11.09.2013

My Go-To Cleanser for Spotty, Blemish-Prone Skin.

I've expressed my adoration for Osmia Organics a few times before, and I'll just quickly reiterate that if you have not yet tried the Detox Exfoliating Mask (reviewed here), what are you waiting for? Do yourself a favor and order a bottle now, or at least add it to your holiday wishlist. Trust me.

Another Osmia product I've been trying out for the past few months has been their Black Clay Facial Soap. I was initially hesitant simply due to the product name containing the word 'soap,' something I've learned to associate with dry, stripped skin, but I just went with it because I trusted the brand that much, and you know what? I'm glad I did. It has quickly become a staple in my collection because no other cleanser I've tried can do what it does.

The Black Clay Facial Soap contains black Australian clay and deep sea mud that draw out oil and impurities and cleanse the skin, while organic almond, avocado and castor bean oil condition and moisturize the skin. Although the soap does create a lather, it does so with the help of coconut milk rather than SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), which is a common ingredient in many other soaps and is known to strip the skin of moisture.


After wetting the soap, just a few swipes of the soap in my hands provide enough lather to cleanse my face. I'd imagine that the Black Clay Facial Soap will last me quite a long time, despite its size! I do experience a tiny bit of the squeaky-clean feeling after rinsing the soap off, but my skin doesn't feel tight or stripped of moisture post-cleanse. It's important to note that the Black Clay Facial Soap is best for normal, problem or combination skin types, and those with drier skin types may fare better with Osmia's Rose Clay Facial Soap.

Now, why has a soap become a staple in my skincare routine, you ask? Let me tell you. Several weeks ago, I experienced a terrible bout of breakouts that all started as painful, under-the-skin blemishes. I tried slapping on hefty doses of my usual overnight spot treatment for a few days to no avail. They kept progressing and showed no signs of stopping any time soon. Then, I decided to start cleansing my skin with the Black Clay Facial Soap morning and night. After one day (I know it sounds ridiculous, but it's the truth), I noticed a significant improvement. My blemishes felt much less painful, were noticeably less red, and had gotten a bit smaller and looked like they were finally starting on the decline. Two to three days later of cleansing with the soap and my skin had finally calmed down and was back to normal. I was in awe.

Since then, any time I feel a spot coming on, I start back up on the Black Clay Facial Soap twice a day routine to stop it in its tracks. Works like a charm every time. When my skin is blemish-free, I tend to use other cleansers simply because they feel more luxurious and hydrating, especially in the colder weather, but I would never even think about not having the Black Clay Facial Soap on hand at all times. Spotty skin, be gone.

Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap is available on their website for $22 (2.25 oz).

15 comments:

  1. Cool, I've never heard of Osmia but I like her story and all of the technical advice her site has. I used to wash my face with African black soap and I guess this is similar. What does this smell like and is the scent strong? I usually use unscented products. Thank you!!

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  2. Hey Tiffany, I'm so sorry to hear about the horrible episode! Glad this helps SO much though! I've been hearing so many great things about Osmia, and now I'm oh-so-tempted :)

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  3. WOW ok ordering this one PRONTO!! That's a fantastic sounding soap!

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  4. Hey Zozo, so glad Osmia piqued your interest! I'm sure you saw this already, but the founder is a doctor, so that's why there's so much explanation and reasoning behind her products. I love that! The soap does have a very faint scent, but it just smells like....soap? I guess what I mean is that the scent isn't intentional or due to any added fragrances, so it shouldn't irritate your skin in that sense. I'd really classify it as more or less unscented, really.

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  5. Sunny, you HAVE to try some Osmia products! I have yet to be disappointed by anything I've tried.

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  6. Yayayay! I was meh about it at first because I started using it when my skin was clear, but then I realized how ridiculously effective it is when I have breakouts!

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  7. WOW! What an experience!! And it's such experience that makes us stick to a product, isn't it? Osmia has been on my to try list, but I like to use up my skincare before purchasing new ones. So, I guess it'll have to wait. I'm sure with all the raves, Osmia will stick around for a long time :-)

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  8. !! hmm this is a very interesting product and i would be cautious too about hearing the 'soap' word, esp w/ SLS but i'm glad this uses something else. this makes me really curious to see if the health food store down my street, which carries natural beauty products will have something similar. i noted a clay soap there last time...hmm

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  9. Wow that is so impressive!!! I've heard really good things about African black soap…wonder if it's a similar concept. Anyway, this Osmia brand seems like it's got some pretty amazing products…I've been lemming the lip balm every since Becca posted about it!

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  10. I agree! It's definitely a quality brand with several star products. It's just a matter of time before they're more widely known, I'm sure. Let me know if and when you end up placing an order in the future...I'll have tons of recommendations for you :D

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  11. I wonder if it's similar! I was actually really surprised by how much I like this soap. I didn't realize it'd be so amazing at combating blemishes!

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  12. I'm not sure since I've never tried African black soap, but it sounds interesting! The lip balm is really, really nice too! I'll have to talk about that one in a future post :)

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  13. It is! I'm actually curious to see if it works this great on everyone who suffers with blemishes, or if I just completely lucked out :)

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  14. Me too! Either way, i am very glad it worked so well for you. Maybe after I use up some stuff I'll try this :)

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