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Temperate Forest Restoring Complex


Batch Note: This batch has a softer, less jelly texture. Still very hydrating and some may prefer this sensory experience.  Same ingredients & ratios but the kelp extract we received was more fluid than before.


A temperate forest immerses the skin with moisture as you walk through trails of western red cedars and mushrooms tucked under old growth. Along the waterways, wild roses peak through the shrubbery and giant sea kelp sway in the ocean waves.

An elevated approach to balance the complexion, providing concentrated hydration in a rich gel while reconditioning the microbiome for clear, comfortable skin.

Builds resilience and rejuvenates the skin by dispersing the rich minerals and nutrients from land and sea-based botanicals. Concentrated hydration to drench parched skin.  

Snow mushroom paired with sea kelp lends a stronger, more flexible film than hyaluronic acid, creating a second-skin hydration barrier. The layering of whole plant extracts to further soothe, diminish scarring, brighten, and protect against oxidative damage. Probiotic derivatives (postbiotic) and prebiotics can calm reactivity by strengthening the microbiome. Encouraging the skin to repair itself.

Being essential oil free, the scent is natural with earthy, sweet notes from wild rose and red cedar hydrosols.

One of the key hydration elements used is a COSMOS-approved biological active extracted from Snow Mushroom. An initial small clinical test using Hyaluronic Acid as the control tested better for both initial hydration and improving the skin's natural ability to hold hydration longer.

You may notice an initial tackiness due to the combination of snow mushroom, sea kelp, marshmallow, and licorice but absorbs quickly. This is actually a good thing when working with plant-based humectants as you want intact mucilage compounds. Together they create a film on the skin to bind water and work with your natural oils (or added moisturizer) to improve the barrier’s repairing and protective functions.

Once dried it leaves the skin powdery soft, with a more matte finish. For those that produce excess oil, this could be used as a moisturizer on its own. Helping to balance without stripping the skin.

The biome strengthening aspect comes from prebiotics (which many of our products have due to the type of plants we use) along with a new probiotic derivative (postbiotics). Feeding your existing biome with prebiotics where postbiotics give an opportunity to diversify the flora. In research, this approach has been shown to help increase hydration significantly and calm inflamed skin.

Overall we find this blend helpful for those wanting to maintain or recondition imbalanced skin. Pairing well with many of our lipid barrier oil-based formulas designed for sensitivity.

Suitable for all skin types. After cleansing and mists, apply 1-2 pumps to damp skin. Layer under your favorite moisturizer, oil, and/or balm to seal in all the hydration. Can be used day and night.

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66% regionally sourced

[hydrosols of rosa sp. (wild-rose)^ & thuja plicata (western red cedar)^], lactobacillus/nereocystis luetkeana (sea kelp) ferment filtrate, lactobacillus ferment lysate, [herbal extract blend: water & tremella fuciformis sporocarp (snow mushroom) & glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root*^ & avena sativa (oat)*^ & camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf*^ & paeonia lactiflora pall. (peony) root* & silybum marianum (milk thistle) fruit* & althaea officinalis (marshmallow) root*^, echinacea purpurea*^ & vegetable glycerin*], raphanus sativus (radish) seed extract^, phospholipids (sunflower lecithin)*, [gluconolactone, sodium benzoate, calcium gluconate (ecocert preservative)]

*organic   |   ^regionally sourced


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.

Temperate Forest Restoring Complex