Uhm, yeah, I know. Even I, a seasoned and fearless skincare roadtester, audibly gulped at the sight of Osmia's top selling Black Clay Facial Soap bar ($22 for 2.25 oz), recommended for normal, problem and combination skin. But there are very little things I wouldn't do in the name of blogging (that, and good skin), so I focused on the redeeming qualities - it's adorably small, it's funky-colored, it has clay and it smells great - and I decided to go for it.
Osmia Organics (what kind of blogs do you read under that rock of yours?!), it's a small Colorado-based skincare line that blends luxury with simple, natural and deliciously-scented ingredients. They have a well-edited skincare line but also make great body and lip products; more on that in future posts. The basic principles of Osmia not only tick all of my boxes, but I'm also totally jelly of beautiful mountain scenery shots which Sarah, the brand's founder, posts on her Instagram profile every day as I slowly wither here in the concrete jungle that is Midtown Manhattan. I may or may not be a bit of an Insta stalker.
reviewed here. I would say it's a bit quicker to use because it lathers and rinses more easily than the REN, which has to be massaged into the skin and then rinsed/wiped rather thorougly.
In terms of overall results, I'm not quite convinced that this facial soap is more effective than my preferred method of cleansing with a non-foaming balm. I haven't found it to be particularly acne-reducing or shine-minimizing. I was however pleasantly surprised at how comfortable my skin feels after using it; not too tight, not too oily, calm and mostly without redness, which makes it a perfect choice for the mornings in my book. I will continue to use and enjoy my little black bar but I'm not sure if I'll repurchase; I guess I shall have to take more long-term results into account before adding it to my shopping cart in the future.
Have you tried any bar soaps for cleansing your face? What are your favorite Osmia products?
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I'm glad to hear you got a soap dish with the raised bumps to keep it from staying wet all the time. Does that come with a regular order, I wonder?ReplyDelete
Bar soaps creep me out, though, to be honest. I got a little sample of a bar soap with my order and I can't bring myself to use it. Where will I store it? LOL.
I think the soap dish is available separately for purchase on the website; it's not very expensive though and could be used with any bar soap! For now, you could also use a small saucer or something of the kind for your soap sample; that's what I use for our bigger soaps :)Delete
Interesting! I'd love to try her stuff! But I'm so into my Tata Harper right now. These new natural skincare lines are all so GOOD!ReplyDelete
So true! I've yet to try anything from Tata Harper but I'll have a good look at her line once my regular skincare stuff runs out! (Will it ever happen though?!) xxxDelete
This brand is really one I would like to try in the new year. So many interesting offerings I would love to try their lip balm. The bar soaps I like once in a while are Avène Cold Cream and... Dove! A super cheap one that my skin kind of likes. :)ReplyDelete
I'll have a review of the Osmia lip balm in a couple weeks, hopefully! I used to use the Dove soap bar too but never tried Avene's... I actually used to have a pot of their Cold Cream but found it rather difficult to use.Delete
I probably won't use bar soap just because my skin is on the dry side. But that aside, I'm surprised this has the same effect as the REN cleanser (which I've been using in semi-regular basis now as second cleanse). I've also been in search of clay cleanser, so far I've tired a few. Maybe worth writing sometimes..ReplyDelete
I find the REN pretty similar on my skin, although theoretically a non-foaming cleanser should be less drying than a foaming one. I wouldn't say the Osmia soap is drying but it might be a bit more toning, if that makes sense?Delete
*sigh* I just love this brand. I have two mini soaps (the rose ones) to sample but I have SO many other products that I need to make a dent in first. Really excited now though after reading your review! I had been super curious about this particular soap. Though it's not particular effective at combating shine or acne, I like that. I usually like a very mild facial soap to start things out with because I know I'll be using much stronger treatments afterwards in the form of serums, exfoliants, masks, acne treatments,etc.ReplyDelete
wheeee all aboard the Osmia bandwagon! I have a teeny little sample slice of this stuff I've been using for months, and it does wonders for my t-zone. And LOL @ scaring your hubby with a face full of clay, I usually prefer to do that with green (think Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque alien face). Very effective ;)ReplyDelete
To be honest, I don't think he even notices anymore... Recently I was spot treating with green clay, he came home, didn't say anything for at least half an hour, and then said 'What are you, a mud monster?':)Delete