Osmia Organics: I think I love you (Part III)

Today, I bring you Part III of the Osmia Organics series. Check out Part I and Part II, if you’d like. I’ll be the first to admit that this post is so long overdue!

I’m juggling lots of different “balls” in my life lately (interesting choice of words, I know), but I’m finding my groove and I’ve got lots of clean beauty posts cooking up in my brain. They’re coming, I promise!

Enough about me, let’s talk about skincare.

Osmia Organics Active Gel Toner (formerly Active Gel Nutrient Serum)

When I made my first Osmia purchase, I requested samples of a serum & a toner, and I am SO glad that I did. Osmia’s serum and toners are arguably one of my favorites of all of their offerings. This toner contains active botanicals that reduce redness and irritation as well as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to help maintain intracellular water in the skin cells. It is meant to be used as a middle layer, after washing your face and before applying moisturizer.

Wearing a light tinted moisturizer over Osmia Organics Active Gel Toner & Purely Simple Face Cream

Wearing Osmia Organics Active Gel Toner & Purely Simple Face Cream. (Also wearing 100% Pure tinted moisturizer on top, super light coverage)

……………….Upon application, this toner sinks right in. It doesn’t leave a sticky film behind like some serums might. It makes my face feel incredibly clean, fresh, and moisturized without feeling weighed down. The scent of this is luxurious. It’s pleasantly herbaceous and slightly lemony. The scent brings forth my childhood memory of my mother’s favorite Borghese face wash (in a very great way). I use this right before the Purely Simple Face Cream and together, they are like a dream.

>> This picture was taken a week after continuous use of Osmia Organics Purely Simple Face Cream + Active Gel Toner. My skin felt so nourished and looked incredibly healthy & “glowy”.

Ingredients

aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, glycerin*, camellia sinensis (white tea) extract*, calendula officinalis extract*, selaginella lepidophylla (rose of jericho) extract, lactobacillus/oat ferment extract filtrate, niacinamide (vitamin B3), [oryza sativa (rice) extract & water & centella asiatic a extract]*, [gluconolactone (and) sodium benzoate], lactobacillus ferment, sclerotium rolfsii gum, hyaluronic acid, proprietary blend of organic and wild-harvested essential oils

82% organic

EWG (Environmental Working Group) Skin Deep Rating: 2

Osmia Organics Facial Calibration Serum

Yet another winner. This serum is quite different from the Active Gel Toner in that it is oil based and feels a bit more nourishing. The purpose of this serum is to soothe irritation and to “help oily skin behave itself, and combination skin become less confused”.

I like the idea of having a serum on hand that I can reach for when my skin is misbehaving. Since I only had a sample of this product, I did just that. I applied this serum on days my skin rebelled. It truly did help soothe irritation and balance out my complexion. Its scent is very clean and herbaceous.

The ingredients are so lovely. Olive squalane, kukui oil, and macadamia oil nourish the skin, and schisandra fruit extract soothes irritation. Acai delivers an antioxidant boost, while organic black seed oil brings a vitamin and mineral infusion.

Ingredients

caprylic/capric triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), olive squalane, aleurites molaccana (kukui) oil, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oil*, macadamia integrifolia (macadamia nut) oil*, rosa rubiginosa (rosehips) seed oil*, vitus vinifera (grapeseed) oil*, wildcrafted butyrospermum parkii (shea) oil, schisandra sphenanthera (schisandra fruit) CO2, euterpe oleracea (acai) oil, nigella sativa (black seed) oil*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) CO2 extract*, GMO-free vitamin E oil, and a proprietary blend of organic and wild-harvested essential oils

EWG (Environmental Working Group) Skin Deep Rating: 1

Final Thoughts

It’s safe to say that I’m an Osmia die-hard fan. It’s apparent how clean and high quality the ingredients are based on how nourished your skin feels. Each product simply smells amazing as well. I would definitely repurchase these items, starting off with the Detox Exfoliating Mask and the Active Gel Toner, as I think I’d get the most regular use of out of these items.

If you’re intrigued, but don’t want to commit to spending a huge chunk of change in one go, I would recommend purchasing the Detox Exfoliating Mask first and requesting samples of other items.

This post ends my Osmia series for now, but the Spot Treatment and Organic Body Oils have been on my radar for some time, so future posts are in the works.

Have you tried any Osmia products? If so, which are your favorite?

Love and light,

vm

Osmia Organics: I think I love you (Part II)

I hope everyone had a very happy Christmas. My sister is currently living in London and apparently, wishing someone a “merry” Christmas means a drunk one, so saying “happy” is more common. Had to try it on for size.

Today, I’m going to continue my series of professing my love for Osmia Organics by discussing the Purely Simple Face Cream and the Luster Lip Gloss. I professed my love for Osmia Organics’ Detox Exfoliating Mask in Part I of this series here. Let’s get to it.

Osmia Organics Purely Simple Face Cream

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Osmia Organics Purely Simple Face Cream & Luster Lip Gloss

Fairly new to the green beauty scene, I was in search of a moisturizing and dependable facial lotion. I decided on the Purely Simple Face Cream and was not disappointed. This face cream is intended for sensitive skin and contains plant sourced ingredients such as organic aloe juice which helps to soothe irritation.  Upon the first few applications, my skin tingled, but this sensation subsided within five minutes each time.  Before I began to use this product, I had a few dry patches in the center of my face, and after three or four days of usage, they completely went away. My face felt very smooth and nourished and I soon began to love this product.  This cream is extremely lightweight and comfortable on the skin. It feels great under foundation. And the scent is so pleasantly herbaceous.  The only downside that I can say is that for the price, I wish there was more product. At $60 a pop, I find myself rationing this face cream like a mofo. But with that said, a little can go a long way and you’re paying for high quality ingredients.

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, [sodium benzoate and gluconolactone], ricinus communis (castor) oil, GMO-free vitamin E oil, proprietary blend of organic and wild-harvested essential oils

87.5% certified organic ingredients

Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Rating: 2

Osmia Organics Luster Lip Gloss

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A picture of me wearing Osmia Organics Luster Lip Gloss

Osmia’s Luster Lip Gloss goes on with a comfortably smooth sheen, unlike your conventional sticky gloss. It’s a conditioning lip treatment with the added bonus of a sheer plummy red tint. I find myself reaching for this on fuss-free days as it is very low maintenance. Just slap it on and go.

I love the fact that the color is due in part to beet root. Osmia has since added two more shades to their line of lip glosses: Whisper and Simmer, which are described as a light pink with berry tones and a deep terra cotta tile, respectively.

Ingredients

botanically-infused** ricinus communis (castor bean) oil*, GMO-free vitamin E oil, beeswax*, cupuacu butter*, pomegranate sterols, cucurbita pepo (pumpkin seed) oil*, mica, [helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil & lecithin & yeast extract]*, vanilla bourbon co2*

**botanicals may include powders of organic beet root, organic annatto, &/or wild-harvested alkanet root

83% certified organic ingredients

Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Rating: 1

Do any of these products sound interesting to you? What is your go-to face cream?

Love and light,

vm

Osmia Organics: I think I love you (Part I)

Ahh, Osmia. What can I say about you that hasn’t already been said? Osmia Organics has created quite a buzz in the green beauty world and really does live up to the hype.

Before trying Osmia products, I grew to love the story of how the company came to be. Creator Sarah Villafranco was a former ER doctor who changed the course of her 10 year career after falling in love with making soap, lotions, and scents. On her website, she wrote about the mixed feelings she had about her profession prior to leaving it and how eventually, she gave into the all-consuming passion she had for creating skin care.

Reading her story inspired me so much.  I have always admired those in life who pursue their authentic self. To me, people like Sarah seem to live so genuinely in the way that they relate to themselves, to others, and to life in general. As I am currently pursuing a career change, Sarah’s story serves as a reminder to me that things will be okay if you pursue what you love and work really hard at it.

Mushy stuff aside..on to the review.

Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask

About a week ago, I had a relaxing Saturday night in and treated myself to my weekly Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask. And like all beauty loving women of the digital age, you better believe I Instagrammed it. Case in point:

Osmia detox mask

#instagrammedit

This was the first Osmia product I read about in the green beauty community. And from day one, I was tickled with intrigue. To me, dark, muddy colored masks are so quintessentially “grown ass woman who takes care of herself”. Know what I mean?

This mask contains purifying clay, raw cacao, manuka honey, and toxin-removing activated bamboo charcoal. It comes in a lovely little bottle in powder form with a small ceramic dish and mini mixing utensil. You simply mix the powder with water to form a paste and carefully apply it to your face. It smells pleasantly nutty. At first, it can feel a bit watery, but within five minutes, it begins to harden and tighten around the skin. After 15-20 minutes, it should be rinsed by gently massaging it off in circular motions, which helps to exfoliate the skin. After rinsing the mask off, my face looked noticeably more even-toned. My existing red spots and/or blemishes were neutralized. My “almost blemishes” aka “zits in progress” appeared slightly red. This is the activated bamboo charcoal working as it pulls forth impurities from the skin. I like that this mask speeds up the healing process of blemishes and it’s satisfying to actually see where it went to work. Washing my face the next morning, I noticed my skin looked so much healthier and smoother.

A warning to those who have very sensitive skin, it is recommended for you to do a patch test prior to putting this on your face as mild redness may occur.

Ingredients:

rhassoul cosmetic clay, fuller’s earth cosmetic clay, australian pastel pink clay, black walnut hull (juglans nigra) powder*, bamboo activated charcoal powder, raw cacao (theobroma cacao) powder*, raw manuka (leptospermum scoparium) honey powder*, olive leaf (olea europaea) powder*

28.5% certified organic ingredients
100% ingredients from nature
*indicates certified organic ingredient

Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Rating: 0
Osmia Detox

Look at the cute mixing dish it comes with! Sigh, the little things in life..

Overall, I’m very happy with this product and would definitely repurchase it. I’ve taken up the habit of doing weekly masks now and look forward to it every week.

When I purchased this mask, I also ordered the Purely Simple Face Cream and the Luster Lip Gloss. I received samples of the Facial Calibration Serum and the Active Gel Toner (formerly called the Active Gel Nutrient Serum). I can’t wait to rave about these items too, so stay tuned for upcoming posts on more Osmia goodies.

Love and light,
vm