Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Osmia Organics

I love finding eco-conscious brands that work just as well (if not better) than the conventional brands with all of the yucky stuff in them.  I was recently lucky enough to be introduced to the line Osmia Organics.   In medicine, the inability to smell is anosmia, so Osmia Organics is creatively named.  Sarah, the founder and creator, was a doctor working in emergency medicine and through an unfortunate loss of her mother, and a life-changing discovery of what she really wanted to be doing to help people, Osmia Organics was born.  Sarah says:

Osmia, as I use it, means “sense of smell”. Every Osmia product is made with utmost attention to the scent and its aromatherapeutic benefits. In a broader sense, it is also a reminder to sense your life. Stop what you are doing and really see the color of the sky. Notice the taste of your coffee, even if it’s the same type you drink every morning.   Feel how your child’s hand feels in yours – soft, little, warm. Hear not only the music, but the silence that happens when you turn off the music. Because if we don’t sense our lives, and all the precious beauty that can be found in a regular old day, well that’s really just silly.

Osmia skin care products are made using organic and natural ingredients. Osmia does not use Ethoxylated ingredients, parabens, phthalates, sls, petroleum-based ingredients, synthetic fragrance, artificial colors, and certainly no ingredients that involve animal cruelty.  They are extremely gentle on skin, and best of all, they work!  

 I was addicted to a certain honey-based lip balm, but it has some rather unfortunate ingredients I did not want to ingest nightly.  Osmia Organics Honey-Myrhh Lip Repair  contains manuka honey and myrhh and heals with the power of lanolin.  This pot of gold will literally save your lips!  I use mine before bed and wake up with it still on.  That is a success for me.  This is one of the very few lip products that my daughter will use too.

If you crave some color try the Osmia Organics Lip Glosses.  I have it in Luster which is a sheer touch of "your lips but better".  It:
includes cupuacu butter, a touch of mica, and an organic plumping agent.  We have also replaced lanolin in this formula with a pomegranate ingredient that helps the lips stay hydrated.  This natural lip gloss gets its gorgeous color from beet root and alkanet root, and, somehow, looks good on EVERYONE!  The texture is smooth, silky, and not too-sticky - and enough to condition your lips all day (until you get home to your Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair, that is).  The scent is gentle, from just a dab of organic vanilla CO2 extract.  

If I was not already in love, I then started using the Osmia Organics body oils.
The base oil is the same for all of them, comprising 11 incredibly nourishing oils (9 certified organic), each with its own set of benefits for the skin. With healing organic jojoba oil, antioxidant kukui oil, powerfully anti-aging and regenerative organic rosehip seed oil, and anti-inflammatory organic hemp seed oil, our body oil strengthens, rejuvenates, and deeply heals your skin.  The scents are achieved with organic and wild-harvested essential oils...
The  Osmia Organics body oils come in different scents that actually last really well on skin and for me can even be used when I want to avoid perfumes.  My favorite is definitely Sunset Body Oil, which leaves skin smelling good enough to eat.  I have chronically dry skin in winter (hey I live in New England), so I will admit, I was skeptical about these body oils.  I have used body oils from other companies with less than stellar results.  Osmia Organics body oils are so different.  You apply them to wet skin (like right out of the bath or shower) and they lock in moisture all day long.  I am also a huge fan of the Water Lily scent which eco-beauties go crazy for.  It has a spiciness that is irresistible.

It is no wonder that Osmia Organics is a new gem in the crown of the organic beauty industry.  Keep your watch on this true diamond!

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