04-28-2016, 11:12 PM
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Does anyone have any experience to know if there is any difference in lather production between a bowl with swirls compared to bumps as comparing these 2 models?

I am intrigued by the work and range of Symmetrical Pottery but have only experience with bowls which have rings or spider web designs on them.

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 04-29-2016, 09:57 AM
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  • Harvey
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Both quite attractive for sure....never makes any difference for me...I have an Aesop stainless (smooth) inside and lathers with the best of them...for me the only thing that does make a difference is how easy they are to hold...weight and ease of storage...you can face lather...hand lather or even swirl right out of the soap container...but as you will see whatever works easily and comfortably is what you will like the best and use the most.

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 04-29-2016, 03:49 PM
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+1 on smooth vs swirl - scientific studies show no difference. It is all in the brush.

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 04-30-2016, 09:01 PM
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  • DJL813
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I have both and I can lather soaps and creams very nicely with both.....I will say however that having the "bumps and crevices" expedites the lathering process vs a bowl with a smooth surface.

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 08-09-2016, 05:38 PM
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  • SRNewb
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I love the look of the bumps, ridges, etc., but they make zero difference in my ability to lather soap, nor any difference in the time it takes. I have several of them, and several smooth bowls. Never noticed one iota of difference. YMMV and all that. Mine certainly does.

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 08-09-2016, 06:36 PM
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  • ben74
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Rough surfaces tend to introduce more air into the lather more quickly. The smooth surfaced Sori Yanagi designed stainless steel bowl from Aesop is my preferred vessel. For me, it is the dimensions of the bowl that are more important than the actual surface...

I'd choose whatever of the two appeals to you most aesthetically. (For me, it would be the dots/bumps as opposed to the swirls).

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 08-09-2016, 06:43 PM
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  • SRNewb
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I love the look of that top bowl, though.

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 09-24-2016, 07:56 AM
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  • RSP1
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  • Western NY
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I have a smooth bowl and a Fine bowl with ridges. My Fine bowl definitely builds lather more quickly. It's also a different shape, so that could be a factor.


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 09-24-2016, 09:42 AM
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Very nice. Color and texture is cool!

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 09-24-2016, 09:57 AM
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  • Barrylu
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No difference for me. It's all in the brush and technique.

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 09-24-2016, 12:59 PM
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  • Tokyospike
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What's important is that it's comfortable to hold and pleases you when you look at it.. Those two bowls are gorgeous. Though I'm sure at some level a rougher surface introduces air more quickly, I doubt the difference could be enough that you'd ever notice in practice.

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