Author: Andy Finn I got one of these in with my razor purchase as i figured there would be a fair few accidents going on with nicks and was the first time using one. It gives you a short sharp sting when it goes over the areas that have been nicked and even areas where u didnt think it was. Just wet the end of it in cold water and run over where you shaved and it really does close those pores quick. It seems to stop any redness soon after a shave aswell. Its guaranteed to wake you up after a shave and keep yr nicks clean i found. Give it a quick wipe in a towel and leave to air dry. Small block but its going to last ages.
Author: Alan Stead Bought one of these in place of a styptic pencil. At first, I just used it for nicks etc. However, over time I've come to realise that the antiseptic/cooling qualities far outweigh such limited use. These things are wonderful, such an addition to the act. One thing that isn't mentioned in the product description is that the block is composed of Potassium Alum, not Ammonia Alum, ie it's far less agressive. I find that a cold water wash/rince, wet the block, gently rub block over entire shaved area, allow to dry, dab (not rub) with cold rinsed flannel, pays dividends. Always use before after shave of any kind. So much more than the salts on a stick of the Styptic. Looks like it may well last forever too. Well worth it.
Author: Rob Delahunty These are amazing, true it stings a bit when you apply it to a cut. But the result on a cut is like turning off a tap. Deffinately worth having in your kit for those off days!
Author: Martyn Jones Haven't switched to DE razor yet but use this in combination with mach3, brush and cream after a two year shaving sabbatical of a full beard. Works really well to stop any nicks bleeding or redness I used to get from hair growing in odd directions. My wife has kindly translated the instructions from the box as they are in French and she is French " Wet the Alum block and wipe slowly over the face after a wet shave or a little time before an electric shave". Hope this helps.
Author: Brian Binns I got this Alum Block when I started shaving with a DE razor and brush. It is so worth it as it stops cuts from bleeding and closes your pores after a nice hot shave. Much better than using small pieces of tissue where its bleeding, this just closes cuts instantly. I've had mine 6 months and I'd say only (if even) 1/3 of it has gone, it's still got lots of life left in it. The little box it comes in is perfect for storing ot and your current DE blade. Strongly recommend this product.
Author: Ivan Cousins This is an amazing little block that really refreshes after your morning (or indeed anytime) shave. you can feel it really working closing and tightening your pores.I dont use aftershave because i dont like the strong smell but this product does the same thing without the whiff.
Author: Ravi This little block is just simply awesome. Bought it in case anything untoward happened during a DE shave, and now can't ever imagine being without one. Wet the block and run it across any truobling areas...little nicks and "weepers" are just stopped at source. It seems that it will last for ages too.
Author: Nikolaj Hawaleschka Stenberg The alum block is a truly great addition to your shaving routine! Right after you’ve finished shaving wet your face and the block in cold water and then rub the block against the areas which you have shaven. It stings as mad but also closes nicks and cuts. When you’re done wait a minute or so and then apply your after shave and get on with you day.
Author: Glenn Bautista This little kid packs a punch... Forget those days when you dabbed your entire face with bloths of tissue paper or white marks left behind behind by a styptic pencil, just rub this natural gem around your damp face shortly after shaving making sure the block is wet and it will magically seal any nicks or cuts that you may have. It also gives you a feedback on certain areas where you went too deep on during your shave, it will sting a little, if man enough to take it but after a while you just become used to sting and it'll be a walk in the park. I highly recommend this product 100% natural and good for both normal and sensitive skin it also take away the redness resulting a shave. The alum block has a long life span providing you dry it after use.
Author: Konstantinos A nice and natural way to protect your skin even after the most aggressive shave.Moreover, it closes little cuts within a second.It doesn't have any smell so, afterwards,you can apply your favourite aftershave.Strongly recommend it!
Author: Martin JÃ¶nsson Does precisely what it's supposed to, and it's a nice finish to your shave. I love feeling the tingle of it on my skin as I rinse out my brush, and it really lets me know where I did things right, and where my angle or pressure was off. The box, as others have noted, is great for storing it or for travel, so don't throw it away!
Author: Chris S I've made this alum block a part of my every shave. I cannot vouch for its ability to quickly heal nicks and cuts, but applying it after I shave and leaving the residue on my face for a minute or two (it stings!) has noticeably reduced my razor burn. Also, it seems to never diminish or get smaller, so it will last a very long time.
In case anyone was wondering, it does smash if you drop it on a hard floor!
Author: Patrick Britton First time DE shaver. Youtube videos recommended and alum block and I can see why. Gives great feedback from your shave, you can instantly tell where you might have gone to hard. I had one small nick but this stopped the bleeding very quickly.
Author: Michael Burgess This is an essential shaving item. You can feel it tightening up your skin and like others have pointed out you get a gentle reminder of the areas where you've overdone it slightly. It doesn't have the harsh sting of a styptic pencil and doesn't leave your face anywhere near as chalky. I wash my face with cold water after shaving, wet the Alum block and rub all over the shaving area. I leave it a minute then rinse off with cold water and splash on some Proraso aftershave, which tops off the shave nicely. Remember to dry it well before you put it away to prolong it's life. Definitely worth the money.
Author: James Clarke I unfortunately bought one of these elsewhere before I found this website. The price was much near to the £10 mark and didn't get any reward points. When I was new to DE shaving I just used this for cuts. But now I use it after my shave to close the pores aswell. At the same time you can feel the areas that you cant see or feel before using this that have been irritated when your new to DE shaving and helps you to take care next time you shave.
Author: Patrick Higgins A brilliant product which finishes a good or bad shave and makes both much better.
Its very refreshing to use, and as others have stated, very informative as to where you have upset your skin. This item adds a real sense of completion to your daily shave.
Thanks Shaving-shack for quick delivery and another top product.
Author: Craig Carroll Stings like hell, but does stop any persistent nicks. It's a decent size block, and as long as you don't slice your face up every shave, it's bound to last for years and years.
Author: Stephen J Baker I'd never even heard of an Alum Block until I saw it recommended at the Shaving Shack. Glad I bought it. Now its part of my post-shave routine. Simply wet your face and rub. It stops any minor nicks without stinging as much as a styptic pencil. Tastes strange but perhaps I should close my mouth when using it.
Author: Neil Robinson Seems to work better than styptic pencil, just rub it all over after you've finished your shave and rinsed, and it takes care of any nicks or weepers. If you cut yourself really bad, wet the block, rub it in then prepare to hurt. But at least the bleeding stops. Could do with a nice piratey logo like the bluebeard tackle, but you can't have everything can you.
Author: Neil Goodhead Would never have believed the effect that that this little block could have. A cold water splash after a shave then rub the block over your face and you can really feel it tightening the skin and closing the pores. Highly recommended!
Author: Norman Somerville I can only agree with the positive reviews here. If you are going to wet-shave, get one. You will soon find it is indispensible.
Author: Clive Pepper After one month of DE Shaving Experience I needed some blades so decided I'd add the Alum Block to my armoury (well might as well get your order up to £40 and get free postage, that's my excuse anyway!)- I'm so glad I did! This has quickly become a firm favourite in my daily shaving routine. At the end of the shave I do a warm rinse, then a cold rinse, then wet the block before running it over my entire shaving area. I'd read it 'finds' anywhere you've maybe gone a bit too close with - apart from the benefits of the Alum itself (you can feel it tightening your face, it's great!).....it also is like a 'meter' to tell you how well you've shaved! Gone a bit too close, it delivers a nice sting to tell you (short lived and provides instant relief). Where I've been pleased is I've studied lots of videos on getting the right blade angle, but now as I've not had too many 'stings' from the block, I'm getting more and more confident my blade angle during shaving is correct, so it's way more than just something to fix your face after a shave! This a fantastic piece of kit (will last forever), just get yourself one, highly recommended!
Author: Adam Cockerill I am recently new to straight razor and DE shaving, after looking around at a few shaving routines I decided to get one of these, when you use it on nicks they disappear!! very good product that helps give you feedback so you know where to be less aggressive next shave. stings a little but a must for the perfect shave.
Author: Robert Jackson I'm back to DE shaving after a time away frittering away my hard earned cash on disposable razors - I'd not tried this alum block before but I am now wondering why not - it's the perfect finish to your shave - tightens the skin up and followed a few minutes later by a witch hazel / tea tree oil mixture completes the job nicely.
Author: James Riley Bit of a mied bag, this one. Found that it stops some cuts, but only tiny ones from bleeding. Does not seem to reduce irritation either. I guess it shows you where you need to be a bit more easy going next time. Would like to pay more if it came in sme kind of waterproof container for traveling too. If someone knows of a small container that will fit this, please let me know.
Author: Chris Maguire Ive never used after shave before, because of the strong scents. After a shave I usually just splash my face with cold water to close the pores. But after reading about the alum block I thought I would give it a go. I noticed people were saying they soak the block, so I did just that before applying to my face. I couldn't really feel anything at first but then on my neck I could feel a slight sting, where i must have gone a bit to close to the skin. Judging by this, i should have got slight shaving rash but instead I got nothing, so I would say this is an essential in any shaving kit. Will teach me to shave better too.
Author: Neil Jary Purchased one of these to add to my new collection of wet shave gear. First up I was surprised by the size of it...I was expecting something the size of a soap bar from the photo..but it's really small...not much larger than a matchbox!
Having said that, don't be fooled! It's amazing!
I jumped straight in after my shaves and opted to use it for a complete after shave treatment rather than just to stop the bleeding of occasional nicks.
I have psoriasis so a cut is something I would expect no matter how careful I am..and with my new shavette they are a certainty!
I shaved, rinsed with warm and then cold water and then dipped the block into water and rubbed it all over my face! WOW! What a rush....sharp tingling followed by an almost menthol cooling! The couple of nicks I had stopped bleeding almost instantly and after I minute or so I could feel the skin on my face tighten! It felt really good! Invigorating, refreshing and calming on any razor burn!
Truly superb and a must have purchase for any wet shave!!
Author: Arwel Jones Started using this while i was still shaving with cartridge razors and did not see the point of it. It just did not seem to do anything, but since i have started using DE razor my god does this thing work!! It is a must have to finish your shave. It closes all your pores and seals those nicks instantly. Highly recommend this product.
Author: Neil Ord I was a bit sceptical before I tried using an alum block, but it is now a key part of my shaving routine. Warm shower, wet shave, warm flannel to rinse, cold water splash and alum block = perfect shave.
Useful as a newcomer to DE shaving, as any sting will give you an idea of where you were too aggressive. Takes care of any minor nicks.
Author: Tank Bought this with my first DE razor and would recommend to all razor users. Works very well when wetted and rubbed directly on affected area. Calms affected areas and stops bleeding very quickly. I still have the same block after around 4 years and it looks like it may last another 40.
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