By  on February 14, 2017

Biossance, a natural skin-care brand harnessing bioengineered microbes to magnify moisturization, is the latest scientific breakthrough hitting the shelves at Sephora.

The brand’s roots are in the cutting-edge labs of Amyris, a Bay Area renewable products firm that’s mastered using yeast to convert sugar into the emollient squalane, a coveted ingredient in beauty merchandise often harvested from deep-sea shark livers or olives. Priced from $30 to $72, five of its offerings — 100% Squalane Oil, Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel, Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil and Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer — are launching on Sephora’s web site and rolling out to stores this month.

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