osmia organics | black clay facial soap

When it comes to washing my face, I’m just going to say it: I’m not into bar soaps.

I like a good gel or foam or cleansing oil, but a bar soap? It just feels blah.

But Osmia Organics changed my perception of facial bar soaps with its Black Clay Facial Soap.

Bring on the (Osmia) facial bar soaps.

osmia organics black clay facial soap

{Osmia Organics sent me a sample of its Black Clay Facial Soap a loonnnng time ago, and I have repurchased it. Sarah gave me her “sniffer” sample bar at “A Night for Green Beauty” so I could shoot the new packaging! It costs $24 for a 2.25-ounce bar.}

Last fall, I had the pleasure of sampling Osmia Organics’ Black Clay Facial Soap, and it’s been listed on my favorites page ever since (do you even look at that page?).

I was drawn to it because of its acne-fighting properties, but it took me a while to actually unwrap it and use it because it was difficult for me to get over the bar soap thing.

Boy am I glad I did.

I used it religiously for a month or so until the bar was gone. It performed well, so I immediately re-ordered it, and I can’t explain how glad I am that I did.

This bar (coupled with a favorite toner that I also used during this time — review to come) saved my skin from one of the most stressful times in my life.

After going through a huge life change, my skin could have easily freaked out — emotions were high, the winter was stressful and everything was in overdrive — but not my skin.

For next entire month, while using my second (purchased!) bar of Osmia Organics’ Black Clay Facial Soap and going through a life crisis, my skin was pristine.

That is just not normal.

See, high stress, poor diet, lack of sleep and crazy emotions wreak havoc on my skin. I suffered from all of that at a crazy-elevated level during that time.

I can’t begin to explain to you how it felt to have the one thing I’ve always struggled with — acne — be under control during such a whirlwind experience.

And for that — both the actual performance against the worst of testing times and the emotional story that is attached to my time of using this soap — Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap is an absolute favorite facial cleanser of mine (again, on the favorites page!) that I will never be without.

Beyond my TMI storytelling, what’s so great about this facial soap?

Behold, the gentle, effective ingredients:

Saponified oils/butters of olea europaea (olive)*, elaeis guineensis kernel (palm kernel)*, mangifera indica (mango), prunus amygdalus (sweet almond)*, cocos nucifera (coconut)*, ricinus communis (castor bean)*, persea gratissima (avocado)*, and simmondsia chinensis (jojoba)*, coconut milk*, dead sea mud, hematite (australian black) clay, proprietary blend of essential oils*, and rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) antioxidant*, GMO-free vitamin E oil

Soothing oils and butters of olive, mango, coconut and sweet almond keep your skin from feeling overly dry (like most bar soaps do) while acne-fighters jojoba oil, Dead Sea Mud, Australian Black Clay and rosemary heal and prevent breakouts.

You’ve likely heard about all the amazing benefits of Dead Sea mud (anyone want to go on a trip with me to float in the Dead Sea? Sarah?), and they’re true.

Mud from the Dead Sea is some of the most mineral- and protein-rich mud in the world, and your skin benefits from it immensely.

The minerals in the mud help to soften flaky spots and mildly exfoliates and tones the skin. Hello, vibrance!

And don’t we deserve some vibrance on our faces? And … our bodies?

I’d love to see the Black Clay Facial Soap re-formulated for body. Would you?

I’d also love to see if founder Sarah Villafranco could work her magic and offer the Black Clay Facial Soap as a liquid or gel cleanser.

Though I’m turned on to facial bars because of this, I do find them annoying for travel.

(And I’m sure TSA finds my liquids / gels bag amusing to inspect.)

So, there you have it. A favorite / repurchase / real-talk review.

Have you tried Osmia Organics’ Black Clay Facial Soap? What sort of facial cleansers do you prefer — bars, gels, creams, oils, foams? Tell me in the comments section!

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  • I love the new packaging :-))) x

  • Ria

    Can’t say I’ve ever tried a bar soap for cleansing before – I love a good oil or balm! Would be interesting to try something like this though! Hoping Osmia might have a UK stockist sometime in the future :)

    • I hope you get a chance to try! So when you oil cleanse, you don’t follow up with a double cleanse with a gel / foam / other cleanser? Or do you just re-oil up?

  • I am a HUGE Osmia fan, though not a soap (of any consistency) fan – except for hands, of course. To remove makeup at night, in my current rotation are oils and the gel/lotion sort, depending on the situation. And raw manuka honey is my morning standard. I’m going to have to check out that favorites page!

    • Honey is definitely a staple, but I only wash with it if I’m feeling congested.

      So at night, do you just remove makeup with the oils / lotions and then follow up with a traditional-style cleanser?

      • Typically I’m a one step kind of gal. If I’m wearing more eye makeup than usual or a particularly sparkly highlighter, I might use two rounds of the same oil. Or start with my liquid/gel to get the eye makeup off and then my oil – especially if I’m using my OLO cleansing oil because I like to get those enzymes working on exfoliating my skin rather than taking off makeup. I’m a rebel (and old and dry). ; ) When I’m trying a new product I might mix it up to see what method I like best.

  • Man, Osmia’s new packaging is so freakin’ on-point.

    I’m not a bar soap kind of gal either (mainly because my skin is WAY too dry for most of them), but I’ve slowly been getting back into the game with their Coffee Mint bar. It leaves my skin feeling a little too squeaky-clean for me, but MAN does it ever make exfoliating easy!!

    • I KNOW! Love the sleek black packaging.

      That coffee mint bar … what a wake up in the morning! I looooove her soaps for body.

      I’m reallllly hoping she figures out a way to make this black clay soap into a gel cleanser. I took it to SF with me this weekend and I just hated sticking a somewhat-wet bar into a my soap cloth thing and it still feeling icky when I unpacked it today :(

  • Megan

    I love Osmia’s repackaging and am an avowed fan of their Spot Treatment and Milk Bath soak. Their soaps are the best soaps I’ve used but I can’t use it for my face. My dermatologist says that while sporadic use can be good for cleansing from out breaks and spots, using it all the time will damage skin because soap is not a good ph for skin. I noticed for myself and soaps would work but then after a week my skin would be drier and even angrier.

    • Yikes, no good! Very smart of you to talk to your derm about your product use, and of course, to monitor how your skin reacts.

  • Ru

    I still have this in the old packaging, unopened! Did you find it a little drying when you used it in winter?

    • Unwrap that bar, stat!

      I didn’t notice any drying during winter, but I’m pretty consistent with toning / balming / oiling up my skin immediately after washing. We’ll see if anything weird happens this fall / winter. Transition weather is always tricky!

  • I’ve used this before and found it to be very effective on my blemish-prone skin. Ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with clay-based products. Osmia is just such a great brand overall and I’ve found joy in each of their products I’ve tried. Thanks for sharing this review! You’ve reminded me of my love of this product.

    • Very welcome! It’s a good one — clays are just wonderful for your skin.

  • Stephanie

    Would love to see this in a body bar!

    • YES! I hope Sarah’s watching / reading / taking notes :)

  • Sounds amazing! I have to say I’m not that into bar soaps either…any soaps really but since getting more into green beauty I’ve tried a few & liked them!

    • It’s truly a winner! But gah, please make a gel version Sarah, please, please, please! Which soaps have you tried and liked?

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