My Alum Block

Discussion in 'Preshave and Aftershave' started by Jayaruh, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. Redfisher

    Redfisher Doesn't celebrate National Donut Day

    Thankfully I haven't needed one. Have you ever considered not useing it?
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  2. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    I use witch hazel and alum block. It is probably overkill, but it works for me. Today, it slipped out of my hand, but I caught it. It is still in one piece. I decided to memorialize the moment. One of the edges is getting sharp. It is 3.47 mm thick in the middle.
  3. ChinChopper

    ChinChopper Member

    I've been using the razo Rock alum stick and live it!
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  4. Epicurean

    Epicurean Active Member

    Some things that seem like an anachronism, still work better for some people. I love this!
  5. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    It broke today. I applied a little too much pressure.
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  6. Mbg75

    Mbg75 Well-Known Member

    Mine wasn't quite that thin. But I dropped it 2 weeks ago.
    Now I got a Gentleman Jon block with a case

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  7. Keithmax

    Keithmax Breeds Pet Rocks

    :happy096: After 9 months and just half way through I dropped my alum yesterday:angry032:
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  8. Drygulch

    Drygulch Snowballs

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    I got this bar in March of 2014. I don't shave everyday, but I use alum after every shave and use it for grip for skin stretching.
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  9. Straight razor dandy

    Straight razor dandy Stuck cleaning the house himself PERMANENTLY

    I have a razorock alum with the rubber grip at the bottom. I specifically bought it for the grippiness. It hasnt failed me yet.
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  10. atbcrash

    atbcrash Member

    Can you just use those crystal deodorant sticks. I believe they have one specifically for men.
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  11. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

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    I am still on my first alum block. It's smaller, but still has quite a bit of life in it. :)
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  12. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    I use the Crystal deodorant stick. its the same thing. And since its just Potassium Alum its pretty much unisex and I can get it locally!
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  13. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Picked up the very same at Whole Foods for $6. I'll use it strictly for shaving as I prefer an anti-perspirant for the pits.
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  14. Straight razor dandy

    Straight razor dandy Stuck cleaning the house himself PERMANENTLY

    I am thinking of moving to the crystal for deordorant, but I use razorock for my alum block.
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  15. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    Same here. Apparently, though, they do have a "men's" version. Near as I can tell from the website, though, it's the same crystal in a male-oriented packaging. Under their "Crystal ROCK" brand, they have a wide-body deodorant- same crystal, just shaped like a standard deodorant stick.

    Something that caught my eye on the website- pre-moistened towelettes. The ingredients are listed as: Purified Water (Aqua), Potassium Alum (Natural Mineral Salts), Sodium Bicarbonate, Benzoic Acid (natural preservative), Zinc Gluconate (natural preservative). I'm wondering how shave-friendly the last three are as the towelettes almost sound like they might be an interesting addition to a dopp kit.
  16. atbcrash

    atbcrash Member

    Make sure you buy the men's version. It contains Potassium Alum while the other contains Ammonium Alum. Potassium Alum is more natural and supposedly stings less.
  17. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    Mine is not the "Mens" version and it is Potassium Alum. I guess it would be best to just check the label
  18. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    Actually, the regular (women's?) one is also Potassium Alum.

    Is suspect this is one of those cases where they make a product in grey for the men and pink for the ladies. Traditional sex roles at their finest.
  19. atbcrash

    atbcrash Member

    I actually have the mens version and it says potassium alum and my wife has the pink one which says Ammonium Alum. Maybe that is the old versions and now they are all the same?
  20. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord Staff Member

    Ah.....alum blocks.
    When I first got back into wet-shaving, I bought a collection of these bad boys. Early on, they provided me good post-shave feedback on how I was doing with my DE razor. I used one fairly regularly, but eventually found them too drying for my sensitive skin. Since I now SR shave almost exclusively, I've never felt the need to go back to them. I still have a number of them...some unopened or unused. PIF perhaps?
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