I started with the proraso gel which works well enough though what with the smearing method of application you end up with a huge white patch until you rub it off. Recently I bought a few books of styptic matches which allow a more precise application and leave the same chalky residue, these seem to work just as well.
Alum block is my go to. On holiday I use styptic matches as they are more convenient.

Cold water does bugger all for me, I can only seeing it working for only the smallest of cuts which would clot on their own after a few minutes.

Next time you are shopping online throw a styptic pencil or alum block in the basket. Not only will it be useful for cuts in general (I use mine for any cut) but it will probably put you into the order amount needed for free postage.

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