It used to be the case that all-natural, organic products simply didn’t work as well as their less wholesome counterparts. So if you picked up something organic (be it drugstore or high-end), all you got in return was a handful of karmic brownie points—plus a product that went straight to the top of the reject pile. I can’t even tell you how happy I am that those days are loonngg gone.
The latest brand to cross my radar is blogger favorite Osmia Organics. You may have seen their Detox Exfoliating Mask or gorgeous honey lip balm pop up here and there lately, but you know what? The rest of the range is just as deserving. The packaging is smart, the products are wonderfully effective, and I actually buy their brand ethos—a mark of approval I don’t give out lightly. The best part about shopping at Osmia is that everything is so beautifully simple. You don’t need to know the latest “cutting-edge” ingredients, nor do you need to wonder which skincare product is best for you. Many of the products work for a wide range of skintypes, and barring that, the descriptions are always straightforward and completely accessible.
While I could go on and on all day about each product I had the joy of sampling, I’m guessing none of you came here to read a novel. With that in mind, I’ve assembled some quick thoughts on their range below. If you’d like to see anything discussed in-depth (click through the slideshow above to see the products), sound off in the comments. Let’s get into it!
- Detox Exfoliating Mask ($50, sample size shown): Amazing. This reminds me of my favorite scrub, but with a mask-like effect. I can actually feel it sucking all the bad stuff out of my pores as it dries, always the sign of an effective product. You do need quite a bit do cover your face, since you mix it with water to form the paste.
- Milky Rose Soap ($12) & Black Facial Clay Soap ($22), sample sizes shown: Both smell so good in the way only all-natural products can. The rose is particularly relaxing, while the clay soap refreshes my skin without stripping it. These would make much-appreciated hostess gifts.
- Facial Calibration Serum ($50): It seems more accurate to call this a face oil than a serum, but one thing’s for sure: it’s a game-changer. I can see why this is one of their bestsellers. Leaves my skin baby-soft and glowing and calms breakouts and dry patches alike. I’ll often forego moisturizer entirely when using this. The bottle is teeny-tiny, but the results are well worth the price tag.
- Luster ($15): Osmia’s lovely PR convinced me to try this—you’ll recall I’m generally not the biggest fan of glosses unless they’re truly amazing. But this…this is something everyone needs to get their hands on. It’s beet-stained (literally), non-sticky, and (pardon the phrase) MLBB. Congrats Osmia, you’ve just made my latest must-have lip color.
- Honey Myrrh Lip Balm ($22): Makes a fantastic base for lipstick and truly heals chapped lips. It’s actually not my favorite, but that’s more of a testament to how amazing my must-have balm is than any sort of slight on the product. Great at the beginning of the day and equally good before bed, sometimes sealed under a thick coat of Smith’s Rosebud Salve for the softest pout imaginable.
- Deodorant Cream ($12): Packaged in a slim silver tin, this is much too pretty to be something as mundane as deodorant. The clay-based “cream” smells fresh and bright and turns into an oil when rubbed into the skin. Doesn’t leave any residue either, but I haven’t found this to be as effective as my Lavilin tub.
- Sunset Body Oil ($30, sample size shown): How do I even begin to describe the scent? It’s a mix of vanilla, jasmine, coriander, and bergamot—but that is pitifully inadequate. Let’s just say it smells like sunshine and will make you glow (so long as you apply it to clean, wet skin).
What’s your favorite organic beauty line? Can we discuss the brilliance of beet gloss? What’s the closest thing to sunshine you’ve ever smelled?
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