An Alum Block is a crystal-like stone that is moistened with cold water and gently rubbed over the shaved area to act as an antiseptic and to combat razor burn. It can also help to stop bleeding from small nicks and cuts. The Alum block also has antiseptic properties that not only cool and refresh the skin after shaving, but kill surface bacteria too.
Our recommended alum block is by Osma:
Osma Alum Block 75g
How To Use
Wet the block, rub gently onto the shaved area, and then leave to dry on the face.
If you are applying a moisturiser or after shave balm, splash water on the face after you have applied the alum block, pat dry with a towel and then apply your after shave balm or moisturiser.
History of the Alum Block
The alum block is the original antiseptic aftershave which contains mineral salts that were originally used by the ancient Egyptians more than four thousand years ago for its healing and antiseptic properties.
How does an Alum Block work?
The Alum block salts stop bleeding by constricting blood vessels and tightening pores.
Storing the Alum Block
After use, clean the alum block with water, dry it off and store in a dry place where air circulates. If you allow the block to remain moist or exposed to moisture it will simply dissolve.
Sensitive Skin Sufferers Be Aware
If you have dry or sensitive skin then we do not recommend using alum blocks as the minerals used are astringent which means that they draw moisture out of the skin.
Oily, Greasy, Spotty Skin?
Alum Blocs can also be used as an astringent for oily complexions. An Alum Block is a great, natural product to combat greasy skin, spots and acne.
After showering or washing the face, gently apply an Alum Block on the affected area. The Alum Block will dry the skin and spots leading to a better appearance.
Alternatively, apply to spots and pimples last thing at night.
Don't use the Alum Block on the face daily as it could lead to the skin over-compensating by producing more oil.
Using an Alum Block as an Antipersprirant - a Natural Deodorant
For centuries people in the middle and far east have known that applying an Alum Block to the underarms will give excellent odour and sweat protection, an added benefit is it is 100% natural.
An Alum Block is ideal for those who wish to use a natural antiperspirant. Apply the Alum Block to the underarms for a totally reliable, non antiperspirant. Alum Blocks are non-scented so you can still use your favourite scented deodorant.
Alum Blocks are highly effective in controlling excess sweating.
After Waxing Treatment
Alum Blocks are very effective for calming the skin after waxing, they are suitable for sensitive areas such as the bikini area and the face.
Executive Shaving recommends Bloc Osma
Bloc Osma have been producing natural Potassium Alum blocks since the mid 1950s. They only select the finest alum crystals to make in to their natural alum blocks.
Alternatives to Alum Blocks
As an alternative to using an Alum Block, you could use a Styptic Pencil which, unlike the alum block, is specifically used for individual cuts and nicks and is made from the alum block crystal, then its powdered form is concentrated into a stick similar in size to a lipstick or sometimes a matchstick. To view our range of Styptic Pencils click here.
If you are looking for an alternative for travelling, then try our Alum Matchsticks. These handy sized books of matches feature a small amount of alum at the tip of each match stick. Simply tear one off, wet the tip and use as required.
Proraso Shave Cut Healing Gel is an astringent healing gel that can be used to treat nicks or cuts you suffer during shaving. Apply a tiny amount of gel to the nick or cut and it will stop bleeding, the gel will also form a protective covering on the cut to protect it from becoming infected.