People often ask me what my favorite Osmia products are, and it almost feels like trying to choose a favorite daughter—impossible! Since I formulated all the products, I obviously love them all enough to make them part of our selection. But there are a few products I use every single day for fairly specific reasons, so I’ll share those, and I'll throw in a few other all-time favorites for good measure.
This was the first facial soap I created, but that’s not why it holds a superstar place in my heart. The reason I love this soap is because of a pesky skin condition I have called perioral dermatitis, and the way my skin started showing signs that my perioral dermatitis was healing when I started using it! Since then, this facial soap has helped a huge number of people with dermatitis, acne, eczema and other skin issues. But don't take my word for it—over a thousand reviews on our website tell the story!
Skin suffering from perioral dermatitis (PD) does not like oils or heavy creams, so I formulated this lotion with soothing, water-soluble aloe vera and a lower percentage of oil than most creams. It penetrates quickly, leaving the skin nourished with a gentle matte finish. There are almost 900 reviews on our site for this simple, effective face cream, so I guess other people feel the same. Sometimes I even use a dab of Purely Simple to scrunch in my wavy hair and tame down the frizzies!
When I was in my early 40s, with my dermatitis under good control, I wanted a little extra something to keep my skin hydrated throughout the day. While oils themselves are not hydrating, a few drops of Nectar enhance the penetration of Purely Simple to an alarming degree. I find that my skin stays soft and supple even on the driest days out in the mountains of Colorado, even now that I'm 50!
Nectar is also an amazing multitasker. I use it as an eye makeup remover, an eye treatment, and a glow enhancer—one drop patted onto cheekbones is really beautiful on the skin. And the scent is like a trip to a luscious rose garden, so that’s another perk.
My little genie in a bottle. I can honestly say there have been at least three times when I’ve been flying across the country to an event and this amazing stuff got rid of an emerging zit while the plane was in the air. It works quickly and quietly when applied every few hours, and it really packs a punch while you sleep. Essential oils of cajeput, lemon, lavender, and thyme make the blemish less angry, while the evening primrose oil helps keep the top layer of skin healthy rather than flaky and dry. It’s great for ingrown hairs and bug bites, as well.
I developed this formula after figuring out that I had become allergic to castor oil, which is in almost every lip product on the market. It’s my favorite lip product of all time, so I’m almost glad I developed the allergy! There are no essential oils, so it’s amazing for super sensitive lips, young kids, and for anyone who doesn’t want their lips to smell like flowers or peppermint! It keeps my lips soft and nourished even in the mountain sun and wind, and that’s no easy job. Pretty much anyone who tries Lip Doctor falls in love with it!
Every time I open a bar of Lavender Pine Body Soap, I ask myself why it's been so long since I opened a bar of Lavender Pine Body Soap. (It's because I've been busy using our seasonal Craft Series soaps, which are also gorgeous, but still.) It's gently scrubby, smells of an alpine lavender garden, and has the perfect amount of suds. It's awesome for the little bumps on the backs of your arms, and makes a great gift for anyone with....skin.
We don’t make these, but we sell them and they’re brilliant. You just pop your still-wet bar of soap in the little bag, pull the string tight, and throw it in your suitcase. You can rinse and air dry the bag when you get where you’re going! SO much better than a plastic case or a ziploc bag—no gooey mess!!
While I use Night most evenings, and it’s such a soothing way to end the day, Water is my aromatherapy secret weapon. When I have a big day ahead or need to feel like I’m standing on particularly solid ground, I reach for Water. The scent of vetiver essential oil makes me feel my roots, and the ginger lily brings a freshness that reminds me not to take life (or myself) too seriously!
Lavender can have a sharp, medicinal scent sometimes, and, while I love the aroma, I usually blend it with something else to soften its edges. But not this lavender. This is a purple fluffball kind of lavender scent from a varietal called “maillette”, and it makes me believe in unicorns and fairies. (I wish I were kidding.) My favorite trick with this or any of our body mousses is to massage it into your feet before you work out, under your socks—you’ll have baby unicorn fairy feet when you’re done.
So, there you have it! These are my favorite Osmia staples, my ride-or-die, desert-island, holy grail natural skincare products. They've helped me uncover healthier, happier skin, and I hope they'll do exactly that for you.
With love and unicorns from us to you,