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Osmia Organics Skincare

Osmia Organics Skincare Review
Today’s review has been in the works for months. Really, months. I’ve been dragging my feet on an actual Osmia Organics review, in large part because working on it means I need to move on to other skin care items. And I kind of don’t want to do it. Which is a sign that I really do need to share the brand with my readers, because I really love it! Though, if you’ve been paying attention to my site and some of my skincare posts over on Babble, you’ll notice that Osmia has been popping up in mentions and images.

Osmia Organics is a small, family owned company based in Colorado. It was started by Sarah Villafranco, who somewhat fell into skincare by a lark a few years ago. In her previous life, Sarah was an ER doctor. I swear to you, if we were in the same town, Sarah and I would be good friends. She’s so incredibly nice and friendly in her emails, and just… normal.

Osmia skincare products are made using organic and natural ingredients, and while they aren’t an organic certified company (that’s in process), whenever possible they use organic certified ingredients. Their products also leave out ingredients such as sulfates, fragrances and everything is cruelty free (note that they’re not vegan, they do use some ingredients such as organic beeswax, lanolin, and organic buttermilk).

One of the main things that Osmia Organics is known for is their soaps. They have a really wide selection of different hand made soaps, and they are just so pretty! I know that I have a few readers that are of the opinion that “all soap is bad for your skin, no matter what” and I have to disagree. While it was true of soap even 20 years or so ago, the soap that is made today is very different from the harsh lye soap of the early 1900s. The soaps of today are made with very different ingredients, are often very gentle and can provide a lot of extra benefits to the skin such as anti-inflammatories, extra hydration and other conditioning ingredients.

The cleanser that Osmia sent me was their Black Clay Facial Soap. This soap is recommended for normal, problem, and combination skin (I’m combination with some mild rosacea). The Black Clay soap has ingredients to help with issues, such as Black Australian clay and dead sea mud balance and tone the skin, while organic almond, avocado, and castor bean oils condition. The soap really is that dark grey color, and I don’t really pick up any scent with the soap. It has a nice lather and rinses off easily, but didn’t leave my skin stripped or tight afterwards.

Once my face was rinsed, I patted it with a towel. You don’t want to be dry, instead you want to be a little more than damp. I use about 1/2 pump of the Facial Calibration Serum on my face and neck, and allow my skin to air dry. This “serum” is more like an oil (there’s a lot of coconut oil in it) and there are added ingredients to help soothe irritation and decrease oil production.

I found that the Facial Calibration Serum is pretty moisturizing, and a full pump of it was just too much for my skin. I would end up with blemishes and too shiny by mid-morning. But, just a half pump of the serum, and my skin looked amazing! I had no blemishes, no dry spots and my usually shiny t-zone wasn’t as shiny.

I’ve loved using Osmia Organics’ products! If you’re ordering, be sure to check out the Lip Luster and Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair too!

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  1. 9.5.19
    Allison said:

    Is Osmia Black Clay soap safe for pregnancy and nursing? I have a bad case of perioral dermatitis and am looking for some help. Any other suggestions? Thank you!


    saponified oils/butters of olea europea (olive)*, responsibly-sourced elaeis guineensis (palm kernel)*, mangifera indica (mango)*, cocos nucifera (coconut)*, prunus dulcis (sweet almond)*, and ricinus communis (castor)*; Dead Sea mud; cocos nucifera (coconut) milk*; saponified persea gratissma (avocado) oil*, and simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*; cedrus atlantica (Atlas cedarwood) essential oil*; iron oxide (Australian black midnight clay); citrus aurantium var. bergamia (bergapten-free bergamot) essential oil*; citrus limon (lemon) essential oil*; myroxylon balsamum var. pereirae (peru balsam) essential oil; juniperus virginiana (Virginia cedarwood) essential oil; non-GMO mixed tocopherols; rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) antioxidant CO2 extract*

    93% certified organic ingredients

    • 9.5.19
      15mins said:

      This soap is fine for pregnancy and I do really love Osmia’s products, but I would talk to your physician. Typically peri-oral derm doesn’t clear up without a topical antibiotic such as doxy or clinda. Avoid a topical steroid (hydrocortisone), a lot of people try that but it actually makes it worse. I’ve also found that a soap with zinc in it is helpful, I let it sit on the area for 1-2 minutes once a day. This calming zinc soap from Dr. Bailey Skincare is safe and is my favorite!

      • 9.6.19
        Allison said:

        Thank you so much for the info! I appreciate it! Love your site, too.

      • 9.8.19
        Allison said:

        Is Osmia Purely Simple Face Cream look ok for pregnancy and nursing? It’s recommended for perioral dermatitis as well, but I know essential oils are iffy during pregnancy and I’m not sure if there’s anything else in there that should be avoided.


        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

        And I wanted to try the zinc soap you recommended, but I’ve read that calendula oil should be avoided in pregnancy. Is that true? It’s in other products recommended for pregnancy, but I’ve read conflicting information.

        Thank you so much!

        • 9.8.19
          15mins said:

          This is fine, and calendula oil is also ok for pregnancy. Really, perioral dermatitis is very difficult to treat without topical antibiotics though, which you’ll need to see your physician for.

          • 9.8.19
            Allison said:

            Yes, I’m going to talk to my doctor about this. I just didn’t want to use any products that would make it worse. Thanks for the advice!