11-29-2014, 06:14 PM
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I packed a stick of Arko for the first time in my vacation bag for convenience. I must say I was disappointed in the lather or lack of. The scent reminded me of ivory soap which is ok but the cushioning & lack of lather were very troublesome. The problem is I didn't bring any other creams or soaps on the eight day trip. SadAngry

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 11-29-2014, 06:19 PM
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  • Giorgio
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Well...at least you'll have the rest of the trip to experiment with it...I'll be curious what you think of it at the end of your trip Smile

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 11-29-2014, 06:21 PM
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Arko that doesn't lather ? The only thing I can think of is what the heck ?

There aren't many easier or faster lathering soaps that I know of.

Try soaking the end in hot water, maybe it just needs a kick start ?

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 11-29-2014, 06:36 PM
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Why don't you just try using more product! Rub more on your face than you would normally do to see what happens. I think this might resolve your issue.
Good luck and enjoy your vacation. Smile

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 11-30-2014, 01:27 AM
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Arko is the gold standard in lathering. You're either not using enough product, way too much water, and/or not really lathering; more moving the brush around the bowl. Lathered properly, it's very slick and very cushioning.

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 11-30-2014, 02:20 AM
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If this is your first time using a shave stick I hope this helps. Arko is one of the easiest soaps to lather, as everyone else has said.

Bob


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 11-30-2014, 03:06 AM
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I'm hoping its just the water here at the first hotel. It was very strange, the Arko lather looked like lather from a bar of bath soap. It wasn't thick & cramy at all. I'm going to give it another try when we get to our destination. I've used other shave sticks with great success.

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 11-30-2014, 06:26 AM
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When you think you've more than enough product, ADD MORE!!!!

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 11-30-2014, 09:47 AM
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(11-30-2014, 06:26 AM)Gordy Wrote: When you think you've more than enough product, ADD MORE!!!!

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 11-30-2014, 10:44 AM
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Try to load the brush directly from the stick. Hope this helps!

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 11-30-2014, 11:53 AM
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(11-30-2014, 06:26 AM)Gordy Wrote: When you think you've more than enough product, ADD MORE!!!!

Can never go wrong with this! Biggrin

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 11-30-2014, 03:06 PM
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Like the folks said, try more product; maybe water? Arko is a great lathering soap for me...close, comfortable shave. Please don't give up on the Arko.Biggrin

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 11-30-2014, 04:42 PM
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Ill post tonight after having a second go. Its weird because I've never had a problem with lathering any other soap, stick, or cream before and I've been wet shaving for years. Hmm

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 11-30-2014, 06:57 PM
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While I don't expect everyone to like Arko, it is pretty rare to find someone who cannot get a great lather with it.

As you've been advised - try using more product. Rub it on your face for a good minute before going to the brush. Hopefully, you can figure it out.

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 11-30-2014, 08:18 PM
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Have to agree with the rest, either too much water or not enough Arko. This is one of the easiest soaps to get a good rich lather with that something has to be off.

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 11-30-2014, 08:36 PM
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Second shave went better. I used more soap this time but Im sorry to say I'm still not impressed. I'll probably be shunned from the wet shaving community but I guess Arko just isn't for me, I still have five days that I'll be forced to use it though so it may grow on me still. Im not easily deterred.

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 11-30-2014, 10:28 PM
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CC, not everyone likes ARKO for various reasons, most being the scent. So you won't be shunned. Our likes and dislikes is what makes this forum work.

This is the first complaint I've ever read about not liking it for it's lathering ability. Are you using enough water? It's a water hog.

Other than that, the catch all suggestion to use more product is all that comes to mind and a dozen folks have already suggested that.

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 11-30-2014, 11:25 PM
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(11-30-2014, 10:44 AM)Rallypoint_1 Wrote: Try to load the brush directly from the stick. Hope this helps!

This is a good way to use Arko and is the way some Turkish barbers do it. The problem maybe that not enough soap is getting onto your face, the beard is not grabbing a lot of the soap. If you dampened your brush and wet the stick and rub the stick onto the brush like you are loading onto a puck it might give you a loaded brush to face lather with.

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 12-01-2014, 12:47 AM
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(11-30-2014, 11:25 PM)Hanzo Wrote:
(11-30-2014, 10:44 AM)Rallypoint_1 Wrote: Try to load the brush directly from the stick. Hope this helps!

This is a good way to use Arko and is the way some Turkish barbers do it. The problem maybe that not enough soap is getting onto your face, the beard is not grabbing a lot of the soap. If you dampened your brush and wet the stick and rub the stick onto the brush like you are loading onto a puck it might give you a loaded brush to face lather with.

I have done both,rub on face and brush, on the same shave and I'll tell you I had more lather than I knew what to do with.

Bob

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 12-01-2014, 05:40 AM
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My wet beard grabs plenty of soap the lather just isn't creamy like other soaps. Also I only have a very sofy badger brush for travel. I normally like a stiffer brush because I face lther anyway.

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