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The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser Reviews & FAQ’s

In this article, you’ll find comprehensive The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser reviews. The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser removes makeup and impurities while leaving the skin feeling smooth and moisturized. Made with squalane and other gentle esters, it respects the skin’s natural balance. Note that all the reviews below come from our independent Facebook group, bringing together diverse experiences and skin types. This means that you can discover not only how this product rates in efficacy and ease of use, but also its suitability for your own skin.

Your Quick 15-Second Summary

  • 71% of the Deciem Addicts love The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
  • 68% will repurchase it
  • It scores 4.6 on the Deciem website
  • A fabulous cleanser suitable for all skin types.
  • Soap-free and non-comedogenic.
  • You can use it AM and PM.
  • Available in 3 sizes: 50ml, 150ml and 240ml. The 50ml is fantastic when travelling.
  • If you’re looking for a good cleanser for a very reasonable price, this is definitely worth a try in the 50ml size.
  • The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser has no conflicts. Meaning you can use it with any other skin care product.
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser Reviews

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser – Everything You Need To Know Before Buying

Above, you can read our quick 15-second summary of The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser. Below, we’ll go into more detail about this product, including user reviews and frequently asked questions.

What is The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser?

The Ordinary says: The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser is a soap-free and non-comedogenic which protects the integrity of epidermal lipids and leaves any skin type feeling cleansed, moisturized and soft. Squalane, alongside other gentle esters, works to trap and dissolve facial impurities and makeup (even waterproof mascara), detaching them from the surface of the skin. Subsequently, the emulsifying sucrose esters blend the dissolved makeup and facial impurities with water, allowing them to be easily and efficiently rinsed away. ⁣

How do I use it?

The Ordinary’s Squalane Cleanser undergoes 3 textural phases:

  1. Balm-like upon dispensing
  2. Oil-like after rubbing between the palms of your hands, and
  3. Milk-like when combined with water.

This is how you should use it:

  • First, apply a small amount to the palm of your hands.
  • Next, rub between your palms for about 20 seconds until the thick consistency changes and melts into a beautiful balm. You will feel your palms just glide. It may take more or less time for some people, depending on the temperature of your hands and where the product has been stored.
  • Finally, an important note: I have heard many people say they felt disappointed by this cleanser, but they soon changed their minds once they realized they were not rubbing it for long enough. Once it changes consistency, the makeup just melts off.

When do I use it?

  • You can The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser in the morning or evening.
  • Some people use this in their double-cleansing routine either as a first or second cleanse, and some find this is enough to remove everything in one go.
  • There are no set rules. Just do what works for you and your skin. I personally do not always feel the need to double-cleanse after using the Squalane Cleanser.

Does it have conflicts with other products?

No conflicts at all. This will fit well into any skincare routine.

How to ensure the ordinary squalane cleanser is authentic?

There are so many concerns about fake products. Always buy from Deciem or one of the many authorised stockists.

This product was bought from The Ordinary in March 2021. The box is slightly stained – that was me.

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser Reviews

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71% of the Deciem Chat Room Community love it.

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My Review:

I like this cleanser, but since The Ordinary Glucoside Foaming Cleanser came along, I prefer it to the Squalane Cleanser. The main reason is time. For some reason, The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser takes a long time to change consistency in my palms, and I find my hands hurt. I often have cold hands. If you are impatient like me and have cold hands, this may not be for you. Whereas The Ordinary Glucoside Foaming Cleanser is instant.

User Reviews from our Facebook Group:

Nia – Skin Type Oily/Acne Prone:
“This is really gentle and leaves skin feeling really soft and moisturized. I personally find it takes a bit more effort to remove my stubborn makeup. The tube is small, but I believe Deciem is making a bigger version. I think this is my favourite, The Ordinary Cleanser.” @niapattenlooks

Jess – Skin Type Oily/ Combo Skin with Dehydration:
“What a great cleanser. I use it as a second cleanse or morning cleanse. It leaves my skin feeling really clean without stripping. I love that it doesn’t leave a film/residue.” @sk.inst.story

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Tracy – Skin Type Dry Sensitive:
“I use it as 1st cleanse as it is really effective yet gentle. It’s a little thick for my liking, making it a little hard to spread around my face, but it leaves my skin soft and cleansed.”

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser FAQS

1. Is The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser suitable for hormonal acne skin? Yes, you may wish to give it a try! We also recommend trying a patch test first!

2. Can I use it every day? Yes, you can.

3. Would it be good for oily skin, and how should I use it? The Squalane Cleanser is great for all skin types. We suggest warming the product and allowing it to melt into an oil. Then, you may massage well onto a dry face and rinse with warm water.

4. Does Deciem have any other cleansers apart from The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser? There is also NIOD Low-Viscosity Cleaning Ester (LVCE), and NIOD Sanskrit Saponins (SS), The Ordinary Glucoside Cleanser and Glycolipid Cream Cleanser.

5. Is Squalane Cleanser good for sensitive/acne-prone skin? It sure is. Just as a note – none of our products can be considered medical treatments for acne, so we suggest consulting with your physician to see what may work best for your skin.

6. What’s the difference between The Hylamide Cleanser and The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser? The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser is a gentle cleansing product formulated to target makeup removal whilst leaving the skin feeling smooth and moisturized. Whereas Hylamide High-Efficiency Face Cleaner is a balancing oil-based face cleanser.

7. Does it work as a makeup remover too? It sure does!

8. What about waterproof makeup?  Yes. Squalane Cleanser can also help to remove waterproof makeup.

9. Is it necessary to double cleanse with The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser? No, it’s not necessary to do so, but you can if you prefer.

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10. Is it 100% plant-based? Our Squalane is derived from sugarcane and beets.

11. What sizes does it come in? The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser comes in 3 sizes – 50ml, 150ml and 240ml. The 50ml is a great size to have with you when travelling.

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Final Thoughts

We hope you found these The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser reviews useful. Just to recap, 71% of the Deciem Addicts love this cleanser, and 68% will repurchase it. The product also scores 4.6/5 on the Deciem website. For the price of a coffee and cake, I really do recommend giving the 50ml bottle a try.

Finally, don’t forget that for this cleanser to work to its full capacity, it’s vital to keep rubbing it between the palms of your hands, until it turns into a fabulous balm that just melts your makeup away. The time will differ from person to person depending on how cold the product is and the temperature of your hands.

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