Want to beat razor burn? Then take a match to it!

I’ve long been a fan of alum – the old (and I mean old) treatment for razor cuts and nicks – for several years now. Used since Egyptian times, it’s an absolutely brilliant astringent, aftershave product and a natural styptic, stopping bloodflow and closing wounds almost instantly.

The traditional alum blocks are excellent but these novel, disposable ‘matchstick’ versions from The Legends London are a little more practical and hygienic and are ideal for travel too. You simply moisten the tip of one with a little water and apply to any nicks, cuts or razor burn.

If you’re one of those clumsy shavers who always leaves the house covered in bits of loo paper these are a must so give them a try.

Five books cost £5 with each book containing 20 matches. Available from thelegendsbarbershop.com

Grooming Guru Essentials: Geo F Trumper Block of Alum

Like the wheel, the hamburger and the Wonderbra there are some inventions that are a true gift to mankind. The Alum block is one of them. Used by man since Egyptian times as a cure for cuts, nicks and razor burn and popular with traditional barbers for hundreds of years, it’s now something of a grooming curio, having fallen out of favour with the advent of aftershave balms. But believe me, you’ll never have a more useful grooming tool. Moistened with cold water and rubbed on the face after shaving alum acts as a natural antiseptic, calming irritation and redness, and also as a styptic, stopping bleeding and helping heal nicks a cuts. It’s simple, cost-effective and, frankly, pure genius.


To buy Geo F Trumper’s Block of Alum click here

Grooming Guru Essentials are the products I genuinely love and have used as part of my own routine.