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January 7, 2021

These Organic, Skin-Healing Cleansing Bars Will Change Everything You Think About Bar Soap

Properly formulated bar soap can actually help heal dry skin, acne, rosacea, and more. Get ready to add a few bars to your beauty routines!


 

The history behind Osmia has all the hallmarks of a “follow your passion, and you’ll never work a day in your life story.” Dr. Sarah Villafranco spent nearly 10 years practicing medicine before her vision of soap-making as “a fun hobby” would allow her to “[practice] a broader brand of medicine [by] energizing people to engage in their own wellness through skin health and sensory experience.” 

Osmia Organics
Osmia Organics

 

When asked if the old adage was accurate, she said, “It’s more like this: Follow your passion … and be prepared to work your ass off for years on end with (hopefully) an awesome team to do great things together. Learning to be bold enough to make mistakes,” she said, “and resilient enough to recover quickly from them are among the more important skills I’ve acquired along the way. That, and learning to trust my instincts when it comes to building a team!”

 

Opting to Go Organic

 

In our earlier conversation about soap making and Osmia’s cold-process approach, Dr. Sarah explained that not all bar soaps are organic. “Even within the cold-process, hand-crafted soap niche, very few soap makers choose to invest in high-quality, sustainably-sourced, certified organic ingredients. Our cold-process soap is made with organic plant oils, clay or botanical powders for color, and essential oils for scent. And that’s why our bars are $18 instead of $4.” 

 

Organic plant oils, clay or botanical powders for color, and essential oils for scent.

 

Walking the Walk, Not Just Talking the Talk

 

Consumers choose organic products for a myriad of reasons. “They are investing in organic farming, their own health, and the future of the planet. That’s why it’s so maddening,” Dr. Sarah says, “to see greenwashing in the industry.” Much like whitewashing – glossing over distasteful facts in order to paint a better picture of something – greenwashing occurs when businesses work harder to promote themselves as being “earth first” than actually doing it. And why wouldn’t they? According to Nielsen’s Global Corporate Sustainability Report, “Sixty-six percent of [surveyed participants said they were] willing to pay more for sustainable goods.” Dr. Sarah concurs. “I think people who look for organic products expect to pay more for them, and if customers are willing to make that investment, we, as brands, need to uphold our commitment to their investment and truly practice what we preach!”

 

What the Label Should Tell You

 

In terms of safety, I don’t remember seeing any labeling on the handcrafted soap I purchased in the distant past, but “soap should be clearly labeled with either the ingredients that went into the bar or the ingredients in the finished bar.” Since labeling varies, Dr. Sarah clarified a few variations. The label “might say olive oil and sodium hydroxide (these two went into the bar), or it could say saponified olive oil, or sodium olivate (both are ways of describing the contents of the finished bar after saponification has been completed).”

 

Osmia Organic
Osmia   product label

 

Osmia’s Facial Soaps Are For Rosacea and Acne-Prone Skin, Too

 

Armed with new and compelling information, you may be ready to give one of Osmia’s bar soaps a try. They offer three different varieties, including their bestselling Black Clay Facial Soap, which contains anti-inflammatory Dead Sea Mud and has a “wildly enthusiastic following among those who struggle with acne and dermatitis.” It also has a 5-star rating and over 950 reviews! 

 

For a naturally exfoliating cleanser, the Pumpkin Facial Soap contains organic honey and camellia seed oil for moisture. 

 

Dr. Sarah recommends two different soaps for customers with rosacea: “the Black Clay Facial Soap if the rosacea has an acne-like appearance and the Rose Clay Facial Soap if the skin has more redness than bumps.”

 

Once you’ve selected your soap of choice, check out Osmia’s short video, “How to wash your face with bar soap.” According to Dr. Sarah, “Rubbing the bar directly on the skin does not get enough product on your face. When you work up a nice, thick lather, you know you’ve got a good amount of product in your hands to get your skin fully cleansed and conditioned.”

 

 

Best Selling Body Soap

 

Even if you’re not ready to incorporate bar soap into your facial care routine, Osmia’s body soaps will make both your nose and your skin happy. And, they look like pieces of art! Here are a few great options: 

  • Milky Rose and Lavender Shea for dry skin
  • Lavender Pine for keratosis pilaris
  • Oh So Soap (unscented) for troublesome, sensitive skin, or those with eczema
  • Oh So Detox to fight body breakouts
  • Coffee Mint for moisture and exfoliation (One of Beautytap Editor, Elycia’s favorites)
Tracy is a "quality over quantity" word girl fascinated by eagles and life in a small SoCal mountain community. She believes in the now, has written professionally for 30+ years, and worships at the alters of serum and Sulwhasoo.

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COMMENTS 16

Ok now I'm really interested in bar soaps. Great article.

tracyteel


Verified Expert

Oh, I'm so glad to hear this! I know you'll find at least one favorite among Osmia's amazing options. Next up in my shower -- Lavender Shea -- and on my sink -- Pumpkin.

jonniskincare


Verified Expert

I would love to try the Milky Rose and Lavender Shea for dry skin soap. I find more handmade and small-batch soap bars tend to care deeply about the ingredients

tracyteel


Verified Expert

You must be reading my mind, Jonni, because I just put the Lavender Shea bar in the shower this morning after finishing up the Coffee-Mint (which lasted about a month -- not bad for a sample size). I'll be sure to share my thoughts with you soon!

In the beginning of 2019 I began my journey of transitioning off plastics. It's been a really challenging and wild adventure, but products like bar soaps have been a huge help in the transition. Thanks tracyteel for this in depth overview and adding more things to my wishlist!

tracyteel


Verified Expert

You're welcome! If you need any suggestions, just write to me. I'm working my way through Osmia's entire collection. :)

You will love Osmia soaps, Zephora! They are game changers.

zephorahnure


Verified Expert

Wow, I've never heard of a bar soap being good for your skin. I would like to try Black Clay Facial Soap for dermatitis because I have that issue every now and then. I also have a few clients with rosacea, so I am sure they would appreciate the Rose Clay Facial Soap as well. I used to use bentonite clay because the model industry swore by it, but it was hard to completely wash off and it used to dry out my skin. I heard it could clog your pipes too. I am glad I retired that years... Read more

You will love Osmia soaps, Zephora! They are game changers.

tracyteel


Verified Expert

You're welcome, Zephora. As I mentioned in part one, I've been a fan of handmade soap for years, and now I have nine little bars of Osmia (well, seven, since two are almost gone). I've been using the Rose Clay Facial Bar as a second cleanser at night (don't use it to remove eye makeup, though) and as a morning cleanser to remove my sleeping mask. My skin is clearer where I've been experiencing occasional maskne, and I'm attributing that to this soap. Try the minis! You won't be sorry. Just be sure to buy a soap saver (little plastic... Read more

My family is currently using the Oh so soap, but I'll try the Milky rose with lavender. Can't get out from what you're used to! :D

tracyteel


Verified Expert

I got the Milky rose in the miniature kit. The inclusion of bitter orange and buttermilk sounds really intriguing. Who knew you could have so much fun with soap? Apparently, Dr. Sarah! :)

I heard their Black Clay cleansing soap are great for Perioral Dermatitis

tracyteel


Verified Expert

I bought that one, too! The Black Clay version is universal, and the Rose Clay is for drier skin (like mine). I have had some maskne this year, and using the rose clay bar as my second cleanser in the evening appears to be keeping my pores clearer -- which is a nice change from relying on chemical exfoliants in winter.

There's the constant debate between foam, oil, and bar soaps. As I travel almost every week, I have stayed in my share of hotels....most have bar soaps, and I found that I like bar soaps better for the convenience of traveling. The other big advantage is that you never have to worry about security at the airport. As the pandemic lessons with the vaccine, hopefully I can use my bar soaps again on my travels!

tracyteel


Verified Expert

I think you'll be quite impressed by these bars, James. They work equally well as a standalone cleanser to break down sunscreen or as a second cleanser after oil cleansing. With the soap saver (a little plastic platform with holes in it ) the soap dries quickly, which minimizes waste and increases longevity. These would be great for travel, and it would be easy to cut off a portion of a full-size bar to fit in a travel case for your trips. I've only used the rose clay bar so far, but I have the black clay and pumpkin waiting... Read more