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June 4, 2011

Septic Stick!

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

What is a septic stick many would ask?  I am surprised they are still available — but they are.  They are available at most drug stores, and you can even find them on Amazon.

Now it is not to be confused with a septic tank.  Oh, they are almost at opposite polls.  Where a septic tank breaks material down . .  the septic stick brings healing!  I must confess, however, that there is a more modern name for the septic stick today . . . it is call a styptic stick.  You can search the internet under septic and it will come up, but most of the terms used on the websites are styptic.  But go to the store to purchase one . . . and you will be understood if you use the word septic stick.

So what is it?  I had thought it was a generational thing that had long passed.  I was surprised to learn they are still available.  To help you who are unacquainted with a septic stick, permit me to give you some personal history.

I cannot remember when I began to shave, but it was in my early teens.  The straight razor was not used at my house, but the single edge blade was.  The lather used was a hard soap in a mug.  You would wet a shaving brush and then lap it several times in the mug until you had some suds.  Then you lathered your face well.  It was quiet different from the shaving creams of today!

As you began to pull that razor across the face, most of us would winch.  Yep, we cut ourself.  And by the time you finished and washed your face, you had small cuts all over your face.  Some older folks will remember . . . the man comes out of the bathroom from shaving and has all these little pieces of bath tissue on his face.  The paper became the absorbent of the blood coming from those razor cuts or nicks.

But there came the day . . . oh, what a day . . . the septic stick was available at my house!  No more bath tissue all over my face.  Now, I only had little white smudges all over my face from the septic stick.  The septic stick  was a short stick of medication that stopped the bleeding.  What a great discovery . . . and healer!

Today, razors are  highly honed.  Rarely is there a cut.  But just the other day . . . for the first time in a long time  . . . I had a cut.  Knowing I did not own a septic stick . . . and assuming they had vanished in history . . . I grabbed a piece of bath tissue.  As I came from the bathroom, I attracted the attention of my wife to remember the “good old days.”

The only thing that comes to my mind that I can learn from this blog is perhaps this.  There are many things that I assume have gone with the past . . . but my assumption could be wrong.  At least assumptions are proved wrong from time to time.  Old fashion values are still around — I just don’t see them that often and too often assume that they have vanished.  I am thankful that they are more prevalent than I assume.  Some things never go out of vogue, even if we don’t see them as often as we should.  Kindness, politeness, generosity, courtesy, respect, integrity, honesty, and morality may not be as fashionable as once they were.  But they are still around!  And may they always be!  Just like the septic stick!

So, I am grateful to the re-introduction of the septic stick.   Some old things don’t pass away . . . and I am so glad.




  1. Thanks for the memories I used one when Istarted shaving, hope you all are well Joy and I miss seeing you and spending time with you.


    Comment by Warren — June 4, 2011 @ 11:26 am | Reply

  2. Pastor Jolly, I had forgotten about the septic stick! What a great illustration, now when someone is extra polite I will think of old things of the past….are still here, Praise the Lord for that!

    Comment by Doris — June 4, 2011 @ 1:08 pm | Reply

  3. I know you are wondering why a woman would comment on this article but I too know about septic sticks. I grew up with 4 men in my house. Three brothers and a dad. Believe me they knew what a septic stick was! Two or three years ago, or maybe longer, time does fly by now, Dudley was in need of one and I was able to find one for him. He had forgotten all about them. It was a good thing after all that I had three brothers, but I still wanted a sister! Hee Hee!!

    Comment by Dudley Henry — June 11, 2011 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

  4. Interesting.. My husband just came to me today and said, “I haven’t asked for much in 50 years of wedded bliss but – could you please buy me a new septic stick”. he bought the current one on our honeymoon.

    Comment by Judy — April 8, 2012 @ 10:27 am | Reply

  5. It’s styptic stick not spetic.

    Comment by Don Koch — September 28, 2012 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Don, for the clarification. Today, it can be found under both names. In my day it was Septic. And the difference today is it is a Septic Stick or a Syyptic Pencil. The pencil is slender — the old Septic Stick was larger. Thanks again and have a nice day!

      Comment by lawsonjolly — September 29, 2012 @ 6:49 am | Reply

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