Do you love the outdoors but find it hard to find products that keep you smelling good despite all the activities you do? Do you also find it hard to switch to environmentally friendly products because they usually don’t work?
Well, I’ve heard lots of good things about Oars and Alps deodorant and many people have said good things about this brand because it has kept them smelling good even after sweating so much. For other people, they even claim that Oars and Alps has successfully kept their armpits dry.
No more making your own deodorants or using your old chemical-filled ones after you read more on why this brand is loved by a lot of men ever since they launched their products in the market.
Read more and stay tuned because in this review you will learn a technique when using natural deodorants that will help you stay fresh the entire day. I will also share more information on Oars and Alps and what I like and don’t like about this brand.
Underarm Detox: Stay Fresh All Day
Most men go back to using their old products after they tried using natural deodorants because these products never seem to work for them. They always say the same thing — they smell bad or even worse after using their deodorant and that reapplications are always necessary.
I would totally go back to my old products if this happened to me. Thankfully, I discovered an amazing trick that worked not only for me but for many people that have made the switch to all-natural deodorants. They call it the armpit or underarm detox.
So what is an underarm detox? Does it mean a juice cleanse for days? Is it hard to do? Not at all! I treat underarm detox as a preparation of sorts before I fully let go of all my chemical-filled stuff.
Why is this necessary? Well, I think it’s important to go through this process especially if you’ve been using the conventional deodorant for years. Most people don’t realize that their deodorant is also mixed with antiperspirants, which has ingredients that block your pores.
Imagine years of not being able to sweat properly? You have to get your body and your skin used to the absence of this pore-blocking stuff because at first, you will notice that you seem to be sweating more than usual. This is because your underarms are finally able to “breathe”.
Is it easy to go through an underarm detox? Yes and no. Confusing as it may be, the process is quite simple, prepare your detox paste and apply. What makes it difficult is the consistency of these applications. A full detox typically lasts from five days to four weeks so you have to keep on going, and patience is really necessary.
To prepare your paste, mix one tablespoon of calcium bentonite clay, 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon water in a glass or plastic bowl. Make sure you don’t use metal when mixing as it may react to the paste.
The mixture should be yogurt-like, thick and it should stick to the spoon when mixing. If you find it a bit watery you may add a bit more calcium bentonite clay. Always make your paste fresh daily (this is also why I only mix a little amount of each so I don’t waste anything).
Apply the paste on your underarms and let it sit for 5 minutes. Do this for one week, making it stay longer each week. By the time you’re on your fourth and last week, you will be able to let the paste stay for about 20 minutes. This will still depend on how sensitive your skin is, that’s why you limit the time you leave it on to avoid a bad reaction.
What is Oars and Alps?
Oars and Alps is a brand that makes natural personal care products for men. It was started by Laura Lisowski Cox and Mia Saini Duchnowski, who wanted change when it comes to natural products. They wanted something that would really work because both are married to men who love the outdoors but can’t seem to find the natural products that can keep up with their activities.
Let’s just say that both founders had amazing careers before they started Oars and Alps. Mia Duchnowski has degrees in both Harvard Business School and MIT, and she used to do research for NASA and was a financial analyst for Goldman and Sachs before she left to go full-time on this brand.
Laura, on the other hand, has a Masters in finance from Brandeis and worked as a client solutions manager at Facebook. Both founders had this vision of making good (and all-natural) products so they left their jobs and decided to put things into action.
A lot of other brands usually launch a product they constantly develop through the years, both Duchnowski and Cox disagree when it comes to that habit and decided to make the best version of Oars and Alps before launching it to the public. This is why in 2019, the brand was acquired by S.C Johnson, making Oars and Alps a bigger, globally known brand.
Before we go to what I like and don’t like about this brand, watch this video by vlogger Parker York Smith and why he loves Oars and Alps men’s skincare.
What I like About Oars and Alps
1. They Put Only The Good Stuff
Reading more on skincare and personal care products I discovered that the FDA is banning only 20 ingredients while in Europe has banned about 1,300 ingredients. Oars and Alps banned a lot of ingredients to make sure you only get the best.
They are also transparent on the stuff they use for their brand, as they have dedicated a page for it. Their ingredients are Propanediol, Water, Glycerin (Plant Derived), Sodium Stearate, Steareth-100, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cladonia Stellaris Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Derived Preservative), Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate, and Hexyl Cinnamic Aldehyde.
I love the fact that they not only took the time explaining their ingredients but they also dedicated a page to educate their customers on why some ingredients aren’t good for the body. This informs me that it’s not some scare tactic but the truth (that’s why EU countries banned these ingredients in the first place, right?).
Oars and Alps is vegan and cruelty-free. Not all deodorants (even all-natural ones) are cruelty-free because some are still tested on animals. Oars and Alps made sure that this did not happen. Instead, they are clinically-tested as safe and they made sure that they made the perfect blend for any outdoor-loving guy.
3. TSA Approved
It’s so hard to travel with your favorite skincare because they tend to not comply with TSA standards. Well, as I mentioned above, founders Duchnowski and Cox are married to men who love traveling — so they made their brand travel-friendly.
No more worries when going on a hike or even going oversees for a hiking trip or a beach getaway. You can bring your Oars and Alps products with you, without having any issues. You can now smell good and feel good even when traveling. After all, you must travel in comfort and in style, and this brand gives you both.
What I Don’t Like About Oars and Alps
1. Red Rash
There are some people who say that they got rashes from using their Oars and Alps deodorant and after looking at their ingredients the only culprit I can see is the fragrance they used, whatever it may be because it only says “fragrance”, on the ingredient list.
This is usually the cause of redness and irritation even in your store-bought deodorant antiperspirants, The fragrance can really make you itch, especially if you have sensitive skin. If you itch after using your deodorant, please stop using it immediately and consult your dermatologist.
2. Smells Bad After An Hour
Sadly there are some people who complain about their smell after using Oars and Alps. Some smell really bad after 30 minutes to an hour after using this deodorant. This is really bad because all you wanted was for a brand that works.
But don’t panic, as I mentioned above, try going on a full underarm detox before you try other brands. Give yourself four weeks to adjust. Just think about all these years of using unnatural and pore-blocking deodorants.
Making a sudden switch may cause your body to produce more sweat, therefore, attracting lots of bacteria that can cause the foul odor we all hate. If you finish the detox and you still smell terrible, then it is time to find another brand. Most people though, after the detox always end up happy with their natural deodorant as they don’t smell as bad anymore.
Men’s products don’t have to look rugged all the time. Oars and Alps make men’s skincare look so classy and yet very affordable. I’m happy that there is finally a product in the market that can really work well and are not just about false claims. I would definitely recommend Oars and Alps to anyone who loves the outdoors, as it is hard to find deodorants that can keep up and keep you smelling good.
Thank you for reading this review, if you have used Oars and Alps or if you have any questions about this brand please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Don’t forget to click on the social media buttons below to share this article with friends or family that may want to try this brand in the future.
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My name is Oscar and I am the founder and director of Stop-Sweating-Now.com and have been researching and writing about hyperhidrosis for many years.
I have been sweating excessively for the better part of my life. I looked for solutions for well over a decade, but I never found anything that lasted.
It all started when I was around 14 years of age, when I suddenly found out that I was sweating more in my armpits than I should. At first I thought it was something that would go away soon, but I was wrong.
I had given up hope and accepted to live the rest of my life being embarrassed with ugly sweat stains in my armpits.
However, after a few years of not searching for any solutions anymore, I gave it another shot. And I found what finally gave me the freedom I had longed for so many years.
After finding a solution to my problem, I decided it was important to shout out my message to those that are suffering from what I had lived with so many years.
My goal is to help people find their freedom from sweating by sharing my expertise because hyperhidrosis is an underdiagnosed condition.
People don’t know that it is a medical term and can be treated effectively.
That is why I am here: Sharing with you what I know, what works and what does not work.
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