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by cymric
Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Speicktacular
Replies: 26
Views: 3410

Humour me on an occasion, and try not doing 'a few swirls' with the brush. Shake the brush gently until it is not quite dry (i.e., as dry as you would have gotten it if you really flicked your wrist), then swirl for at least 30 seconds, and then build a lather. You have no idea what Speick is all ab...
by cymric
Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: how long does MWF last??? i know..
Replies: 20
Views: 3078

A truly fully loaded brush would probably make enough lather (real lather, not suds) to fill up the bathtub, and it would use up a quarter or so of the puck of soap. Even though the above is a rhetorical reply: I doubt it. There isn't sufficient room in the brush to absorb a quarter puck of soap; a...
by cymric
Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:09 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: how long does MWF last??? i know..
Replies: 20
Views: 3078

marsos52 wrote:i totally load my brushes fully. and get great lather..and i always even after lathering four times still mostly have alot lesft in my brush..im not stingy with my lather at all.
What do you mean with 'fully loading'? How long do you spend on the puck?
by cymric
Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:48 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: how long does MWF last??? i know..
Replies: 20
Views: 3078

8 months, 7 days a week, 3 pass-shave? That means (as a puck of MWF is 125 g) you used 0.55 g soap per shave. It means you use about half of what I normally use. I would not be able to do a comfortable 3 pass-shave with just 0.55 g of soap. One and a half-pass at best, I think.
by cymric
Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:14 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Lathering Cella
Replies: 14
Views: 3194

Because there is no such thing as 'over-aerating'. You cannot 'over-aerate' a lather: water is always the limiting factor, not air. If you're not convinced, try putting lather in a kitchen mixer. That device is much better at pushing air through the lather than a mere hand-powered brush; it also cre...
by cymric
Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Lathering Cella
Replies: 14
Views: 3194

I guess this is what those who struggle with lathering The FAT are doing, too. And you'd be very wrong. That said, I intensely dislike the thought of having multiple brushes for different soaps, creams and containers; so in Cella's case I simply took out the soap and put it into a wider bowl where ...
by cymric
Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Murder Mistery (almost)
Replies: 9
Views: 1853

Actually, I have a hard time believing the story. Liquid soap is still more or less made up from the same ingredients as shaving soap, and given that there was but a small amount in the basin, diluted even further, and then used in a small amount in your brush, leads me to the conclusion that this t...
by cymric
Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:02 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Coate's Limited Edition- A Review
Replies: 48
Views: 7604

Shaving up on the upper lip? Do that all the time. With a cartridge razor, adding insult to injury.
by cymric
Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:10 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: P160 discontinued?
Replies: 83
Views: 13174

Conservative not in the sense of using a product which has been around for ages, but in the sense of using products which are in some way continuations of old and no longer produced favourites. There is a tendency to lament the loss of the 'old' Coate's, 'old' TOBS, 'old' Trumper, 'old' Floris, and ...
by cymric
Sun Aug 08, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: P160 discontinued?
Replies: 83
Views: 13174

The soap/cream choices on this forum tend to be rather conservative. That so many people are 'converting' all of a sudden to the Italian soft (almond) soaps makes me wonder a little...
by cymric
Sun Aug 08, 2010 12:16 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Coate's Limited Edition- A Review
Replies: 48
Views: 7604

Here's a video about my 1st impressions... To be honest, I wasn't expecting any major problems with the cream itself; the ingredients are quite standard 'English type stuff', so to speak. As such I couldn't bring myself to purchase a pot even though the fragrance is one I'd probably find appealing:...
by cymric
Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:46 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Martin de Candre savon à raser
Replies: 25
Views: 5311

Re: Martin de Candre savon à raser

I am expecting your soap made with butter, stearic acid and potassium Hydroxide :lol:....well, as far I know some oils as olive oil cannot give good and lasting lather,......in this soap the simple formulation is surprising,...instead of Tabac that's very complex in its formula. Tabac's formula isn...
by cymric
Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:35 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Martin de Candre savon à raser
Replies: 25
Views: 5311

Re: Martin de Candre savon à raser

The coconut oil is the key, I think, because this soap offers exceptional performance, but not so much for leading this oil but more by how they treat ,.... No soap is like this by this feature. Be careful this is not a coconut soap, only a soap that uses coconut oil. No, there are two keys: (lots ...
by cymric
Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:56 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Please educate me about soaps
Replies: 11
Views: 1940

The only thing missing from that (well-written) article is what then are 'glycerin soaps'. The name is a bit of a misnomer, as glycerin is present in classical tallow- or pal oil-based soaps too. The idea is that for shaving you need a stable and slick foam layer, and you need not follow the 'tradit...
by cymric
Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:48 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Eton College s/c - has anybody tried it?
Replies: 12
Views: 1757

My first TOBS cream. Shaves good like all TOBSes of course, but I found I grew tired of the scent. I prefer the aftershave (which smells differently).
by cymric
Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:19 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: How long does one puck of shave soap last?
Replies: 34
Views: 7820

Usage of soap is strongly dependent on how one likes the lather, and how large one's brush is. I estimate that my current puck of Tabac, 125 grams when I started out with it, has some 90-odd shaves in it (using a very modest Rooney 3/1 st brush), with a shave weighing in at 3 passes, but making for ...
by cymric
Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:40 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Simple, plain soaps- made without bad plastics?
Replies: 15
Views: 2262

Re: Simple, plain soaps- made without bad plastics?

but have become unsure if I want to continue using it knowing that it comes in #7 (unknown/unproven safe) plastic containers which have been thought to leech cancer causing chemicals. I know i could remove it from the tub, but the thought that the soap was originally mixed in a larger container mad...
by cymric
Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:22 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Pre de Provence Shaving Soap
Replies: 9
Views: 2017

True, but to me, the tin is just the way the soap is packaged. So in a manner of speaking, what I buy is a refill. I hope it's clearer now.
by cymric
Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:14 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Pre de Provence Shaving Soap
Replies: 9
Views: 2017

PdP's scent for me is a winner because it is not very strong, unobtrusive, and quite fresh. If I want to smell nice, I'll use a cologne; in addition I tire easily from strong scents. Not that those which I like are bad, they're just too much 'in my face'. As for the tin thing: I don't use the tin, s...
by cymric
Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Thinking of going back to creams...
Replies: 26
Views: 3135

Re: Thinking of going back to creams...

I know soaps are slicker, but because I cant get a lather like you can with creams im not getting enough cushion and hence has caused a few ingrown hairs/razor bumps on my neck which is annoying me. Soaps are not created equal, and are not the same as creams. The consistency of the lather can chang...