07-04-2016, 09:20 PM
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Is it just me, or are there any other Nookers here that absolutely despise the feeling of alum on your fingertips??  It drives me nuts! LOL.

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 07-05-2016, 01:28 AM
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Im usually trying to get a healthy dose of alum on the finger pads after face lathering.

The worst is if I have that waxy feeling of the alum on my face where it is super tacky.

Plus, if your hands are stinky, they say the alum can kill part of the stench.

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 07-05-2016, 01:51 AM
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I only use alum post shave and it is in a twist up container so I never get alum on my hands.

Bob

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 07-05-2016, 04:11 AM
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I use Bloc Osma brand daily and am unaware of any particular alum sensation on my fingers. Of course, I rinse my hands and face after application.

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 07-05-2016, 08:39 AM
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+1 chazt

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 07-05-2016, 08:57 AM
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(07-04-2016, 09:20 PM)TONE_Shaves Wrote: Is it just me, or are there any other Nookers here that absolutely despise the feeling of alum on your fingertips??  It drives me nuts! LOL.
If it's not making you red and you are not breaking into any kind of a rash, I'd say that you are not having an allergic reaction from it. As said, just rinse it off quickly and go on your way.

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 07-05-2016, 10:29 AM
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(07-05-2016, 01:28 AM)zaclikestoshave Wrote: Im usually trying to get a healthy dose of alum on the finger pads after face lathering.

The worst is if I have that waxy feeling of the alum on my face where it is super tacky.

Plus, if your hands are stinky, they say the alum can kill part of the stench.

LOL!  ...stinky hands!

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 07-05-2016, 10:34 AM
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(07-05-2016, 08:57 AM)beamon Wrote:
(07-04-2016, 09:20 PM)TONE_Shaves Wrote: Is it just me, or are there any other Nookers here that absolutely despise the feeling of alum on your fingertips??  It drives me nuts! LOL.
If it's not making you red and you are not breaking into any kind of a rash, I'd say that you are not having an allergic reaction from it. As said, just rinse it off quickly and go on your way.

Hi Beamon.  No, I don't have a problem with using Alum at all... never have.  I just hate the way it feels on my fingers after grabbing the Stypic Pencil.  I use Pinaud's styptic pencil which has a base to it, but it's not attached to the pencil, so you actually have to grab the alum.  The feeling I get from it is something similar to how I would react to fingernails on a chalk board...lol

I think I am going to try the RazorRock 4.5 Stypic Pencil.  It has a base that is attached and I won't have to touch the alum itself.

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 07-05-2016, 10:38 AM
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(07-05-2016, 01:51 AM)BobH Wrote: I only use alum post shave and it is in a twist up container so I never get alum on my hands.

Bob
  Yeah, I'm using the Pinaud pencil... I think I am going to try the RazoRock version that has an attached base to it.

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 07-05-2016, 10:44 AM
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I don't really use alum on my face anymore, but I like having the bar within reach. After lathering my hands are slippery, the alum adds extra grip so my brush or razor don't slip out of my hands.

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 07-05-2016, 10:49 AM
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I misunderstood the reference to alum. Yes, styptic definitely has a "feel." Like Monday and Wednesday through Sunday. Tuesday has no feel. Styptic has a feel. Yes, a very definite feel. But not Tuesday.

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 07-05-2016, 11:20 AM
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(07-05-2016, 10:49 AM)chazt Wrote: I misunderstood the reference to alum. Yes, styptic definitely has a "feel." 

Hi Chaz... an alum block and a styptic pencil are both hydrating Aluminum Sulphate... same thing pretty much.  So you experience a different feeling (on your skin) between an alum block and a styptic pencil?... Hmmm, I may have to graduate to an alum block for sure, if that is the case because I can't stand the feel of the styptic on my finger pads Undecided

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 07-05-2016, 11:47 AM
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(07-05-2016, 11:20 AM)TONE_Shaves Wrote:
(07-05-2016, 10:49 AM)chazt Wrote: I misunderstood the reference to alum. Yes, styptic definitely has a "feel." 

Hi Chaz... an alum block and a styptic pencil are both hydrating Aluminum Sulphate... same thing pretty much.  So you experience a different feeling (on your skin) between an alum block and a styptic pencil?... Hmmm, I may have to graduate to an alum block for sure, if that is the case because I can't stand the feel of the styptic on my finger pads Undecided

Tone, the brand I mentioned above is potassium based. There's no icky feel, at all. You should try it.

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 07-05-2016, 12:49 PM
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(07-05-2016, 10:49 AM)chazt Wrote: I misunderstood the reference to alum. Yes, styptic definitely has a "feel." Like Monday and Wednesday through Sunday. Tuesday has no feel. Styptic has a feel. Yes, a very definite feel. But not Tuesday.

(07-05-2016, 11:47 AM)chazt Wrote:
(07-05-2016, 11:20 AM)TONE_Shaves Wrote:
(07-05-2016, 10:49 AM)chazt Wrote: I misunderstood the reference to alum. Yes, styptic definitely has a "feel." 

Hi Chaz... an alum block and a styptic pencil are both hydrating Aluminum Sulphate... same thing pretty much.  So you experience a different feeling (on your skin) between an alum block and a styptic pencil?... Hmmm, I may have to graduate to an alum block for sure, if that is the case because I can't stand the feel of the styptic on my finger pads Undecided

Tone, the brand I mentioned above is potassium based. There's no icky feel, at all. You should try it.

Ahhhhh I was unaware that the Osma was potassium base.. Then that's what I think I will do.  Great info.  thank you!!

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 07-05-2016, 01:14 PM
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(07-05-2016, 10:38 AM)TONE_Shaves Wrote:
(07-05-2016, 01:51 AM)BobH Wrote: I only use alum post shave and it is in a twist up container so I never get alum on my hands.

Bob
  Yeah, I'm using the Pinaud pencil... I think I am going to try the RazoRock version that has an attached base to it.

I am just using the alum deodorant from wallyworld. I hate ordering stuff in when I don't have to.

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 07-09-2016, 05:50 PM
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(07-04-2016, 09:20 PM)TONE_Shaves Wrote: Is it just me, or are there any other Nookers here that absolutely despise the feeling of alum on your fingertips??  It drives me nuts! LOL.

Hmmm... Haven't had that experience myself.  I rub an OSMA Alum block over my face after shaving and it hasn't had any adverse affects on either my face or on my fingers.  Other than the characteristic sting when it goes over areas where I've shaved too close or nicked myself, I don't otherwise notice any 'feelings' or sensations from the block.  

I make sure my face is wet before I apply it - makes it slicker to rub / apply, and I don't let it stay on my face for very long, and definitely don't let it dry on my face.  I rinse it off thoroughly with a wash rag, then dry and apply my balm.

Interesting though.  Smile

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 07-09-2016, 06:19 PM
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 07-09-2016, 10:13 PM
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(07-09-2016, 05:50 PM)Niemander Wrote:
(07-04-2016, 09:20 PM)TONE_Shaves Wrote: Is it just me, or are there any other Nookers here that absolutely despise the feeling of alum on your fingertips??  It drives me nuts! LOL.

Hmmm... Haven't had that experience myself.  I rub an OSMA Alum block over my face after shaving and it hasn't had any adverse affects on either my face or on my fingers.  Other than the characteristic sting when it goes over areas where I've shaved too close or nicked myself, I don't otherwise notice any 'feelings' or sensations from the block.  

I make sure my face is wet before I apply it - makes it slicker to rub / apply, and I don't let it stay on my face for very long, and definitely don't let it dry on my face.  I rinse it off thoroughly with a wash rag, then dry and apply my balm.

Interesting though.  Smile

Yeah, it was just realized that the Osma is potassium based, and the styptic pen is 100% aluminum sulphate.  That's why the Osma alum block doesn't make your skin/fingers feel all weird..  I'm actually gonna switch to the Osma.  Thanks Niemander!

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 07-10-2016, 01:37 PM
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Phoenix AA sells an alum block with a thick rubber band around around it. I don't know how good their alum is, but I thought it was a great idea and it works well. I replicated it for the slip factor, but it may help with the fingertip issue. I use the Osma block as well.


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 07-10-2016, 01:39 PM
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Osma is the best quality in my opinion out of the 6 various brands I have tried. Osma is the only one I would use on my face due to the purity.

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