02-10-2013, 11:46 PM
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Guys,

I need to find a shaving cream or soap that does't dry up too quickly. Cool

I was using Yardley shaving cream the other day and my phone rang so, I picked it up and had about a minute long conversation and when I hung up I was surprised to see the lather on my cheek had dried and was about to get powdery if I had given it 30-40 seconds more.Sad

Is this normal with all shaving cream/soaps or do I need to get a better quality product ASAP? Dodgy

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 02-11-2013, 12:09 AM
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1 minute to finish the shave? Sounds normal to me.

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 02-11-2013, 02:02 AM
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  • savagejoerude
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Try adding more water just a little at a time... When I use a thirsty soap I dip just the tip of my brush in water and continue to work the lather till it gets good and creamy...

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 02-11-2013, 03:13 AM
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(02-11-2013, 02:02 AM)savagejoerude Wrote: Try adding more water just a little at a time... When I use a thirsty soap I dip just the tip of my brush in water and continue to work the lather till it gets good and creamy...

This always works.

MWF is the only product I have ever used that never dried on my face regardless of how I lathered it, but it also takes a ton of water....

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 02-11-2013, 03:20 AM
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What is MWF? Blank

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 02-11-2013, 03:25 AM
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(02-11-2013, 03:20 AM)Arash Wrote: What is MWF? Blank

Mitchell's Wool Fat Shaving Soap.

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 02-11-2013, 04:15 AM
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I've yet to have any cream, croap or soap go dry on me once I lathered it up with enough water - and that includes taking a five minute break while shaving to explain a fellow officer the why and how of traditional wetshaving Biggrin

YMMV off course - I'm assuming lather made with very warm water will dry out quicker than the stuff I make.

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 02-11-2013, 06:03 AM
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One cream I have become really impressed with is the RazoRock Santa Maria. Great slickness and I doubt it will dry up too quickly.

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 02-11-2013, 06:45 AM
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I had the same issue when starting straight razor shaving, my shaves took forever and my lather always dried out.
I was advised to try J.M Fraser's shaving cream, it seems to never dry up and is very forgiving for those new to creating their own lather. It can handle very little or a lot of water, has slick protective lather,is inexpensive and the tub is huge.
One evening after mixing a bowl of lather, I had to rush my son to hospital for stitches, the next morning my lather bowl was still full of lather that would have been usable with only a few twirls of the brush.
http://www.italianbarber.com/j-m-fraser-...3604b8b0b2

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 02-11-2013, 07:30 AM
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The cream/soap that maintains the most moister for me is Speick.

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 02-11-2013, 07:39 AM
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I'm with Hans, I've never had lather dry on my face unless I didn't add enough water to it.

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 02-11-2013, 12:20 PM
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I have nothing but great shaves with GFT Limes! Never dries

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 02-11-2013, 12:40 PM
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(02-10-2013, 11:46 PM)Arash Wrote: Guys,

I need to find a shaving cream or soap that does't dry up too quickly. Cool

I was using Yardley shaving cream the other day and my phone rang so, I picked it up and had about a minute long conversation and when I hung up I was surprised to see the lather on my cheek had dried and was about to get powdery if I had given it 30-40 seconds more.Sad

Is this normal with all shaving cream/soaps or do I need to get a better quality product ASAP? Dodgy

add more water, as others have said.

I've had cream start to flake off if it was too dry.

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 02-11-2013, 06:35 PM
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I used to have this problem when I started using creams.

Solution for you Arash Lightbulb

1. Patience is needed Wink
Once you get more routine you will learn to mix the cream/water ratio better to obtain a better & slicker lather
I usually add a 5-6-7-8 drops of water to my lather before shaving, if it looks and feels too dry. Massage the drops of water gently in with your fingers.

2. Quality of product Cool
Try to sample some (100+ creams if possible Tongue ) creams and see which ones you prefer that gives you a more slick and non drying lather with the proper technique used.

3. Try using ÜBERLATHERS.
Überlather is a mix of products, and gives you the benefits of the shaving creams mire gentle feel and cushion, the benefits of the better slide and slickness of the shaving soap and the moisturizing sustainability of the added glycerine.
Look up Überlather and find your own preferred mix. Überlathers don't dry out so fast on my skin. You may disagree, but give it a try. I had a Überlather of Martin de Candre and Penhaligon Endymion on for 15 minutes, because my phone rang. The lather had only dried on my lower part of the neck with small flakes coming off, but just adding 4-6 drops of water and the lather was perfect again.

You can also mix two creams. One may be a croap, the other a thinner cream. Trial and error will occur on your path to the perfect lather Smile

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 02-11-2013, 08:37 PM
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Mike's Natural and Mystic Water have never dried on me. i can leave them on for at least 5 minutes or so and they retain their moisture quite well if you use enough water. Good luck.

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 02-11-2013, 08:52 PM
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Arash, lather made with a quality cream or soap should last long enough for you to complete the shave (even a leisurely one) without drying out. A little practice with adding a bit more water should do the trick.

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 02-11-2013, 09:42 PM
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Thanks for all the helpful tips. I really appreciate it.Smile

Tomorrow is my shave day so will give these suggestions a try and see how it goes.

Another problem I am facing is that there aren't much quality products available here in India.Undecided I will have to get them shipped from out of India. Sad

Just got my hands on the L'Occitane Cade Shaving Cream. Lets see how it performs as reviews ain't exactly stellar on this one.Dodgy

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 02-11-2013, 10:40 PM
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Arash, some of the Indian made shaving creams are very good, particularly the ones by Godrej, Old Spice, Park Avenue, Palmolive and some others whose names do not immediately come to mind. I encourage you to give them a try.

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 02-11-2013, 10:42 PM
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Will definitely give them a try.

Have you tried any of them?

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 02-12-2013, 06:17 AM
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(02-11-2013, 10:42 PM)Arash Wrote: Will definitely give them a try.

Have you tried any of them?

Godrej is amazing.

I wish I could find more of it locally as I'm running low on the two tubes that I do have.

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