06-17-2012, 04:26 PM
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  • uncledave
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  • Kentucky, USA
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I tried using a shaving soap today instead of shaving creme. I've been using Taylor of Old Bond Street. I am using a Vie Long badger/horse mix brush. I loaded the brush really well. Eventually I loaded it 3 times. I lathered in a bowl. It looked like I had a really good thick lather, both in the bowl and when I brushed it on my face. It didn't last long! By the time I shaved one side of my face the lather on the other side had disappeared. I had to keep applying lather over an over. Is this par for the course using a soap? I've tried several kinds of soaps and they all do the same thing. The soap I used today said something like "traditional Havana scent" on it. Smelled wonderful. Didn't shave too well though.

What am I doing wrong?

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 06-17-2012, 04:34 PM
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  • Songwind
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Sounds like you need more water.

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 06-17-2012, 04:51 PM
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sounds like you aren't using enough product or enough water.

Get the brush nice and wet and then load the brush for at least a minute on the soap.

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 06-17-2012, 04:55 PM
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(06-17-2012, 04:51 PM)RazoRock_Joe Wrote: sounds like you aren't using enough product or enough water.

Get the brush nice and wet and then load the brush for at least a minute on the soap.

+1. listen to this guy, he knows what he's talking about Biggrin

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 06-17-2012, 05:07 PM
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  • uncledave
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(06-17-2012, 04:51 PM)RazoRock_Joe Wrote: sounds like you aren't using enough product or enough water.

Get the brush nice and wet and then load the brush for at least a minute on the soap.

OK, tomorrow I won't shake out the brush before loading the soap. I'd like to learn to get the same type of lather I get from cremes.

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 06-17-2012, 06:18 PM
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If its a hard soap did you put some warm water on it and let it soak. Works well for me for Tabac. Try that.

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 06-17-2012, 09:01 PM
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  • Teiste
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The mantra on my head goes like : " more product,more water,more product,more water,more product,more water.." and I never experience dry lather or have to reload the shaving brush.

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 06-17-2012, 09:47 PM
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(06-17-2012, 05:07 PM)uncledave Wrote:
(06-17-2012, 04:51 PM)RazoRock_Joe Wrote: sounds like you aren't using enough product or enough water.

Get the brush nice and wet and then load the brush for at least a minute on the soap.

OK, tomorrow I won't shake out the brush before loading the soap. I'd like to learn to get the same type of lather I get from cremes.

remember that you can always add more water if you start with a dryer brush. me personally, I usually start with a dryer brush and add more water as I lather on my face.

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 06-19-2012, 07:22 AM
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Uncle Dave - I much prefer shaving soaps to creams. I'd suggest using more product, and when the lather is a bit too thick, add a little water at a time until it's just right! Smile

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 06-19-2012, 11:15 AM
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When you begin to load up if you have enough water and its a hard Puck you you should see some pretty frothy bubbles come up but keep loading specially if that brush is soft some soaps take a round or two to break in a bit, I always palm lather new soaps so I can feel it out a bit plus you can apply all in your hand to face then use your brush to mix it up after that

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 06-19-2012, 12:09 PM
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  • Persius
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Although very new to using soap after a 18-month love affair with various D R Harris shaving creams, I think I'm becoming a soap convert. My shave is marginally better, and my face seems to be a lot better afterwards. I think it is worthwhile sticking with the soap ...

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 06-19-2012, 12:20 PM
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(06-19-2012, 12:09 PM)Persius Wrote: Although very new to using soap after a 18-month love affair with various D R Harris shaving creams, I think I'm becoming a soap convert. My shave is marginally better, and my face seems to be a lot better afterwards. I think it is worthwhile sticking with the soap ...

Traveling the same road. Used T&H Ultimate comfort for years, but now almost exclusively on to soaps (except for Proraso Red which I love).

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 06-19-2012, 05:56 PM
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  • uncledave
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Thanks fellas, I put some warm water on the soap and let it soak and then went at it with my brush very wet. It worked up a very nice thick lather that felt really good on my face. Gave me a very nice shave!

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 06-20-2012, 05:03 AM
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(06-19-2012, 05:56 PM)uncledave Wrote: Thanks fellas, I put some warm water on the soap and let it soak and then went at it with my brush very wet. It worked up a very nice thick lather that felt really good on my face. Gave me a very nice shave!

Glad to hear it - nice work!

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 06-20-2012, 03:53 PM
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  • PAW
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I always leave a bit of water on the soap to keep it soft.
Glad it worked out fpr youBiggrin

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