My Alum Block

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

  1. swarden43

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

    Yup. The "women's" I have states potassium alum. That was the only reason I purchased it. I have a RazoRock alum block and before purchasing the crystal deodorant stick I checked to verify the type of alum - potassium.
     
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  2. swarden43

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

    Do you use one for "finger grip"?
     
  3. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord Staff Member

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    Initially in my foray into the SR realm, I tried the fingertip alum application in order to make skin stretching easier. But I found after a number of shaves, it (the extra step with alum) wasn't really necessary.
     
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  4. swarden43

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

    +1 for technique trumping tools!
     
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  5. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

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    The feedback is why I recommend Alum to newbies. Pain is a powerful teacher, it's immediate, and it's not subjective. My skin is more oily than dry, so Alum remains my front line astringent, in lieu of witch hazel.
     
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  6. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    I use the block occasionally but have had really good luck with finely powdered alum mixed into my bottle of witch hazel. Just gotta give it a good shake first.
     
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  7. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    That's the one universal constant of wetshaving. It even trumps YMMV.
     
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  8. MattCB

    MattCB Well-Known Member

    The stinging sensation is great feedback. One of the reason I recommend an alum block to all beginners... and it's cheap as hell to boot! I still use it after every shave as I find it helps a lot with keeping my sin clear of the remaining bits of acne I never got rid of from my teenage years.
     
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  9. swarden43

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

    I use prayer to clear my sin. :angelic007:
    So glad He's patient.
     
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  10. MattCB

    MattCB Well-Known Member

    That's what i get writing in a hurry :)
     
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  11. cmorris357

    cmorris357 catching flies.........

    Amen.
     
  12. Legend In My Spare Time

    Legend In My Spare Time Well-Known Member

    I just picked up my first Alum block. I've been wet shaving 5+ years and have yet to try one out. I do love my Witch Hazel, but I want to see how this will preform.

    And from this thread, it looks like Alum does have a long-life for many shaves.
     
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  13. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    The few times I've needed it, the combo of a heavy spray of WH immediately followed up by the dry block rubbed on the WH has had an excellent effect.
     
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  14. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    Alum will let you know how you performed as well. I experiment with different blades or types of razors so my results vary. The past month has been mostly Gillette Fat Boy shaves. I can tell when a blade doesn't agree with my skin by the heat from the alum. Considering it's your first time, use a razor that you know well. The report from alum will be spectacular if your technique is off.
     
  15. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    I too am an alum block user. Apparently they are sold at Indian grocery stores. I have one a few miles away. So when my current block gives up the ghost, I'll check it out.
     
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  16. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    :signs011:
     
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  17. Eeyore

    Eeyore Well-Known Member

    Unless someone drops it.
     
  18. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    I'm still using alum. I put a thick rubber band around it and it does make holding it easier.

    alum_block12.jpg
     
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  19. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    That's a neat tip! Gonna have to try that.
     
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  20. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    I was only using one side of my block. The other side developed sharp edges and got kind of crystallize. A little running water and rubbing with my thumb smoothed it out. Now I use both sides after every shave.
     
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