Introducing the MdC Fougere Brain Bowl

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Introducing the MdC Fougere Brain Bowl

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Background: Martin de Candre offers 3 shaving soaps, Original scented, unscented, and Fougere. Standard container is a big glass jar. Original is offered in several different containers, one of which is a wooden bowl, which has been nicknamed the Brain Bowl by the guys on the shaving forums, because it looks like a brain in a bowl! :shock:

Fougere isn't offered in optional containers. I like the looks of the brain bowl, and my MdC is Fougere. I was browsing ebay and found one that's very similar in shape and dimension to the Original MdC wooden bowl, and it happens it was hand made from Myrtle wood in Coos Bay, Oregon.

After I finish off my remaining bit of Blueness (Turkey) soap, I'm going to move to the MdC and see how long it will take to use it all up. The soap alone weighs 217 grams. Now it's safe and sound in it's very own "brain bowl", and ready to be used up from start to finish over the coming weeks and months. Here are some pictures.

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Wow! That looks amazing Gary. I think that you'll be enjoying the next 6 months or so.
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Nicely done! I have the actual Brain Bowl, but I prefer the Original to the Fougère anyway.
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Well done gary......the glass bowl is very posh, but i wonder how gents soap a big brush. the wooden bowl is much better for lathering i would think

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That looks great, Gary. And I agree, it probably is easier to lather too.
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Tomorrow will be the day I start using up this whole bowl of soap... all 217 grams .... until it's all gone. I will be loading the brush on the soap for 15 to 20 seconds, and if I use a tiny bit less than 2g of soap every day, it should last about 4 months. This is subject to change once I start to get the brush and soap dialed in. No doubt it'll be several months. Probably around Valentine's day or so. Man, that seems like an eternity! 8)
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Gary, one soap for 4-5 months.....only one thing to say: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:


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I know, Clive, that's just too short. :lol: :lol:
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Prediction: this bowl of MdC Fougere soap will last until approximately April 18, 2015, provided I continue to use the same brush (Plisson), and shave every single day between now and then. This is based on an average usage of 1.15 grams per day, which represents the amount of soap picked up by the brush during a 15 second loading time.
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brothers wrote:Prediction: this bowl of MdC Fougere soap will last until approximately April 18, 2015, provided I continue to use the same brush (Plisson), and shave every single day between now and then. This is based on an average usage of 1.15 grams per day, which represents the amount of soap picked up by the brush during a 15 second loading time.
One of the nice ladies at MdC once told me that their soap jars usually last 1 year, if used daily. I suspected this would not be the case for me when I bought them, as I am a bowl latherer that likes to use a generous amount of product, and judging by your prediction I guess this won't be your case either, Gary. :wink:
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Gary: You write:

"Prediction: this bowl of MdC Fougere soap will last until approximately April 18, 2015, provided I continue to use the same brush (Plisson), and shave every single day between now and then. This is based on an average usage of 1.15 grams per day, which represents the amount of soap picked up by the brush during a 15 second loading time."

I thought I was nuts when I counted the number of times I swirled my brush (using Trumper cream) in my scuttle (24 times circling to the right, 24 times circling to the left ... then 24 more right, 24 more left) to work the lather right and thought I must be the only one crazy enough to count the swirls. Now, I find you know how much soap you use and the loading time is 15 seconds.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
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Well Bob, us guys have all of these obsessions, don't we! Cameras, pipes, tobaccos, pens, pocket knives, bicycles and motorcycles, on and on . . . :lol:
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Gary, it's nice to know that I'm not alone.

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Oh you've got company Bob, we may not be a large percentage of the shaving population but we few are fearless.
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Gary, squire, nb: it is 30 times in each direction. I am mathematically challenged in addition to being of short memory.
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Gary, squire, nb: it is 30 times in each direction. I am mathematically challenged in addition to being of short memory.
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It seems the rate of usage with the same brush every day has somewhat stabilized around 2.5g per shave. That amount takes about 20 seconds to load, and it makes a rich and abundant lather. It'll be exhausted around mid-to-late January at this rate. I'm not going to be putzing around with posting these boring remarks, now that it's become a predictable routine. As for now, I'll let it go along on cruise control for a dozen weeks or so.
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OMG! I just now saw this. An Okie bowl. Outstanding.
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Johnny wrote:OMG! I just now saw this. An Okie bowl. Outstanding.
:D I like that, Johnny.
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Where can you mail order MdC?
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