06-07-2012, 03:54 PM
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How long do you take to lather up before a shave?

I feel like I'm in the minority, but I probably spend less than two minutes to lather up.
I spend 30-40 seconds to lather, then another minute or so to paint it on my face.
If I'm using a shave stick, it's usually even less than lathering out of a soap bowl

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 06-07-2012, 03:58 PM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I'm at about the same time you are.

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 06-07-2012, 03:59 PM
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  • uncledave
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  • Kentucky, USA
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Same here. I lather up slowly and thoroughly. That's part of the fun of it for me PLUS I don't nick myself or get burn if I pay attention to the lathering process.

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 06-07-2012, 04:01 PM
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about a minute, sometimes two.

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 06-07-2012, 04:13 PM
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I take 30-60 seconds to load the brush, and another minute or so to face lather or build lather in the bowl.

I freshen up the lather in the bowl with more water for a second or third pass.

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 06-07-2012, 04:42 PM
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  • tgutc
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  • Michigan
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About the same here...30-40 seconds loading and a mintue or two building lather in scuttle and painting face.

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 06-07-2012, 05:16 PM
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Overall, about the same amount of time for me as well. I spend more time face lathering and painting my face and less time building a lather in the bowl.

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 06-07-2012, 06:02 PM
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I take my time, I face lather and that's beard prep. It takes a few minutes. Someday I'll need to time it.

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 06-07-2012, 06:16 PM
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  • Sully
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  • Cedar Park, Texas
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It really depends on the brush and soap combination. With a smaller brush like my Shavemac it takes me about a minute to load and make lather with a soft soap like RazoRock, it will take longer with a harder soap. If I'm using a larger brush like a Simpson Chubby 2 it takes me around a minute to load and another minute or so to make lather.

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 06-07-2012, 06:35 PM
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It takes however long it takes. I honestly have stopped paying attention to timing anything & instead rely on visual & tactile clues to know when I'm done & ready for the next step. Some days I'm faster than others.

If I wake up late, then I skip my shave that day. My boss will just have to deal with a 1-day growth! Winky

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 06-07-2012, 07:07 PM
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From the time I turn on the water until I'm finished applying lather is probably a little over a minute.Then I find other stuff to do for 5 minutes or so while the lather softens my wiskers.

I prefer that it be time,not my shaving brush that's doing the lion's share of the work.

I might add a quick additional swipe of "hypermoist" lather once or twice so it doesn't get too dry.

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 06-07-2012, 07:27 PM
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i have never actually timed it, but usually 5-15 seconds loading the brush, depending if it is boar or badger, then 15-30 seconds. i load the brush a second time for 5 seconds or so, lather for 10-15 as i mainly paint the lather on as it is less brush burn and more effective, and the final pass i squeeze the lather out of the brush and apply it by hand. If i do a three pass shave with touch-ups, i will include one more step similar to the second one.
Works great for me although i seem to be economical/efficient when lathering as i do not make uber-lather.

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 06-07-2012, 07:35 PM
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  • greyhawk
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  • Southern California
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I'm right in there with most of you guys...maybe 30 seconds or so to load the brush and 60-90 seconds to apply lather and get the water/lather mix just right. I think less than two minutes total.

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 06-07-2012, 07:53 PM
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  • Brent
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(06-07-2012, 03:54 PM)superbleu Wrote: How long do you take to lather up before a shave?

I feel like I'm in the minority, but I probably spend less than two minutes to lather up.
I spend 30-40 seconds to lather, then another minute or so to paint it on my face.
If I'm using a shave stick, it's usually even less than lathering out of a soap bowl

I'm about the same

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 06-08-2012, 01:06 AM
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  • Persius
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  • Reading, England
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Another chap in the same ball-park here!

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 06-08-2012, 06:49 AM
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ditto

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 06-23-2012, 05:47 PM
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  • PAW
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  • Illinois
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I spend 30-60 seconds

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 06-23-2012, 05:50 PM
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(06-07-2012, 04:42 PM)tgutc Wrote: About the same here...30-40 seconds loading and a mintue or two building lather in scuttle and painting face.

The same for me. The limiting factor is fatigue in my hand and arm muscles, which are affected by post-polio syndrome. I would love to be able to lather as long as Teiste does, but I just can't.

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 06-23-2012, 06:37 PM
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It takes me about a minute or two to face lather. I do let the lather sit on my face for a while after though. I brush my teeth, make coffee or shine shoes etc. This is key for me and part of the reason I feel I rarely, if ever, get a bad shave. Knock on wood.

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 06-23-2012, 06:59 PM
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  • gijames
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(06-07-2012, 06:35 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: It takes however long it takes. I honestly have stopped paying attention to timing anything & instead rely on visual & tactile clues to know when I'm done & ready for the next step. Some days I'm faster than others.
*snip*

same here, there are days when I get through the process faster, and other days, where I take more of a leisurely stroll through whisking the brush around. and it definitely makes a difference between soap/cream.

TOBS tub builds and loads faster for me than Proraso white tub (sensitive skin formula).

I am still learning the Arko stick.. it gets that initial face lather pretty well, but I am having a hard time judging how much to apply to my face in order for the brush to have enough for passes 2 and 3 Blush

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