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I am a certified herbalist, skin care manufacturer and formulator of Plant Based skin care. I have developed organic all natural plant based skin care systems for over 20 years.

I want to inform you on the importance of using natural skin care vs. chemically laden products.

First of all, the skin is the largest organ of the body. What you put on the skin absorbs into the blood stream eventually through the organs to filter out the toxins. What happens when you use products of a chemical composition daily, there is a buildup of toxins that your body can’t’ dispose of that may be harmful or cause cancer. It’s really that serious. That includes our daily products of body wash, shampoo, lotions etc.

You can’t beat nature’s intelligence. Did you know that in nature there is always a remedy 10 feet away from a potentially poisonous plant? For instance, a manzanita bush is a remedy for the poison ivy. If you boil the leaf and bark and apply on the rash it will heal it almost immediately. This same principal of nature is what I apply in my formulations. I use the botanicals to heal a particular symptom.

I have researched the desert plants for over two decades and have discovered they are perfect for skin care. Having lived in the dry desert climate and harsh elements I use the desert plants to heal my dry skin condition for three reasons:

1. Moisture retention; most desert plants hold the moisture in the desert in order to survive, such as cactus; brush and flora.
2. High in antioxidants, vitamin and minerals; the plant composition has a strong constitution and offers up the essentials for healing dry damaged skin.
3. A natural UV sun protectant; plants offer up a high filter of harmful UA rays that cause cancer; chaparral, a desert shrub in the Mojave desert is known to heal skin Melanoma for instance.

We have been lied to! The natural skin care business is worth over 80 Billion dollars and growing! That is plenty incentive for laboratory’s to come up with compounds and synthetics that mask the problem and can charge you $100 for an ounce of cure all cream but doesn’t’ disclose the harmful side effects.

Whole Plant Systems. There is nothing more potent, safe or effective than using whole plant systems. A Vitamin C compound used in skin care creams break down and are ineffective. Only whole plants systems hold their integrity throughout the day and can offer effective product. Vitamin C offers the retinal, collagen and essential fatty acids that heal the cell membrane, tighten, tone and lift AND reverse sun damage. I use a blend of Vitamin C potent plant based ingredients I discovered on my walk along the riparian of Taos, NM, my Seven Seeds proprietary blend. If you can picture majestic snowcapped mountains, pine and juniper trees along an acequia overlooking lush open graze grasslands and citrus orchards. Along this water stream you will find wild rose hip seeds, primrose seeds, licorice root, burdock, to name a few. They all offer high Vitamin C! A symbiosis of nature’s intelligence at its finest.

Now that you have been somewhat informed, and know the dangers of using chemical laden products, next time you go to purchase a skin care product, look at the label! If it has compounds, fillers or synthetics know you are taking your life in your hands! If you can’t pronounce the ingredients don’t buy it! Natural plant based products are the most effective and safe and often more affordable. You can find those products in your local natural store or even at the local farmer’s market. The truth of the matter is skin deep.

Love and blessings, Toni

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS SKIN DEEP2018-02-14T00:22:17+00:00


db Taos, formerly Desert Blends of Taos, is the same quality product. We added more beneficial and nourishing seed extracts and roots to promote healthy skin and hair.

Two sages bring substance – featuring the desert sage packed with vitamins and minerals that help to promote hair growth and vibrancy; the clary sage has antioxidants to reverse the signs of ageing; protects against the assault of free radicals and aids in daily cell regeneration, keeping your skin and hair nourished and glowing.

The root of the matter is that the two sages protect against free radicals. What exactly is free radicals? Free radicals are toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism that can cause significant damage to living cells and tissues in a process called “oxidative stress.” The vitamins and minerals the body uses to counteract oxidative stress are called antioxidants.

Free radicals may include fried foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pesticides, air pollutants, and many more. Free radicals can cause damage to parts of cells such as proteins, DNA, and cell membranes by stealing their electrons through a process called oxidation and the root cause of aging.

Antioxidants are nutrients that donate electrons to free radicals. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and assist in returning your body to a balanced state. Antioxidants are found in our two sages and our seven seeds (and roots) organic plant extracts and oils that help to restore, revitalize, moisturize skin; nourish the body; and promotes balance pH levels.

Although there are several enzyme systems within the body that scavenge free radicals, the principle micronutrient (vitamin) antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Additionally, selenium, a trace metal that is required for proper function of one of the body’s antioxidant enzyme systems. We have carefully selected our botanical extracts, packed with micronutrients based on the antioxidant enzyme systems to promote healthier glowing skin and anti-aging. The added benefit of using botanicals that have high Vitamin C content such as our: rosehip seed, evening primrose, calendula, licorice root, burdock root/seed, chamomile, and desert sage is that they also offer UV/UA protection from harmful sun damage. dB Taos why would you gamble on anything else?

If you need help with your skin, contact Toni.

I WILL RAISE YOU TWO SEEDS AND A ROOT2018-02-01T23:59:54+00:00


A customer remarked on my Facebook page why Taos? I have spent many years wild gathering the botanicals in the high desert mountains of Taos NM. I have been inspired and in awe of its beauty and became the seed for my business. I wanted to bottle up the scent of the fresh sage and flora of the mesa after a summer rain.

Walking along the acequias, the water flowing fresh from the mountains that fed into age old citrus orchards and alfalfa fields that spanned the course of time well over 500 years. I discovered the native plants that grew together were a remedy for dry skin that resulted from the high dry climates. The rosehip seed, primrose seed, burdock seed, sage, licorice root, and burdock seed and roots and sunflowers were high in Vitamin C and antioxidants that nourish and repair skin and hair.

Nature has its intelligence. It is often the case that there is a remedy for every ailment within 10 feet. The botanicals offer minerals and vitamins that combat the dry elements. Particularly the sun. High in Vitamin C, the plants heal and protect from sun damage and harmful UA rays. I couldn’t come up with a better proprietary blend than from the offering of botanicals along the riparian. I believe that plants that grow in a matrix offer more healing power and life force.

Taos has a unique climate of sage desert mesas and mountain ranges that provide a floracopeia of the highest quality botanical treasures. I did in fact bottle the essence of Taos and its magic and healing properties. I have come to love Taos, it will always be my home.

Photo of Taos by Geraint Smith, Taos

WHY TAOS?2018-02-13T16:36:53+00:00