Osmia Organics

REVIEW TIME!

Recently I’ve had the sense to purchase some items from Osmia Organics– and I’m about to explain why it was such a good choice. I have 5 products I’ve been testing out, from skin to body care, and have truly fell in love with each of them. My absolute favorites are the soaps and Spot Treatment!

Adzuki Nourishing Mask

 I first became interested in this mask when the founder, Sarah, was using it on her Instagram stories. She said she couldn’t wait to feel how soft her skin felt when she took off the mask, so my interest was piqued! The product is very finely milled, and you can smell the lavender when you open the jar. I add about 2 teaspoons of Micellar Cleansing Water from the AMBAR line and 2 teaspoons of the Adzuki mask, mix them together with the little bowl and spoon the product comes with, apply it to my skin, and leave it on for 10-20 minutes. Sarah says to let it dry on about 75%, so keep that in mind! I also very gently wash off the product, as I don’t want to go crazy and irritate my skin by rubbing the grains vigorously against it. I can confirm what she said in her stories, my skin feels very soft afterwords. 😉 I currently use this product once every one or two weeks.

Ingredients: adzuki beans*, quinoa*, wild-harvested red sandalwood powder, and essential oils of lavandula angustifolia (lavender)*, wild-grown santalum spicatum (sandalwood), and pelargonium rose asperum (rose geranium) {* = ORGANIC}


Black Clay Soap

I have NEVER considered using soap bars over my face. I believed that they wouldn’t be formulated with effective ingredients, they would be drying, and it was unsanitary. I’m so glad I decided to give this a go- it’s become one of my favorite ways to cleanse my skin, and it clearly debunks any of my previous beliefs about bar soap. Sarah, the founder, actually has a page on their website debunking beliefs about bar soaps, and if you’re also weary of converting, definitely read what she has to say. My face feels so clean, smooth, soft, refreshed, and not at all dry. If I have a congested face and use this and it will look/feel so much better. My forehead actually had bad texture/little bumps, and switching to this was one of the things I believe helped alleviate that issue.

Ingredients: saponified oils/butters of olea europea (olive)*, responsibly-sourced elaeis guineensis (palm kernel)*, mangifera indica (mango)* and cocos nucifera (coconut)*; prunus dulcis (sweat almond)*, ricinus communis (castor)*, persea gratissma (avocado)* and simmondsia chinensis (jojoba)*; cocos nucifera (coconut) milk*; Dead Sea mud, hematite (Australian black) clay; proprietary blend of organic & wild-harvested essential oils; non-GMO mixed tocopherols; rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) CO2 extract*


Spot Treatment

Celestyna Higgins of moss skincare has a great criteria list on a blog she wrote of what makes a holy grail spot treatment. Some of these criteria are that the product should be NON drying, anti-inflammatory, and regenerative. According to Osmia Organics, “evening primrose oil prevents over-drying and helps keep the top layer of skin cells healthy..[and] unlike most pimple solutions, this serum does not strip the skin of its oil, and does not leave blemishes flaky and crusted while healing.” I think it’s safe to say, this looks like a great spot treatment on paper. But how does it actually perform against my blemishes? I have to say, it works wonderfully. I will use it at nights only, unless I’m home that day and will not be wearing any makeup, and I find that some blemishes I had truly never even surfaced. And that’s only with one application! As for the breakouts that have surfaced, over the course of 2-4 days their condition keeps improving with continuous applications until they are gone- without any scarring or desire to extract it. I’m thoroughly impressed with this product, and will continue to use it. PLUS the scent is SO relaxing and therapeutic. I have to say, I’m pretty upset I didn’t know about this product earlier, I could have been rid of breakouts so much faster.

Ingredients: organic evening primrose oil and essential oils of lavender*, cajeput*, lemon*, parsley, thyme, cypress*, and rosemary CO2*


Dirty Chai Body Soap

 I’ll be honest, when I opened this bar of soap and first smelled it, I was disappointed. I was expecting some sweet Starbucks Gingerbread latte aroma to waft out at me, and instead I got something that was totally different- more of a fresh, essential-oil based scent, really not sweet at all. When I first used it in the shower, it was a pleasant surprise to find that I actually fell in love with the scent. I was expecting a ‘fake’ fragrance, something we’ve all come to get used to with all these synthetic fragrance based products around us, but instead I found that this was even better that what I originally expected. You would think that some who is highly sensitive to synthetic fragrance would realize that those holiday candles they sell at the store are not necessarily what holiday soap should smell like. It’s kind of like when you cut off sugar and notice that not only do you stop craving it, but that when you consume it from natural sources like fruit, the REAL stuff is SO much better. All those artificial and processed sugar loaded pastries out there just become nasty all of a sudden. In the same way, I’m obsessed with this “natural” dirty chai soap smell hah! I’m addicted to this soap now, and when I use it, I feel so relaxed and content. But enough about the smell hah-it’s performance is also very high. Although it may seem like a lot of money for a bar of soap, it really does last a long time- I’ll use my hands to lather it and apply it to my skin, and when I am done with it I will place it on a Soap Saver. When I want more of a mini massage, I’ll use the bar itself against my skin, as it contains grounded coffee. I find it leaves my skin very smooth, and am now SUPER excited to try all the other scents/formulations of the bar soaps.

Ingredients: saponified oils/butters of olea europea (olive)*, butyrospermum parkii (shea)*, cocos nucifera (coconut)*, and responsibly-sourced elaeis guineensis (palm kernel)*; cocos nucifera (coconut) milk*; saponified cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil*; ground coffee*; hand-harvested French grey sea salt; kaolin (white clay); proprietary blend of organic & wild-harvested essential oils; non-GMO mixed tocopherols; rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) CO2 extract*


Sandalwood Body Mousse

 I had the same experience upon opening and smelling this product for the first time! At first, I felt it was more medicinal and “too natural” of a scent, if that makes sense, and over use, once again came to appreciate it and find that it relaxes me. I’m not totally crazy about it however, and now I’m looking to try the Lavender and Rosemary Mousse when this finishes! The whipped, fluffy texture of the product is heavenly and it leaves my skin once again very soft without that nasty sticky feeling. I actually find that using this on the heels of my feet has been very beneficial, as they were very dry and cracked at one point.

Ingredients: butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter *, orbignya oleifera (babassu) oil *, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil *, wild-grown santalum spicatum (sandalwood) essential oil, non-GMO mixed tocopherols, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) CO2 extract*