Today, I’m sharing my Osea skincare review.
I make it a point to try a lot of different skincare products, and Osea Malibu has been my favorite clean skincare find this year, hands-down.
I love finding skincare products that I feel good putting on my face and body every day that also WORK, you know?
I’ll say this, though: I try to approach the clean beauty game with a level head because I think there’s so much pressure lately to be perfectly clean in what we eat, put on our skin, and clean our homes with. I’ve been slowly moving in the right direction, but I try not to put too much pressure on myself. Balance, right? There are a few really effective products that I love to use that aren’t technically clean (looking at you, retinol), so I love finding natural products that I can balance out my routine with.
I have incorporated several of the brand’s products into my daily rotation this year, so I’m very excited to share my full Osea skincare review with you all today.
In this post, I’ll share a little overview of the brand and their mission, answer some common FAQs about the brand, and go over a list of my personal favorite products.
**This weekend, Osea is doing the BEST gift-with-purchase event. If you spend $125, ,they’ll include a full-sized Salt of the Earth body scrub. This body scrub is just beyond luxurious and is one of my favorite products from their line (included in the roundup on this post!). You can also stack my discount code RUTH for an extra 10% off your total.
Although the brand was “new to me” this past year, Osea was founded in 1996. Clean beauty is all the rage right now, but I guess you could consider Osea the “OG” clean beauty brand.
I first discovered Osea in the spring of 2021. My older sister had just given birth to her twins, and she has this one very juicy friend who dropped off a care package in the form of some Osea body care products. I tried *one* pump of the body oil one day when I was helping her with the twins (what are little sisters for if not to sneak pumps of beauty products when they are supposed to be helping?), and I fell in love immediately.
Osea is based in Malibu. The company was founded by Jenefer Palmer, whose family has been passionate about sustainability and the healing powers of the ocean for decades.
Osea has been setting the standards for clean and sustainable beauty since a time where most of us were smothering our bodies in Dr. Pepper Chapstick and Warm Vanilla Sugar body lotion. In 2001, they were the first company to sign the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (1,000 other companies would follow suit). In 2020, they become certified Climate Neutral. And just this past summer, Osea became officially Ocean Positive, meaning that for every ton of carbon they offset, they also invest in coastal restoration projects that sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Like I said: leading the charge, right?
(I’ve definitely Googled this at one point). Osea is pronounced “Ooh-sea-yah,” and it stands for Ocean, Sun, Earth, and Atmosphere.
Yes. They’ve been cruelty free since they launched in 1996.
Also, yes. Osea is certified vegan through PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies and Leaping Bunny Certified.
Yes. Osea uses naturally-derived ingredients, chosen for efficacy and made with the highest industry standards. Their products are free of artificial color, dyes, and synthetic ingredients.
Every person is different, obviously, so I can only speak to my own experience here. I do have quite dry, sensitive skin and haven’t had any issues with their products. In fact, many of Osea’s products are specifically designed to calm sensitive, dry skin (for example, the Advanced Protection Cream).
While their ingredients are globally sourced, all of Osea’s products are manufactured in California. Most of their containers are made of glass which I love. They look beautiful in my shower which doesn’t matter but also kind of does?
Their products are thoughtfully made, completely natural, and derived from seaweed which–I’ve learned this year–is rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. They have a really impressive product offering and serve a huge range of skin types. (They even have this cute little quiz to send you in the right direction if you have no idea where to start).
I’ve tried a bunch of products from Osea this year, so I wanted to share my favorites as part of my Osea skincare review.
This ph-balanced cleanser is gentle and exfoliating. It’s made with seaweed (of course) and lactic acid which cleans out your pores without overdrying your skin. I keep the Ocean Cleanser in my shower to use at night, as the second step of my double cleanse situation. You just need one tiny pump of product, so my first bottle lasted well over six months. I’ve been really impressed with this cleanser.
I LOVE this serum. Hyaluronic acid helps your skin hold onto hydration, keeping it plump and glowy all day long. My skin DRINKS this serum up. I never miss a morning with this–in fact, I ran out of it for a few weeks over the summer, and I noticed a difference right away (in a bad way). I would say if you were going to choose one face product from Osea, make it the Hyaluronic Sea Serum. As I always say, spend your money on serums because it’s the best way to get those active ingredients absorbed into your skin.
The Atmosphere Protection Cream is a lightweight daily moisturizer that leaves a silky-smooth finish. I use this every morning after the Hyaluronic Sea Serum. It’s not sticky or oily, and my SPF and makeup lay perfectly on top of this. I love it so much. This cream is made with seaweed, algae, shea butter, and avocado oil. It smells good but isn’t overpowering at all. This is another major staple of my morning routine (more details on that here).
I like to use this chemical exfoliant 1-2x per week to help “turnover” my skin cells. I love this treatment because it helps resurface and replenish my skin overnight. This serum is effective but gentle, one of those products that provides results right away which is always very satisfying.
My mom has been on a lifelong mission to find a less expensive alternative to La Mer (then again, I feel like everyone’s mom has?). She’s tried a *million* night creams, so I was blown away when she told me that this cream is the closest thing she’s tried!! In addition to moisturizing oils and algae extract, this cream contains DPHP, an amino acid that helps plump skin and decrease the appearance of fine lines (yes, please). It’s thick, so a little goes a long way, and it’s best to slowly pat the product in as the last step of your routine.
Osea recently updated their Advanced Protection Cream, and now it contains a vegan retinol alternative! I’ve been testing the updated version all month, and it is heavenly.
The vegan retinol alternative is an ingredient known as Bidens Pilosa extract. This is an anti-aging, natural retinol-like extract that works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while promoting a more radiant, even complexion. Bidens Pilosa extract activates the same receptor in your skin as retinol, providing retinol-like benefits without the associated irritation. There is no need to start slowly or avoid specific ingredients (for example: AHAs or BHAs) like you would with other retinol products.
Since Osea updated this formula, I had a few people reach out to me and ask if the vegan retinol alternative meant that this formula was safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding. My own understanding is that the reason we avoid retinol products during pregnancy is because of the harmful effects of vitamin A. Bidens Pilosa extract works like retinoids/vitamin A products but without the side effects known to be potential dangerous in pregnancy.
I reached out to Osea for some clarification this, and they explained that their goal is always to create safer-for-you products, but they do recommend always checking with your doctor before starting anything new.
This is one of my favorite masks I’ve ever tried. If I’m going to take the time to do a face mask, I want RESULTS. Made with peptides, hyaluronic acid, and algae extract, this mask leaves my face feeling refreshed, bright, and hydrated. It’s an *instant* pick-me-up, and I love to use it before events or during a leisurely shower. I keep all of my face masks in the shower so I can apply them the second I turn off the water and let them soak in while I dry off, lotion up, and saunter around my room in a towel for a while. You only need ten minutes to let this mask do its thing, but the longer the better. The website even says you can use it as an overnight mask!
This scrub is HEAVEN–the epitome of self care. It’s made of sea salt, shea butter, and wild gigartina seaweed. The scrub gently exfoliates and moisturizes as you massage it in, so it leaves my skin feeling just ridiculously soft. On “at home spa nights” (a pastime that I consider an art form), I use this in the shower and follow it up with the body oil (linked below). This is definitely a luxury product that would make a lovely gift or stocking stuffer.
**Osea is giving away a FREE full-sized jar of this body scrub this weekend with any purchase over $125. Run, don’t walk! Shop the event here. (Stack my code RUTH for an extra 10% off your purchase).
This body butter is intense in a very, very good way. It’s made with ceramides which help bolster your skin’s barrier function, helping your skin feel softer and more supple. I absolutely love this body butter, especially in the dry winter months when my skin takes on the form of a desert reptile. Since it has a thick, rich consistency, the product does take a minute to rub in, but once it absorbs it’s not sticky at all. I’ve noticed that when I use this body butter consistently, my arms feel much softer (a true feat, as I have those kind of classic, un-cute bumpy/dry arms).
I’m rounding out the list with the product that got me hooked on the brand in the first place. This body oil is incredible–it smells like Maui and makes my skin so soft. I’m not sure how, but it took me well into my twenties to realize that my skin just looks and feels SO much better with an oil. In addition to using it after my shower like a normal person, I go totally overboard with this stuff, lol: I’ll rub it on my collarbones before date nights or all over my legs when I wear the jean shorts that my mom has deemed “unwearable.” You get the idea. I forget where I read this, but Victoria Beckham allegedly swears by this stuff, so just take that data point for what you will.
I have been very impressed by nearly everything I’ve tried from Osea this year. I enjoy taking good care of my skin, and to do so with products that are clean AND effective is a huge win for me.
Also, I just have to share a quick funny story that I think really speaks to the efficacy of their products: A few months ago, one of my friends showed up to a girls’ night with the glowiest, smoothest skin. I audibly gasped and asked her if she had started Botox without telling me?? She hadn’t, but she DID say that she had been using some Osea products that I’d been raving about. They had completely transformed her skin. And each time I’ve seen her since then, I still can’t get over how good her skin looks.
(She’s been using the Hyaluronic Sea Serum, the Seaglow Overnight AHA Treatment, and the Blemish Balm, btw).
Outside of their own website, you can find Osea products at Nordstrom, Ulta, Blue Mercury, Revolve, Credo Beauty, and Shop Good.
If you shop directly through Osea, you can use my code RUTH for an extra 10% off your first purchase!
Osea has some really great value sets up on their site right now, just in time for the holidays!
A few gift ideas:
Grab this CUTE set of travel sized products for the travel-addicted person in your life–or, perhaps, someone who has a juicy vacation coming up (can you imagine lining these up in a hotel bathroom?).
This body care set would make a beautiful gift for a new or soon-to-be mom (or maybe any mom who deserves to treat themselves?!). This body butter and body oil duo is also an incredible deal.
And this eerily perfect bestseller set includes what I believe to be their best products.
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