Face lathering and brush loading (soap)

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brothers
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Face lathering and brush loading (soap)

Post by brothers » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:35 pm

I've been in the habit of loading the brush on the soap for 15 to 20 seconds, then building the lather on the face. I think I'll change it up a bit: I'm going to follow Murray's practice of building his lather on the soap. This means the time spent will be determined by my subjective satisfaction with the lather that is made on the soap. Even though I'm currently on the 80th shave in a row with a shaving cream (XPEC) with about 20 - 30 to go before I move to the next product (at least). If it's a soap I'm going to try it this way just to see what happens, if anything. I actually thought of it before today's shave, and instead of XPEC I used the new Salter Solid shaving soap with tallow. It seemed to work well, but it's back to the cream now until the big pot runs out. Here's what I think will happen --- some soaps will perform differently than other soaps. :D
Gary

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Re: Face lathering and brush loading (soap)

Post by CMur12 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:38 pm

brothers wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:35 pm
I've been in the habit of loading the brush on the soap for 15 to 20 seconds, then building the lather on the face. I think I'll change it up a bit: I'm going to follow Murray's practice of building his lather on the soap. This means the time spent will be determined by my subjective satisfaction with the lather that is made on the soap. Even though I'm currently on the 80th shave in a row with a shaving cream (XPEC) with about 20 - 30 to go before I move to the next product (at least). If it's a soap I'm going to try it this way just to see what happens, if anything. I actually thought of it before today's shave, and instead of XPEC I used the new Salter Solid shaving soap with tallow. It seemed to work well, but it's back to the cream now until the big pot runs out. Here's what I think will happen --- some soaps will perform differently than other soaps. :D
I think you're on to something there, Gary! :D

Lather on the cake has worked well for me with badger, boar, and synthetic brushes. Interestingly, when I lathered in a separate bowl, I got my best results using badger. (I didn't have any synthetics then.) Lathering on top of the cake of soap has worked best for me with boar (badger and synthetics taken into consideration for the comparison). The brush that gives me the best results of all of my brushes for on-cake lathering is the humble Semogue 1305. This brush and the 830 have a special grade of boar, superior to and unlike any other in my experience.

Good luck with the experiment, Gary.

- Murray
Give me Soap or give me death!

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Re: Face lathering and brush loading (soap)

Post by pausted » Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:06 pm

Gary, I have been lathering “on the soap” for a long time. I find it the best way to build the lather until I’m satisfied with the thickness, texture, slickness, etc. This method uses more product but I don’t care. Soap is cheap. I have a couple of large,ceramic bowls I use to build lather. For softer soaps I remove them from their original containers and press them into the bowl so I can lather on top. For hard pucks I grate or chop with a chef’s knife and press into the bowl. In all cases, I leave the soap uncovered and use it up fairly quickly. It may dry a bit over time but generally does not lose scent. Brush choice does not seem to matter much. I have used them all with success.
Best regards,

Basil

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