You need a product to deal with the odd weeper or nick that also has antiseptic properties and can gave you feedback if your shave was too close. Alum in the shape of a block is one option but blocks are usually, gram for gram, expensive. They are easy to drop and you know what happens next. An alum block will shatter, make a mess, and leave the block with one or more rough surfaces. Not a good way to start the day. Some blocks also contain ingredients that you don’t want. What you need is a product that is 100% potassium alum and easy to grip.
We tested a number of alum blocks and sticks. The winner was this Thai alum stick. It has the best combination of ease of use, comfort and value. Our Thai alum stick is 100% potassium alum . It can be used as either an alum stick or a natural deodorant. It is not ideal to use the same stick for both purposes as the underarms contain bacteria that may cause an infection if transferred to a cut (not to mention an aroma of armpit). However, if well rinsed between each different use, i.e. deodorant/styptic, the chance of an infection should be minimal.
Our stick is 120g which is 60% more than the two well known brands (75g each). Our stick is an odourless mild astringent and coagulant with antiseptic properties that soothes and tightens the skin and leaves no residue when used as directed.
- Aluminum Chlorohydrate Free
- Paraben and Propyl Free
- Unscented and Non-Staining
- Safe for All Body Regions
After shaving, rinse the area and apply the stick, adding a little water to the stick if needed. Keep applying until all nicks are closed and any razor burn is soothed. Allow to dry for a few seconds and then remove with a thorough rinse.
Mineral salt (potassium alum)
Best Alum I’ve used