I can't believe it is only 5 weeks since I posted the topic below on how much my Alum block was annoying me.
Fast forward 5 weeks and more often than not I am applying the alum block, walking away to let it dry, and forgetting completely to put any aftershave balm on for the rest of the day. My face feels comfortable and fine. I hardly reach for the witch hazel anymore, which is really all that I need when I've had a nickless shave. Till now, I've been putting aftershave balm on my face every single day for decades - even when I didn't shave.
If I hadn't tried so many razors - and especially shavettes - that left me in desperate need of the Alum block, I don't think I would have gotten to this stage.
Has anybody else done a similar U-turn on the use of the Alum block?