The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser Reviews & FAQ’s

The Ordinary Squalane Cleansers Reviews by the Deciem Addicts and everything else you need to know about this fabulous cleanser.

  • 71% of the Deciem Addicts love it
  • 68% will repurchase it
  • A fabulous cleanser suitable for all skin types
  • Available in 2 sizes. The 50ml is fabulous for travelling with.
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

What is The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser?

Deciem 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. ⁣

When Do I Use The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser?

You can use this cleanser in the morning and/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. As always, we are all different and there are no set rules. Do what works for you and your skin. I personally do not always feel the need to double-cleanse after using the Squalane Cleanser.

How do I use The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser?

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.

⁣⁣Apply a small amount into the palm of your hands and rub for about 20 seconds until the thick consistency changes and melts into a beautiful balm. It may take more or less time for some people, depending on the temperature of your hands or where the product has been stored but keep rubbing and you will see and feel it change. This is where the magic happens!

I have seen 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. People were also disappointed because it was launched in a 50ml tube and they didn´t feel it was going to last long for a cleanser. It´s now available in 50ml & 150ml and honestly, you really only need a small amount.

Are there any conflicts with the Squalane Cleanser?

No conflicts at all.

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser Reviews

Nia Skin Type Oily/Acne Prone
This is really gentle, 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 favorite Deciem 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

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


Is it 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!

Would The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser 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 dry face and rinse with warm water.

Does Deciem have any other cleansers apart from The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser? There is also Hylamide High-Efficiency Face Cleaner, NIOD Low-Viscosity Cleaning Ester (LVCE), and NIOD Sanskrit Saponins (SS).

Is The Ordinary 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.

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. We hope this helps! 😊

Does the Squalane Cleanser work as a makeup remover too?   It sure does!

Is it necessary to double cleanse with the Squalane Cleanser? It wouldn’t be necessary to do so, but you can if you would prefer

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

Is this good for removing waterproof makeup?  Yes! Squalane Cleanser can help to remove makeup and impurities.

Final Thoughts on the Squalane Cleanser

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

71% of the Deciem Addicts love this cleanser and 68% will repurchase it. If you´re unsure, it´s worth giving it a try. Buy the small one for the price of a coffee and cake and see how you get on. 50ml doesn´t sound a lot, but it does last because you really only need a small amount.

I used this when it first came out but then stopped because as I loved taking it away on holiday with me. The 50ml is perfect for hand-luggage only trips, but with the Covid-19 situation, I wanted to use all my products up and have now fallen back in love with this and using it daily. You really, really do need to keep rubbing until it turns into this fabulous balm that just melts your make-up away.

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