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- 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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Used after shave to alleviate the skin irritation. Dimensions are approximately 2 inches by 1.5 inches by 1 inch.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works perfectly and at a great price. Don't waste money on more expensive products. Alum is alum and it is essential for anyone who enjoys the art of wet shaving. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Swissbuddha
Alum is alum right? Not so. Block had a dark spot in the center that turned out to be hollow. It crumbled easily. Spend a little more and set the good stuff: Osma.Published 11 months ago by Ken Kust
Great Value. Works just as good as alum bars that are sold for 4x more.Published 16 months ago by K. Kothamasu
This alum was not of the same quality as others I've used (Bloc Osma, etc). The alum was 'cloudy' and didn't seem to be a solid piece, but rather an aggregate or amalgamation of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mike Sims