11-04-2013, 05:21 AM
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  • Macko
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I'll say this much for MW, as a shave soap it makes a great bath soap. Biggrin

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 11-04-2013, 08:33 AM
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  • Agravic
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He who endures with patience is a conqueror. ... latin proverb.

David, your journey with Mystic Water exemplifies the rewards that are in store to those who persevere.

Every soap, regardless of brand, has unique characteristics which in my experience take a little time to adjust to. Some are more forgiving than others i.e. more forgiving of technique. MW may pose a greater challenge to some, but is well worth the effort.

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 11-04-2013, 09:05 AM
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I've been fortunate and never had issues lathering this soap. When the top of the puck gets a "gummy" appearance just add a few drops of water and continue loading. It has great post shave skin care.

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 11-04-2013, 10:47 AM
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Bruce, before I rotated my soaps, I was exclusively using one product and Michelle's soap would usually last me 2-2.5 months depending on how much I loaded. Nowadays, as I load much more soap, it usually lasts 2 months.
I can try to test it out, soon, if you like. However I don't have a scale to measure my daily use. Biggrin

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 11-04-2013, 11:01 AM
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  • wingdo
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Definitely a love it or hate it soap. I can get almost anything to produce a decent lather except Mystic. No amount of video watching ever helped.

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 11-04-2013, 11:25 AM
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(11-04-2013, 11:01 AM)wingdo Wrote: Definitely a love it or hate it soap. I can get almost anything to produce a decent lather except Mystic. No amount of video watching ever helped.

Yeah it was weird for me. I got a sample from Ravi which, after some trying, gave me an average lather.

Ordered 3 pucks for myself and can't lather this stuff to save my life. They quickly found their way out of my den.

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 11-06-2013, 02:31 AM
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Just my first go with this soap. Worked fine with no issue. Soaked my brush and puck for a few minutes. Loaded my semogue soc for 40 seconds and face lathered. 3 pass bbs shave with my as d2 with green Gillette on its 3rd shave.

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 11-07-2013, 06:14 AM
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  • Shanman
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I absolutely love the MW Lily of the Valley scent, but just like my battles with Edwin Jagger Sea Buckthorn &Aloe soaps- I couldn't get a good lather to save my life. I might try the soap to the face trick I suppose. If I have to work too hard at it, I will give up as there are far too many great soaps that lather with minimal fuss.

My main issue was I could make a great thick lather, but it seems to not provide the cushion and protection you would expect. The lather was deceiving.

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 11-07-2013, 08:33 AM
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(11-07-2013, 06:14 AM)Shanman Wrote: I absolutely love the MW Lily of the Valley scent, but just like my battles with Edwin Jagger Sea Buckthorn &Aloe soaps- I couldn't get a good lather to save my life. I might try the soap to the face trick I suppose. If I have to work too hard at it, I will give up as there are far too many great soaps that lather with minimal fuss.

My main issue was I could make a great thick lather, but it seems to not provide the cushion and protection you would expect. The lather was deceiving.

Definitely try the soap to face. After numerous attempts over months, and getting thin, disappearing lather, I finally understood the possibilities with these soaps.
Interestingly, although thin lather, I have always experienced exceptional slickness and never had issues shaving with it.

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 11-07-2013, 11:35 AM
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(11-04-2013, 05:04 AM)Bruce Wrote: With regards to how long a puck lasts: I'm not sure who or how some people are getting 4 months of daily shaving from a 150g puck of this soap, its not even close to this for me. I've seen others as well and just searched a 300 page thread on people who use products from start to finish, and the longest I saw a puck last was 45 days or so. I am a 3 pass shaver and face lather my MW soaps.

45-60 sec of gentle loading and I'm picking up 3.5-4g off soap which means they are lasting 40-50 days for me. I'd love it if I could get a puck to last 4 months of daily shaving but I have yet to see or read anyone getting it on the forums but could be wrong.

While I have never finished a puck of MW, I have been able to get 15 to 22 shaves from one of her 1/2 oz samples and I've never felt I've been skimping on the lather. At that rate, a full puck should last me 4 months.

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 11-07-2013, 01:00 PM
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(11-07-2013, 11:35 AM)5Savages Wrote:
(11-04-2013, 05:04 AM)Bruce Wrote: With yegards to how long a puck lasts: I'm not sure who or how some people are getting 4 months of daily shaving from a 150g puck of this soap, its not even close to this for me. I've seen others as well and just searched a 300 page thread on people who use products from start to finish, and the longest I saw a puck last was 45 days or so. I am a 3 pass shaver and face lather my MW soaps.

45-60 sec of gentle loading and I'm picking up 3.5-4g off soap which means they are lasting 40-50 days for me. I'd love it if I could get a puck to last 4 months of daily shaving but I have yet to see or read anyone getting it on the forums but could be wrong.

While I have never finished a puck of MW, I have been able to get 15 to 22 shaves from one of her 1/2 oz samples and I've never felt I've been skimping on the lather. At that rate, a full puck should last me 4 months.

I did think that using a whole sample for just one shave was a little excessive, but it proved a point for me. Wonderful shave too!!Biggrin

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 11-07-2013, 01:03 PM
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(11-07-2013, 01:00 PM)Optometrist Wrote: I did think that using a whole sample for just one shave was a little excessive, but it proved a point for me. Wonderful shave too!!Biggrin

David, you must have created enough lather for a >25 pass shave! Biggrin

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 11-07-2013, 01:17 PM
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  • Greeneville, TN
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I get about 70-90 shaves from a puck, now that I've finally dialed it in and I'm not wasting tons of soap pursuing a decent lather. Tongue
However, I exclusively use synthetics and only require 20 seconds of loading..which gets me 3 passes with touchup and a rather healthy glob left in the brush to smear on my face while I clean/store my gear for that extra kick of softness/moisturizing.

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 11-07-2013, 01:36 PM
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(11-07-2013, 01:03 PM)Agravic Wrote:
(11-07-2013, 01:00 PM)Optometrist Wrote: I did think that using a whole sample for just one shave was a little excessive, but it proved a point for me. Wonderful shave too!!Biggrin

David, you must have created enough lather for a >25 pass shave! Biggrin

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 11-07-2013, 10:54 PM
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Congrats, Dave. But too bad you didn't take the advice in my sig line long ago. Might have saved you some time, soap and postage sending Celestino that water. LOL!

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 11-08-2013, 05:17 AM
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(11-07-2013, 10:54 PM)CyanideMetal Wrote: Congrats, Dave. But too bad you didn't take the advice in my sig line long ago. Might have saved you some time, soap and postage sending Celestino that water. LOL!
Very true, but my preference is to take brush to soap in puck form and that is my ongoing intention. Pretty much getting a good lather now.
And I couldn't have gone without Celestino trialling my water, could I ?. He's spoilt with his soft water over there, so making him have to work at it for a change was my kind gift to him.BiggrinBiggrinPancarta

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 11-08-2013, 11:03 AM
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(11-08-2013, 05:17 AM)Optometrist Wrote:
(11-07-2013, 10:54 PM)CyanideMetal Wrote: Congrats, Dave. But too bad you didn't take the advice in my sig line long ago. Might have saved you some time, soap and postage sending Celestino that water. LOL!
Very true, but my preference is to take brush to soap in puck form and that is my ongoing intention. Pretty much getting a good lather now.
And I couldn't have gone without Celestino trialling my water, could I ?. He's spoilt with his soft water over there, so making him have to work at it for a change was my kind gift to him.BiggrinBiggrinPancarta

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 11-17-2013, 08:24 AM
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It's now been 2 weeks since I began this thread and reporting some success with MW soaps. The approach at the time was fairly dramatic using a whole 1/2 oz sample, but that was what I needed to open my eyes and to appreciate what these soaps are truly capable of.
Two weeks on and I am very pleased to be reporting that loading my brush directly from the tub and face lathering is working wonderfully. I am so glad that persistence, albeit for a whole year, has finally paid off.
Now I have 3 more soaps on the way - Almond, Marrakesh and Sardinian Honey. Can't wait!

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 11-17-2013, 08:35 AM
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  • Agravic
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Thanks for the update, David. The interesting thing with me is that now that I've gotten used to my lathering routine with MW, I find it challenging to switch back to other soaps i.e. I have to modify my established technique to suit the other soaps!

As many have pointed out, MW soaps excel with regards to scent, performance, and skin conditioning ... once the lathering technique has been dialed in.

I've been using Almond almost exclusively for the last several weeks ... I really like it. The Sardinian Honey is excellent as well. It's been awhile since I last used the Marrakesh. I'm confident you will like all 3 ... Smile

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 11-17-2013, 11:13 AM
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Congratulations, David!!! Great news. Wait until you try the Sardinian Honey! Yummmmy! Biggrin

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