03-08-2016, 12:28 PM
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Which Shaving Soaps do you feel lather the best and which dont?  This list includes using a Boar, Badger and Synthetic brush.  I use a soap load to the brush and then a bowl lather. 

My top shaving soaps that lather well/easy for me are:

Taylor of Old Bond Street
Reef Point
Soap Commander

My soaps that take a little longer to lather for me are:
Tims Soaps

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 03-08-2016, 12:56 PM
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Everyone has different water. 

What lathers best for me may enrage you.

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 03-08-2016, 12:58 PM
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That's a good point, I just wanted to know which soaps were easier to lather. I know that everyone's lather skills are different as well.

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 03-08-2016, 01:14 PM
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Dr. Selby's for the win!

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 03-08-2016, 01:56 PM
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Soap: Beaver Woodright
Cream: SJOL

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 03-08-2016, 02:05 PM
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Haslinger for a budget soap and nuavia for luxury soap.

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 03-08-2016, 02:21 PM
  • ben74
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I moved this thread to the soap section.

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 03-08-2016, 02:23 PM
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Easiest: MdC, Nuàvia, B&M Latha, Soap Commander

Hardest: Saponficio Varesino, Green Mountain, TOBS, DR Harris, TSD

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 03-08-2016, 03:20 PM
  • ARGH
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B&M, Nuavia, Eufros, LPL, MDC, ABC, SV... To name a few...

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 03-08-2016, 03:56 PM
  • Nero
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1. There are soaps that load by looking at them.
2. There are soaps that take normal time to get proto lather.
3. And there are soaps that don't lather.

Anything in group 1 and 2 is fine with me.
Anything from group 3 doesn't get used for shaving.

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 03-08-2016, 06:56 PM
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Hardest Saponoficio Varesimo??
Thats one of my easiest. But a deep note I am using a water softener filter system

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 03-08-2016, 07:07 PM
  • Crag
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I used to think that Caswell Massey soaps were garbage since I couldn't get a lather to save my life, but after we moved out of the specific town it started spewing forth so much lather that I had to cut loading time.  Water plays a huge role in the lather you get.

My favorites now are:
Chiseled Face
Wet Shaving Products T
Caswell Massey
Catie's Bubbles
Brutalt Bra
Tallow Blenheim Bouquet
AOS Creams
Le Pere Lucien

What I can't get to lather now:
Body Shoppe
WSP non Tallow formula - Used to be my go to in the other town - these are great for crappy water.
C&E Sienna
New Formula AOS, but the tallow version is great
Anything veggie based

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 03-08-2016, 07:17 PM
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SV, Tim's and Meissner Tremonia come out thinner/foamier for for me. My easiest lathers are SdV, B&M, Mickey Lee, Beaver Woodwright, Stirling, Dr Selby....and then a few creams.

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 03-08-2016, 07:19 PM
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Haslinger. Wonderful in all respects, not just ease of lather.

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 03-08-2016, 07:27 PM
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I haven't tried very many brands but have had success with Proraso, Cella, and even the lowly Williams.  The absolute worst was Geo F. Trumper Eucris soap.  I tried everything and was only able to produce unshavable garbage.  Even Williams is easier to lather than that stuff.  Trumper sent me a sample pack of six of their creams (did not include the Eucris so I can't compare that) and they were marginally better,  but I will never buy them.  Trumper has beautiful scents though so I have their "Wild Fern" cologne and plan to acquire the Eucris as well.  If those guys would fix their formulation and add "Wild Fern" as a shaving soap I'd buy those two and use them until the end of time.

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 03-08-2016, 08:13 PM
  • Nero
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(03-08-2016, 07:27 PM)Laird Wrote: Geo F. Trumper ...
If those guys would fix their formulation and add "Wild Fern" as a shaving soap I'd buy those two and use them until the end of time.


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 03-09-2016, 02:19 PM
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Easy: Soap Commander, Catie's Bubbles
Cliff Notes Easy: MDC, LPL
Hard: None. I hatefully load.  Biggrin

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 03-09-2016, 05:17 PM
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After getting to know different soaps' idiosyncrasies I generally find no big difference in ease of lathering with two exceptions. Mama Bear's amber colored soap didn't work for me at all. And of all things, MWF lathers like a volcano! I've read about problems some guys have  with getting Mitchell's to work-- it must be the water here.

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 03-09-2016, 06:09 PM
  • kav
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People never seemed to observe MWF comes from Yorkshire in the north of England. Any tea drinker knows the south of England has soft water and the north hard. Both make distinct teas. If the people of Yorkshire can lather WF with their water We can too. I never had problems with it. I probably benefited by gross ignorance of it's supposed difficulty.

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 03-09-2016, 06:59 PM
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According to yorkshirewater.com, the water in Bradford (home of MWF) is moderately soft (31.9mg/l calcium).
Regardless, I've used KENT/MWF in moderately hard water, without detriment to development of copious, billowy lather, in well under a minute.
Ironically, I don't care for the post-shave feel (film) it leaves.

To the OP:
Other soaps I find rather easy to lather are Tabac, Haslinger, D.R.Harris, Czech&Speake (Valobra) to name a few.

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