Dermasuri + Osmia Organics Soap and Body Oil

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I reviewed the Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt a while back (see more here). When used as directed, this scrubber makes dead skin ball up and roll off. It’s gross, fascinating and satisfying. You’re baby-soft afterwards–no redness or irritation either. Here is the problem–you have to hang around in the shower for about ten minutes or more before the dead skin is ready be exfoliated. And you’re not to put soap on before you use it, so you just basically stand there enjoying the water and solitude. That makes it a special occasion tool for me as I usually don’t have time for long showers. The other thing is that I started to feel guilty about the water running that long when water is in short supply for so many people. So, chuck the Dermasuri? Nope. I decided to use it for “dry-brushing.” Obviously it’s not a brush, but I have seen a few articles that say you can dry brush with a loofah. I thought I would give this a whirl before buying a brush or loofah. I decided to use it every morning for one week. I also committed to moisturizing every morning as well. Because while I have a a multi-step facial care routine, I am terrible about moisturizing my body–legs and feet especially. My moisturizer of choice: Osmia Organics Sunset Body Oil.

I have done it every day for a week before showering. The routine is: 1) Get naked (duh) and brush body in sections stroking toward the heart. Why? The internet says so. This takes just a couple of minutes. I focus most of the attention on my legs which are a special (scaly) type of dry after a winter of neglect. 2. Hop in the shower and wash with Osmia Organics Milky Rose Soap.  Why? It’s moisturizing, smells good, and is made with great ingredients (see more here). 3. Turn off shower, but stay in there. Tie up hair; don’t dry off. Apply Osmia Organics Body Oil. I don’t have a “see more here” for this one because I haven’t reviewed it yet. So let’s look at it in-depth for a moment, shall we? I have the OO Body Oil in Sunset. As with everything else I have tried from Osmia, I am a fan. And this oil is made of many lovely oils. Specifically oils of coconut, jojoba, kukui, sweet almond, rosehips seed, hemp seed, avocado, borage seed, and evening primrose. Check the full ingredients list out here. The scent is a warm floral vanilla with a hint of citrus. It comes in a frosted glass bottle that is topped with a stopper that has a hole in it so you can shake out a few drops at a time. And you really only need a few drops. A little goes a long way. I rarely say that about any product! The oil is softening, moisturizing and spreads easily on wet skin. Using a small amount allows for a thin layer that sinks in quickly. The only weird thing about it is that it may cause you to touch your skin throughout the day. Try to be discreet.

Now back to my dry-brushing or Dermasuri brushing experiment. Many proponents of dry-brushing believe that it can exfoliate dead skin, clear clogged pores, stimulate the lymphatic system, reduce cellulite, do your taxes, and shape your eyebrows. I can only speak to the first two. After one week of Dermasuri plus Milky Rose Soap plus Sunset Body Oil, my skin is softer and smoother. I am most pleased by the improvement on my legs where regrowth of hair after shaving is a somewhat less dry, and bumpy situation. I can’t wait to see what another week or two of this brings especially on the legs.

Mostly Fancy Skincare Empties (That I Am Not Repurchasing)

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I’ve been finishing up some fancy green skincare products lately and it occurred to me that I am not repurchasing most of them. So I thought I would briefly review them and tell you why I am not repurchasing (in many cases, it’s because I want to try something else in that category). I will review all of the new things I mention individually. So let’s get started:

Cream Cleanser: I recently finished a bottle of Tata Harper’s Refreshing Cleanser. (See here for review.) I really liked it–especially as a gentle way to cleanse (morning cleanse or second cleanse at night), massage, and remove (exfoliate) with a washcloth. I didn’t repurchase (because: wanderlust) because I wanted to try other cream cleansers. I may go back to this one though because it really is lovely. For now I am trying MV Organic Skincare’s Gentle Cream Cleanser. I have been really curious about this Australian brand and I had a gift card to The Detox Market, which is one of the few domestic stores that carry MV. I’ve used it a few times and am pleased thus far. It is very thick and a little goes a long way–that means something coming from me because I always find that I need to use more than directed. It is a dry firm cream that doesn’t spread easily. I like to swipe it on here and there, then dampen my fingers to work it into my face. Many reviews discuss how well it removes make-up. I think it’s too special/pricey for that. Thus far, I have used it as a morning cleanse and removed it with a wet washcloth. A more in-depth look at it coming soon.

I also finished a pot of the May Lindstrom Honey Mud. I love the ingredients and the scent of this. I didn’t love the texture. It is described as having a pudding-like texture but I found it to be more like thick honey. I started liking it better when I applied it in haphazard swipes then used wet hands to rub it around my face. It emulsifies beautifully and you can feel the clays through the honey, which I love. I used it as a second cleanse at night and removed with a washcloth. Like the MV, this stuff is too special/pricey to use for makeup removal. I may repurchase this one when a sale comes around. It’s a nice “special treat” product for me. However, for now, I decided to try May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt (also purchased with my Detox Market gift card). I thought this might be a versatile pick as I can use it as directed (mixed with water) or mix in with cream cleanser to give it a little boost. We shall see!

Moisturizer: I am scooping out the remnants of Kahina Beauty Night Cream and have finished Amala Rejuvenating Advanced Firming Complex (reviewed here). Both of these are rich, lovely creams. I especially like the Amala in the winter. Chalk it up to wanderlust, but I am not repurchasing these . I am trying out the MY Organic Skincare Rose Soothing and Protective Moisturizer and Andalou Naturals Super Goji Perfecting Cream. So far, I am impressed with both and it’s nice to have options at either end of the price spectrum!

Deodorant: I haven’t totally finished the Dr. Hauschka Fresh Deodorant and I don’t plan to. This bad-boy is so expensive and it doesn’t work well–at least not for me. The floral smell somehow mixes with my body chemistry to make me smell most un-fresh. I barely register on the smell-o-meter without deodorant, so this stuff did the opposite of what it was supposed to. It’s also super-pricey. I recently started using The People’s Pharmacy MOM Deodorant (milk of magnesia) and it is excellent. I can work up a sweat and there is no smell–not from me or the product. The best part is that it costs a fraction of the price of the Dr. Hauschka. I am so glad I found this stuff because I thought I might have to go to one of the well-loved green brands that package their deodorant in a pot. I just don’t want to dig around a pot for product and smear it on my pits. Thankfully, I don’t have to!

A naturalish deodorant detour: Here are some of the other deodorants I have tried in the past year: Tom’s of Maine (stick): This was my starting point for cleaner deodorants. It didn’t do much for me. Nourish (stick): It’s sticky and gritty and thick. The worst of the bunch for me. Lavanila (stick): Worked ok. Texture was ok. Crystal Essence (roll-on): Best of this bunch–but not nearly as good as the MOM deodorant. Weleda (spray): Save yourself the money and put some alcohol and a couple of drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. Or don’t because it doesn’t work that well. Le Couvent Des Minimes (roll-on): Works pretty well; a bit too perfumed; irritated my skin with continued use.

Spray Toner: I purchased a small size of Yuli’s Cocoon Elixir to try out this past winter–it’s their soothing and hydrating elixir. It’s nice, but I won’t be repurchasing. I love the Yuli Panacea Elixir (that’s the balancing and hydrating one; reviewed here) and have two full-size bottles of it. Plus I have yet to try the Yuli Metamorphic Elixir. I also finished a bottle of Suki spray toner that I purchased as part of a Hautelook impulse buy. This is a very nice toner. It smells and feels juicy (not fruity-juicy, more herbaceous-juicy). I liked it a lot, but not planning to repurchase at the mo.

Body Wash: This isn’t a fancy one but I’ll include anyway–I am a huge Dr. Bronner’s fan for showers, makeup brush washing, and cleaning. However, it can be pretty drying on the body when you use it in generous amounts, which I tend to do. I usually opt for Almond, but I had the baby mild for my toddler (and found it too intense for his skin) so I used it. Since I received a Soap Stash from Osmia Organics for Mother’s Day, I am off liquid soap for a bit. I am guessing it’ll be a long while since the Osmia soap bars are substantial. So far, I am loving how hydrating they are. Also, I use a lot less soap when it’s in bar form. I am currenly suds-ing myself with Milky Rose and it’s glorious.

 

 

Osmia Organics Soap Stash

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Last Sunday, I had a lovely Mother’s Day. It didn’t involve a fancy brunch or spa appointment. It was a warm and sunny day, so we dusted off the sprinkler and the squirt toys for the first water battle of the season. My toddler (currently known as the Silver Ranger) had a ball and in turn, so did his Dad and I. It was easy, simple, and perfect. Later that day, I was surprised with some thoughtful and fancy gifts: A Soap Stash from Osmia Organics along with a bottle of their Sunset Body Oil. It’s really nice to receive products for pampering–especially ones that encourage me to keep exploring green beauty and writing about it. It’s doubly lovely.

The OO Soap Stash is pictured above. I received the “flavors” Milky Rose, Juniper Shea, Lavender Mint, and Lemon Basil Ginger. They came in a cute zippered bag that will be put to use when I travel. Not pictured: a handy soap saver and samples–oh the samples! I received a generous sample of their protein exfoliating mask, a slice of lavender mint soap, and a sample of their facial calibration serum.

We’ve been using the lavender mint soap sample for hand washing in the kitchen. How is it that something as simple as a bar of soap becomes a revelation? Using it has been so much nicer (the scent: omg) and more gentle on our hands than the liquid soap we’d been using in the kitchen.  I am planning to use the lemon basil ginger as our kitchen hand soap when this sample runs out. As for the bathroom, I decided to start with the milky rose soap. The Silver Ranger asked to use it for his bath when he saw me opening it. Of course, I said yes as there is nothing to worry about when it comes to what’s in it:

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 (98.2% certified organic ingredient; * = certified organic)

Here is Miss Milky Rose photographed dry in unnatural light and wet in natural light. Look at those petals! Look at that thoughtful wrapping!

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Those are some gorgeous ingredients, am I right? I’ve since been using the milky rose for showers and I am wowed by how luxurious it is. I was expecting it to feel nice and to smell good–that’s a given with Osmia. But there is more to it than that. It leaves skin so soft. This soap totally enables my laziness when it comes to moisturizing my body because I just haven’t felt like I need to.  That’s not to say it leaves a layer on your skin or anything. You feel perfectly clean, but not squeaky. It’s a soft, smooth, clean kinda feeling. In fact, I haven’t even cracked open the Sunset Body Oil–don’t worry I will and a report will be forthcoming on the oil and the other soaps! Every product I have tried from OO is wonderful (I also have the Spot Treatment and Active Gel Toner) and I am looking forward to using the soaps, oil, and samples. Stay tuned!