Natural Alum Shaving Block- 2.65 oz.
Alum has been used for many years, in the Far and Middle East, as a natural deodorant. It is also used on cuts after shaving because of its styptic properties (stops bleeding and closes pores).
Alum is used in natural deodorants for its antibacterial properties, which helps to inhibit the growth of bacteria on the skin. It is the bacteria which causes the bad smell. Alum doesn't stop sweat. So, this is not an antiperspirant. Sweating is actually very good for the body. It's one of the ways our bodies remove waste from our systems.
The truth about alum and aluminium
Many people get confused about Alum because the press talk about Aluminium being bad for us. Aluminium is the third most abundant element on the planet and we ingest it in large proportions every day in water and food. In fact, in some parts, its presence in water is the only thing that allows it to be drunk without harm. It is not particularly good for living organisms in the body so over eons we have evolved a particularly efficient and effective system for allowing naturally occurring Aluminium and its salt derivatives to pass through the body without effect.
However it is specific types of manmade Aluminium that have the health scares associated with them. Aluminium Chlorohydrate is a synthetic ingredient of antiperspirants/deodorants, designed to be absorbed into and to block the pores under the arms, to prevent perspiration. There have been some claims that there may be a connection between breast cancer and Aluminium Chlorohydrate but no real concrete evidence.
Directions: Simply hold the alum block under cool running water and then rub it along the entire area where you shaved. Once applied, rinse the block and dry to prevent any bacteria or odor build up on the surface of the block.