Getting to Know Dr. Sarah Villafranco, Founder of Osmia Organics
Here at Clementine Fields, we love our brands. Behind each green beauty brand there is an inspiring story from a captivating founder. An exceptional woman we're crushing on right now is Osmia Organics founder Dr. Sarah Villafranco.
First of all, get to know the promo details: When you spend over $75 on anything in our store, you'll receive a deluxe sample of the Rose Clay Soap and the Restoration Serum - free. Today only!
Now, let's get to know Sarah - an inspiring woman in all manners: Health, beauty, and lifestyle.
1/ As a doctor, green beauty founder and guru, what first steps would you suggest to kick off a new clean beauty routine?
When people ask me what first steps to take when transitioning to a clean beauty routine, I resort to math. Your skin is a massive, absorptive organ, not unlike your intestines. So, why not start by switching the products you use on the largest surface area of your skin? First, ditch the chemical-packed body wash in a plastic bottle for a gorgeous, hand-crafted bar of soap with a short, nourishing list of bio-conscious ingredients. Then, follow with a natural body oil on wet skin instead of a body lotion. A lotion comprises oils plus 60-70% water, and requires an emulsifier and a preservative. Why not add healing, potent oil to your sopping wet skin and purify the whole process? Bonus: you only pay for the oil!
2/ What do you love most about your Rose Clay Facial Soap and your Facial Restoration Serum?
The Rose Clay Facial Soap is so nourishing and soothing, especially to sensitive or redness-prone skin. The combination of organic mango butter, rose clay, and coconut milk provides such a creamy, delicious lather that you’re tempted to use it on your whole body, not just your face. And the scent is truly divine. The Facial Restoration Serum was formulated to repair damaged skin, either acutely from a dermatologic procedure, or chronically, from the sun and active, outdoor living. High concentrations of lavender, helichrysum, and carrot seed essential oils speed healing and cell turnover. I’ve heard from people who could not use anything else on their skin after having a peel or laser treatment, and saw faster recovery from using the serum. Another thing I love about this serum is that we take lavender from our property, harvest it by hand, steep it in organic olive oil, and use that olive oil in the finished product - farm to face at its best!
3/ We follow your instagram account, and are inspired and wowed by your incredible fitness. How do you stay in such great shape while running a business and caring for your family?
I’ve been an athlete my whole life, so I think I've become endorphin-dependent in some ways: my mental health, from mood to concentration to productivity, relies on exercise just as much as my physical health does. Getting a run or a ride in is more or less like eating or breathing to me - a necessity rather than an optional activity. Of course, I have days when I don’t feel like working out, just like everyone else. But, here’s a good trick. Long ago, when I first met my husband, I noticed that he would say “I get to go for a run later!” or “I got to ride my bike today!" rather than “I have to go exercise.” See what he did there? Watching my beautiful, healthy mom get sick and die from cancer, really drove that same lesson home for me - what a privilege it is to be able to move your body, get outside, and contribute to your own strength and wellbeing. In fact, it’s not just a privilege - it’s your responsibility to yourself and those who count on you.
4/ You live in a gorgeous home surrounded by mountains and nature in Colorado, which seems to perfectly embody the message of Osmia. Which came first - did your line inspire a new lifestyle, or did your lifestyle inspire your line?
We moved out here from Washington DC ten years ago, and the company is almost four years old, so I guess the lifestyle inspired the line? I feel like Osmia is what I was born to create, so I think it would have bubbled up from inside me no matter where I lived. But, it certainly greases the wheels of inspiration to be surrounded by such majesty - every day out here is a celebration of nature, and how she is both breathtakingly powerful and frighteningly fragile. I feel humbled and blessed to live here, nestled in these mountains. I share lots of #beautifulcolorado photos on Instagram so you all can get a Colorado fix, too!
Thank you for sharing Sarah!
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