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Shave matches

Discussion in 'General Shaving' started by Michael cushion, Wednesday May 16, 2018.

  1. Today is the first time I've ever tried anything on a nick... I've been lucky lately and had no cuts. But today I had a little accident so I reached for a pack of bba shave matches. Just wet the end and you're off.
    Wow did that work well! I'm now wondering wether to just stick to the alum matches or if I should invest in an alum block? What do you all use?
     
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  2. Funnily enough I've never got on with the matches so I prefer to use an alum block should I ever nick myself but fortunately this is a relatively rare event. :) P.
     
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  3. Steve

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    I use an alum block as it tightens your whole face and takes care of any tiny weepers you may not have otherwise noticed.
     
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  4. Looks like I'll have to find an alum block. Do you just use it over the whole face wether you think there's a weeper or not?
     
  5. Steve

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    yep, rinse my face, wet alum block rub it all over, wait 30 seconds then rinse it off.
     
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  6. patw

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    I use an alum block,only on a nick/cut though.
     
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  7. riverrun

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    Styptic matches are usually made from aluminium sulfate.
    This is not alum. Aluminium sulfate is a better hemostatic (stops bleeding) than alum.
    Styptic pencils are usually made from aluminium sulfate as well.
    For me, (potassium) alum works for very minor cuts, styptic pencil if it is a bit more serious.
    For bad cuts (lips, nose) I use Proraso Riparatore gel made with aluminium chlorohydrate.
    The drawback with that is that I need it so rarely that the contents of the tube dry out a bit and it's really hard to get the stuff out of the tube when I need it quickly. Really good stuff if you cut yourself often - I probably won't buy it again.
    If all else fails: (small) plasters.
    Never ever: bits of toilet paper.
     
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  8. patw

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  9. I agree with upside-down Andreas, get a styptic pencil. Most chemists sell them and they're under a pound.
     
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  10. This.

    Alum blocks are excellent deodorants.
     
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  11. SeanC

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    +1

    Styptic pencil is the best tool for cuts

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  12. +1 for alum as a deodorant. It's totally unscented and doesn't make the armpits of your shirts sticky like the aerosol stuff. Plus it lasts for ages.
     
  13. riverrun

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    And "crystal deodorants" are made from alum and make excellent alum blocks with a non-slip holder.
    They are usually round at the top, but I use sandpaper to flatten the top first.
    Just make sure they are potassium alum. Most are.
     
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  14. Thanks for all the tips everyone. I'll maybe look into the styptic pencil instead of alum then
     
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  15. Electrif

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    Alum block after every shave. It tells me if I've been a bit too close with the blade. I follow with an aftershave/cologne then a moisturiser.
    I also have a styptic pencil on standby for the rare nicks, as the alum block can't cope with those.
     
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  16. I love the convenience of those little matches. No messing. Dab and throw.


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