10-18-2016, 07:05 PM
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I have been going through a puck of I Coloniali, and one thing I notice about it, is I need to add a good bit of water to really get it going. But when it gets going, boy is it nice.

I admit I haven't tied too many soaps (so far only tabac, xpec, crsw, tobs, c&s, sv), but I find I Coloniali to be the thirstiest.

Which is your thirstiest?

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 10-18-2016, 07:14 PM
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I have used quite a few and find the majority of tallow-based soaps to be extremely thirsty, such as Mystic Water, Mike's, Shannon's, Haslinger, , MWF, et cetera.

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 10-18-2016, 07:17 PM
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Soap: B&M Glissant, CRSW v1 & I Coloniali 
Cream: Castle Forbes

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 10-18-2016, 07:20 PM
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For me, Mike's doesn't wake up until it seems like you've added TOO much water. Thankfully, it's very stable and can handle quite a bit.

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 10-18-2016, 07:37 PM
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Haslinger, Mike's, Mystic Water, Cosmo Saponificio Varesino are all soaps that I am happy to make to the drooly point of getting wet.

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 10-18-2016, 07:42 PM
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B & M white label by far.

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 10-18-2016, 08:43 PM
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 10-19-2016, 02:45 AM
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  • nikos.a
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I Coloniali and B&M soaps.

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 10-19-2016, 03:28 AM
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Mystic Water for me.

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 10-19-2016, 03:39 AM
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Mystic Water and M&F for me.

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 10-19-2016, 04:20 AM
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Barrister and Mann.

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 10-19-2016, 04:30 AM
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Mystic water
Barrister & Mann
Mike's natural soap
Icoloniali soap


I listed mine in the exact rank in my experience.

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 10-19-2016, 05:00 AM
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I think Primo recently started a thread on being amazed by how much water can be added to soaps.  Honestly, I don't enjoy shaving with a soap if I can't add a whole bunch of water to it.  Water is the key to comfort for me. That being said I am struggling to think of a soap I have used that can't handle a lot of water. I recommend that you just keep adding water in small increments and working the lather and you'll be amazed what you can produce and the benefits it provides your shaves, this is true of almost any soap.

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 10-19-2016, 05:26 AM
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  • nikos.a
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The problem is that not all the soaps love water that much. For example, the Italian soaps/ croaps. More product works better, more water not so much. The result is unstable lather that dries out fast. Then you have to load your brush again. So, it depends, in my opinion. My advice is to experiment with your soaps in order to find the best water- product ratio that works for you. Other than that, it's not always a good idea to follow the steps that work for someone else. Let's not forget the water quality which is not the same for everyone.

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 10-19-2016, 05:55 AM
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(10-19-2016, 05:26 AM)nikos.a Wrote: The problem is that not all the soaps love water that much. For example, the Italian soaps/ croaps. More product works better, more water not so much. The result is unstable lather that dries out fast. Then you have to load your brush again. So, it depends, in my opinion. My advice is to experiment with your soaps in order to find the best water- product ratio that works for you. Other than that, it's not always a good idea to follow the steps that work for someone else. Let's not forget the water quality which is not the same for everyone.

True.  Always best to experiment on your own.  Good stable hydrated lather is the perfect balance of soap and water.  The only reason I can imagine that you might produce an unstable lather that dries out on your face requiring additional loading is if you didn't have enough product or enough water to begin with.  One other reason might be a lather was produced with too much air in in and therefore additional water would make the lather collapse on it's self.  I still maintain I haven't met a soap that could hold a lot of water.  It's been a long time since I used some of the Italian soaps you might be referring to (Boellis, ABC, Cella etc.) because I detest almond scents.  However, I remember being able to force a goodly amount of water into them.  However, I guess I should also admit I likely load heavier than the average Joe and therefore will be able to get more water into my lather simply because I am starting with more soap to begin with.

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 10-19-2016, 06:37 AM
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La Toja has a rep as being thirsty, and my experience confirms that.
Williams loves and needs lots of H2O.

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 10-19-2016, 08:58 AM
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CRSW Select V2 - takes as much water as you can throw at it then just laughs and says,  "Is that all ya' got?".  Mikes is thirsty one as well.

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 10-23-2016, 10:36 AM
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For me tabac.. boy I can get some big pillowy lather but the more I add water the bigger the clouds of lather.. then I push it too far and it's just watery

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 10-23-2016, 10:48 AM
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  • carvelo
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I treat my Castle Forbes creams almost like a soap.

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 10-23-2016, 12:05 PM
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  • JRRIII
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My B&M soaps seem to like the most water and I love them for it because the performance is top notch for me

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