Skin Care and Grooming Are Essential Elements of an Alluring Persona – Alluvian Grooming Review
You can’t think highly of yourself if you don’t really like yourself.
Personal transformation is a process that occurs both inside and outside.
When those two worlds merge, then you have hit the sweet spot of a great life.
While the cultivation of our inner world can be a lengthy process that ensues dynamically and gradually as one ages, the refinement of our outer world can materialize within a shorter time frame.
A person’s overall appearance is subject to a distinct set of rules and variables that can be influenced with minimal effort as soon as a concrete strategy is in place.
This strategy doesn’t need to be something extremely complex or sophisticated. It needs to encompass an accurate understanding of social influence and it can be summarized in the following sentence:
An attractive and respected appearance is an amalgamation of a great sense of style and a well-groomed image.
This powerful dyad has always been the cornerstone of an alluring image and its connection to a person’s inner world is very relevant.
Being well groomed communicates that you actually care about yourself. Not necessarily in a narcissistic and self-centric way. But more in a way that allows others to feel that you put effort in improving aspects of your persona.
A well-groomed individual is a conscientious individual. That is because grooming is a task that includes a lot of research, planning, and incorporation in one’s personal routine in order to enjoy the fruits that it can offer.
Ergo, grooming becomes the quintessential activity for improving one’s personal brand and the way this brand is projected to the world.
I myself have been the victim of ignorance with respect to the positive impact of grooming in my life for many years. I rejected the use of numerous products because I considered them a metrosexual trend and something utterly unmanly.
The only grooming products I used till the age of 25 were a cheap hair gel and a perfume.
However, over the last few years, and after careful research and constant battle with my limiting beliefs, I developed a more eclectic approach towards grooming.
I realized that my skin is a very sensitive element of my body and that constant exposure to harsh conditions can accelerate its aging process.
I also realized that taking care of my skin is a very addictive habit that can dramatically enhance my morning routine. The immensely satisfying sensation of different grooming products on my skin after a shower or a shave is stimulating, to say the least and allows me to start my day on a refreshing note.
Those two realizations urged me to look deeper into the idea of grooming and to experiment with different products and routines.
This is how I came in touch with a great guy called John Cowan.
John is the owner of Alluvian, which is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting botanical grooming brands out there.
Alluvian is based in Peoria IL and from there it supplies the world with premium quality botanical grooming products.
Alluvian’s product line consists of 40 products and it includes anything from beard oils to aftershave serum and from facial oils to natural deodorants.
John has been a devoted reader of the blog for a long time and decided that it would be a great idea to promote some of his products on my platform.
That idea clearly enthused me because apart from the absurd quality of his products I am always eager to support noteworthy entrepreneurial endeavors.
Below you will find my honest review of the products I used along with some pictures and videos.
Alluvian grooming review – Preshave & beard oil
Since I don’t grow a very thick beard I rarely used beard oil in my life. However, I realized that the length of the beard isn’t really an issue. A beard oil with the right ingredients can rejuvenate your whole face.
The Alluvian Pre-Shave & Beard Oil softens and conditions your beard, while gently moisturizing sensitive facial skin. It has a light, aromatic blend of high-quality organic oils and exotic essential oils loaded with antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids, and vitamins A and E. Also includes Irish moss, a red Atlantic seaweed that helps fortify skin and hair with unique minerals and nutrients.
Rejuvenating aftershave serum
Since the beard oil can act also as a preshave, I decided to shave afterward in order to enjoy the feel of the rest of the products.
That’s when the rejuvenating aftershave serum came into play.
This serum is one of the best products I have ever used.
Its Premium natural ingredients include virgin organic shea butter, wild-harvested cacay oil, organic prickly pear cactus oil, wild carrot seed oil, Moroccan neroli and agarwood essential oils.
This combustive mixture offers a dynamic rehydrating effect and it can rejuvenate you to the core.
Auxilio facial oil
I have been using various anti aging creams as a great way to shield my skin and regenerate my skin cells, since taking care of your skin is one the most important habits I suggest in the “30 Challenges – 30 Days – Zero Excuses” project.
Most of the products I have used are great and really offer me the protection I expect but this facial oil raised the bar.
This is Alluvian’s most desired natural cosmetic with limited availability and for good reason. Extremely rich in retinol, Vitamin E, bioactive micronutrients and a full spectrum of omega fatty acids, Auxilio absorbs quickly and easily and is suitable for all skin types. Its relaxing aromatic blend of Italian Bergamot, Egyptian Rose, Moroccan Neroli and Indonesian Patchouli biochemically improves absorption and promotes elasticity.
An outstanding product to say the least.
Black conifer soap
First time I received a black conifer soap was on my birthday three years ago. I found it kind of funny, to be honest, but when I tried it, it literally shook my worldview. This soap is great for clearing your face on a daily basis but also ideal after a night out or after exposure to harsh conditions.
Naturally exfoliating bamboo charcoal draws out dirt and impurities from your skin. Alluvian’s black conifer soap is blended with saponified organic oils, essential oils, and kelp to gently nourish and condition.
This is the perfect soap to replace any trivial soap or shampoo you use to wash your face or body.
Cacay lip balm
This cacay lip balm came as an interesting addition to the rest of the products. Especially during winter when the lips get dry and often burn because of the cold, hydrating and protecting them becomes imperative.
It comprises a powerful collection of natural oils like wild cacay for the highest level of Retinol and a full spectrum of omega fatty acids, and raw organic prickly pear cactus seed oil with extraordinary amounts of vitamin E. Its scent is irresistible since it combines wild mint, vanilla bourbon, and cacao absolute.
Alluvian seriously impressed me as a company. Not only because of the exceptional quality of their products, but also because of their great sense of branding and their environmental sensitivity.
Their products are plastic free and John Cowan wants to raise awareness around the harmful effects of plastic on our health and the world in general.
We now consume the very chemicals the plastic containers our body wash, shampoo, deodorant, and other personal care items produce from bioaccumulate in food chains as well as direct leaching from product packaging. Researchers have discovered that the negative effects of chemicals including Bisphenol A and phthalates are powerful endocrine disruptors and are linked to such health problems as decreased fertility in men. Micro-plastics can even be found in our commercial sea salt. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish if we continue this global trend.
This is a serious issue and the fact that a company decides to raise awareness on such an important topic needs to be endorsed.
John was kind enough to offer our readers a 10% discount with every purchase. Use the promo code TQM before your checkout and enjoy the discount.
You can find all Alluvian products here.
I want to thank Alluvian and John for sponsoring this post and providing me with such incredible products. I am very picky with the items I promote in the product critique section of the blog. I can personally guarantee that each item is vetted and evaluated in terms of standards and quality.
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