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Mike D
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Hi All

Post by Mike D » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:58 am

Hi All,

I started making soap as a hobby (actually out of boredom one evening) and it kept on going. Not to long ago I was asked to make shaving soap. Up to that point I just shaved with the bath soap I made. This has changed.

So now I am in pursuit of the Überlather.

After about 60+ different shaving soap mixtures I have an idea of what fatty acid ratio in the oil mixture controls the properties of the lather. So now it is down to the adjustment of things like getting it to load on the brush in the quickest time possible and reducing the lathering time.

Onward…
Mike
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Post by SRD » Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:21 am

Welcome to the gang Mike.
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Post by brothers » Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:40 am

Hello Mike! Thanks for joining us at SMF. We look forward to your participation.
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Post by divotmax » Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:28 am

Welcome to SMF Mike; glad to see you.
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Post by fallingwickets » Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:42 am

welcome to smf

if you havent seen the thread already, this might be of interest:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=51901

as far as
reducing the lathering time
goes, you can count me out. One of the joys of wet shaving is avoiding the rush :D :D

clive
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Post by Racso_MS » Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:33 am

Welcome aboard. Come often and stay long.

I'm inclined to agree with Clive...

Part of the fun "IS" the lathering. I enjoy taking my time doing it.

I think you will like it here, so enjoy and please participate in the conversations. There is a lot of expertise around here.
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Post by ShadowsDad » Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:02 am

Welcome.

Dittos to the crew that doesn't care about the time it takes to lather, etc. . I think there are far more important things to consider and I'd hate to see those qualities sacrificed for speed and ease. That's what got us cartridges. But it's your soap, so go for it.
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Post by brothers » Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:59 pm

There's a slight mis-communication. If anybody loves taking time to make lather, they should grab a puck of the Musgo Real "shaving soap". You'll quickly (after about 20-30-40 minutes TRYING to make a lather) understand what Mike's talking about, and I thoroughly agree with Mike. Nobody in their right mind wants a soap that will NOT make a lather no matter how long you try. All of the good lathering soaps burst into lather quite readily. Then when the easy and quick lather's started, then we can take all the time we want while we enjoy "building it". Two different things, I promise you! I know exactly what you're talking about Mike. :D
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Post by Craig_From_Cincy » Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:54 pm

Welcome aboard SMF Mike!
Cheers,

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Post by jww » Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:40 pm

A soap-maker, eh? Welcome to SMF.
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Post by JRTASTER » Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:18 pm

Mike,

Welcome and enjoy your SMF experience.

The soap-makers here have compiled an impressive track record, to which we hope you will add!

jr/John
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Post by Mike D » Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:06 am

Thanks Fellows.

For the lathering time, I do 150 "swirls" on the soap puck to load the brush. I picked this number from wathcing a Youtube video about how to build lather...I counted what the fellow on the video did and have been using it as a standard since then.

I hope to be making a video of the results in the near future.
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Post by Icarus1 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:47 pm

Welcome to the crew, Mike.
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Post by JayTrek » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:17 pm

Mike. Welcome!!! Enjoy the interaction with this sophisticated group of gentlemen.
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Post by jww » Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:43 pm

Mike D wrote:...

For the lathering time, I do 150 "swirls" on the soap puck to load the brush. ...

I hope to be making a video of the results in the near future.
Really -- you count 150 swirls??? We do advertise that ymmv with all things shaving.
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Post by CMur12 » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:15 pm

Welcome, Mike! This is certainly an opportune time for another knowledgeable soapmaker to join our ranks.

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Post by notthesharpest » Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:04 pm

Mike D wrote:Thanks Fellows.

For the lathering time, I do 150 "swirls" on the soap puck to load the brush. I picked this number from wathcing a Youtube video about how to build lather...I counted what the fellow on the video did and have been using it as a standard since then.
Oh my. I'm not sure how hard your water is, but that is A LOT of soap. You can do what you like of course, but - well, I'm a "swirl counter" as well, just out of habit, and for me 35 is definitely excessive and 10 is not out of the question, usually somewhere between those. I do have a stiff brush and soft water, but I don't do any tricks of wetting the soap or anything like that. I use a little comfortable light pressure on the brush, but certainly not "mashing" it or anything. So, umm, - maybe try a little less and see how you make out. One way to figure it out: Start with a damp brush with minimum water in it, do 10 swirls on the soap, and lather it up. Add a tiny bit of water if it seems necessary. Find out what you get from that. With your water there and your brush, it might be paltry inadequate lather - but I bet you'd find out that using double or triple what I use is sufficient, and may even shave you better, rather than using 15 times as much as I do.

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