03-21-2015, 09:27 AM
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Does anyone use this method: squeeze some shave cream on the brush and then begin to lather on the face? Is it a correct way to lather? I'm having difficulties lathering from a soap and I don't use a bowl because it saves time.

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 03-21-2015, 10:04 AM
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  • jamesrobson5
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That's how I do it when I use creams and if it works for you then its the correct way. Biggrin 
You have to be careful to not drop the cream in the sink on the way to your face, but I find it a very efficient way to shave. 

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 03-21-2015, 10:44 AM
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Wink I do it that way also......to avoid the cream falling out of the brush, put a nice size dab on each cheek and one on chin and then have at face lathering. 

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 03-21-2015, 10:50 AM
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Used to do it that way while on my ToD in South Sudan... prefer using a bowl or scuttle at home though, since it don't take any longer and feels more right for me (YMMV and all that).

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 03-21-2015, 07:56 PM
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No right or wrong here.
Do what you like best and what suits you.

As long as you get a good lather out of it, you're doing it right

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 03-21-2015, 08:59 PM
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If it works for you, then that is the correct way!  Thumbsup

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 03-21-2015, 09:14 PM
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  • ben74
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If I'm in a hurry, I'll squeeze the cream right on top of a wet badger and start painting.

If you are experiencing any issues building lather, then I suggest trying a bowl. Any bowl. A cereal bowl is good. The reason is that when building lather in a bowl it is much easier to control the amount of water. Not enough water results in poorly hydrated lather that will dry out and not last your shave. Too much water and the lather will be too thin and not provide sufficient glide and protection. 

Once you have perfected your lather building, which is essentially water to soap ratio, then return to face lathering if its your preferred method.

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 03-21-2015, 10:16 PM
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I've done it that way, but I prefer taking the snurdle of cream on a finger and rubbing it on my cheeks and then lathering. There is no right or wrong way. Do what works.

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 03-22-2015, 10:33 AM
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  • Mouser
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I've done it and still do it 2 or 3 different ways. It's not a science, whatever works for you.

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 03-22-2015, 12:09 PM
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  • BobH
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How you get the shave cream to your face makes no difference, you still have to get the water to soap ratio correct to raise a good lather once you get it there. Really the same as with loading a brush from a soap puck except it is easier to judge how much you have on the brush with cream from a tube.

Bob

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 03-22-2015, 03:20 PM
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I have started loading my brush with soap, then using my hand to build a lather, then going to y face. Particularly good while on the road traveling and don't have my bowl with me...

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 03-25-2015, 01:45 PM
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  • bjorney
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(03-22-2015, 03:20 PM)rossnme Wrote: I have started loading my brush with soap, then using my hand to build a lather, then going to y face. Particularly good while on the road traveling and don't have my bowl with me...

I do pretty much the same. Especially with synthetic brushes that don't hold as much water.

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 03-25-2015, 02:56 PM
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  • ben74
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(03-22-2015, 03:20 PM)rossnme Wrote: I have started loading my brush with soap, then using my hand to build a lather, then going to y face. Particularly good while on the road traveling and don't have my bowl with me...

I've always had good success with palm lathering - the best travel bowl available IMO.

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 03-25-2015, 07:09 PM
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(03-25-2015, 02:56 PM)ben74 Wrote: I've always had good success with palm lathering - the best travel bowl available IMO.

Biggrin

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 03-26-2015, 07:45 AM
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I rarely use creams, but every now and then I'll buy a tube of bigelow locally and that is how I will lather.

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 03-30-2015, 10:38 AM
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  • DaveL
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I prefer to smear the cream on my face then lather. Either way should work just fine. 

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 03-30-2015, 04:20 PM
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Whatever works for you is best.  If the shave works, keep doing it.  For me, when I use creams, I prefer to smear some on my face and lather from there.

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 03-31-2015, 03:19 PM
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I lather on the face with creams and soaps.  With the soap all it takes is about a dozen swirls on the puck with a wet (not dripping) brush and then apply to face and build lather.

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 04-01-2015, 03:13 PM
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I've done it with Bigelow on one of my away-from-home shaves. As a guide, I used a now-familiar method of scraping soap from an Arko stick and face-lathering, like on the Youtube video. Instead of soap, I squeezed off 2cm of Bigelow and smeared it thinly on my face. Just like with the Arko, it did not work up much lather at first but then started cooperating. Eventually I had enough on the brush to allow for a couple more passes and a touch-up. Soap or cream, I would not compare face lathering to the luxury of the lather bowl experience, but it gets the job done.

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 04-03-2015, 09:23 AM
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I just dab it on the face then later away. Find this to be quite a bit messier than loading the brush on a soap or in bowl, but it works pretty well .

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