In 2013, when I was a newbie blogger, I interviewed the gracious Sarah Villafranco, M.D., founder of Osmia Organics, about black seed oil, an up and coming ingredient that not many brands were using yet.

The interview got so much traffic that I knew back then that Osmia Organics had already hit the big leagues. In four years, this innovative company is still riding high—unable to keep many of their bestsellers in stock for long. And for good reason.

This medical doctor turned mad scientist converts something as seemingly mundane as bar soap into an art form—and uses hard core science to do it. In fact, methodical research and scrupulously sourced ingredients formulate the entire Osmia Organics line.

In case you’re madly looking up the word “osmia” to no avail, it’s not in the dictionary.

Sarah defines it as: ‘A sense of who you are, why you’re here, and all the ways you choose to be happy.’ Can we love this over and over again? Everything about Osmia Organics reminds us to return to our senses and enjoy living a beauty-filled life—including the inspiring founder who lives and breathes this message. Follow her on Instagram and you’ll see!

Fast forward to receiving January’s Beauty Heroes box and a joyful exclamation from moi upon opening it and seeing the trademark hummingbird that heralds the arrival of Osmia Organics.

January’s Beauty Heroes selection (value: $96)

Leave it to the Beauty Heroes team to consistently select winners for this monthly subscription box, among them January’s haul consisting of the classic Black Clay Facial Soap + soap saver (already a repeat purchase), the Purely Simple Face Cream (first time using!), and a pre-released sample-sized product that’s slated to launch in February: Nectar Vital Rose Drops.

I’ve gushed about why I adore Beauty Heroes in many posts starting here, so I’ll spare you too much about it other than:

  • It’s still one of the only subscription boxes I receive besides the Cosmic Box and now evaluating Goodbeing (formerly Goodebox) for consideration.
  • It costs $39 per month for a full-sized feature product and usually a full-sized sidekick that never disappoints (that seems like an exaggeration but it is not).
  • Members access the Beauty Heroes online clean beauty shop with an automatic 15% discount at checkout.
  • All brands are vetted by a team of 30+ beauty and wellness experts before inclusion in the box.
  • Brands are treated fairly and receive compensation for their inclusion in the box.

I can not speak highly enough of the founder, Jeannie Jarnot, and her level of expertise in the spa and beauty industry. She is a beauty hero in her own right and knows an exemplary product when she sniffs one. Osmia Organics is no exception, so let’s dig in to January’s box.

Black Clay Facial Soap, retails for $24

osmia organics black clay soap

Not to be confused with African Black Soap, Black Clay Facial Soap balances and tones skin with Dead Sea mud and Australian Black Clay—hence the color and name. If you’re wondering how I could possibly recommend bar soap for the face, fear not a dehydrated face.

Sarah originally developed the soap to mitigate symptoms of perioral dermatitis, an eczema-meets-acne-like condition that she herself suffers from and is bringing to light for many others. Combined with organic almond, avocado, castor bean oils and coconut milk, this soap is never drying, but rather leaves skin feeling soft, clean, and nourished.

Over the years, I’ve repurchased the Black Clay Soap when I want a solid, non-drying cleanser for my teenagers or for when my own skin gets temperamental, nothing else is working, and even oil cleansing seems like a bad idea (yes, that happens sometimes).

Full list of 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

Purely Simple Face Cream, retails for $60

Osmia Organics offers only ONE moisturizing cream so you know it’s gotta be great. The first ingredient is aloe vera which speaks highly to the healing potential of this lotion.

What appeals to me about Purely Simple is that you get the benefits of a hydrating cream without the ethoxylated emulsifiers found in many lotions that pollute our water supply with 1-4 dioxane. It’s the perfect, gentle companion to the Black Clay Facial Soap and another potential way to relieve symptoms of perioral dermatitis. It contains low levels of essential oils so that even sensitive skin can benefit from use.

I love its versatility too and discovered that by adding a few drops of oil, like Nectar Vital Rose Drops, it creates a dreamy emulsion. Of course, you can add pretty much whatever suits your skin’s needs or simply leave it as is.

While I haven’t been testing this out for the duration of my usual epic trial period (often months at a time to see results), initial performance tests prove it absorbs rapidly, leaving my skin moisturized without feeling greasy.

It’s got a cushion effect that feels like a pillow-soft buffer to the drying heaters and cold temps of winter, while being light enough to tailor to summer weather too.

FYI, the top needs to be depressed only slightly in order to release enough product (a full pump may be too much), but once you figure out the right amount, application is satisfyingly neat.

I’m a big advocate of using a pump when it comes to beauty products on account of convenience, but more importantly because it protects the integrity of the product by preventing oxidation and contamination (from fingers dipping into it and exposure to light, water, and air).

The airless pump also takes the environment into consideration. The cream is housed in fully recyclable packaging that uses less plastic and no metals. From nuts to bolts, this is a well-planned eco-conscious business.

Full list of ingredients: 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*, [sodium benzoate and gluconolactone], ricinus communis (castor) oil*, GMO-free vitamin E oil, proprietary blend of organic and wild-harvested essential oils

Nectar Vital Rose Drops ($10 sample size)

If you’ve smelled any Osmia Organics body oils or scents, you’ll know that when it comes to fragrance profiles, these are not your typical floral or fresh fare. They’re like nothing you’ve ever sniffed before—layered, evocative, intriguing, with surprising notes that catch you off guard.

Now that Sarah has ventured into the realm of roses, don’t expect a cloying aromatic garden either! While the other fragrances are herbaceous and bold, this scent embraces a softer, more romantic, and beautiful side of Osmia Organics the way that a singular rose note would.

The texture goes on easy, smooth, with a rich glide. My skin drinks it in. This tiny vial will last a while because you need so little of the decadent rose oil to make a difference. Of course, it’s too soon for me to tell long-term results yet, but I’m monitoring to see if rose’s properties shine through.

Rose oil is known for its calming, almost sedative effects on skin and senses. This little wonder soothes redness on my face and brings down inflammation within a short amount of time. I’ll be using this over and over again to make sure I am not imagining it!

To think you can indulge in this sensory experience for $39 when you join Beauty Heroes now. Pinch me! I never know how Beauty Heroes delivers such incredible products at such an affordable price. Their incentive is clear: to give you a chance to try the best clean products available that are good for you and the planet and make the switch so you never miss the other stuff. You won’t!

If  you have not yet taken advantage of this offer, now is the time. Memberships are going fast and there is only a limited number available. (Not just a line, that’s really true! Beauty Heroes will be capping the number soon.)

Last year, I became a Beauty Heroes Ambassador after receiving several months of Beauty Heroes boxes and loving them consistently. Thank you in advance for helping to sustain this blog through your membership purchase. I receive a small commission when you do.

Have you ever tried Osmia Organics? What products do you love from this Colorado-based company?