Poll: thin vs thick lather,what do you prefer?
I do prefer a thin layer of lather
I do prefer a thick layer of lather I do like both,and choose one,depending of the product/brush I use or the day.
 08-24-2012, 02:57 PM
  • Teiste
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Gentlemen :

what do you prefer better,a thin lather of lather,like in this video Mr Robert Johnston uses ?;

or a thick layer of lather,like I do in this video? :

Well,I myself have moved from the thick lather to the thin layer,getting better results for my dry skin.And also,I dont use circular brush movements,but "to and fro" movements with the shaving brush.

So,what do you prefer,a thin or a thick layer of lather?

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 08-24-2012, 03:19 PM
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It's pretty much out of my hands. The first lather is the one thathas the most whiskers and it's thicker, after that it's just thinner all on it's own. But only a film is required anyway. Sometimes I'll wipe an almost invisible film on a problem area and that's sufficient.

Not so much preference as what works.

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 08-24-2012, 03:29 PM
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I use both thin layers as well as thick layers. Variables that influence choice include what soap or cream, razor, blade, and brush I am using. Many other factors such as whisker length and whether I am face or bowl lathering, also help determine the choice. And of course it is always fun to experiment with new techniques and new additions to the shave den. That after all is one of the fascinating and enjoyable aspects of our hobby.

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 08-24-2012, 03:36 PM
  • ben74
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My preference is for a thick creamy lather and I don't have an issue creating this. By my third pass the lather is thinner, but my requirement for cushioning is also reduced so although not ideal, it's not an issue...

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 08-24-2012, 04:20 PM
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As long as I can see the head of the razor as I make my passes, I'm fine. But if the lather is so thick I can't see the razor head, I start to wonder what's going on under there.Confused

I don't like big billowy mounds of lather. I need to see the razor in contact with my skin.

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 08-24-2012, 05:10 PM
  • Johnny
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I voted option #3. But the guy in video #2 is better looking than the guy in #1. Biggrin

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 08-24-2012, 05:17 PM
  • krissy
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I voted for (B), but my lather is somewhere between (A) and (B).

I don't use a super uber thick lather, but from the looks of video (A) it looked like just a bare skim of lather on the skin. I also like a wetter lather than (A) as well.

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 08-24-2012, 05:23 PM
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For me, it all comes down to efficiency; a thin layer is really all that is need to shave, but if you prefer a thicker layer, then, go for it. i do not mind either, but my layers tend to be a bit thicker due the great soaps and brushes that i use. i enjoy face-lathering and end the lathering with paint-brush style applications which seems to really work well.

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 08-24-2012, 05:47 PM
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My lather needs to be slick and full of water. If it doesn't easily rinse off, it's too thick.

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 08-24-2012, 05:54 PM
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thin, but not as thin as Johnston.

never circles on the face, only to and fro

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 08-24-2012, 06:23 PM
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Thick for me, or shall we say voluminous, soap/cream is made to protect your face from the razor and blade, why be frugal with it? Soaps are cheap, your face isn't.

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 08-24-2012, 09:40 PM
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(08-24-2012, 03:19 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: It's pretty much out of my hands. The first lather is the one that has the most whiskers and it's thicker, after that it's just thinner all on it's own. But only a film is required anyway. .

I agree with ShadowsDad. I rub the puck on my beard and face lather it up from there. By default, the first pass lather is thicker than later passes. Of course, that is OK in the sense that the later passes involve less whiskers.

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 08-25-2012, 02:42 AM
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Teiste, I'm do confused. You've moved from face lathering with circular movements to back & forth strokes?

The first video looks too dry & thin for my preferences. Also, I'd be very bloody if I used the amount of pressure that he does with the razor.

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 08-25-2012, 03:02 AM
  • oscar11
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I like a thin coating of wet yogurt type of lather. Not so thin as to be able to see skin through the lather. It's probably a compromise between the 2 methods above.

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 08-25-2012, 03:28 AM
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I just tried a thinner lather than normal and had a great shave. It certainly was denser than the first video, but definitely not thick like the 2nd video. I also used back & forth strokes with the brush & that seemed to be fine. I was kind of cheating though since I used a Black Fibre brush. I'll continue to see how this works, but I must say that I find circular lathering to feel more massage like. I wonder if I can get that same feel from the back & forth approach.

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 08-25-2012, 05:49 AM
  • Howler
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I enjoy a thicker lather also depends on the soap and brush I'm using for that day. Personally I get a nicer shave with a little thicker lather. But I do not like it so thick that it is like wallpaper paste.

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 08-25-2012, 08:21 AM
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I just voted for #1 although it's not quite that thin. Someone earlier mentioned thin, but 'yogurt like'. That would be my preferred. I also find myself using the brush stroke most often.

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 08-25-2012, 08:25 AM
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Although I voted for a thick layer, the thickness actually is less important to me than the consistency. It must have body, but not like paste.

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 08-25-2012, 08:55 AM
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I am the middle of the road guy. Not too thick and not too thin (watery).

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 08-25-2012, 09:14 AM
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As John described above, a some what thick lather just after it has moved from a paste but before it is to fluffy, is perfect for me.

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