew a lot about the ingredients from uni, so I had a head start.

  • Kate

    Never heard of this before – the product or the ingredient! Sounds like a really good, simple but effective product. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • The product is a German brand, so it isn’t widely known international (at this time at least), but the ingredient is pretty popular in skincare.

  • The light consistence looks promising! Glad you’ll rebuy it, Linda!


  • This is the first time I’ve read about Squalane, had no idea that it comes from shark too, learned something new again today. I hate olives and not much idea about sharks except we don’t take shark fins soup. 🙂

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • You might find it in some of your skincare, it is pretty popular, but not often talked about. And yes, no shark fins soup for me either. Or frog legs, even though I live close to France.

  • Great, nice post!

    kisses Adela Acanski

  • While I think squalane is a great ingredient, I prefer to use products that mix several great ingredients so all your skin’s needs are covered. One antioxydant is good, several is better in my opinion!

    • I totally agree, but I have met so many people with adverse reactions that I sometimes feel for them less is more. I use that one on top of other antioxidants, as an added step, and I love the fact that I can throw it in the mix no matter how my skin feels.

  • I have a love hate relationship with Squalane. I’ve used pure serums/oils like this before and they tend to break me out for some reason. That was when I was younger though so who knows now! I tend to tolerate it mixed in with other products as long as it’s not too high on the list. I have a similar issue with Jojoba and Shea. I always try to make sure its plant derived.

    • Maybe back in the days your sebum glands were producing enough themselves? I wonder if it has changed.
      Shea used to break me out as well a few years back, but I used some skincare recently and it worked perfectly fine.
      But I wouldn’t risk it as well, if you have stuff that works for you, why upset your skin?

  • I loved the way you started this post and even though I don’t think it was supposed to, it put the biggest smile on my face. Never heard of Squalane (seriously, I’m always learning about amazing brands with you) and while I’m not keen on eating either of the two, if it does (almost) everything it claims, I might as well get it for myself. I do need an oil to just, „pump up“ my face and make it looking healthier as I think the lack of sun really is affecting it more lately. Plus, hydration is always key.

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    • My blog post are supposed to put a smile on your face 9 times out of ten. What good would they be if they left you sad?
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  • Surbhi Suri

    haha, sharks no, olives yes . thats a great review. u make it sound so necessary to have right now. I am using the Za one, but definitely would look out for this here.
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    • Just check the ingredients in your skincare, it is widely used in other products as well.

  • I never heard of it. Great review!

    • It isn’t talked about very often, but very common in my skincare products.

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    This sounds great, I hadn’t heard of it before but must check it out! Thanks for the tip!!
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  • Mary Kate

    This sounds great! I’ve never heard of it, but I definitely have trouble with dryness and acne scarring!

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  • I’ve never heard about that ingredient (I should really work on that, I know), but that sounds pretty amazing.. I have quite a lot of dry patches on my arms during winter and nothing seems to help, so maybe I should give this a go 🙂 Thank you for another amazing review… You never disappoint 😉


    • Have you used a body oil before? I mainly use them on my face, but there are a lot of lovely ones out there.

      • I recently got a dry body oil from Avon, but I don’t really see it working. The best so far was actually baby oil, even though the dry patches didn’t go away…

        • I swear by my Body Butters, but my skin isn’t that dry even in winter that I get dry patches, so I don’t really have a first hand recommendation.

  • It sounds Ideal for me!! I will put it in my wishlist, I’m on a budget and on „use-what-you-ve-opened-first“ kind of project. But this will be next for sure!

    • Yes, I am on that project too. Not necessarily because I am on a budget, but because my cabinet was overflowing and I didn’t want things to go off before I even opened them! Although a little saving never hurt anyone.

  • Pam Scalfi

    this sounds great! ive not heard of the main ingredient but i realllly wanna try a face oil and see how my skin handles it.
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • It is widely used in different kind of skincare, so maybe you already used it without knowing. And yes to trying face oils, I love them!

  • This product sounds right up my street. I love your reviews, they are so well put together and always tell me exactly what I need to know. Will be looking out for this. Louise 🙂

    • Thank you. I try to incorporate everything I would want to know, which is usually a lot.

  • Der Aufmacher ist ja toll! Sharks and Olives 😉 Wow das Produkt klingt echt toll! Hatte zuvor noch nie was von Squalane gehört, also was Neues gelernt:) . GLG Ivi


  • I never heard of this brand or product before, but it sounds really nice. I can’t believe that one drop is enough to cover your face and neck, that’s really good! I’d love to give this a try someday.


    • I have been using it consistently for such a long time now and there is still so much product left.

  • I definitely prefer olives. Mostly in the form of Extra Virgin Olive Oil! Skincare wise, the Ultra Facial Cream from Kiehl’s I love has squalane in it, and it’s great! 😉 xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

    • It is used in many skincare products, but somehow doesn’t get much attention.

  • Soumya Midhun

    never heard about Squalane..such an interesting review 🙂


  • I’ve never heard of squalane – great and thorough review. I need to check this out, especially since I love anything olive!


  • Nicole

    Awesome!! Looks like a great product! 🙂

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  • Never heard of it! Interesting idea. Cool, if it works and gives good results.

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  • Nadia

    Now that is a masterpiece of a product and definitely worth trying! Squalane – such a discovery for me!
    xox Nadia

    • You might use it already without noticing, it is pretty common in skincare, just not hyped as much as many others.

  • Bernadette

    This product sounds incredible. x


  • I’ve not heard of Squalane before and I don’t love sharks or olives! But it sounds very interesting and I’d be curious to try it myself at some point.

    • I bet it is already in some of the skincare you have been using, just not as the ingredient focused on. It is actually quite widespread, after learning about it I found it on a few of my oils/ moisturizers.

      • You are right. It is. I guess it not being a ‚buzz word‘ I’d just glanced over and not really thought much of it.

  • thefashionsalt

    I’ve never heard of squalane, but it sounds like the perfect oil for my skin. I love that it’s made from one, natural ingredient (and that no animals were slaughter to make it.) I’ll have to try this.

    • I was thinking of you and your skins concerns when I started testing it.

  • You have most likely come across skincare using squalene before, it is a pretty common ingredient. It just isn’t as glamorous, so it isn’t advertised as much as other stuff.