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Desert Horizon Duo

$68.00 $76.00

Our spring theme is based on finding beauty in how plants adapt to their different habitats. The ability to transmute and thrive in a range of conditions. 

Desert plants exemplify what it means to adapt amongst all odds. They are lifelines to all who make the desert their home. For the Desert Horizon duo, we weaved together plants from a range of climates.  Highlighting both water & oil extractions to show their ingenious versatility. From high deserts filled with giant sagebrush to hot arid regions that support nopales/prickly pear cactus fruit.

This small collection includes a deeply hydrating serum in a mist paired with an oil-based antioxidant concentrate to encourage protective properties that help the skin recover from the most intense environmental stressors.

Due to the concentrated nature of both formulas, please be aware of the usage.  The Hydramist is very heavy and works best when shaken, then sprayed into your palms and applied like an essence or light serum.  The Antioxidant Concentrate contains a potent concentration of astaxanthin which imparts a nutrient-rich, dark orange color. Just 1-2 drops are needed to blend with your moisturizer, other facial oils/balms, or sunscreen. It will not harm the skin in any way if applied directly or if more oil is used, the only consideration is the color takes some time to be absorbed into the skin.

Desert Horizon Hydramist, 50ml ($34 Value)

Deeply fragrant aromatic waters of Pinyon Pine, Big Sage Brush, and Black Juniper transport you beyond the veil outside your consciousness. Helping to clear mental fog and energize the spirit.

Enhanced with rejuvenating extracts of Prickly Pear, Yerba Santa, Resurrection Plant, and Chia Seed. A serum in a mist that imparts rich hydration, feeds vital nutrients and revives the skin from the sun and environmental stressors.

No added essential oils, though aromatics exist in the form of hydrosols.

Desert Horizon Antioxidant Concentrate, 10ml ($42 Value)

A dynamic blend to support cellular recovery with the help of potent antioxidants.  Including some of the richest sources of Vitamin A, E & K to boost vibrancy for mature, sun-damaged skin.  It pairs beautifully with our Ambient Moisture Liquid, First Light Brightening Oil, or Vibrant Garden Universal Oil.

The formula is essential oil-free and has a bit of an earthy, fruity aroma.

Prickly pear is a cactus native to Mexico and an important food + medicine that dates back to the Aztecs, who revered it as a sacred plant.  In the water-soluble form for skin care, it’s well known for piscidic acid, a unique antioxidant that can assist in UV protection. This extends into biological actives that limit cellular stress by calming irritated skin.  The seed oil is well known in the skincare community as being one of the richest sources of Vitamin E and K, helping to strengthen lipid barrier functions and helping to soften dark spots.

The intense orange color of the Concentrate comes from astaxanthin, an extract from freshwater microalgae called haematococcus pluvialis.  Not inherent to the desert but can be found across the world and like many desert plants it has a unique relationship to droughts & the sun. During sunny, dry seasons when ponds begin to dry, the algae create astaxanthin to protect itself and preserve its DNA.  Allowing it to grow again when the next rain comes, even after many years. It is a potent form of ßeta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, belonging to the carotenoid antioxidant group (like calendula, rosehip, sea buckthorn, and many other plants). Known for its stability, one molecule is able to counteract a vast number of free radicals, reducing sun damage and preventing lipid peroxidation - resulting in limiting the look of fine lines and discoloration while strengthening the barrier.  ßeta-carotene works in harmony with vitamin E (prickly pear seed oil) and vitamin C (prickly pear extract) - making up the core vitamin trilogy found in the skin.

Chia is a desert plant native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala with a rich history that has persevered even through colonial bans which tried to wipe out Indigenous cultivation of the plant.  The seeds produce a unique protective mucilage that allows the seed to retain water in order to grow in semi-arid regions.  When the seed is placed in water, it exudes a mucilaginous polysaccharide which are long chain carbohydrates capable of stabilizing cell wall membranes. Polysaccharides, much like hyaluronic acid, help create a hydrating film and contribute to the skin’s natural ability for repair and renewal.  The Co2-extracted seed oil contains one of the highest concentrations of plant-based omega-3 linolenic acid. This promotes moisturization and skin elasticity for a vibrant complexion.

Resurrection plants can survive almost complete desiccation from their vegetative parts. They do so by shutting down their metabolic systems to tolerate dehydration to a point of looking lifeless. Where providing water brings them back to “life”. This phenomenon has garnered much attention around their beneficial metabolites.  The extracts from the plant impart hydration, protect the skin barrier from environmental damage and encourage cellular renewal. The varietal we’re working with is the ‘flower-of-stone’ or AKA ‘Magóra’ and can be found around the Chihuahuan Desert.

Yerba Santa, referred to as the ‘fire follower can be found in dry, sunny slopes with rocky soil that is prevalent in chaparral habitats. Their strong relationship with heat can be seen in their seeds given they lie dormant in the soil for decades before they germinate following a fire. Topically, their rich glycoproteins help cool & hydrate the skin - while acting as a catalyst for our natural Hyaluronic Acid and ceramide production, helping to protect against dehydration.

Schisandra Fruit Co2 is not a desert plant but pairs well with other oils in the Concentrate to create a harmonious effect. Rich in compounds called lignans which help restore the skin from stress and calm reactivity.  It is also a wonderful source of phytosterols (supporting the ceremide structure of the skin) and a host of polyphenols and flavonoids which add strengthening benefits against environmental damage.

After cleansing, spray a generous amount of the mist in your palm then press the solution onto the face, saturating the skin with hydration.

Place your favorite moisturizer (like the Ambient Moisture Liquid) or facial oil (First Light Oil or Vibrant Garden Oil) in your palm then add a couple of drops of the Desert Horizon Antioxidant Concentrate. Rub your hands together to blend then massage well into the skin.  Taking your time to allow the concentrate to absorb.  Alternatively, you can add a couple of drops of oil directly on your skin and then follow up with your favorite moisturizer or oil to disperse the beneficial carotenoids.

Desert Horizon Hydramist
wild harvested hydrosols of pinus cembroides (pinyon pine) & artemisia tridentata (big sagebrush)^, glycerin* & water & opuntia ficus-indica (prickly pear) flower/stem extract*, lactobacillus/eriodictyon californicum (yerba santa) ferment^, selaginella lepidophylla (resurrection plant) extract, salvia hispanica (chia) seed extract*, lactobacillus ferment, and juniperus indica (black juniper) extract#

Desert Horizon Antioxidant Concentrate
opuntia ficus-indica (prickly pear) seed oil*, salvia hispanica (chia) seed co2 extract*, fragaria ananassa (strawberry) seed oil*, haematococcus pluvialis (astaxanthin) extract, schisandra chinensis fruit co2 extract, salvia triloba (greek sage) leaf co2 extract and helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil

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

 To foster higher standards of stewardship among the land & people we practice bioregional sourcing. Most ingredients are grown in Oregon, our own micro-garden, or within the west coast of the USA and SW Canada.

Use within 1 year of purchase

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.

Desert Horizon Duo

$68.00 $76.00