Squalene Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Squalene Market is Segmented by Source (Animal Source, Vegetable Source, Biosynthetic, and Other Sources), End-User Industry (Cosmetics, Food, Pharmaceutical, and Other End-User Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The Report Offers Market Size and Forecasts for Squalene in Revenue (USD) for all the Above Segments.


Squalene Market Size

Squalene Market Summary
Study Period 2019-2029
Market Size (2024) USD 167.15 Million
Market Size (2029) USD 223.28 Million
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 5.96 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market Europe

Major Players

Squalene Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Squalene Market Analysis

The Squalene Market size is estimated at USD 167.15 million in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 223.28 million by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 5.96% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

COVID-19 negatively impacted the market in 2020. Considering the pandemic scenario, manufacturing activities were temporarily stopped during the government-imposed lockdown to curb the spread of new COVID-19 cases, thereby reducing the demand for squalene-based products. However, the need for squalene to produce adjuvants for various COVID-19 vaccines significantly increased, enhancing the demand for the market studied.

  • In the medium term, the major factors driving the market studied are growing cosmetics industry and growing demand from the nutraceutical industry.
  • On the flip side, shark killing concerns and limitations is likely to restrain the market growth.
  • The research and development on squalene for oncology uses is likely to act as an opportunity for squalene market in the coming years.
  • Europe accounted for the highest market share, and the region is likely to dominate the market during the forecast period.

Squalene Market Trends

Cosmetics Industry to Dominate the Market

  • Squalene is most commonly found in cosmetic and personal care ingredients. Products such as anti-aging, cosmetics, and sunscreens contain squalene. The oil is well-known for its moisturizing and rejuvenating properties. Squalene increases the absorption and spreadability of creams and lotions. It has been shown to reduce moisture loss, fine lines, and wrinkles. These properties make squalene an essential ingredient in high-end skincare products.
  • Squalene increases the creams' absorption, preventing moisture loss in the skin and helps reduce fine lines. These properties make it a prevalent ingredient in anti-aging products. In addition, it can also be used as an ingredient in cosmetics, eye makeup, sunscreens, and foundations.
  • The global cosmetics market has remained resilient after the global economic downturn. The market continues to innovate and adapt to the new demands of consumers, who want more than just quality, performance, innovation, and innovation; they want meaning in their purchases, including beauty.
  • Consumers' preference for natural products coupled with a growing understanding of natural ingredient-based cosmetics and how they affect the body continues to drive market growth. The industry is expanding rapidly due to the aging population increasingly turning to anti-aging treatments.
  • According to China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Cosmetics retail revenue in China grew 3.5% annually in the first two months of 2023. China's beauty market is rapidly recovering after a challenging year due to economic uncertainty, pandemic policy shifts, and lockdowns. In 2022 overall cosmetics retail sales in the country dropped below USD 58 billion for the first time since July 2022. Despite the drop in sales, there is no denying that cosmetic and beauty products continue to gain traction among Chinese consumers.
  • According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the average American uses between 6 and 12 cosmetic products daily. Some examples include makeup, nail polish, face and body wash, haircare, moisturizer, and skincare products. Thus, a significant rise in the usage of cosmetic products highlights strong demand for the market studied.
  • According to the Cosmetics Europe (Personal Care Association), Europe is the world's number one cosmetics and personal care products market, with a value of EUR 88 billion (USD 96 billion) based on 2022 retail sales price. Germany is the largest single national cosmetic and personal care product market, followed by France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Poland.
  • Therefore, the aforementioned factors are expected to enhance the demand of squalene during the forescast period.
Squalene Market: Value of the Cosmetics Market, in USD Billion, by Country, 2022

Europe Region to Dominate the Market

  • The Europe region stands to be the largest market for the squalene market. Well established cosmetic industries in the region coupled with upscaling pharmaceutical companies in the region are driving the market positively.
  • The increasing application of squalene in bath oils, eye makeup, suntan, nail products, body powders, cleansing, moisturizing, etc., and the growing demand from the cosmetic and personal care industries in countries like Germany and United Kingdom are expected to provide thrust to the squalene market.
  • According to Cosmetics Europe (the personal care association), Germany is the largest European cosmetics market. Further, the majority of the share in the cosmetics market is held by the leading players, such as L'Oréal Group, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Beiersdorf AG, Shiseido Company, Revlon, the Estee Lauder Companies Inc., Riverderm AG, Skinceuticals Inc., and Natura & Co.
  • Furthermore, as per IKW- the German Cosmetic, Toiletry, Perfumery, and Detergent Association- sales in beauty and home care increased by 7.9% in 2022 to EUR 30.1 billion (USD 32.8 billion), a new record.
  • The beauty and health sector in United Kindom is growing faster than any other retail sector and was valued at GBP 26.7 billion (USD 34 billion) in 2022. The United Kingdom is one of Western Europe's top three cosmetic markets, after Germany and France, followed by Italy. It is also among the top ten cosmetic markets in the world, in competition with the United States, China, India, Brazil, and France, among others.
  • The market for dietary supplements is growing rapidly in the United Kingdom. Vitamins, herbs, enzymes, and amino acids are some of the most popular dietary supplements in the country. Older adults often take supplements to prevent health problems and to help them stay healthy during the colder months. All these factors are driving the demand for supplements in the country.
  • The United Kingdom has a well-developed food processing industry that manufactures a wide range of products ranging in value and processing. As of 2022, there were around 8.285 small and medium enterprises in the F&B manufacturing sector with a turnover of under EUR 22 billion (USD 24 billion) during this period.
  • Hence, with the rapidly growing end-user industries in countries of the Europe region, the demand for squalene is also expected to increase over the forecast period.
Squalene Market - Growth Rate by Region

Squalene Industry Overview

The global squalene market is consolidated in nature with top players holding a substantial market share. Some of the major companies in the market (not in any particular order) include Amyris, Inc., Kishimoto Special Liver Oil Co. Ltd., Sophim, Nucelis, and Oleicfat S.L., among others.

Squalene Market Leaders

  1. Amyris, Inc.

  2. Kishimoto Special Liver Oil Co. Ltd.

  3. Sophim

  4. Nucelis

  5. Oleicfat S.L.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Squalene Market Concentration
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Squalene Market News

  • May 2023: Amyris announced its partnership with Croda International Plc (Croda) to supply biotechnology-derived, pharmaceutical-grade squalene used in adjuvants to boost immune responses. 
  • December 2022: Evonik Industries AG launched non-animal-derived squalene suitable for vaccines and other pharmaceutical applications. PhytoSquene is the first known amaranth oil-derived squalene for adjuvants in parenteral dosage forms. It meets the demand for a secure commercial supply of non-animal-derived squalene. 
  • June 2022: Amyris announced the inauguration of the production of 13 molecules, including squalene, at its plant in Brazil. The company also stated that it developed a process to produce sugarcane-derived squalene as an alternative to non-sustainable shark-derived squalene. 

Squalene Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Growing Cosmetics Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Growing Demand from the Nutraceutical Industry

      3. 4.1.3 Growing Consumption in Pharmaceutical Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Shark Killing Concerns and Limitations

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Value)

    1. 5.1 Source

      1. 5.1.1 Animal Source

      2. 5.1.2 Vegetable Source

      3. 5.1.3 Biosynthetic

    2. 5.2 End-User Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Cosmetics

      2. 5.2.2 Food

      3. 5.2.3 Pharmaceuticals

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%)**/ Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Amyris, Inc.

      2. 6.4.2 Arbee

      3. 6.4.3 Evonik Industries AG

      4. 6.4.4 Gracefruit Limited

      5. 6.4.5 Kishimoto Special Liver Oil Co. Ltd

      6. 6.4.6 Nucelis

      7. 6.4.7 Sophim

      8. 6.4.8 Vestan S.A.

      9. 6.4.9 Oleicfat S.L.

      10. 6.4.10 Efpbiotek

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Research and Development on Squalene for Oncology Uses

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

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Squalene Industry Segmentation

Squalene is a colorless, odorless, non-toxic organic compound commercially extracted from shark liver oil. Owing to the absence of toxicity, it is thus widely used in personal care applications. Squalene oil is utilized in the cosmetics industry to fight free radicals that damage the skin and speed up aging. It is also used as an ingredient in the adjuvants of various vaccines, including influenza and COVID-19 vaccines, to enhance their efficacy.

The squalene market is segmented by source, end-user industry, and geography. By source, the market is segmented into animal source, vegetable source, and biosynthetic. By end-user industry, the market is segmented into cosmetics, food, and pharmaceuticals. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the squalene market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, market sizing and forecasts are done in revenue (USD).

Animal Source
Vegetable Source
End-User Industry
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
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Squalene Market Research FAQs

The Squalene Market size is expected to reach USD 167.15 million in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 5.96% to reach USD 223.28 million by 2029.

In 2024, the Squalene Market size is expected to reach USD 167.15 million.

Amyris, Inc., Kishimoto Special Liver Oil Co. Ltd., Sophim, Nucelis and Oleicfat S.L. are the major companies operating in the Squalene Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Europe accounts for the largest market share in Squalene Market.

Squalene Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 Squalene market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Squalene analysis includes a market forecast outlook to for 2024 to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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Squalene Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)