11-18-2012, 06:41 AM
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When you bowl lather, you get lather in your bowl and in the brush.

You gather up the lather and apply it to your face.

But when you face lather or when I face lather by the time I'm done lathering there is a very very thick layer on my face.

Im using an almond size dollop of cream and distiller water.

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 11-18-2012, 08:14 AM
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What's the question?

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 11-18-2012, 08:20 AM
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(11-18-2012, 08:14 AM)SharpSpine Wrote: What's the question?

Good question. Shy

I'm concerned about my face lather. The initial lather. It's super thick.
Since I've started using distiller water to soak my brush, I only use an almond size dollop now.

Still there's a thick layer across my face.

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 11-18-2012, 08:37 AM
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With distilled water even less product is needed. Or just add more water.

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 11-18-2012, 11:04 AM
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+1 what's already been written.

Lots of folks think it's going to cost them money to use distilled water, but since you can use so much less product the cost of the water is reduced. It might not actually save you money in the net, but it will lower soap expense making it more affordable to use.

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 11-18-2012, 12:06 PM
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I have hard well water, distilled always makes richer, more stable and creamy lather. I face lather creams, but bowl lather soaps.
cream, croap, or soap, distilled works alot better for me. adjusting the water amount affects the outcome, too. you want "cushion", and "glide", but don't want your lather to be either too dry, or too thin.

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 11-18-2012, 12:10 PM
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Face lathering always leaves a thick coating on the first pass. You can just shave it and take advantage of the extra cushion for that one pass
or if you want to conserve it to make sure you have enough for your entire shave, just squeegee off a bit with a finger and smear the excess back onto the brush tips.

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 11-19-2012, 07:41 PM
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does distilled water really make that much of a difference, I live in a town of super soft water?

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 11-19-2012, 07:49 PM
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(11-18-2012, 12:10 PM)Arcadies Wrote: Face lathering always leaves a thick coating on the first pass. You can just shave it and take advantage of the extra cushion for that one pass
or if you want to conserve it to make sure you have enough for your entire shave, just squeegee off a bit with a finger and smear the excess back onto the brush tips.

Thanks. Your comment in bold really made me feel better.

Also, turns out because I am using distilled water, I did not need that much cream at the outset.

(11-19-2012, 07:41 PM)skelly Wrote: does distilled water really make that much of a difference, I live in a town of super soft water?

Yes. A significant difference.

In a sentence, lather requires less product and explodes into lather much faster and blade glides over face as opposed to pulling.

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When I lather the second time, the lather it a bit thin. Not watery but thin. Not as rich as the first lather I created on my face.

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 11-19-2012, 08:08 PM
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Dip the tips in a touch of water before the second lather. You lose a ton of soap on the first pass so water is needed to get more lather going.

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 11-19-2012, 08:12 PM
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(11-19-2012, 07:41 PM)skelly Wrote: does distilled water really make that much of a difference, I live in a town of super soft water?

It's called hard water because it is hard to lather with. So, yes. Huge difference if you have hard water.

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 11-19-2012, 09:30 PM
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(11-19-2012, 07:49 PM)hedonist222 Wrote: Subsequent Question

When I lather the second time, the lather it a bit thin. Not watery but thin. Not as rich as the first lather I created on my face.

I don't rebuild my lather, I just live with the thinner coating of it. If you think about it, it's normal for less to be retained by the beard since you just cut off the "foundation" that holds the lather. The lather doesn't need to be thick anyway. It's just a lubricant, and used to carry away the cut offs, and it really doesn't take much to do those jobs. I can make an entire pass without rinsing my razor once. The lather is hanging down 2 1/2" but it's all there with the cutoffs.

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 11-19-2012, 10:01 PM
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I've always looked at it this way:

I need more lather & cushion for the first pass because I'm chopping off the largest amount of whiskers.

I need less lather for the second pass.

I need the slickest, wettest lather for the third pass because I'm slicing off the very last bit of hair.

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