ILLUMINATING EXFOLIATING SERUM
An oil-free, multi-layered serum to hydrate, calm, and gently exfoliate. With a base of soothing, emollient-rich herbs of wild pansy, marshmallow, and aloe, Illuminating Exfoliating Serum softens and smooths the skin as it works to improve hydration and retain water. Effective yet sensitive skin-friendly, plant-based lactic acid (vegan) not only exfoliates, but improves the skin's natural moisturizing factor, leveraging the other hydrating herbs to refresh the skin.
A blend of willow bark and meadowsweet is dual-extracted to obtain the whole plant anti-inflammatory compounds plus natural salicylic acid, which penetrates into the sebaceous glands to deeply clean pores and clear skin. Sea fennel, orange flower, and a unique peptide calm redness and improve overall tone for a clear complexion. Superfoods of green tea and pomegranate impart a range of skin-loving antioxidants to protect from environmental damage, while also containing regenerative compounds to firm skin. And moth bean extract has been shown to be 50x more effective than retinyl palmitate ( a mild form of retinoids) in promoting cellular renewal.
Available in 5ml or 30ml
84% Regionally Sourced
aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) juice*^, camellia sinensis (green tea) hydrosol*^, spiraea ulmaria (meadowsweet) extract*^, salix nigra (willow) bark extract*, punica granatum (pomegranate) extract*, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) flower extract*, distilled water & palm free vegetable glycerin* & viola tricolor (wild pansy) flower/leaf*^ & althaea officinalis (marshmallow) root*^, vigna aconitifolia (moth bean) extract, lactobacillus ferment, lactic acid (vegan), water & acetyl tetrapeptide-40 & caprylyl glycol, crithmum maritimum (sea fennel) extract*, sodium hyaluronate (vegan), sodium PCA (plant derived), xanthan gum, lecithin, sclerotium gum and pullulan
*organic | ^regionally sourced
Carbon footprint consideration: regionally sourced percentage refers to ingredients grown within the west coast of the USA and southwest Canada…where the sourcing is concentrated in Oregon, including Live Botanical’s micro-garden.
Sunburn Alert: Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) may cause sensitivity to UV light. Apply sunscreen while in use and for 1 week after discontinued use.
We’ve taken this into consideration and incorporated the recommended dilution to limit UV sensitivity as defined by the EU Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-Food Products intended for Consumers (SCCNFP).
Contains 2.5% Lactic Acid (AHA) and the equivalent to 1.5% Salicylic Acid (BHA)
Apply 1-2 pumps on clean damp skin. Follow with your favorite facial oil or moisturizer. You may notice a slight film for about 30 seconds as it absorbs. You can blend your oil/moisturizer with the serum as a micro-emulsion or it can be layered while it is absorbing.
As a spot or zone treatment, apply a thick layer and let dry (5-10 minutes). Then very lightly take a damp cloth and remove any film.
It can be applied 3 times a week for sensitive skin and up to twice a day for more exfoliation. For maintenance, 3-5 times a week is advised.
Founded by deeply-studied and wealth-of-knowledge herbalist Carolyn McRory in 2016, Live Botanical started its journey as a dream that formed over 20 years ago. The heart of Live Botanical is the intense desire to connect more with Mother Nature and share her beauty and wisdom with others; and Carolyn believes the path to a more sustainable society is to encourage ideas of conservation through compassion: we must see ourselves in nature and nature within ourselves to change mindsets. Through herbal-based skincare, Carolyn is able to tell a story to help forge a relationship with the many wonders of the natural world. With vivid botanical imagery and products designed for personal care, she hopes we are reminded every day of the beauty in the world and, more importantly, the beauty that lives within each of us.
Live Botanical’s philosophy is based upon four guiding principles: to live beautiful, to live fresh, to live responsible, and to live simple.
To Live Beautiful - Formulas are rooted in creating balance and harmony, and to enhance what makes each of us unique because they believe that loving who we are at this moment and following our intuition is where beauty begins.
To Live Fresh – Whole plant infusions, botanical extracts, unrefined oils, waxes, and butters are at the core of every product. Infusions and extracts are created in-house in their Portland, Oregon studio. And they start with locally- and regionally-sourced fresh herbs from small farms or their own micro-garden that they dry in house (instead of purchasing pre-dried herbs) as much as possible to ensure the potency and quality meets their high standards. They also source with an idea of using abundant herbs to limit their impact on the earth.
To Live Responsible - Both environmental and social responsibility are value statements they hold dear in every decision made. Sourcing follows strict guidelines, and ingredients not obtained regionally are fair-trade certified (when applicable). They work with farmers and producers who follow organic guidelines or ethical wildharvesting using rules outlined by United Plant Savers. Oils, butters, and waxes must be GMO free and unrefined or minimally refined depending on formulation requirements. Preservatives and lab-based ingredients are researched extensively for environmental impact and personal safety. They also actively give back to organizations who honor environmental stewardship and who work to uplift marginalized communities relating to equality and justice.
To Live Simple - They embrace the art of slow living by taking time to connect more with plants and customers to impart feelings of love, patience, and acceptance. Products are crafted to bridge current knowledge and traditional wisdom into every formula. They consider themselves anti-capitalists. This means they remain purposefully small with extremely low overhead to ensure products are affordable and markups are as low as possible. Their goals are based in the love of nature and helping others connect to the outside world.