Omega 20102, Nuávia, and the iKon Shavecraft #101
I figured I would use an Italian brush for my Nuávia this morning, it being an Italian soap, so I brought out my Omega 20102, a very nice boar brush. And after loading the brush, I decided to palm lather, since that is an expeditious way of working in additional water. Nuávia can take a fair amount of water, and the lather was particularly creamy and thick this morning. I like the fragrance, which is modest, and the lather is excellent. However, I would not say this soap is worth the price, at least not to me. It is quite good, but it is also very expensive—four times what a good artisan soap would cost, and it’s no better than those.
Still, it’s always good to be using a good shaving soap, and I set to work with the iKon Shavecraft #101, which I think is an overlooked or underrated gem of a razor. Anyone wanting an open comb razor should certainly consider the #101. Three trouble-free passes left a totally BBS result.
A good splash of Van Yulay’s After Dark aftershave splash—a somewhat unusual splash in that it is no vegan, containing emu oil—and my day is well begun.
I think I’ve mention that an alum block makes an excellent styptic if you use, not as you use it for a skin treatment—gliding the block over your wet, shaved face, letting it sit for a moment or two, and then rinsing (and this will indeed stop weepers, but not actual nicks)—but by wetting a corner of the block and pressing it against the nick/cut for 30-40 seconds. That has worked extremely well to stop any bleeding and seal the cut.
I mentioned this on WE and /u/almightywhacko said that the alum was beside the point: applying pressure for 30-40 seconds was the secret, and a clean finger would work as well as the alum block. I have to admit I’m skeptical, but I’ve learned that my expectations are quite often contradicted by experience, so I’m eager to try it. Unfortunately (in a way), I no longer get nicks very often at all.
So I’m asking your help should you have the misfortune to get get a nick in shaving: press the cut for 30-40 seconds with your finger and let me know if that does indeed stop the bleeding and seal the cut.
My skepticism is due to the fact that alum does indeed have some styptic properties—powdered alum is sold as a styptic, in fact—so there is more that pressure at work when you press an alum block against a cut. But what is needed is some actual experience.
I would be particularly interested in hearing from those who try both methods: pressing the corner of an alum block against a cut and how that compares to pressing a finger against the cut. (Different people have different clotting rates: cf. hæmophilia.)
Thanks for your help, and I hope that most readers will be unable to contribute due to not getting any nicks.