04-14-2015, 02:24 PM
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I first tried Wickham's last week and had a really great shave experience. It was only marred by chunks of soap that were scattered across my face. For those who do not know, WSS is a very, very soft soap. But not soft enough, nor blended enough (if that's what they do?) to be called a cream. I basically blew a hole the diameter of my CH2 right to the bottom of the plastic container; it's that soft. Even though I am 90% face-latherer, I found the solution in my Aesop SS Bowl.
First, I took a finger of soap:
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I then worked it along the bottom of my bowl. It was sticky, but I wanted to breakdown every bit of soap.
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With my wet, but not dripping, CH2 Synthetic, I was able to create a superb lather; sans "Chunks"
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Give it a try. I'm a smooth peanut butter guy, while my wife prefers chunky. Go figure.  Tongue

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 04-14-2015, 02:41 PM
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Primo, I guess you should have done that on your face instead of the bowl! Biggrin

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 04-14-2015, 02:42 PM
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I have to wait until May 14th... Blush

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 04-14-2015, 03:36 PM
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Wickham's is a fantastic soap.  I essentially use the same technique....smear a bit in my bowl and whip it up. Sometimes I  "bloom" this soft soap so that it becomes a thick liquid....

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 04-14-2015, 04:02 PM
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I use the finger-dip approach as well with Wickham's. I either smear it in a bowl or across the head of the brush for a face lather. Beautiful bowl of lather!

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 04-14-2015, 04:14 PM
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(04-14-2015, 04:02 PM)shevek Wrote: I use the finger-dip approach as well with Wickham's. I either smear it in a bowl or across the head of the brush for a face lather. Beautiful bowl of lather!

I had little success with applying the soap to the brush. It just clumps. 

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 04-14-2015, 04:24 PM
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(04-14-2015, 02:41 PM)celestino Wrote: Primo, I guess you should have done that on your face instead of the bowl! Biggrin

Thats my approach with Wickham Soaps, works great!

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 04-14-2015, 04:44 PM
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(04-14-2015, 04:14 PM)primotenore Wrote:
(04-14-2015, 04:02 PM)shevek Wrote: I use the finger-dip approach as well with Wickham's. I either smear it in a bowl or across the head of the brush for a face lather. Beautiful bowl of lather!

I had little success with applying the soap to the brush. It just clumps. 

Sorry about that, you're absolutely right. I just tried it again and it was a mess. What had worked for me for face lathering was applying the soap directly to my cheek in a thin layer. It's so concentrated that you only need a little bit. 

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 04-14-2015, 04:54 PM
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You could just cure it. Even a day of leaving it out uncovered makes a difference. Leave it out a few months and it will be just as hard as MdC after all the water evaporates from it. I didn't try that with this soap, as it did not meet my performance needs, but it is an educated guess based on how I let Catie's Bubbles cure.

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 04-14-2015, 08:54 PM
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(04-14-2015, 02:42 PM)primotenore Wrote: I have to wait until May 14th... Blush

Why, if I may ask ?

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 04-14-2015, 09:08 PM
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(04-14-2015, 08:54 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(04-14-2015, 02:42 PM)primotenore Wrote: I have to wait until May 14th... Blush

Why, if I may ask ?

+1

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 04-15-2015, 05:27 AM
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(04-14-2015, 09:08 PM)celestino Wrote:
(04-14-2015, 08:54 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(04-14-2015, 02:42 PM)primotenore Wrote: I have to wait until May 14th... Blush

Why, if I may ask ?

+1
Because my self-imposed 30 day austerity program begins today.
Here's the thread: http://shavenook.com/thread-30-day-self-...ty-program

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 04-15-2015, 05:29 AM
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(04-14-2015, 04:54 PM)fram773 Wrote: You could just cure it. Even a day of leaving it out uncovered makes a difference. Leave it out a few months and it will be just as hard as MdC after all the water evaporates from it. I didn't try that with this soap, as it did not meet my performance needs, but it is an educated guess based on how I let Catie's Bubbles cure.
Began the curing process, lasted 2 days. I would be ready for medicare by the time it dries out.

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 04-15-2015, 05:30 AM
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(04-14-2015, 04:44 PM)shevek Wrote:
(04-14-2015, 04:14 PM)primotenore Wrote:
(04-14-2015, 04:02 PM)shevek Wrote: I use the finger-dip approach as well with Wickham's. I either smear it in a bowl or across the head of the brush for a face lather. Beautiful bowl of lather!

I had little success with applying the soap to the brush. It just clumps. 

Sorry about that, you're absolutely right. I just tried it again and it was a mess. What had worked for me for face lathering was applying the soap directly to my cheek in a thin layer. It's so concentrated that you only need a little bit. 
That would work.

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 04-15-2015, 08:37 AM
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I've just tried this soap very recently and was surprised by how soft it was. Takes very little loading to have enough for a great shave.

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 04-15-2015, 01:09 PM
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(04-15-2015, 08:37 AM)DamianJ Wrote: I've just tried this soap very recently and was surprised by how soft it was. Takes very little loading to have enough for a great shave.
A "Pea" size amount will be sufficient.

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 04-15-2015, 01:21 PM
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I just gave the brush a few swirls and it was plenty once face lathered up. I was surprised how little was needed.

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 04-18-2015, 05:03 PM
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I recently discarded two (one new/unused and one 90% or more remaining) tubs of Super Smooth as they were very lumpy. 

The hard grainy texture of these small lumps reminded me of when Cella goes bad and I assumed that was what had happened with these.

I have another two tubs which don't appear lumpy. I'm satisfied with the performance of these soaps, but will not abide lumpy soap or use a product that may have spoiled.

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 04-18-2015, 05:44 PM
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Primo what kind of bowl is this that you are using, Aesop?


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 04-18-2015, 05:58 PM
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It looks like the Aesop bowl to me...

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