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Captain Fawcett Traditional Alum Bar

Natural Cleansing + Soothing Mineral Bar Made from Crystallised Stone

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Adored by classic barbers, Captain Fawcett's Traditional Alum Bar is handcrafted in India from the highest quality crystallised stone.

Its gentle and soothing formula protects against razor burn and nicks, restoring the skin and unclogging pores for a healthy-looking visage. Presented in a sophisticated cotton drawstring bag, this natural mineral bar's timeless sophistication makes it the perfect gift for the modern gentleman. A must-have for those who appreciate the art of fine grooming.


Recommended by classic barbers 

Used by traditional barbers to provide an effective post-shave cooling experience to the skin

Crafted in India

Handmade from the finest quality crystallised stone

Soothes and softens

Safeguards against razor burn and can help unclog pores

Timeless elegance

Presented in a sophisticated cotton drawstring bag

  • Captain Fawcett
  • Soothing
Key Ingredients
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Vitamin E
Other Features
  • Beard & Shave
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone-free
  • Methylisothiazolinone-free
Product Type
  • Alum Bar
Routine Essentials
  • Step 1: Soap & Wash
  • Cedarwood
  • Musk
  • Patchouli
Specific Concern
  • Clogged pores
  • Ingrown hairs
  • Razor bumps
  • Razor burn
Activate the crystallised stone with cold water and smooth gently over your face to close pores, seal nicks and safeguard against razor burn.

By Lee Kynaston

Grooming Guru Lee Kynaston is one of the UK’s best-known and most knowledgeable male beauty experts, with over 20 years experience of writing about men's skincare, haircare and fragrance. An award-winning journalist and former magazine editor, his work has appeared in newspapers, websites and magazines across the world. He currently writes for the likes of GQ, Mr. Porter and The Independent – as well as for Humanery. He always smells amazing. 

Like the hamburger, wheel and bottle opener, the humble alum bar is an invention that’s a gift to humanity that’s never really been bettered. 

Used by man since ancient Egyptian times, this simple piece of shaving kit, made of potassium alum and fashioned into a bathroom friendly block, is the perfect cure for nicks, cuts and razor burn and has been popular with traditional barbers for hundreds of years. 

An alum bar has resided in my bathroom cabinet for as long as I can remember and with good reason. Moistened with cold water and gently rubbed across skin after shaving, alum acts as a natural antiseptic, astringent and styptic, calming irritation, minimising redness and helping stop bleeding (yep, say goodbye to putting little bits of loo paper on those little shaving accidents). Its astringent properties, meanwhile, mean it’s also good for shrinking pores and dealing with unwanted grease. 

It’s simple, cost-effective and, though something of a curio these days, remains a go-to grooming tool for those in the know. Perfect if you’re a looking for a cheap-as-chips, multi-functional grooming tool; essential if your shaving skills are one a par with Sweeny Todd’s.            

Humanery's secret hack: If you suffer from the occasional zit, do as I do and dry them out overnight by moistening the bar and applying to the offending spot just before bed.

  • Alum Stone
* Please be aware that the ingredients in the product may be changed from time to time by the manufacturer. For the most up to date list of ingredients, please refer to the list on the product package you receive.