Olio e Osso Stick Balms Review

During the past several years, a plethora of soon to be cult favorite, indie beauty brands have emerged into the green beauty space. There has also been a trend to source locally and produce in small batches which helps to retain better quality and a longer lasting product. Olio e Osso , a quirky yet elegant, off-the-radar brand is growing steadily and meets all of the above requirements when it comes to emerging, green beauty brands. Olio e Osso is most recognized for their multi-use balms which come in an assortment of sheer, very natural colors that are perfect if you are looking to subtly enhance your complexion (cheeks, eyes and lips). The no-fuss sticks are comprised of several, core and simple ingredients that include oil from olives and beeswax. Founder, Paola Lamorticella, a makeup artist and stylist with over 25 years experience in the beauty industry, created a simple, multi-purpose skincare focused brand as a home-made solution for her son’s super sensitive skin. I always love a story that fully embodies a purpose with passion to help solve a problem and Paola nailed it with this chic collection. The full range of Paola’s products are produced by hand using minimally processed ingredients in her Portland, OR studio.

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The full Olio e Osso range includes 12 individual products plus five gift sets ranging from the stick balms to the balms found in the classic jars as well as cleansing, finishing and pre-shave oils. Prices for each product range from $28.00 to a premium $198.50 for the face gift set. It is priced a bit on the high side, particularly for the stick balms as they are only .35oz. As far as the outer packaging goes, it’s whimsical and cute, with a botanical vibe…the black and white contrast exterior is striking. The interior of the multi-balm sticks is more generic looking, with an opaque, white finish. Olio e Osso was generous to send me two of their top selling stick balms in the shades: No.3, a crimson berry and No. 6, a golden bronze.

No.3 Balm Crimson 

Color: bright, berry red

Texture: emollient balm

Finish: sheer shimmer

Wear: light, single application without touch up’s lasts about 4-6 hours

Scent: subtle grapefruit, fruity

Ingredients: ORGANIC OLIVE OIL, NATURAL SHEA OIL, NATURAL BEESWAX, NATURAL GRAPEFRUIT ESSENTIAL OIL, RED 7 (EU: CI 15880)

Packaging: Outer: whimsical, black/white contrast rectangular box, inside: twist up stick, .35oz.

Price: $28.00

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Overall Impression…

Works nicely to give cheeks and lips a subtle dose of berry-pink color. Once applied, it does not appear as bright as it does in the stick. I find that this shade is closer to a bright, berry pink vs. a red. If you have dry skin, you’ll love this shade swept onto the cheeks, I personally love it on my lips, it keeps them super soft with a hint of shine.

No. 6 Bronze

Color: light, golden bronze

Texture: emollient balm

Finish: sheer shimmer

Wear: light, single application without touch up’s lasts 4-6 hours

Scent: subtle grapefruit, fruity

Ingredients: NATURAL SHEA OIL, ORGANIC OLIVE OIL, BEESWAX, NATURAL GRAPEFRUIT ESSENTIAL OIL, MICA

Price: $28.00

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Overall impression…

Gives cheeks, lips and lids a warm, subtle golden glow. It’s quite sheer so unless you have very fair skin, you’ll notice a very light, golden tone with a soft shimmer. I would recommend applying onto the eye parts of the cheeks, dabbed onto lips and sheerly washed onto eye lids for a dewy looking glow.

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You can find the collection of Olio e Osso products at b-glowing.com.

Please note that this is not a paid review, simply, my own opinions on this product range 🙂

Enjoy!

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