BALANCE SERUM: Clarifying Relief
Balance Serum: Clarifying Relief is a moisturizer, treatment serum, and elemental defense oil, all in one. The lightest facial oil in the Laurel line, its rapid absorption is perfectly suited for skin that is oily or breakout prone. It restores balance to excess oil production, decongests pore build up, and dissolves impurities. As the name implies, it brings harmony and equilibrium to skin’s microbiome while calming and soothing irritation and active breakouts.
The essential oils that are present were chosen specifically for their balancing effect on oil production, the microbiome, and depleted nervous systems. The skin’s response to stress, and acne as a result of stress, is proven and becoming more recognized in the world of dermatology, so breathe deeply and be held by these plants.
Containing 27 beneficial active ingredients and 100% whole plant organic, this serum is a beautiful choice for oily / combination / breakout prone / congested skin.
Jojoba & Sesame – Both of these raw, unrefined oils are pressed fresh for Laurel. These carefully chosen lightweight oils restore balance and regulate the skin’s own oil production. Both of these oils also contain a wax very similar to our own barrier’s ceramides, which makes them barrier strengthening and restorative. Jojoba alone has shown in research studies the ability to repair a damaged skin barrier.
Helichrysum – Freshly cultivated, harvested and distilled in the Pacific Northwest, this tiny yellow flower is a true skin healer and a potent anti-inflammatory. It is balancing to our microbiome and restorative and strengthening to the skin.
Cranberry Seed Oil – This lightweight, but incredibly nutrient-dense oil is a perfect fit for oily skin that still needs a high dose of antioxidant content. Cranberry Seed Oil is high in tannins for a seed oil, which makes it ideal for conditions like perioral dermatitis. Cranberry Seed’s unique nutrient profile include omegas 3, 6 and 9, resveratrol, phospholipids and phytosterols, which makes this a standout oil for vibrant-aging, as well as inflammatory or acneic conditions.
Lavender – Laurel’s custom distilled California grown Biodynamic® lavender essential oil is anti-inflammatory, calming, and cooling to the skin. It soothes the nervous system, which is often under duress alongside skin conditions like acne and inflammation. Lavender promotes healthy cell functioning and has a balancing action on both sebum production and the skin’s microbiome.
Passionflower – This soothing, beautiful flower and vine is farmed locally just for Laurel. It gently promotes detoxification and clear skin, and its astringent action is healing to skin irritations and redness.
Jojoba Oil˚, Sesame Seed Oil˚, Macadamia Nut Oil˚, Almond Oil˚, Cranberry Seed Oil˚, Red Raspberry Seed Oil˚, Tamanu Oil˚, Rosehip Fruit and Seed Oil˚, Sea Buckthorn Fruit and Seed Oil˚, Rosemary Extract˚; House Made Whole Plant Extracts of Passionflower˚, Licorice˚, Calendula˚, Chamomile˚, Echinacea˚, Yarrow˚, Baical Skullcap˚, Gotu Kola˚, Comfrey˚, Astragalus˚, Nettle˚, Lavender˚, Orange Peel˚; Essential Oils of Lavender˚, Helichrysum˚, Clary Sage˚, Rose Geranium˚
˚signifies certified organic ingredient
Put 3-5 drops onto fingertips and press into clean face and neck. Apply elixir first for hydration, followed by serum and then balm. This product works as a treatment serum, a moisturizer, and it strengthens your skin’s response to the sun and environmental elements.
Use within 6 months of opening and within 18 months of the manufacture date, which is found on the bottom of the bottle
“I believe love is the most powerful healing tool available.” -Laurel Shaffer, Laurel Skin founder + skin-specific herbalist
Founded by skin-specific herbalist + plant communicator + engine of love Laurel Shaffer and located in a beautiful renovated barn in Petaluma, California, Laurel Skin is the culmination of Laurel’s winding journey filled with education, research, and extensive study that led to her path as a sommelier, and eventually skin-specific herbalist. Those formal training paths, as well as her experience in farm, spa, and mindful wellness, have made it possible for her to live the life of a slow beauty advocate and creator of farm-based and hyper-localized spa rituals and formulas. She walks a balance beam with one side in wonderment and appreciation of phytochemistry and the other a world of intuitive trust and respect for whole plant wisdom and ancient traditions. That balance allows her to create formulas of long-standing efficacy.
The Laurel Skin line is a ritualistic range of flower and herb-based skincare, formulated with impeccably sourced, highly vibrant whole plants picked at their peak for unmatched transparency, purity, and results. Firmly rooted in the principles and practices of slow beauty, Laurel’s first and most critical relationship is with the land. Her exclusive partnerships with local artisan farmers ensure the highest quality and most stringent transparency. Their mutual commitment to only 100% organic, raw, unrefined plant materials guarantees unparalleled freshness and efficacy. Laurel Skin believes beauty should be a loving self-care practice that begins and ends with mindfulness.
Leading the way with unparalleled sourcing, a commitment to farmers, and a mission built on transparency, the Laurel Skin line captures California’s hearty terrain and natural abundance in each and every bottle, and relies on their own manufacturing and production capabilities to ensure the freshest, most efficacious products are produced.
Every single whole plant they work with is certified organic or certified Biodynamic®, and they make no exceptions. Laurel Skin partners with artisan farms within 100 miles of their Lab to source all of the flowers and herbs that can grow in their California climate. They begin working with their partnering farms in the Winter during seeding and continue through to harvesting season when each plant is picked at their peak of vitality. Once the plants are harvested, they make their way to the Laurel Skin Lab where they are turned into plant medicine for the skin. Of course, each plant is processed as little as possible to maintain the freshness, purity, and vitality of each plant. Laurel extracts are made in-house, without the use of chemicals, to preserve the integrity and efficacy of the whole plant. All oils used in Laurel Skin creations are certified organic or Biodynamic®, raw, cold pressed, unrefined, and pressed fresh for Laurel by the farms that grow them or by artisan pressers. Their oils are richly hued and have an unmistakably fresh smell: indicators that they are pure and unrefined. Laurel uses only certified organic and Biodynamic® essential oils; many of which are distilled in incredibly small batches just for the Laurel line. Every hydrosol they use is certified organic or Biodynamic® and made exclusively for Laurel Skin by their artisan partnering farmers along the west coast.
Laurel Skin is committed to your health, well-being and, as a result, your beauty. Their commitment begins with the quality of the soil that nourishes and optimizes the ingredients they select. This is the foundation of slow beauty. The Laurel team then follows each ingredient from seed to harvest. Through the season it takes to grow their plants, to the months their handmade blends sit steeping, to the hours they spend bottling each batch, the Laurel Skin team practices slow beauty with patience and intention. Their greatest reward is knowing you feel this when you use their products.