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.
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!