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Alum block question.

Discussion in 'General Shaving' started by hectorsgaf, Friday May 4, 2018.

  1. Hi.
    Have been using a block for about 3 years now and have of course eventually dropped it a few times. No probs, still useable but looking to get another. I cannot remember where I got the existing one but I know it was cheap and it does what it is meant to do.

    Looking now, it seems it is a bit of a minefield in that many are around £4/5 and indeed a lot more are silly money upwards. The likes of Osma etc seem popular but............. there are several places where I can get a 100g block for around £1.60 delivered.

    Question is - are there inferior versions of these to particularly look out for? Different types maybe too eg magnesium / aluminium/ potassium etc etc. OR is alum simply alum and the cheapies are just as good?
     
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  2. I found the Osma to be the purest, ie one large crystal which is nice and clear and smooth, the cheaper one's are rough as if lot's of small crystals have been compacted into a block and it is opaque. You get what you pay for as with most thing's in life. YMMV :) P.
     
  3. Sabre

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    I buy mine when I am in The Netherlands, they are inexpensive at Kruitvat.
     
  4. Fox

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  5. Alum blocks last a long time. I stick to Osma and other french blocks because they are so smooth and polished. Worth the extra pennies if you ask me
     
  6. Missoni

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    +1 ...the Himalayan Alum from Connaughts is superb, well finished, smooth, good value and less fragile somehow than the Osma block which for me have more of a tendency to shatter. Many of the others I have used are poorly polished. The Lea twist-up is quite good but not on par with the Himalayan Alum...
     
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  7. Pity shipping is almost as much as the 100g block.
     
  8. Sabre

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    Buy £50.00 of gear and get free shipping and 10% off with the TSR promotional code.
     
  9. Taipan

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    If you have a Holland & Barrat shop near you, have a look at a product called Salt of the Earth. It’s marked as a natural deodorant but is, in fact, potassium Allum.
    They sell two sizes and it’s contained in a very ha dy and protective holder.
    Btw, make sure you get potassium Allum, the really cheap stuff is usually ammonium Allum and is a possible health risk (have a look on Wikipedia).
     
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  10. I use this stuff, it's great, BUT, if you do buy it at H&B, give the container a gentle shake to make sure the internal block is not broken, I tried 6 once trying to get a solid one. I think their delivery system must be a bit rough!

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  11. Steve

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    Thank you for the tip. I didn't realise there were 2 kinds and the stuff I got from Ebay doesn't say so that means its the wrong one :) I will now bin it and trot (rather sedately) to H&B for a replacement!
     
  12. MrK1

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    Do people still use Alum?

    It came in handy when starting DE shaving but I haven't used alum after a shave for ages.

    I have the Salt Of the Earth one as a deodarant and it's excellent.
     
  13. Sabre

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    Yes, I like the tangy taste :oops:
     
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  14. Steve

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    Mm looking at the H&B site it lists the travel size as Ammonium Alum. The larger one as Potassium Alum???? I will check the actual products!
     

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