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The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser

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A hydrating, squalane based gel-to-oil cleanser for all skin types, including sensitive.

Ever had a reaction to a cleanser? The Ordinary has designed a cleanser designed to complement all routines and all skin types.

Inspired by the efficacy of oil cleansers, The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser uses a blend of squalane and skin-similar esters for a more gentle, more smoothing effect, especially compared to your average cleanser.

What are the features & benefits of The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser?

  • A gentle, hydrating cleanser
  • Features squalane, known for hydration & anti-inflammatory capabilities
  • Removes makeup and stubborn build-up
  • Leaves the skin feeling comfortable, never tight
  • Softens and hydrates
  • High skin suitability at pH 5.5-6.5
  • Free from harsh alcohol & soap
  • Oil & silicone-free
  • Vegan & cruelty-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Nut-free

Ideal for skin types that are more difficult to find the right cleanser for, including for those prone to redness, dehydration, and even oily skin types that would benefit from oil cleansing, but do not enjoy the texture.

Product FAQ

Is squalane and squalene the same thing?

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser, as the name suggests, features squalane, not squalene. Squalene is the precursor to squalane - both are produced by the body, but squalane is the smaller molecule of the two. Squalene gets turned into squalane by the body, and is derived from olive oil.

Squalane is similar to what our body produces naturally, and so helps to balance the skin and protect the skin barrier. It doesn’t irritate the skin, and also has a softening, anti-ageing effect by enhancing the skin’s elasticity.

How to Use

Dispense product into hands.

Rub together to warm the product, allowing it to melt into an oil.

Massage well onto dry face and rinse with warm water. I

f irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin.

Patch testing prior to use is advised.

Keep out of reach of children.


Squalane, Aqua (Water), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glycerin, Sucrose Stearate, Ethyl Macadamiate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Laurate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Sucrose Dilaurate, Sucrose Trilaurate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Isoceteth-20, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tocopherol, Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Malic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin. Although every effort is taken for us to stay up to date with the latest information, unfortunately ingredients may update without warning. Always consult the product packaging for the most up to date information on ingredients.

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Rebecca S.
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I recommend this product


Product is perfect for sensitive, dry, combination skin. I’ve tried everything to calm my redness and this product has worked. Thank you

New Zealand New Zealand
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Beautiful products and great service

I’ve been using the range of The Ordinary for over a year now and love everything! Eve Beauty are a delight to order from.

New Zealand New Zealand
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This stuff is great!

New Zealand New Zealand
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Creamy and effective

Another good product from this brand. Arrived quickly too.

Victoria H.
New Zealand New Zealand
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I love the squalane cleanser as a second cleanse, it’s a lovely consistency and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or stripped after I’ve washed my face!