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Ambrosia do Cerrado Liquid Moisturizer

Lightest moisturizer for oily and acne-prone skin

The Story

The mysterious Ambrosia do Cerrado Liquid Moisturizer, with an irresistible guava-plus-citrus scent, feels like applying brightening yellow dewdrops that are fully charged with unrefined, whole-food (not isolated or factory-produced “nature identical”) nutrients from the superfood buriti, pequi, and moringa oils.

Our idea was to create a formula that would be truly nourishing, yet ultra-light and breathable at the same time, to deliver a bright, radiant glow and lots of moisture without a waxy, heavy, or overly emollient feel. This format is very appealing for the times when the skin is dehydrated but you don't want oil or an emulsion (lotion or cream) on your face because you prefer a lighter feel. By light, we don’t mean “just a little bit effective”: this moisturizer is highly effective in what it is designed to do; you will be amazed by how much and how quickly your skin can absorb in each single application.

We chose a Portuguese name for this product to draw attention to the Cerrado area in Brazil, as this beautiful savanna is considered the biologically richest savanna in the world by the Word Wide Fund for Nature. Earthwise Beauty wants to shine a spotlight on areas of the world that are overlooked or insufficiently known about by the Western world, and that need our attention to protect their natural environment and biodiversity.

We also want to support the indigenous populations of these regions so that their livelihoods will be rewarded and appreciated and their culture will be respected and protected. To that end, we choose fair trade ingredients from these regions, extracted sustainably by small cooperatives using their traditional tools of choice, and we have chosen some of our product names and designs to provoke our customers’ curiosity about these areas, their natural bounty, and their peoples.


Despite its deceptively light feel, this moisturizer is deeply hydrating and nourishing, and also has an overall brightening effect. The carefully-sourced oils chosen for this formula include:

Hand-extracted pequi fruit oil: This unique, extract-like oil from the Cerrado savanna in Brazil is rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene (which the body converts to vitamin A), and vitamins B1 and B2, all of which promote firm, supple, even-toned skin. The high vitamin C content makes pequi fruit oil a top choice for lightening skin discolorations as well as encouraging a brighter, more vibrant, youthful-looking complexion.

Buriti oil: Also from Brazil, this oil is highly praised for its anti-aging results. Like pequi fruit, buriti oil is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a natural antioxidant, as well as vitamins E and A. This makes it a natural emollient, and an extremely effective choice for improving the appearance of brown spots, scars, and sun damage. Together, these two oils can significantly improve the appearance of dull, pasty, or dry skin, and contribute to an overall radiant, healthy glow.

Moringa pod oil: Another nutrient-rich powerhouse, moringa is an especially hydrating oil that also delivers an incredible range of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients (too many to list all of them here, but for starters, it contains beta-carotenes, several B vitamins, selenium, and zinc).

We find that skin care products are amazingly skin-compatible with minimal risk of allergic reactions if the vitamins and minerals are included in the form of pure, fresh plant oils, rather than vitamin powders that come in a plastic bag from a cosmetics ingredients supplier.

This liquid emulsion-type moisturizer contains no emulsifiers, and there are no fragrances added, not even essential oils, to allow the unique fruitiness of the pequi fruit to come through. Moringa oil provides a complementary green note.


It works amazingly with my skin absorbs it so well and it leaves it so soft! I love the smell of this and your other products.

– Erica


Skin Types

For all skin types. Contains no emulsifiers or essential oils, making it suitable for the most sensitive skin. Acne-prone, combination, sensitive, and oily skin types can enjoy hydration without the risk of breakouts or the oily or waxy feel of moisturizers that are too rich for them. Dry and normal skin types will benefit from the nutrients and hydration when using this potion as the first step, before applying a richer cream or facial oil.


Cold-press whole-leaf Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, cold-press unrefined Caryocar braziliensis (pequi) fruit oil†, cold-press unrefined Mauritia flexuosa (buriti) fruit oil†, cold-press unrefined Moringa oleifera seed oil† or *, Sambucus nigra (elderberry) fruit extract, tocopherol (vit. E from non-GMO sunflowers), potassium sorbate (natural food-grade preservative), xanthan gum, ascorbic acid (vit. C), citric acid.

*Certified organic. †Responsibly wildcrafted.

Aloe certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) for purity and content.

Certified cruelty free, vegan, handcrafted, small batch, no fragrance added. Gluten free.


Shake well and apply generously onto freshly washed face or over your aloe-based serum of choice. Most skin types will benefit from following immediately with an emollient moisturizer, facial oil, or balm. Ideally REFRIGERATE to protect freshness and enhance the cooling, refreshing, and depuffing properties.

Full sizes 50 ml (1.7 fl oz) and 30 ml (1 fl oz); travel/sample size 5 ml (0.17 fl oz).

Due to the very high cost of our ingredients and the labor-intensive (highly time consuming) small-batch production process, we are unable to accept returns of opened or unopened products at this time. But most products have a sample size option for purchase, so we encourage you to buy a sample first to ensure that the product suits your skin's needs and that you enjoy the texture, fragrance, and healing properties.

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Lovely light moisturizer for summer

I really love Ambrosia. It works the best for me by over Nap in the Meadow in the warm summer months when my skin has more oil. I have normal mature, occasionally sensitive skin. I also use it in the Winter under a balm or oil.

Wonderful Product!!

I’m really impressed with Ambrosia. My skin was once combination until I moved to the Southwest about 9 years ago, then it became very dehydrated and dry. Even though I now have a very good skincare regime, I wasn’t entirely sure Ambrosia would work for me since it’s so lightweight. But boy, does it perform! My favorite way of using it, is applying it after Nap in the Meadow in the morning. The two together are a powerhouse. My skin feels very well hydrated. At night I will add Ferns and Moss for an extra layer of hydration.

Great light moisturizer

Ambrosia del Cerrado feels wonderful on my skin. I am in my late 30’s and have some sun damage and fine lines. I use Ambrosia right after I wash my face let it sink in and put on another layer since my skin is dehydrated. I love the fruity smell. I am not huge fan of floral scents and usually like fruity scents so this scent works for me. Since my
skin is dehydrated I’m still looking for the perfect moisturizer to seal in the hydration to my skin. I am excited to try more of the Earthwise beauty products.

Great for after cleansing and before moisturizing!

I love the scent and how quickly this absorbs! It is the perfect product for preparation of an oil or balm. I alternate it with other serums and I find myself always coming back to it because the the wonderful scent and experience it provides. Plus, I know all the ingredients are carefully sourced and provide the utmost beneficial actions to my skin.

Sinks right in

This moisturizer is pretty amazing. You can feel that the product is doing its job but is not occlusive whatsoever. It leaves a fairly matte finish and pairs well with a mist and serum. The scent is absolutely to die for. So much so that you feel like you want to eat it. The scent lingers for a good amount of time but does not show itself on the surface of the skin. Brilliant product for someone not keen on a dewy or shiny face finish.