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The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser 50ml 50ml

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Ever had a reaction to a cleanser? The Ordinary have 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.

  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan
  • Artificial Fragrance Free

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Skin Concern:

  • Acne, breakouts and blackheads
  • Dull, dry or dehydrated skin
  • First signs of ageing
  • Oiliness and shine
  • Pigmentation, uneven skin tone
  • Sensitivity and redness
  • Wrinkles and loss of firmness

Skin Type:

  • Dry
  • Normal to dry
  • Normal to oily
  • Oily

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The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser 50ml Reviews

4.3 of 516 reviews

87% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Glad I bought thus


I was hesitant about using this. But I’m so glad I did. It’s a great cleanser and does the job well. This product is what introduced me to oil cleansers and I’ve tried a few but I think this one wins! Takes makeup off and feels cleansed

Most Helpful Criticism



Didn't irritate my sensitive skin but I found this cleanser didn't give me that fresh and clean feeling that you expect after using a cleanser
  1. Ok for the price


    verified purchaser
    Not my favourite cleanser but does a good job for the price.
  2. Glad I bought thus


    I was hesitant about using this. But I’m so glad I did. It’s a great cleanser and does the job well. This product is what introduced me to oil cleansers and I’ve tried a few but I think this one wins! Takes makeup off and feels cleansed
  3. My new go-to


    Love this cleanser, I've kept coming back to purchase it. I have sensitive skin and I find this doesn't irritate or dry it out. After a few weeks of using it I noticed less breakouts and now a few months down the track my skin is pretty much breakout free.
  4. Non-stripping Oil-based cleanser


    This is my favourite oil cleanser for make-up removal. I usually double-cleanse when wearing make-up and this product was amazing. It doesn't over strip and leaves my face feeling moisturised and clean. I follow up with a water-based cleanser afterwards which ensures that my face is 100% free from make-up.
  5. Great


    verified purchaser
    This is a very moisturising cleanser and it cleans my skin and leaves it plump
  6. Great cleanser for removing makeup


    This cleanser was awesome at taking all the makeup off my face. I only wish you dint have to rub so much on your skin. It did leave my skin feeling a bit tight, nothing a good moisturiser Can’t fix!
  7. It's a cleanser


    This cleanser is ok - it leaves my skin feeling soft & clean afterwards, & my skin looks good after using it. I really don't like the texture, though.
  8. Works OK


    This was the first oil cleanser that I tried, and I was pleasantly surprised with my skin feeling a lot less oily afterwards, and moisturised as well.
    However, I have quite sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts, and I tended to have more breakouts (especially on my chin and forehead) while using this cleanser. It also didn't remove my eye makeup completely, and I had to go in with eye m...
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  9. Super gentle


    It is so gentle on the skin and melts away any traces of waterproof makeup. I love it how it doesn’t dries out my skin.
  10. Gentle cleanser


    verified purchaser
    This is a lovely gentle cleanser that leaves the skin very soft and not stripped of the natural oils. The only thing is you need quite a big or product to warm up in your hands, and i would recommend a double cleanse. So the bottle does run out quite quickly! A part from that I really liked it.
  11. Love!


    It's really good for it's price. Fits in well with my cleansing routine and doesn't irritate my skin.
  12. Compatible with skin


    I have sensitive, oily skin, early signs of ageing (30s) but can still get occasional acne if I sleep in my makeup or hormonal acne. Now this cleanser doesn't leave your skin 'feeling 'squeaky' clean but my skin has been less oily since using it and I've had noticeably less acne, including after sleeping in my makeup! I only do a double cleanse if I have had makeup on, otherwise I apply one layer ...
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  13. Squalane Cleanser

    VIvienne Gordon

    This is the best cleanser I have ever used. It gets all my makeup off and makes my skin feel clean and hydrated.
  14. The best cleanser I've used


    I bought this cleanser along with a lot of other products from The Ordinary and it didn't disappoint! This is the first non-gritty cleanser I've used and it absolutely leaves your skin clear without completely stripping oils or drying out your face. I have dry skin and it has been perfect to prepare my face for the rest of my skincare routine. Will buy again!
  15. Works well and great price point!


    I don't wear make-up but use SPF daily so use this product as my first cleanse. Works wonderfully well and skin feels wonderfully soft and clean afterwards. I've got eczema spots on my face and it doesn't dry out. Before this I've been using more expensive oil cleansers but this does the trick at a fraction of the price so I've been using my more expensive cleansers as part of my 2nd cleanse.
  16. Good different


    At first I found the consistency a bit strange but once I got used to it, I really liked the cleanser. It doesnt sud too much and is easy to wash off.
  17. squalane


    this didn't really emulsify as much as I would have liked. It did break down makeup but I had to go in with a foam cleanser after.
  18. Love this oil balm cleanser


    the key part of my double cleansing routine. couldn't go back! Love this.
  19. Good basic cleanser


    The cleanser is not irritating or drying at all, which is nice for my sensitive skin. It's definitely worth the price tag if you want a good basic cleanser.
  20. Amazing


    This is such a great cleanser and it doesn’t leave that dry feeling on your face after a wash. It removes makeup really well. I used a waterproof mascara and it came off with ease. The only downside it has is it takes a little while to work and melt in your hands before applying it to your face which works faster if your hands are warm.
  21. Wonderful


    This is so good at removing all makeup. It is very hydrating. It goes on oily so there is no foam which took me a bit to get used to but I wouldn't change now. I even use it on my eyes, as it dissolves stubborn eye makeup and yet not it is so smooth you don't have to rub hard. I use it in the shower even though it says to apply beforehand. Really recommend for dry, ageing, sensitive skin.
  22. Very easy


    I really like this cleanser and I find it so easy to use. Its great for taking off makeup! Leaves your skin feeling nourished after use
  23. Best non-foaming cleanser!

    Anna Langley

    This is the only non-foaming cleanser I’ve found that actually cleans my skin! I was a die-hard Clinique 3-step skin girl for years, until I suddenly developed rosacea and my skincare became too harsh. My dermatologist told me to switch to a non-foaming cleansers to but they all either left traces of makeup or a film-like feeling on my face. I love that this cleanser cleans my face properly but al...
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  24. Lovely cleanser (make sure you RUB between your hands until it becomes 'slick')


    Lovely cleanser! Make sure you RUB between your hands until it becomes 'SLICK' - it seems to 'cleanse' better this way and get rid of all the gunk and build up from the day.

    Top tip that I've started to reduce general skin irritation/breakouts: Cleanse once per day (night only); just splash face with water at start of day, pat dry and complete AM skincare routine.

    I reall...
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  25. Works for my skin!


    If you wash your face twice a day and double cleanse, this tube will not last. That said, I liked it! I have combination to oily skin and I have plenty of blackheads in the my T-zone but I rarely get pimples. This product worked for me! I have significantly less blackheads and it leaves my skin feeling very soft and I'm less oily. I'd had a tiny breakout but I'm sure it's because I've been stingy ...
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  26. Great gentle cleanser


    I was looking for a nice gentle cleanser that wouldn't irritate my skin or eyes and this one worked really well! My skin felt clean afterward without any residue. This cleanser doesn't foam and has a cream consistency.
  27. too small


    I have used this cleanser and found it was really great in removing makeup and cleansing. However I found it to be far too small and hardly lasts me any time. Even though it is well priced I would have to go through so many of these so actually not that cheap
  28. Wouldn’t buy again


    Found it didn’t cleanse the skin as well as other brands. Ran out of the bottle quite quickly too. Worth spending a bit more and buying a different cleanser
  29. Clean and refreshed


    I use this cleanser once a day just before bed. I like that it doesn't make my face feel dry like some cleansers.
  30. Nice!


    A nice cleanser. Would recommend for someone looking for a nice rich cleanser that doesn’t irritate the skin. Gentle and no dry tingly skin after which is a bonus.
    Great price!
  31. Amazing!


    I absolutely adore this product! Makes my skin feel so clean and buttery!
  32. It’s okay.


    It’s good, but it just doesn’t foam at all - I feel like I need to use quite a bit of it to really wash my face. I now use a daily AHA/BHA exfoliating face wash from ASAP and just use this when I shower in the evenings as a lighter face wash. Would probably be good for sensitive skin, and good that it maintains a healthy PH level for your face.
  33. Best cleanser hands down!


    This product is considered one of my holy grails! Works amazing and removes all excess oils and remaining makeup on my skin. Would highly recommend
  34. not impressive but okay


    It doesn't remove my makeup well, but I guess it can be used to remove water resistant sunscreen. Seems a bit expensive considering the ordinary is always so affordable
  35. Milky Cleanse


    I love this cleanser - i use it as my first cleanse. it so so gentle on the skin which is great, I recommend either using it to first get rid of (most) of your make up and then use another cleanser to double cleanse at night. Its super gentle and at first I used to think it wasn't that good at getting rid of makeup - you must use the warmth of your hands and skin to melt it, it will then melt away...
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  36. Fantastic product with great price point!


    This was recommended to me by a friend. It is such a great price for such a fantastic cleanser. I have sensitive skin, and have tried numerous brands over the years, from very expensive to inexpensive and this is by far the best I have used. Leaves your skin feeling clean and well moisturised. Definitely recommend this product.
  37. Handy


    Great for anyone experiencing sensitive skin when removing makeup, will be something Ill always have on hand to reduce redness and soreness from harsher cleansers
  38. Good


    I use this as my oil-based cleanser in the first step of my skincare regimen. It is a basic cleanser that removes all my makeup.
  39. Great First Step


    I was intrigued but hesitant to use this product as I had read somewhere it smells like raw meat. Tip - It doesn't.

    I've used it twice daily for a bit over a week now and have seen some promising changes so far.

    1. I use this as a first cleanser, in place of my usual Japanese branded oil cleanser. After rubbing it in my hands which turns it into a balm/oil consistency I ...
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  40. Does the job, but not wowed


    I needed to get used to the texture but enjoy how it feels during and after cleaning my face. Compared to how much I need each time, this is not a cheap facial cleanser. Hope the 150ml version is back in stock soon, makes it a little bit cheaper at least. Does the job, no issues with it, but also no revelation.
  41. Feels nice on your skin


    I’m not a big makeup wearer so for me I use this just in general face cleansing to remove daily dirt build up. It feels lovely on my skin, I’m left with moisturised skin as apprised to stripped skin like I have experienced with other cleansers. I really like this one.
  42. My go to for stubborn makeup


    This is nice and thick without leaving a gross residue on my skin. Takes off all stubborn make up. So great fro the price!
  43. Great


    This is the most amazing cleanser. It leaves my skin so soft but cleanses at the same time
  44. does the job


    doesn't irritate, takes off stubborn makeup and doesn't sting my eyes. it dissolves into an oil which is great for gently removing mascara
  45. As expected - does not disappoint


    I am a huge fan of The Ordinary but for some reason never tried their cleanser! I'm so sad I didn't try it sooner. I have very oily t-zone and fairly normal rest of the face. I've tried so many cleansers - from high end to cheaper brands and none has been effective at making me feel clean yet not dry me out. This cleanser cleans so well and did not dry me out! - I had eye makeup on and thought I'd...
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  46. Nice creamy cleanser


    I enjoyed this cleanser- very hydrating and non-stripping which I have worked out after many years my skin prefers. I did however find this one left more of a film than other creamy cleansers but was fine as first step in a double cleanse or if my skin was particularly dry. Affordable and worth it but I also did use it up fairly quickly.
  47. My staple cleanser


    I really like this cleanser. It’s the only thing that I think actually removes my makeup without drying out my skin. I use it as my only cleanser on days I’m not wearing makeup, and first step for double cleanse. It feels so luxurious on
    My face too!
  48. Great product


    Milky and smooth product that leaves your skin feeling clean and hydrated. Super gentle on the skin. Does not make my skin even oilier and I like how it does not have a scent.
  49. Perfect Pre-Cleanse


    I recently began to double cleanse my skin after a long day of wearing makeup. Not only is this product easy to use and incorporate, it has a subtle smell and is the perfect pre-cleansing step. The oil base really helps to dissolve away makeup before cleansing again with my gel cleanser. I really feel like I'm doing my skin a favor when I use this. Will definitely be repurchasing in the bigger siz...
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  50. cleanser


    like a balm/ oil cleanser in a tube. this is my go to cleanser for travel when i need to remove makeup
  51. Good!


    I use this as part of a double-cleanse system and it removes makeup and sunscreen pretty well. I only use ligthweight makeup though so I don't know how well it would remove heavier makeup.
  52. Great product.


    This cleaner was really good, not scented, very gentle, feel very moisturizing.
  53. Nice gentle cleanser


    I have oily skin so wasn't sure about this, but ordered with some other TO products, and was pleasantly surprised! Warm up on my fingertips, then the cleanser glides on easily and feels great massaging in to my skin. It doesn't add to the oiliness of my skin at all, and leaves it feeling super soft and clean, but not stripped of oils (as I get older, that's the way I prefer my skin to feel after c...
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  54. Removes makeup well


    I use this as the first step in a double cleanse, it removes my makeup really well and makes my skin feel nice and clean. It has good slip for facial massage and smells like oats.
  55. Feels amazing


    I used this for the first time today, and was really effective on my waterproof makeup. Feels nice to apply, but definitely have to double cleanse to feel clean.
  56. Didn't feel squeaky clean


    Removed top layer of makeup but didn't feel clean
  57. Nice


    This does the job. I loooove how cheap it is so I continue to repurchase it. Worth a shot!
  58. Oil cleanser


    Works great as an oil cleanse to remove sunscreen
  59. great cleanser for soft skin


    A great non foaming cleanser for sensitive skin. took some getting used to warming the balm to allow for easier spreadability but i really love the texture. Like a massage for your face. Doesn't leave the skin with a squeaky clean feeling which I'm okay with as its non drying. Love it!
  60. good choice


    It has strong cleanliness, fast delivery, moisturizing and nourishing. It is very refreshing after washing out, it is good to use, and it is very oily. This facial cleanser is unisex, with very fine foam, mild and non-irritating.
  61. I am so impressed with this product!


    I have used so many cleansers and exfoliants in the past, but so far The ordinary Squalane Cleanser 50ml is the only item that has cleaned my skin and left it feeling happy and hydrated like no other! Its not an obvious product, the simple packaging, low prices and scientific wording seemed a little bewildering, but now that I have done some research and tried this product out for myself I feel so...
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  62. LOVE THIS!


    I really love this cleanser beacuse it removes make up including waterproof mascara and leaves your skin feeling smooth. I can't live without this stuff. I have sensitive skin and it's so gentle but does a great job. I would recommend a double cleanse to get real results. I use it to remove make up then again as a cleanse.
  63. Surprised


    Have had people raved about this product. I was first unsure about but after having used, I am absolutely converted! Really see an improvement on my skin.
  64. Great moisturising cleanser


    Loved it from the first use. Gives a thorough clean but keeps skin feeling juicy. Had been meaning to try if for a while, I shouldve got it earlier. So good!
  65. Good but not great


    This cleaner was really nice. I love that it is not scented but and it felt moisturising but I don't think it removed any extra makeup. It is great for the price point but don't expect anything amazing or life changing.
  66. quality


    this has beautiful texture and softens your skin after washing your face
  67. It’s ok


    If you’re looking for a simple cleanser that does the job without too high expectations then this is for you.

    It’s not a bad cleanser but it’s not the best either, it’s a good affordable alternative if you don’t have any particular skin concern and you just need to get your skin...clean.

    I would personally use this cleanser if for example if you come home from the gym and...
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  68. Not for me


    I wasn't sure what to expect but i found this cleanser a little oily and didn't like the residue it left on my skin which required a second cleanse with another cleanser to remove. Not a fan of this product at all.
  69. Makeup remover


    This is a great substitute for a makeup removing balm thats gentle on the skin
  70. Good cleanser


    It does the job, no harsh smells, nice smooth feeling
  71. Great for double cleanse


    This is great for removing makeup and sunscreen but won't leave you feeling completely clean afterwards
  72. Removes makeup easily


    This is great for removing makeup and is a great first cleanse before I follow up with a cleansing gel
  73. Effective Cleanser


    I have never been one that into skin care - until I found this brand. I have been using their cleanser from the beginning of really upping my skin care routine and not only do I love it - but it works absolute wonders! I especially love how the product dissolved into an oil once you have worked it in your fingers, and it really gets rid of all the dirt on your face. My face always feels especially...
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  74. This is great!


    I really like this cleanser - I feel like it is lightly cleaning my pores without the irritation I get with a lot of other products. I have dry skin which is also quite sensitive, and I like how this never causes me any issues. Its meant to be applied on dry skin which I like, it doesn't feel too heavy or oily

    will be buying again
  75. Hydrating and easy to rinse off


    I love this stuff! I didn't really know what I was expecting, but it doesn't foam up like a normal cleanser.You rub on a white cream that becomes oily on your face. When it heats up on your skin, the oil thins out and spreads really easily. I was expecting it to be difficult to rinse... But it came of easily and left me feeling clean with no residue. I like to put it on and leave it as long as...
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  76. Basic cleanser


    It's a good cleanser and feels good and reasonably effective, however, you can spend less money to get something that will achieve the same. Alternatively, if you have certain needs from a cleanser, you might look to spend a similar or higher amount to get something great for your unique skin.
    I would say, as a beginner, this was an excellent starting point for me, and now I am able to exper...
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  77. Great for makeup removal


    I use this for makeup removal like a cleansing balm and it eats through even the toughest waterproof mascara
  78. Best cleanser


    Great cleanser and reasonable price! I've repurchased 3 times already.
  79. One of the best balm cleansers

    Nicole G

    Love this cleanser. I try other balm cleansers but keep coming back to this one. Washes off nicely with water - goes milky which some other more pricey options don’t do. Great cleanser - would big if it was more expensive but for the price it’s a bargain!
  80. Amazing for dry skin


    So many cleansers are too stripping for my skin but this is somehow cleansing and moisturising. Love it!
  81. Love this!


    This is such a nice cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling so soft. I would recommend this to any skin type and tis a very simple product with no fragrance or crazy scary ingredients.
  82. Hydrating


    Fan of this! My first cream cleanser and wow what a difference. It’s super hydrating and melts away. Probably not the type of cleanser to use in a hurry as it takes a bit to work and warm up but super lovely and so affordable. After repurchasing I will say it doesn’t completely get rid of all makeup worn for the day but washing off with a warm face cloth does the trick.
  83. Pleasantly surprised


    I was a bit sceptical of this cleanser as I had never used one that doesn't foam. But I was pleasantly surprised! It caused no redness/irritation and was very hydrating. Great for sensitive skin!
  84. Good but not great


    Awesome value and a nice product but I just don't feel like it really cleaned the skin thoroughly enough. Would recommend for those with sensitive skin.
  85. Soothing cleanser.


    This cleanser feels really nice to use and has a great texture. It definitely help with acne but I feel it could be a little stronger. Overall, great cleanser and great price.
  86. Good


    It’s a moisturiser. It hydrated my skin and that’s all I need from it!
  87. Simple cleanser for simple results


    I didn't really expect much of this cleanser, as it doesn't foam (which isn't an issue). But because of its simplicity I find that it works well at not leaving my skin feeling tight or too dry. I wouldn't recommend this to remove heavy/full glam makeup (either a cleansing oil/balm will do). If you use a simple makeup look you could use this twice, but I find it a great basic cleanser that'd suit m...
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  88. Smells like Butter <3


    I was looking for a cleanser that was non-stripping and this cleanser did just that! Start with it on a dry face and use it like a cleansing balm, then rinse it off. Left my skin feeling clean but not squeaky clean and stripped of its natural oils.

    It actually helped with my oily skin because it didn't irritate my skin and cause it to overproduce oil.

    It also kinda smells...
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  89. Good value


    A very affordable cleanser that gets the job done. I prefer milky cleansers though. Would still recommend for those without a preference. Great entry level cleanser for someone new to skincare (going to try and get my boyfriend on to it).
  90. Wow!!!


    I'm in love with this cleanser! It has transformed my skin
  91. incredible


    AMAZING. this stuff makes my skin so clean without making it feel dry or stripped of its natural oils. it is easy to use and smells nice. i love this.
  92. value for money


    put on before a wet face as a make up remover then i use again in the shower. this product does not dry out you skin and removes the day.
  93. Good but a lot of effort


    This cleanser is quite good at removing makeup and my face definitely feels cleansed afterwards.

    However, the process of needing to warm it between the fingers first is just an annoying extra step. And you need to ensure that you do this because if you don't it pulls at the skin.

    A definite pro is the cost though. Like all ordinary products, definitely well priced.
  94. Makeup melt


    This is a great cleanser that literally melts off my make up, even waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Leaves my skin feeling soft and not stripped and tight. I also love how it turns from a lotion into an oil as you rub it into your face (I find this helps ensure I cleanse thoroughly and leave the product on my face long enough before washing it off.
  95. Too much effort for me


    Not a fan how you need to rub the formula in your hands to warm it up and turn it into an oil. I would prefer to pay for a product that it already an oil
  96. Great cream cleanser


    Gentle cream cleanser that doesnt foam - effective for removing make up.
  97. Excellent 2 in 1 makeup remover and cleanser


    I use the squalane cleanser as a make up remover and cleanser because I only apply sunscreen to my skin after skincare. It's very gentle and doesn't have fragrance (which I like). I personally use it on dry skin and add a little water to emulsify the cleanser before rinsing it all off. I think it cleans the skin rather well, and makes the skin less sensitive compared to a double cleanse as I'm onl...
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  98. Changed skin drastically


    My husband had terrible break out of his forehead due to stress. After constant flare ups we bought this to use morning and night and it has really cleared up and the best it's been in months.
  99. Beautiful cleanser


    This cleanser is the best! It’s so smooth and makes my skin feel so soft and silky afterwards. I love how it rubs into an oil on your skin and makes me feel amazing
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