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Barber Alum

4.1 out of 5 stars 201 customer reviews

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Product Description

Used after shave to alleviate the skin irritation. Dimensions are approximately 2 inches by 1.5 inches by 1 inch.


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  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000VXELII
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,693 in Beauty (See Top 100 in Beauty)
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At $4.49 for an 80 gram block versus $20+ for a 75 gram block of Taylor of Old Bond Street or any of the other so called name brands, it's a no brainer. I don't care what brand you buy, it's all hydrated aluminium potassium sulfate... period. Charging or paying up to 5 times for exactly the same thing is shear madness. I'm an active member of one of the major on-line straight razor forums. It never ceases to amaze me how snobbish people get about names and prices. If your brush didn't cost $200 it can't possibly be any good, and you can't possibly get good lather from any soap or cream that costs less than $25 for a small cake or tube.

This is alum folks, pure and simple. Taylor, Dovo, Osma, Art of Shaving, Trumper, et al... it's all just alum. If you want to pay stupid show off prices go ahead while I save my money.
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Made from potash alum, an alum block is an old staple in traditional barbershops. Its all-natural antiseptic properties work as an astringent that instantly closes razor nicks from shaving. soothes and cools razor burn when rubbed over the entire face after a shave. Run it under cold water and lightly rub it over your face to soothe and cool razor burn after shaving. Alum was used by the Egyptians more than 4,000 years ago. This is the cheapest brand at Amazon.com, it is OK, there are not much differences between them.
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First thing you should know: This block is little. It's like 2" x 1" x .75" (that's just a guess, not sure, just know it's little). It doesn't matter that it's so small, because if you are truly using it every day for an after shave facial wipe-down, it will probably still be in your medicine cabinet when the sun goes super-nova! In other words, this stuff lasts a long, LONG time.

Second thing you should know: The packaging isn't very pretty. See the picture? That's the stuff. The block is wrapped in a Saran-wrap type of plastic, with a green sticker on it. That's it. Kind of refreshing actually.

Third thing you should know: Until you break it in, the first couple uses may leave a slight white residue on your face, like a styptic does. Just rinse your face off and use it again. I think by the third use mine was drying on my face clear as glass.

Fourth thing you need to know: Some of the sides aren't pretty, meaning smooth and flat. I could easily see someone getting a bar where NONE of the sides are pretty. You may need to spend a few minutes smoothing a side down on a piece of cloth or something before it's ready for your face. Easily done though. IMHO, I would get like a wet piece of cotton cloth (like a T-shirt) or something similar, and rub whatever sides you want to flatten on the cloth until they're ready for prime time.

Fifth thing you need to know (and the end of this already too long review!): This stuff works GREAT! It's the same stuff that others are charging anywhere from $10 to $80 for, just not packaged as well, and frankly, thie Alum isn't as pretty as the others either. So what. After you shave and rinse your face, rub the block anywhere you shaved.
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A real necessity for shaving if razor burn is a problem. It will also help with nicks and cuts. Run it under warm water and hold it over a nick to stop the bleeding and prevent infection. Run it under cold water and lightly rub it over your face to cool your face and ease the burn after a shave. I've heard it works as a deodorant and even an acne treatment as well, but haven't tried it. The current price is spectacular for this item compared to others alum bars I've seen. Order more than one at a time though, as shipping on just one is pretty steep.
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Well it's alum. The general consensus seems to be that alum is pretty much all the same but varies greatly in price due to brand name. And this is the cheapest I could find. The seller (Tulumba) shipped it super fast - ordered on a Saturday afternoon, received a USPS notification on Sunday and it shipped on Monday. Can't ask for much more than that.

Alum seems to work as described. After 17 years of multi-blade/disposable head, I just (4 shaves ago) switched to a Merkur (Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor) double edge razor with Derby blades and couldn't be happier. I got fed up with Gillette and Schick bending me over every time I needed to buy a pack of cartridges. At what point did it become acceptable to charge $4-$5 per DISPOSABLE cartridge head? That's insanity - and I think their strategy it going to backfire. I'm not sure if it's the safety razor or the alum [or a combination of the two] as well as good pre/post shaving techniques but I haven't had any razor burn since I made the switch.

What I do:

In the shower I wash my face with Neutragena (unscented) bar soap then apply hair conditioner to soften the stubble. I leave the conditioner on until my final rinse. After the shower I rub about 1 tsp of baby oil on my face to lubricate my skin and to further soften the stubble. After a few minutes I wet my face and apply either a quality shave cream (by hand) or shaving soap lather (with a brush Tweezerman Men's Shaving Brush). FYI, canned foams and gels can irritate and dry out your skin.
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