11-14-2012, 10:46 PM
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Would you say that the D.R. Harris soaps require a good bit of water to generate a dense & creamy lather? My first use of Arlington left me with a bit thinner lather than I like. I believe the issue is deficient loading from underestimating just how hard this little puck is. Before I try it again in the morning I was curious what others who know this soap better than I think.

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 11-14-2012, 10:58 PM
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Yes , its a thirsty shaving soap/stick.So more water and more product , that its a triple milled soap : it will reward you with a thick , slick lather.

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 11-14-2012, 11:01 PM
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Not really. I load the brush like normal, waiting for a thick proto lather to form and overflow the edges. Then I keep dipping the brush into the water and building the lather.

But I pretty much exclusively use triple milled soaps and am usually pretty pleased with other soaps such as MdC & TFS. They just explode with lather in comparison.

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 11-14-2012, 11:17 PM
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Not thirsty for me but a bit longer loading time required. Their soaps are very good but Arlington scent doesn't do it for me.

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 11-14-2012, 11:18 PM
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(11-14-2012, 11:17 PM)beartrap Wrote: Not thirsty for me but a bit longer loading time required. Their soaps are very good but Arlington scent doesn't do it for me.

Arlington & Marlborough are so similar I can only tell the difference by sniffing one after the other.

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 11-14-2012, 11:22 PM
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(11-14-2012, 11:18 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(11-14-2012, 11:17 PM)beartrap Wrote: Not thirsty for me but a bit longer loading time required. Their soaps are very good but Arlington scent doesn't do it for me.

Arlington & Marlborough are so similar I can only tell the difference by sniffing one after the other.

But Windsor Love
The only scent that I have in soap, cream, splash, and cologne.

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 11-15-2012, 05:36 AM
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I had a much creamier lather this morning so I was really expecting a great shave. However, I found it not very slick. I was not able to easily go over an area multiple times as I can with some other soaps. Blade buffing my upper lip was actually a little uncomfortable.

I probably still don't have the ratio right so I'll keep working on it. To me this soap seems to be very thirsty but the water must be added in a controlled manner.

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 11-15-2012, 05:59 AM
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For me it depends on the brush. Some brushes I leave very wet to load my Harris soaps and others (Thater) I have to shake most of the water out before loading. I cover the puck with hot water while my brush is soaking, then pour it off before loading (120+ swirls). Rather than dipping the brush tips in water during loading, I find putting a few drops of water directly on the puck every 40 or so swirls works better. I have well water which can be a problem with some soaps & creams, but I never have a problem getting a good lather with Harris. Of course with 5 of my 6 most used soaps being Harris, I get a lot of practice with it.

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 11-15-2012, 06:23 AM
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How does it differ from TF&H soaps Dr.Sharp?

Do you approach a TF&H soap with a wet, semi wet or rather dry brush?

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 11-15-2012, 06:58 AM
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I've only used my Arlington puck a few times, but I had much better results on the last attempt when I started with a very wet brush. I soaked the brush while showering and didn't shake it off at all before loading. I had to let the initial water and huge bubbles drain out of the bowl while loading, but after that it fluffed right up.

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 11-15-2012, 07:55 AM
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(11-15-2012, 06:23 AM)hedonist222 Wrote: How does it differ from TF&H soaps Dr.Sharp?

Do you approach a TF&H soap with a wet, semi wet or rather dry brush?

I've actually never used anything from TF&H. I typically use a drier brush approach on all my soaps & add water as needed until my UltraLather is created. I think the DR Harris just needs more water to get the slickness I like.

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 11-15-2012, 09:05 AM
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I actually leave my DRH pretty wet & bubbly compared to lathers I see DE users use. It's still lather, but I can see through it.

So, I guess it is thirsty.

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 11-15-2012, 09:26 AM
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(11-15-2012, 09:05 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: I actually leave my DRH pretty wet & bubbly compared to lathers I see DE users use. It's still lather, but I can see through it.

So, I guess it is thirsty.

I've shaved with lathers like that, namely MWF & Cade, with great success. It's definitely very slick that way. Guess I'll be having some fun experimenting a bit this weekend with wetter lathers than I've been using lately.

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 11-15-2012, 09:49 AM
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You know, Brian, all this would be solved if you just, oh I don't know....rub the puck on your face?Cool

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 11-15-2012, 10:05 AM
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(11-15-2012, 09:49 AM)CyanideMetal Wrote: You know, Brian, all this would be solved if you just, oh I don't know....rub the puck on your face?Cool

I was kinda hoping you'd pop up in this thread Randy! Biggrin I am planning on giving that a go actually with how easy it is to get the puck in and out of the wood bowl. I appreciate the nudging! Winky

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 11-15-2012, 03:35 PM
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(11-15-2012, 09:49 AM)CyanideMetal Wrote: You know, Brian, all this would be solved if you just, oh I don't know....rub the puck on your face?Cool

* ...said the wiseman! Hee hee.

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 11-15-2012, 08:14 PM
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Hey Brian - here is an out-of-the-box idea obtained from SMF. Start with an absolutely bone dry brush (no soaking, no nothing, just dry). Soak the puck in water while you shower. Now you have a soft puck and a dry relatively stiff brush. Put dry brush to puck and go at it. The dry brush will essentially scrape the top (wet) layer off the puck. After you have swirled for a while (say 30 seconds), you can add water to brush slowly and in small amounts.

Or -- as previously mentioned -- put dry puck directly to wet face, and let the beard scrape off as much as it needs.

Both methods have worked for me. YMMV of course.

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 11-15-2012, 08:26 PM
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(11-14-2012, 11:22 PM)beartrap Wrote:
(11-14-2012, 11:18 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(11-14-2012, 11:17 PM)beartrap Wrote: Not thirsty for me but a bit longer loading time required. Their soaps are very good but Arlington scent doesn't do it for me.

Arlington & Marlborough are so similar I can only tell the difference by sniffing one after the other.

But Windsor Love
The only scent that I have in soap, cream, splash, and cologne.

Good to hear. I just ordered a tub of the Windsor Cream from TESC.

i have heard good things about the Windsor line and am looking forward to smelling (and using) this stuff.

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 11-15-2012, 08:30 PM
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(11-15-2012, 08:14 PM)slackskin Wrote: Hey Brian - here is an out-of-the-box idea obtained from SMF. Start with an absolutely bone dry brush (no soaking, no nothing, just dry). Soak the puck in water while you shower. Now you have a soft puck and a dry relatively stiff brush. Put dry brush to puck and go at it. The dry brush will essentially scrape the top (wet) layer off the puck. After you have swirled for a while (say 30 seconds), you can add water to brush slowly and in small amounts.

Or -- as previously mentioned -- put dry puck directly to wet face, and let the beard scrape off as much as it needs.

Both methods have worked for me. YMMV of course.

I'm glad you mention this as the thought has crossed my mind. My only reservation is the potential for damaging the dry hairs. Have you noticed any shedding/breaking when utilizing this method?

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 11-15-2012, 08:34 PM
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(11-15-2012, 08:14 PM)slackskin Wrote: Hey Brian - here is an out-of-the-box idea obtained from SMF. Start with an absolutely bone dry brush (no soaking, no nothing, just dry). Soak the puck in water while you shower. Now you have a soft puck and a dry relatively stiff brush. Put dry brush to puck and go at it. The dry brush will essentially scrape the top (wet) layer off the puck. After you have swirled for a while (say 30 seconds), you can add water to brush slowly and in small amounts.

Or -- as previously mentioned -- put dry puck directly to wet face, and let the beard scrape off as much as it needs.

Both methods have worked for me. YMMV of course.

I cannot get behind this method as hairs may potentially break from being too dry.

If you soak the brush first and flick out all the water before putting it to the puck I can get behind it.

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