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Alum stone – natural antiperspirant and aftershave

One of the products I was surprised to find widely available in the Moroccan souq (marketplace) is the Alum stone or chebba, know in Europe for its many benefits. It is now becoming more popular as an antiperspirant, as it is efficient, natural, plastic free and cheap. It is actually a mineral derived from aluminium, but unlike the aluminium contained in standard deodorants, which can be toxic, it doesn’t penetrate the skin.

Alum stones from Morocco and alum stick

Many products such as aftershaves are derived from it as it is a blood coagulant and it soothes the skin. In Morocco, I found it in its natural form, as a stone, and it is also sold as a powder. I bought both as I thought I could try to use the powder to try out so new recipes. The stone used as antiperspirant lasts for ever, literally for years! It needs to be applied on wet skin, so it’s perfect after a shower in the morning, and it has absolutely no smell whatsoever. I also bought a deodorant shaped stone in a pharmacy in France, which is very useful. I personally find it works better on my skin in the summer months than during the winter for some reasons. I think it reacts differently to people’s skin and its environment, so just give it a go and see how it goes!

I have seen women applying the stone to their skin before using foundation: this is particularly useful for oily skin and is meant to unify and matify it. There is all sorts of recipe involving alum stone powder, such as scrubs. I personally had success healing a mucocele my young daughter had on the inside of her lip. We simply applied the stone on it 2-3 a day for a couple of weeks, and it disappeared, after other medicine had failed to help. Just an example of the various properties of the alum stone!

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