Poll: What kind of latherer are you?
 04-24-2014, 01:26 AM
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  • jamesrobson5
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  • Sherwood Park AB Canada!
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I was just wondering what kind of latherer you were?
Face or bowl.

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 04-24-2014, 02:07 AM
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  • Mouser
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  • Forest City, Florida U.S.A.
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Both. Why limit yourself?

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 04-24-2014, 02:13 AM
#3
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Face, mug, and often hand when i use cream soap

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 04-24-2014, 02:30 AM
#4
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Face only - keep ot simple.

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 04-24-2014, 02:35 AM
#5
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I'm a dedicated face latherer. I started with bowl thinking that was the only way to make a lather. But when I discovered face lathering I never looked back. Tongue

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 04-24-2014, 02:59 AM
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Bowl. I face lather on the road or when I use sticks.

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 04-24-2014, 03:07 AM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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In the past I exclusively face lathered and fervently held the notion that lather belonged on the face so that's where it should be made.

I've since discovered that bowl lathering has it's merits. This is especially so in regards to hydration and fussy soaps. It's easy to give up on a soap when lathering on the face, but in a bowl it's much easier to work with it and to achieve a near perfect result every time and with every soap.

If I'm in a rush, there's no question - I face lather.

If I'm using a cream from a tube, again it's an easy decision - I bowl lather. (I really hate it when the dollop of cream falls from my brush as I first take it to my face).

For croaps (that I use the majority of the time) I'm about 40/60. Sometimes I spoon a small portion into the bowl (very necessary with small pots such as PanaCrema and larger brushes). Most times I'll load the brush from the pot and face lather.

Often I'll also commence the lather in the bowl, to ensure it's properly hydrated, but then do the real building (or whipping) on the face.

(As a side note, I always swirl to load from the puck or pot and swirl when building in a bowl, but I always paint brush to lather on my face).

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 04-24-2014, 03:39 AM
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cannnot vote: so far face 100% - but there is no such thing as a wife "owning" dishes SmiliePig Biggrin

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 04-24-2014, 03:57 AM
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(04-24-2014, 03:07 AM)ben74 Wrote: I've since discovered that bowl lathering has it's merits. This is especially so in regards to hydration and fussy soaps. It's easy to give up on a soap when lathering on the face, but in a bowl it's much easier to work with it and to achieve a near perfect result every time and with every soap.

This is why I prefer bowl-lathering. I rotate through soaps, and use some challenging ones, and they are different. I like to see the lather, its consistency, how shiny it is, etc. I make a quick decision whether to add water and exactly how much. I like to think I've gotten pretty good at making a perfect lather out of almost any soap.

I also like to make plenty for 3 passes, and on the 2d and 3rd pass I get a generous dollop and paint it on. I don't like to have to work it much to get enough lather for pass 2 and 3. Because by then the face is so prepped that I'm not looking to spend any time other than to just get a protective layer of lather on.

Mastering the bowl is rewarding. Part of me is convinced that dedicated face-latherers like the sensation of that brush on their face, and it's about as simple as that.

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 04-24-2014, 04:05 AM
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  • Mouser
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  • Forest City, Florida U.S.A.
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This whole process of shaving is exquisitely enjoyable to me in all it's different processes and rituals. Why miss out on one?
Soaps get both, potted creams get both, the closest thing to a guideline is the tubed creams usually get bowled.I really don't know why anyone would draw a line and never cross it.
Both

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 04-24-2014, 04:39 AM
#11
  • BobH
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  • Thunder Bay Canada
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I face lather all my soaps/croaps/creams and shave with cold water just to keep things simple. My scuttle has been collecting dust for quite a while now.

Bob

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 04-24-2014, 04:45 AM
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I almost always face lather except for a few times a year when the mood will strike me to use a bowl. This usually only happens when I'm playing with a new and finicky cream.

I also like to face lather to massage my face and help lift my whiskers. I've noticed that it helps with ingrown hairs. It also saves time in the morning, particularly clean-up.

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 04-24-2014, 05:35 AM
#13
  • Elendil
  • Raggedy man, good night
  • The snow's back.
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Most of the time I face lather, and usually break out the bowl only if I'm lathering a cream or superlathering.

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 04-24-2014, 05:57 AM
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  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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50:50 these days, although until recently it was 100% face lathering ... how times change ... Rolleyes

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 04-24-2014, 07:58 AM
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Before I got my Robert Becker scuttle I was a 95% face latherer...these days I'd like to think I'm a 50-50 bowl-face.

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 04-24-2014, 08:50 AM
#16
  • TheMonk
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  • Porto, Portugal
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How can the exclusively face latherers be winning by such a huge margin? Blasphemy! Biggrin

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 04-24-2014, 09:22 AM
#17
  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I voted 70/30 in favor of face lathering. Most soaps see face lathering but when I use a cream I bowl lather.

My Aesop stainless bowl gets very little use but it looks good in the SOTD photos holding product.

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 04-24-2014, 10:22 AM
#18
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100% face-lathering, but I don't have any restrictions on bowls from my partner! Biggrin

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 04-24-2014, 10:51 AM
#19
  • Balj86
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  • Maryland USA
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I face lather a lot more as of lately. But it depends on how I feel that day usually.

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 04-24-2014, 10:52 AM
#20
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I went the extra mile of tracking down an Aesop bowl and still ended up selling it because I'm just not a bowl-lather kinda guy, try as I might. Consequently, my brush has to be soft without scrub or scritch because it racks up lots of face time.

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