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I tried this up-and-coming natural skincare line made for for active men — the products are affordable and effective, and the nice packaging is a bonus

Amir Ismael   

I tried this up-and-coming natural skincare line made for for active men — the products are affordable and effective, and the nice packaging is a bonus

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  • Founded by two women with outdoorsy husbands, Oars + Alps is a new skincare brand designed for men with active, on-the-go lifestyles.
  • The brand uses all-natural ingredients to create mostly solid products in stick form that are spill-proof and TSA-approved.

All it takes is one trip through an airport to learn how dreadful dealing with TSA can be. When you should be focused on finding the right terminal and making it on the plane before it takes off, those friendly agents force you to worry about things as simple as toiletries. Of course, they know your deodorant and face wash are actually deodorant and face wash, but they're going to throw them away every single time if they're not the right size.

Oars + Alps, an up-and-coming skincare brand designed for men with adventurous, on-the-go lifestyles, solves that headache while addressing other key skincare concerns for outdoorsmen and travelers.

The brand was founded by Mia Duchnowski and Laura Cox, the wives of two outdoorsy men who were in need of products that protected them from the elements. When searching for quality products to defend and rebuild the damage done to their partners' skin, the two women quickly realized that suitable options were nonexistent. Everything they'd found was too expensive, full of chemicals, designed for women, or overall inconvenient to use, so they left behind their illustrious careers at Bloomberg and Facebook to begin creating their own.

After a year of researching and testing ingredients, the two landed on Alpine Caribou Moss, an antioxidant-rich plant that thrives in the harsh tundra of Northern Finland, as the star of their line. With a key ingredient proven to increase the elasticity of skin and a clever brand name inspired by Duchnowski's husband's career as a professional rower, Oars + Alps officially launched in the fall of 2016.

To complement the Alpine Caribou Moss, the products use other powerful skin-enhancing ingredients like activated charcoal, aloe vera, Amazonian clay, Jojoba oil, shea butter, volcanic sand, witch hazel, and more.

But what makes the products truly special is that most of them come in solid stick form, which means no spills, no mess, and no hassles when traveling. All of the brand's products come in TSA-approved, spill-proof packaging, so you can depend on them for traveling or everyday on-the-go use like in the gym or office.

A few months back, Oars + Alps sent over a selection of their products for me to test out, and while I knew they were solid after a few weeks of testing, they've continued to impress me over the summer for their dependability, convenience, and effectiveness.

Since going through the trouble of portioning your toiletries into finicky travel-sized containers and then having to label them has never been the smartest way to travel, Oars + Alps has become my go-to brand for travel-ready skincare essentials.

Oars + Alps is most impressive because of how hassle-free it is. The greatest examples of this are the Power Cleansing Face Stick, a solid face wash that's portable with zero spillage, and the Wake Up Eye Stick, a caffeine-infused stick designed to reduce puffiness and dark marks around the eyes.

Typically, facial cleansers come in the form of some sort of soap-like gel or cream that can get messy if it's not used or stored properly. With the Power Cleansing Stick, there's really no way you can make a mess while using it or storing it in your bag — whether it be a suitcase, gym duffel bag, or daily backpack. Since it's solid, you apply it directly to your face, use wet hands to work it into your skin, and then rinse it away with water. It uses charcoal and volcanic ash to purify and exfoliate the skin. After cleaning my face, I like to follow up with the Face + Eye Cream because it's packed with moisturizing ingredients like aloe, vitamin E, shea butter, safflower seed oil, and jojoba oil. The best part is it's fragrance-free, non-greasy, and fast-absorbing, so you won't smell funny or look shiny after using it.

The Power Cleansing Stick is $20, but I would argue that it goes a much longer way than liquid-based cleansers since it goes directly on your face with no spillage or extra product wasted.

The Wake Up Eye Stick is surprisingly effective, which makes it my single favorite product from the brand. Originally, I didn't think it'd be a product I would actually use because I like to keep my skincare regimen as simple as possible, but now I can't stop using it. The roll-on stick includes the brand's signature Alpine Caribou Moss, along with aloe leaf juice, Persian silk tree bark, and caffeine. When applying it to your eyes, you experience a cooling sensation that's very soothing.

It's also extremely easy to use and it's only a bit bigger than a ChapStick, so you can literally keep it in your front pocket at all times if you wanted to. I've never had dark marks around my eyes, but it did a great job with puffiness and the natural eye fatigue that comes along with tiredness. At $21, the Wake Up Eye Stick is definitely a skincare luxury as far as I'm concerned, but a worthwhile one. I'll gladly pay for it once the one I'm using runs out.

Lastly, I tried the Active Armour Natural Deodorant. As someone who has always used normal store-bought deodorant, I didn't think that it would get the job done as well, but it's very potent and works well. It has a fresh scent and isn't harsh on your skin. This product is single-handedly the reason why I won't ever wear deodorant with tough ingredients like aluminum or parabens. Natural ingredients like cornstarch are more than enough to absorb odor while keeping you dry throughout the day.

Priced at $14, it is more than average deodorants, but it won't break the bank. After trying it, you'll find that the difference in price between what you're currently using is worth it.

If I had to recommend just one Oars + Alps product to try first, it would be the deodorant because it's something every man needs. If you're not into facial cleansers and moisturizers (even though you should be, for the sake of your skin) you'll get everyday use out of the deodorant.

Since learning about Oars + Alps, I've packed their products into the dopp kit I take with me to the gym or on my travels. Don't let messy, large-portioned skincare products be the reason your bag (and everything else inside of it) gets ruined — or the reason you're held up at TSA checkpoints in the airport.

Shop all skincare products on Oars + Alps and Amazon here.

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