11-17-2015, 08:33 PM
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There always seems to be a lot of discussion around the challenges people face when lathering Mystic Waters soap.  I offer this instructional video as help to those who struggle.  I am not suggesting this is the only way to lather Mystic Waters soap, because there are obviously many methods that work, but this method is easy and works every time for me with a minimum of fuss. I hope you find it informative. Enjoy!



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 11-17-2015, 08:50 PM
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Excellent, my friend! Thumbup   Interesting on how many methods there are to generate lather.  Thanks for the video, Nathan!

By the way, this is a very thirsty soap, in my opinion and you need to use more water than you might imagine and use those paint-brush strokes as you have mentioned.

You have a beautifully perfected lathering technique, and, by the way, that is one of the most beautiful knots I have seen. I love that brush of yours! Heart

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 11-17-2015, 09:32 PM
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I keep changing my mind about the water requirement for Mystic waters. 

What I do know is a)  you need to load the crap out of it, but it's texture makes is difficult to do at first. And b)  you need to spend a little bit more time working it.

In the end, however, I think it's worth it. So much so that I have no less than 5 pucks of the stuff + stick.

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 11-17-2015, 10:07 PM
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Hahaha! 5 pucks, Spencer? Oh, boy! Do I feel like a glutton, then! Biggrin

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 11-17-2015, 10:21 PM
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Very nice demonstration. I'm sure that many people will benefit from it. Thanks.

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 11-17-2015, 10:49 PM
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Thanks so much for posting this Nathan! I can already see a major difference from my own lathering method. I've been doing exactly everything you are doing except that you incorporate significantly more water in the loading phase. I'm hoping this is the key to unlocking this soap. I'll give it a try again tomorrow. That lather you make is beautiful!

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 11-18-2015, 02:02 AM
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Excellent demo!!


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 11-18-2015, 02:12 AM
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Another excellent video, Nathan. Thumbup

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 11-18-2015, 05:45 AM
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Lovely! You're lather skills are second to none!

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 11-18-2015, 08:39 AM
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Thanks for the positive feedback guys!


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 11-18-2015, 08:42 AM
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(11-17-2015, 10:49 PM)NeoXerxes Wrote: Thanks so much for posting this Nathan! I can already see a major difference from my own lathering method. I've been doing exactly everything you are doing except that you incorporate significantly more water in the loading phase. I'm hoping this is the key to unlocking this soap. I'll give it a try again tomorrow. That lather you make is beautiful!

Building the proto lather until it looks just the way you want (thick and rich but not pasty) for me has been the key to avoiding disappearing lather when you take it to your bowl or your face. And your right, adding water while loading is THE key for me to get the proto lather just right. I hope your morning shave was excellent! Let us know your results


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 11-18-2015, 08:47 AM
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If I add water during loading the soap tends to explode out of the container, a big foamy mess. Is that an indication that I have added too much water too fast? 

Thanks for the video, want to head home and lather up some MW right now.

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 11-18-2015, 09:01 AM
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(11-18-2015, 08:47 AM)sgemmett Wrote: If I add water during loading the soap tends to explode out of the container, a big foamy mess. Is that an indication that I have added too much water too fast? 

Thanks for the video, want to head home and lather up some MW right now.

That is usually the case. You just have to compensate by loading more soap and then working it for a bit longer, by using paint-brush strokes.
Good luck.

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 11-18-2015, 09:23 AM
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I'm glad that this soap works for some of you. Nathan your instructional videos are excellent, keep up the good work.

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 11-18-2015, 09:35 AM
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(11-18-2015, 09:01 AM)celestino Wrote:
(11-18-2015, 08:47 AM)sgemmett Wrote: If I add water during loading the soap tends to explode out of the container, a big foamy mess. Is that an indication that I have added too much water too fast? 

Thanks for the video, want to head home and lather up some MW right now.

That is usually the case. You just have to compensate by loading more soap and then working it for a bit longer, by using paint-brush strokes.
Good luck.

Celestino is right on the money here. This is the reason that I develop the proto lather on the puck, it allows you to compensate any excess water additions by picking up some more soap to get the correct ratio of soap to water to generate the type of lather you are looking for. Also, start with a well wrung out brush and slowly add the water.


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 11-18-2015, 09:36 AM
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(11-18-2015, 09:23 AM)NSmalls Wrote: I'm glad that this soap works for some of you. Nathan your instructional videos are excellent, keep up the good work.

Thanks Nick!


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 11-18-2015, 09:37 AM
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Excellent video! Thanks for sharing. Thumbsup

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 11-18-2015, 09:40 AM
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(11-18-2015, 09:37 AM)cosmicshaver Wrote: Excellent video! Thanks for sharing. Thumbsup

No problem my friend, I hope it's helpful to you!


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 11-18-2015, 09:44 AM
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Another excellent demonstration. Great process with excellent results and amazing shine. Will continue to work on my process. Thank you.

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 11-18-2015, 10:14 AM
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Nice.  

I do a lot of the same things, including cleaning up the remaining protolather out of the container and putting it onto my brush.  After you applied it to the brush, though, there was a fair bit of left on your fingers, which you washed down the drain.  I apply that stuff to my face rather than washing it down the drain.  You should try this.  

Otherwise, our techniques are very similar, except that I bowl lather rather than face lathering.  Still works up into a gorgeous lather.

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