Tawas or potassium alum is a transparent salt crystal that is soluble in water and widely used as a deodorant, astringent, and mouthwash. It works by eliminating the odor causing bacteria so the body would not smell while maintaining the natural way of sweating. It is applied by gently rubbing the crystal in the armpits or feet while the area is damp from showering or washing. Tawas leaves an invisible layer to the areas it is applied. It has no scent.
Tawas acts as astringent in small cuts to stop bleeding and infection. It is also used as a soothing agent during or after body hair removals by waxing or shaving. However, in some cases, this may cause increased sensitivity.
It may be also used as mouthwash to protect against tooth decay and gum diseases. It is used as an ingredient in some toothpaste and commercial mouthwash.
It is famously utilised in Filipino folk healing.
Those looking to avoid aluminum are encouraged to look for other alternatives, as tawas contains naturally derived aluminum.
Approx 30 to 40 grams each piece.