02-10-2013, 07:44 PM
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this is geared mostly for those who face lather since that's the only method I use.

how do you know when your lather is slick enough?

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 02-10-2013, 07:59 PM
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  • beartrap
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  • Southern California
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If you're using the same soap/cream you will know after several uses the right water ratio. If I use something unknown, I dip my brush until the lather is almost runny. Basically trial and error, if you go too far and ruin your lather, don't try to save it, just wash your face and start over.

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 02-10-2013, 08:00 PM
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For me it's when there is a reflective sheen to it and creamy consistency, kind of like yogurt. At that stage I know it will deliver the goods.

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 02-10-2013, 08:02 PM
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When it has the same appearance and consistency I get when lathering in a cup.

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 02-10-2013, 08:08 PM
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Theres a thin line between thick and goopy and thick and just right.

Its when the surface of the lather has a glossy to almost shiny effect.

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 02-10-2013, 08:52 PM
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+1 What they all wrote! They're all describing the same lather.

I'd suggest doing a search for ultralather the author of the thread will be Sharpspine.

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 02-10-2013, 09:25 PM
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(02-10-2013, 08:02 PM)squire Wrote: When it has the same appearance and consistency I get when lathering in a cup.

I disagree.

I prefer a thicker yoghurt like lather, when I face lather.
Back in time, when I bowl lathered I got a more fluffy type of lather in the bowl, not quite as thick.

I prefer the thicker more creamy like lather I get from face lathering, I never quite got the same feel when I bowl lathered, which is why I now ONLY face lather.
You see Geo Fatboys Youtube videos.

Look at the lather he gets from the bowl - that's more fluffy airy lather. I prefer a slightly thicker slicker lather.
If it's too thick, I just empty the brush for lather and add a drop of water and then apply to my face for the perfect lather Biggrin

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 02-10-2013, 09:27 PM
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For me, it is easy. If I can't rinse the water off my straight razor, I need to add more water to make it slicker.

I worry more about the too watery issue.

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 02-10-2013, 10:03 PM
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  • blzrfn
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I pay close attention to the lather after about a minute in of face lathering and I can actually feel the brush gliding easier across my face. With some soaps the "sweet" spot is easier to feel and see, but I do tend to get much better at hitting the target when face lathering vs. bowl lathering which is why most days the brush goes straight to the face. What Lee mentions about the lather rinsing off the razor is a good indication of hitting the sweet spot, but is hard to test on the go.

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 02-10-2013, 10:19 PM
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(02-10-2013, 08:52 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: +1 What they all wrote! They're all describing the same lather.

I'd suggest doing a search for ultralather the author of the thread will be Sharpspine.

HERE is the link I think BrianSD is thinking about.

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 02-11-2013, 08:13 AM
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  • oscar11
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Quote:For me it's when there is a reflective sheen to it and creamy consistency, kind of like yogurt.
Yep, agree.

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 02-11-2013, 08:39 AM
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  • Songwind
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I have found that face lathering can be a problem for me because my face starts to object sometimes before I have incorporated enough water. this is especially true with boar.

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 02-11-2013, 09:13 AM
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I mostly agree with what's been said already. However I have to be careful how long most strongly scented products are on my face. So when I use some of the stronger soaps/creams I use a brush that lathers quickly. For me it is the Semogue 620 . I mash it down so it splays out and it produces lather in seconds that my badgers or semogue SOC boar for that matter produce in a minute or more. I don't like Santa Clause fluff, I like the thick yogurt shiny stuff that has plenty of protection.
Now with the softer stuff (MWF, Barbon, MdC etc...) I can enjoy a leisurely face lather with some of my other brushes.

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 02-12-2013, 06:29 PM
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It's not hard to tell when things fall in place and you have it right for you.

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 02-13-2013, 04:25 AM
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  • Leon
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(02-10-2013, 08:00 PM)Williams Warrior Wrote: For me it's when there is a reflective sheen to it and creamy consistency, kind of like yogurt. At that stage I know it will deliver the goods.

This.

If it shines, you're there.

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 11-27-2014, 11:33 AM
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I agree with blzrfn:

"I pay close attention to the lather after about a minute in of face lathering and I can actually feel the brush gliding easier across my face. With some soaps the "sweet" spot is easier to feel and see, but I do tend to get much better at hitting the target when face lathering vs. bowl lathering"

+1
I will be paying even closer attention to this from now on.
Thanks for the tip!
Euro

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 11-27-2014, 03:35 PM
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(11-27-2014, 11:33 AM)opsimath Wrote: I agree with blzrfn:

"I pay close attention to the lather after about a minute in of face lathering and I can actually feel the brush gliding easier across my face. With some soaps the "sweet" spot is easier to feel and see, but I do tend to get much better at hitting the target when face lathering vs. bowl lathering"

+1
I will be paying even closer attention to this from now on.
Thanks for the tip!
Euro

WoW, you bump a lot of ancient threads :-)

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