Olive squalene, vegan beauty

Has our range of natural olive skincare got you asking ‘what is squalene’ or even ‘what’s so great about olives for skin’? Here are a few of our key terms explained.


A group of naturally occurring molecules that make up the essential structure of living cells. Lipids include fats, oils, waxes and some vitamins. Lipids are not soluble in water, making them an excellent coating and protective barrier within nature.

Olive Leaf

The leaf of Olea Europea. Olive leaves are a rich source of antioxidants. Despite having a naturally bitter flavour, olive leaves have been traditionally used to as a flu remedy and to assist in immune system function. Some Botáni products also utilise the antibacterial properties of olive leaves.

Olive and Olive Oil

Botanical name Olea Europea, this refers to both the tree and the fruit. The history of the olive tree is deeply rooted in the Mediterranean, with the earliest known evidence for edible olives being traced to this area. Olives are now cultivated across the world and thrive in Mediterranean or temperate climates.

Olives come with many health benefits, both when eaten and when applied externally. Olives are a rich source of healthy monounsaturated fats, which improve cholesterol levels and help prevent heart disease and stroke. Olives contain an anti-inflammatory compound, called oleocanthal, and are responsible for the best vegan source of squalene (see below).

Botáni founder and Naturopath Barbara Filokostas attributes her childhood immersed in the uses and benefits of olives as the leading factor to developing Botáni products to utilise the healing powers of olive and olive squalene.


Squalene is a natural substance that can be found in both plants and animals. Squalene makes up 12% of human sebum (your skin’s natural oils) and is the skin’s principal lipid. The role of squalene within the skin is to act as a natural emollient – making it vital for healthy, smooth skin. From 25 years of age onwards, our skin’s natural squalene levels decrease, creating the need to replenish the skin’s natural squalene levels and protect our skin from external factors.

Olive Squalene has a number of benefits for healthy skin, including:

  • rapid penetration of the skin
  • alleviates dryness
  • antioxidant
  • non-irritating, non-allergenic and odorless
  • Vegan-friendly, gluten free

Squalene products are traditionally sourced from shark livers. The more expensive, but far more ethical alternative is from olive seeds. Botáni uses only squalene sourced from olives.


The hydrogenated form of squalene. A natural substance found in plants, such as olives, also the principal liquid and natural emollient found in human skin.

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