Starting the Year Off with Biossance Weightless Hydration Essentials

I love a good beauty set. Even more, I love a good skincare set because not only do you get to try a bunch of different things at once, you get to take them with you if you’re traveling. Sometimes, there isn’t enough product in skincare sets to form an opinion on the product, but I’d say the Biossance Weightless Hydration Essentials ($34.00) is different in that respect. The set includes:

– 0.4 oz/ 11.8 mL 100% Squalane Oil

– 0.13 oz/ 4 mL Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

– 0.13 oz/ 4 mL Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel

– 0.34 oz/ 10 mL Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer

– 4 x Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths

Biossance Weightless Hydration Essentials |

Biossance Weightless Hydration Essentials |

Biossance Weightless Hydration Essentials |

Biossance Weightless Hydration Essentials |

Biossance Weightless Hydration Essentials |

Biossance Weightless Hydration Essentials |

Biossance Weightless Hydration Essentials |

Biossance Weightless Hydration Essentials |

Biossance Weightless Hydration Essentials |

My skin type

Oily but I am suspicious it is transitioning to normal. Since the weather has changed, I have been waking up with noticeably drier skin.

What it’s supposed to do

From the brand:

  • 100% Squalane Oil (12ml) – Locks in essential moisture all over body and clinically shown to accelerate cell turnover
  • Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil (4ml) – Brightens with an oil-soluble Vitamin C 50x more powerful than ascorbic acid, this luxurious face oil helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel (4ml) – Weightless, ultra-hydrating gel reduces the look of puffiness and dark circles while visibly firming and smoothing away crepiness
  • Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer (4ml) – A weightless, super hydrating gel infused with the power of probiotics and squalane to restore a beautifully healthy look
  • Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths (4 sachets) – A one-step wonder that nourishes skin and melts away even the most stubborn long-wear makeup





Squalane, Pistacia Lentiscus (mastic) Gum, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides


Water/Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Squalane (Material), Niacinamide, Glycerin, Panthenol, Algae Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Tocopherol, Pentylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Go Ji) Fruit Extract, Lycopene, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Skin Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Acacia Senegal Gum, Dimethicone CrossPolymer, Carbomer, Lauric Arginate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Silica, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol *Organic


Water, squalane, glycerin, dimethicone, pentylene glycol, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, lactococcus ferment lysate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, dimethiconol, chrondrus crispus extract, allantoin, bisabolol, glycine soja (soybean) sterols, linoleic acid, phospholipids, sodium phytate, lechithin, sodium hydroxide, sodium hyaluronate, lactic acid, lepidium sativum sprout extract, sodium chloride, sodium benzoate, citric acid, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract


Water, C13-15 Alkane, Polyglyceryl-10 Decaoleate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, Squalane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Olea Europaea (Olive)Fruit Oil, Simmondisia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate , Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Caprylic/Capric, Triglyceride, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Tetrasodium, Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol

How I use it

When I used the set, my regimen consisted of almost all of the products; I obviously didn’t use the squalane and the squalane + rose oil together but everything else got used together.

What I like about it

Almost all of the products worked for me. The four antioxidant cleansing cloths were the biggest surprise; I didn’t think they would be as great as they are but one cloth removed my makeup better than a regular makeup remover cloth, likely due to the squalane. It did not, however, remove mascara from my lashes, waterproof and regular. While it says you don’t need to rinse it, the cloths leave a layer of oil on your face. For me, that gave me the feeling of uncleanliness. However, I could not help but notice how soft my face was after using the cloths, even though it felt like I was rubbing too hard. Since there were only four cloths in the set, I followed up differently. I double-cleansed once, to remove the waterproof mascara, I used a second cleanser twice, and for the last cloth, I used my Son & Park Beauty Water on a large cotton pad, which sufficiently made my face feel clean enough that I didn’t feel the need to do a proper cleanse and it removed excess mascara on my lashes.

I’ve reviewed the squalane oil and squalane + rose oil before; nothing has changed about those two but I did forget how nice these oils were.

The squalane eye gel, I don’t have many thoughts on. I use two pumps for each eye are and massage around my eye area and brow bone for a time. It’s a nice gel, but there was nothing particularly memorable about it.

The gel moisturizer, I’ll talk about under “what could be better.”

What could be better

I did not like the gel moisturizer. I tried using it before and after either of the squalane oils. Using it before the oil made the products pill. Using it after seemed to absorb the oil and it pilled, which was unfortunate because the squalane + rose oil feels quite nice. So pills, pills, pills no matter how I applied it. I realized if I used the gel moisturizer, I had to follow up with something heavier. Currently I’m using Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer, which clears up the pilling problem or my handy dandy sleeping mask.

Even if the gel moisturizer does leave the skin brighter and more balanced (whatever that means) with time, the pilling is a deal-breaker for me, if I were considering a full-sized product.

Another note about the clenasing cloths: they are kind of on the thin side. I think that caused me to wipe harder than normal. I think it would be awesome if these were thicker!

Joy Factor

Where to indulge

Sephora | Biossance


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