The Skincare Secret of Squalane

If you are addicted to Kiehl’s cult-classic Ultra Facial Cream or end each day with a few drops of Midnight Recovery Concentrate, you may have wondered about the benefits of Squalane. A signature Kiehl’s ingredient, we first began formulating with Squalane in the 1970s.

Kiehl’s & Squalane

We first began using Squalane in our formulas in the 1970s in our Ultra Facial Moisturizer and Creme de Corps body moisturizer. Even before we began formulating with this botanical lipid, we used to sell 100% Squalane in apothecary bottles in our old-world apothecary in the East Village. With our extensive experience with this ingredient, we continue to infuse Squalane into more and more of our formulas.

Carefully Sourced

At Kiehl’s we use 100% plant-based Squalane. From the initial sourcing through the final formulation, we have developed extensive safeguards to ensure that we are using a quality ingredient derived entirely from plants. Olives have been found to contain a large amount of Squalene as compared to other botanical oils making them a key source for developing Squalane. After pressing olives to obtain oil, the remaining is isolated and then converted to Squalene. The Squalene is then transformed into Squalane through a hydrogenation process. We also use sugar-derived Squalane in many of our formulas.

Kiehl’s Skincare Products with Squalane

Ultra Facial Cream

Our #1 worldwide customer favorite, Ultra Facial Cream provides 24-hour hydration for all skin types–including sensitive skin. Our formula is infused with olive-derived Squalane, which is known to help maintain skin’s moisture barrier. Our beloved moisturizer is also infused with Glacial Glycoprotein, which is extracted from micro-organisms in sea glaciers and notable for its ability to thrive in extreme climates. With an ultra-lightweight texture, our beloved facial cream smoothes and softens for visibly healthier-looking skin.


Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Wake up to younger-looking skin with Kiehl’s nighttime facial oil. Infused with Squalane, this replenishing elixir is also formulated with Lavender Essential Oil and Evening Primrose Oil. With a luxurious scent, this beloved facial oil helps restore skin’s appearance overnight for replenished, more radiant skin by morning.


Creme de Corps

Rich and decadent, Kiehl’s Creme de Corps body moisturizer is a classic formula that smoothes and softens from head to toe. Infused with Squalane, this body lotion is also formulated with Beta-Carotene, Cocoa Butter and Sesame Oil. Nurture your skin with indulgent moisture with this beloved Kiehl’s body lotion.


Creme de Corps Body Oil

Inspired by our classic moisturizer, our spray-on body oil nourishes skin to leave it soft, supple and smooth. Enriched with Squalane, this formula is also infused with Grape Seed Oil. With a decadent aroma of Vanilla and Almond, this body oil leaves skin velvety-soft.


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