So I’ve mentioned this before, but I love soap. I really do. I like to think of myself as a soap connoisseur ;o)
Because I have tried so many types and brands of soap, I know good soap. And you know what? Osmia Organics is good soap. Actually, it’s great soap!
I tried three bars:
- Ylang Spring
- Lavender Shea
- Milky Rose
When I received all three, they all smelled AMAZING. Opening the package was like a waft of heavenly perfume. And all soaps are wrapped in paper and tied with twine – so cute!
I’ve been using them for a few weeks now, and love them all. The scent has faded with use but they all have this soft, sensual scent with their own unique subtle fragrance that I really love.
They are all very good size too. In fact, the ylang was so large, I sliced it in half. The other two are borderline too large (what a great problem to have!), slicing in half makes them a bit easier to handle.
Osmia’s Ylang Spring is described as “Ylang and sweet orange … clean, fresh, feminine and sweet.” This is very accurate. I definitely smell the richness of the ylang but it has a freshness to it (sweet orange is in there) that compliments the ylang really well.
Ylang Spring also has little scrubbies in it. I am hesitant of soap with exfoliants built-in because sometimes they can be too harsh against my sensitive skin, but these are very mild. This would be fine to use on your body or hands daily.
And I LOVE the texture of the top. I’ve never seen anything like it, but the folds and undulations feel like a massage when I use it – I wish all of her soaps had that texture!
Ingredients: saponified oils/butters of olea europaea (olive)*, butyrospermum parkii (shea)*, orbignya oleifera (babassu)*, elaeis guineesis kernel (palm kernel)*, coconut milk*, hand-harvested french grey sea salt, alkanna tinctoria (alkanet root) extract, iris germanica (orris root) powder*, proprietary blend of essential oils*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) antioxidant*, GMO-free vitamin E oil
Osmia’s Lavender Shea is described as “a subtle lavender smell from organic, Bulgarian lavender.” This is also very accurate. It smells like lavender, and REAL lavender – not some fake lavender-ish scent. Some lavender can smell almost a little medicinal, but this doesn’t – it’s much more subtle.
This bar has a more mild, creamy lather than the Ylang Spring (which is fluffier). While this has less lather, it cleans very well and has been my go-to bar of soap in the shower. I love the rich, creaminess of it. It feels soft against my skin and is very moisturizing.
Ingrdients: saponified oils/butters of olea europaea (olive)*, butyrospermum parkii (shea)*, and cocos nucifera (coconut)*, coconut milk*, illite (french green) clay, spinacia oleracea (spinach) powder*, proprietary blend of essential oils*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) antioxidant*, GMO-free vitamin E oil
Trying Milky Rose was sort of an experiment for me. I can only handle rose in small amounts because it can be overpowering for me really easily. When I saw that this doesn’t actually contain rose, I was intrigued. Hmmm, a rose scent without rose? The bar looked so beautiful with petals on top, I had to try it!
Its scent is described as “bitter orange and palmarosa essential oils give a unique, feminine scent.” Once again, this is accurate. It does have a rose/floral scent, but without the intensity of traditional rose-scented products.
And while the petals on top are truly lovely, they kind of turn into a mess in the shower! I would recommend shaving off the top before use, or you will find soggy flower petals everywhere.
The lather on this is a cross between the Ylang Spring and Lavender Shea, it’s a little fluffy and a little creamy.
Ingredients: saponified oils/butters of olea europaea (olive)*, butyrospermum parkii (shea)*, and cocos nucifera (coconut)*, coconut milk*, kaolin (australian pink) clay, buttermilk powder*, rosa centifolia (roses)*, proprietary blend of essential oils*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) antioxidant*, GMO-free vitamin E oil
While all of the ingredients are a bit different, they all contain a mixture of olive oil and shea butter – and organic as well! Olive and shea are among the most moisturizing of oils/butters, so it’s no wonder my skin feels so nice after the shower with these.
In fact, almost everything in these soaps are organic, a pretty impressive feat I must say. Not only do they smell divine, they are made with ingredients I feel good about putting on my skin. The best of both worlds!
Osmia Organics also sells a soap saver for only $1. I highly recommend it. These soaps are a little pricey ($12 each), so for $1 more you will keep it from sitting in water and wearing away. I have a few ‘soap savers’ from different companies, and theirs is among my favorites since its thin and flexible, so doesn’t take up much space.
Overall, these soaps are amazing. They are moisturizing yet clean well. All of their fragrances are complex but subtle, and best of all – organic!
Disclosure: Samples were provided to me by Osmia Organics to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.