03-05-2012, 10:02 AM
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  • du212
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Sorry for my bad english I am not a native english speaker, I am trying to improve this point, I hope my future posts will be better

This manual is intended for those who wonder if Mitchells is a good soap, or if the lather is so amazing, but they get flabby lather, or take so long to get decent lather or ,...... the BS about hard water ....

This HOWTO is done in the following conditions:
Room temperature: 21 º C, water temperature 21ºC, water pH 8.2, KH or Carbonate Hardness, 13, Hardness 12 GH. Under these conditions the lather can be obtained in quantity and quality, no matter the material used ,you will need:

Mitchell's Wool Fat Soap
Brush, in boar or badger, I will use both a pure badger Plisson #10 20 mm. knot and a Semogue 2000 boar
Bowl, a regular ceramic bowl and optionally the soap dish of MWF

ACT I: The Badger



1st Soaking Brush and soap
It’s important to use water at room temperature, not warmer, soak the brush and soap ,we need 2 minute soaking the brush, for the soap 1 minute is enough, to know he is ready, swipe your finger over soap, if the finger takes soap it’s ready.


2nd Drain the brush properly,
the brush should be wet, very wet, but not dripping, just drain the water down and apply a soft pressure over the bristles with your fingers. The aim is that the brush remains dry enough to scratch the soap but not as wet to soak the soap or to make flabby lather.


3rd Load and unload lather.
We have to do lather, the first lather will be flabby, continue beating until it becomes thick, without crushing the hair of our badger brush, after beating. 20 or 30 seconds you will see thicker lather, at the end the lather is too thick,

that is the real lather of MWF that we are worth, with few large bubbles, thick, dense, cushioned ,....

we have to pass it to the bowl and collect all the lather from the bowl of soap that we can, I even drain brush and then pick lather from Mitchell’s ceramic bowl to the bowl that I used to make final lather.


4th Work the lather
Mitchell's is a good soap, but not as easy to handle as Tabac, but surely we have lather that has large bubbles and still we have to beat until these bubbles become fine, probably the lather will seems drier than necessary. You only need water ...Hold water drops on your fingers and let it fall into the bowl and beat them to mix it with lather.
Do you see how water is added?, From the fingertips fall droplets, 4 or 5 are sufficient to obtain a softer and more moisturizing lather, this way yo can have a perfect control of the added water


After the effort comes the reward, a bowl full of creamy lather with the soft scent of MWF


5th Face lathering
Once the lather has the desired look we are able to pass the brush over the face, in the case of MWF I recommend face lathering, the light exfoliating ability of the brush attached to the lubricating oils of the soap will help to soften the shave, as "soft" as scratch our skin with a sharp blade



NOTES: The water at room temperature MWF does not work well with hot water, some people's problems come from using a hot scuttle or preheated bowls brushes full of hot water. Apart from melt the lanolin (at 42 º C ), lather is worse, one of the keys is the temperature. Do not worry about the cold lather works well and if you want you can heat the cold lather in your scuttle once assembled


ACT II: THE BOAR
Introduction,
this manual is definitive, and low cost in a single step, if you can’t obtain lather this way buy a Noxzema can, you were born for great achievements but doing lather is not one of them ..... Be quiet you going to do fantastic fat lather with a cheap brush, and
- Mitchell's Wool Fat Soap or Kent, without the bowl
- A large bowl, with the width of a CD and about 2 inches deep minimum…the typical bowl for breakfast

1st Soaking Brush and soap,
this time we take the puck of soap and put it in the large bowl. It’s important to use water at room temperature, not warmer, soak the brush and soap ,we need 2 minute soaking the brush, for the soap 1 minute is enough, to know he is ready, swipe your finger over soap, if the finger takes soap it’s ready

2nd Drain the brush properly, the brush should be wet, very wet, but not dripping, just drain the water down and apply a soft pressure over the bristles with your fingers. The aim is that the brush remains dry enough to scratch the soap but not as wet to soak the soap or to make flabby lather.

Pressing to remove excess of water

Brush drained


3rd MWF or Kent to the bottom of the bowl,
you have to release the soap from the ceramic (MWF) or wooden bowl (Kent) or use a refill,


4th Beat vigorously soap
We will use our boar brush to beat the soap in the bowl with rhythm, vigorously, the first lather that you can see is flabby, but this has just started,


in seconds it appears as a thick cream as meringue,.... you are at the doors of the nirvana of shaving lather ....


If you want you can remove the puck cleaning it with a brush to remove the precious lanolin rich cream. If you leave the puck the lather works fine, but if you decide to take it out and you should pass it through water and leave the soap drying before storing, the soap must be kept dry

5th Add water if necessary
Adding water droplets must be done to, with your fingers to soften a bit the density of lather and do it more lightly, as you like, if you like it firm and thick you can skip this step.



6th face lathering Once the lather has the desired look we are able to pass the brush over the face, in the case of MWF I recommend face lathering, the light exfoliating ability of the brush attached to the lubricating oils of the soap will help to soften the shave, as "soft" as scratch our skin with a sharp blade


NOTES: The water at room temperature MWF does not work well with hot water, some people's problems come from using a hot scuttle or preheated bowls brushes full of hot water. Apart from melt the lanolin (at 42 º C ), lather is worse, one of the keys is the temperature. Do not worry about the cold lather works well and if you want you can heat the cold lather in your scuttle once assembled

Compare the two lather brushes, it’s awesome, who doesn’t want to feel one of those brushes in the face?


Greetings gentlemen, I hope it is useful. If you have progressed with the MWF by reading this Howto I will be satisfied.
I am trying to help with my experience if you know the way to do it better please let us to know it, I'm glad to learn from B&Bers

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 03-05-2012, 10:08 AM
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  • Teiste
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Thanks for this great tutorial du212.You already have two videos (One with boar brush ones with badger brush) about how to lather this excellent soap :




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 03-05-2012, 10:39 AM
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  • Songwind
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Quote:if you can’t obtain lather this way buy a Noxzema can, you were born for great achievements but doing lather is not one of them

I laughed aloud. Thankfully it's lunch time so there's no one close enough to want to know why I'm laughing at a forum about shaving. Smile

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 03-05-2012, 02:06 PM
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  • mboschm
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This how-to helped me a lot in my wet-shaving starts.
I've already thanked you, but thanks a lot again du212!

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 03-05-2012, 03:17 PM
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  • Songwind
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I'm curious why you lather on the puck with the boar but not the badger.

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 03-05-2012, 03:38 PM
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Thanks for the information. I hadn't realized that about lanolin and hot water.

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 03-10-2012, 05:27 AM
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  • Johnny
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Excellent guideline to lathering MWF. My all time favorite shaving soap.

And like Songwind, I laughed at the Noxzema comment.

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 03-10-2012, 05:48 AM
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like this:


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 03-10-2012, 05:55 AM
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  • Johnny
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brucered, that is exactly how I do it. Except for the voice, and counter top, that could be me. My scuttle, my brush. Smile

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 03-10-2012, 06:12 AM
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(03-05-2012, 10:02 AM)du212 Wrote: This HOWTO is done in the following conditions:
Room temperature: 21 º C, water temperature 21ºC, water pH 8.2, KH or Carbonate Hardness, 13, Hardness 12 GH. Under these conditions the lather can be obtained in quantity and quality, no matter the material used

Cool This is taking the classic shave to another level. Biggrin

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 03-10-2012, 06:29 AM
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(03-10-2012, 05:55 AM)Johnny Wrote: brucered, that is exactly how I do it. Except for the voice, and counter top, that could be me. My scuttle, my brush. Smile

do you have the same Grandma crocheted doily as well? Biggrin

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 03-10-2012, 06:41 AM
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(03-10-2012, 06:29 AM)brucered Wrote:
(03-10-2012, 05:55 AM)Johnny Wrote: brucered, that is exactly how I do it. Except for the voice, and counter top, that could be me. My scuttle, my brush. Smile

do you have the same Grandma crocheted doily as well? Biggrin

I do, but the wife won't let me use it. I'm stuck with an old hand towel.Smile

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 03-10-2012, 09:52 AM
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  • freddy
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Excellent tutorials, Jose. Thank you. Smile

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 03-10-2012, 12:39 PM
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  • Teiste
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It seems that theres a couple of videos of how to lather MWF.Here is my method for facelatheinrg MWF :


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 03-10-2012, 08:10 PM
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  • Johnny
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Teiste, I don't usually face lather, but I am going to give this a try sometime.

Thanks

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 03-12-2012, 09:02 PM
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  • Tonality
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I had heard that MWF lather better with cooler water, but did not understand why until your post, so thank you. I have sense tried with more room temperature water and have achieved great results!

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 03-13-2012, 08:37 AM
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  • slantman
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(03-10-2012, 05:48 AM)brucered Wrote: like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1DFbD5ToZY

That was excellent Bruce. Thank youBiggrin


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 03-14-2012, 02:21 PM
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Just got my first puck of MWF in. A great soap. Thank you for the write up, helped a lot!

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 03-14-2012, 06:01 PM
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  • Songwind
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(03-10-2012, 12:39 PM)Teiste Wrote: It seems that theres a couple of videos of how to lather MWF.Here is my method for facelatheinrg MWF :

(video redacted)

My son, 8, loved listening to you talk in this video. Smile

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 03-14-2012, 07:16 PM
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  • Teiste
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(03-14-2012, 06:01 PM)Songwind Wrote:
(03-10-2012, 12:39 PM)Teiste Wrote: It seems that theres a couple of videos of how to lather MWF.Here is my method for facelatheinrg MWF :

(video redacted)

My son, 8, loved listening to you talk in this video. Smile

Does he speaks spanish?

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