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Sanctuary Barrier Balm



An essential oil free balm in a rich yet breathable formula.  A moisture-locking blend filled with nutrient-dense raw butters and oils plus plant-based waxes, sterols, and phospholipids.  Working in harmony to provide sanctuary for dry, sensitive conditions.

Please be aware butters have a low melting point and can melt in transit. This does not impact the product's efficacy in any way.

This balm contains no added essential oils and the scent is natural and earthy. 

What sets this balm apart from others is the inclusion of unrefined oil-based phospholipids.  On a cellular level, the molecules attract and hold onto water while also organizing themselves into a structure similar to natural skin.  So when layered on damp skin, it creates an effective skin-identical layer.

It also helps improve the absorption of active ingredients and the delivery of sustained moisture throughout the day. Acting as a mild emulsifier to better incorporate water-based hydrating serums without causing harm to the lipid barrier.

Amazonian butters of murumuru, tucuma, ucuuba and bacuri are abundant in naturally occurring inflammation modulation compounds that soothe irritated skin.  Helping to maintain elasticity, a key component to healthy skin.  Nutrients from the butters feed the skin to better protect against hypersensitivity while the emollients soften rough, dry patches.  If the skin is damaged, the properties help wounds such as sun or wind-burn.

Buriti, graviola/soursop, and carrot seed oils (not essential oils) provide a complex array of antioxidants such as flavonoids and polyphenols to protect against cellular degradation from UV and other environmental stressors.

The ceramide-rich rice bran wax and protective pomegranate sterols create the seal providing the final occlusive element - preventing water loss and supporting the other ingredients to improve all-over moisture. 

The Amazonian ingredients used were all harvested by small, independent co-ops that help prevent rainforest clear-cutting. The fruit/nut trees harvested provide important monetary opportunities to local communities vs. using the trees for lumber or cleared to graze livestock.  We focus mainly on regional ingredients but feel in small volumes this was a beneficial way to support Indigenous groups.  We also donate $2 per full-size balm sold for preservation efforts in addition to our normal donations relating to environmental and social causes.

Apply as the final layer in your skincare routine. For best results, ensure the skin is damp/hydrated to improve moisture function.  It can also be used as a restorative night mask by applying a thicker layer, allowing slow absorption while you sleep. 

During warmer months or when not as dry, mix in your palm with a hydrating serum to create a day cream for a lighter application.

We find this best paired with the Ambient Moisture Liquid for increased hydration.

41% regionally sourced

astrocaryum murumuru butter#, astrocaryum tucuma butter#, virola sebifera (ucuuba) butter#, daucus carota stavia (carrot) seed oil (not essential oil)*^, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) wax*^, mauritia flexuosa (buriti) fruit oil#, annona Muricata (soursop - graviola) oil#, corylus avellana (hazelnut) oil*^, oryza sativa (rice) bran wax^, punica granatum (pomegranate) sterols, platonia insignis (bacuri) butter# and helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil* & lecithin* & cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil* & corthellus shiitake (mushroom) extract*

*organic   |   ^regionally sourced  |   #fair-trade/co-op

This balm contains no added essential oils and the scent is natural and earthy.

To foster higher standards of stewardship among the land & people we practice bioregional sourcing. Most ingredients are grown throughout the Pacific West and including our own micro-garden in Oregon.

6-month freshness guarantee, refer to best buy date on the packaging

If you are pregnant or nursing, consult with your doctor before using herbs. Always do a patch test on your skin before applying it to a large surface. For informational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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At Live Botanical we are devoted to using the most vibrant, regionally grown and ethically sourced ingredients to encourage a deep connection to the natural world that can be felt with every use.


Using plant-based skincare is a journey in building relationships and reconnecting with all things. It is about falling in love with how the plants, people and land are cared for each step of the way.

Sanctuary Barrier Balm