This year I honored Earth Day by placing my first ever order with Osmia Organics! I happened to catch their Instagram stories where founder Sarah Villafranco mentioned they plant two trees for every order on Earth Day, upping their year-round practice of planting one tree for every order placed. It’s such a neat gesture and business practice and I thought I’d take the Earth Day opportunity and finally grab a few things I’ve been wanting to try.
In this mini haul I grabbed the fan favorite Lip Doctor lip balm and a few samples including their Purely Simple Face Cream, Black Clay Facial Soap, and Pumpkin Facial Soap. Osmia kindly included two additional samples of their Oh So Detox Soap and Adzuki Nourishing Mask.
OSMIA ORGANICS LIP DOCTOR
“Lip Doctor is a daily lip conditioner for sensitive lips. It’s made with no essential oils, as even those can be irritating to sensitive lips. It has only six ingredients, including organic olive oil infused with Colorado-grown lavender (we harvest it ourselves). Organic cocoa butter and beeswax give it staying power, while organic avocado and argan oils penetrate deeply to help lips stay in healthy, smiling condition. Lip Doctor comes in an easy-to-use tube, so you can throw it in your purse, pocket, or leave one in every drawer of your house.”
Osmia’s Lip Doctor is your standard lip balm made with a simple list of oils, butter and waxes and it’s free of EO’s. In comparison to other lip balms out in the green beauty market, the ingredients list makes this one sound unremarkable, but I assure this stuff is such a dream on the lips. It creates an immediate cushion on the lips, softening and soothing any flaky chapped skin. Normally I’m opposed to waxes in lip balms because I find that while the wax creates a protective barrier, it doesn’t do much for actually moisturizing the lips and actually makes mine hurt. The ratio of oils+butters to wax is perfected in this formula – no dryness, no pain here, just super soft and moisturized lips. The lavender infusion in the olive oil is a nice touch – it gives the formula a little herbal somethin’ somethin’. Also, this lip balm tube is big and a bit hefty. For $12 this was a solid, solid purchase and I highly recommend this one.
OSMIA ORGANICS FACIAL SOAP BARS
- Black Clay Facial Soap – This one is their best selling soap out of their facial bars and it’s made with black Australian clay and Dead Sea mud to balance out sebum levels and tone the skin. In that regard it’s more so made for normal-oily skin types, I’m normal but lean dry so I don’t need *too* much clarification. I’ve been using Black Clay in my PM skincare on occasion and it’s such gorgeous lather-y cleanser that makes my skin feel clean and new.
- Pumpkin Facial Soap – This facial bar soap is made with pumpkin and tomato for gentle enzymatic exfoliation and it’s geared towards normal/combination/dull/mature/dehydrated skin types. I fit in the normal/dehydrated/dry category and I opt for this cleanser in the AM, although it’d be just as suitable for night. Just like Black Clay it creates an amazing lather and it makes my skin so fresh and bright and prepped for skincare. Both facial bars smell amazing with subtle herbal notes and it’s a wonderful way to wake up or wind down.
Both samples were just $5 for a decently sized bar that gets you many uses – the full size bars are $24. I will definitely consider buying the full size after testing these, most likely the pumpkin cleanser.
OSMIA ORGANICS PURELY SIMPLE FACE CREAM
“This cream for sensitive skin contains simple, pure, plant-sourced ingredients and tiny amounts of the most precious essential oils, to give moisture with very low potential for irritation or adverse reaction. Organic aloe juice effectively hydrates the skin, and a small amount of organic, vegetable-derived glycerin helps the skin retain moisture. This cream has a low percentage of oil-based ingredients, making it safe for use if you have perioral dermatitis (use sparingly over areas of dermatitis).”
Osmia’s Purely Simple Face Cream is exactly as the name describes – a simple formulation especially made for sensitive skin types, including those suffering from perioral dermatitis. I don’t have sensitive skin, but I do love me a solid face cream made with a simple ingredients list because I’m prone to pore clogging with certain types of facial creams. Sometimes a face cream and a little face mist is all I need to get me through the day and that’s why I was drawn towards trying this one out.
Consistency-wise, it’s a viscous but slightly runny lotion that reminds me a lot of Flower & Spice’s daily moisturizer, except that one is not quite as runny. Performance-wise, this cream feels incredibly soothing and I find it provides the perfect amount of moisture whether I’m using it in the AM or PM. With this cream I find that all I need in the mornings is a little face mist prior to applying the cream and I’m good to go! At night I use it top off/seal in my skincare and it’s quite effective at that. I’ll mention that while testing this cream out I experienced some pore clogging around my chin, but I have yet to determine if it was this cream, another product, or diet related. I love how it performs, but it’s crucial to figure out if it was actually this cream that clogged my pores, so in the mean time the jury is out on this one. I do recommend to sample it though if you’re in the market for a nice, simple cream like this one.
INGREDIENTS: aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, [sodium olivoyl glutamate (and) cetearyl alcohol (and) glyceryl stearate], prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil*, prunus amygdalus (sweet almond) oil*, lactobacillus ferment, vegetable glycerin*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, ricinus communis (castor) oil*, non-GMO mixed tocopherols, [sodium benzoate (and) gluconolactone], rosa damascena (rose otto) essential oil*, anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile) essential oil, citrus aurantiu var. amara (neroli) essential oil*
88.5% certified organic ingredients
- Oh So Detox Soap – This body bar soap is scentless and made with charcoal and clay and it also has coconut milk for a creamy lather. As far as bar soap goes, it provides a good lather and gives a good clean just like any other. I’ll say that it does have a more luxurious feel to it than your standard bar soap that you can grab at any store and at $18 it’s not bad given that bar soaps can last you a good awhile. More than anything I think these bar soaps would make for a wonderful luxury gift to give to the bar soap lovers in your life. I’m considering buying the regular Oh So Soap in the mean time – they all sound wonderful though.
- Adzuki Nourishing Mask – This mask is made with in-house freshly milled adzuki beans and quinoa for gentle exfoliation, along with sandalwood powder and essential oils. I actually haven’t tested it yet as of writing this post (I’m letting my skin heal at the moment) but I will update this section when I test it. I’ve been wanting to try this mask for some time but did not realize they offer samples to purchase it, so I was pleased to see a sample baggy included in my order. The full size is $40 which includes a bowl and mixing spoon ($35 without the bowl and spoon) which I think is a great deal – not many high quality masks can be found at a price like that in the green beauty luxury space.
I’m really pleased with my miniature Osmia haul and now that I’ve sniffed and sampled their luxury soap bars I’m definitely considering grabbing some full sizes and potentially sampling some more of the body bar soaps!