Poll: How much soap do you use?
 03-25-2012, 07:50 PM
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I am curious. I have been watching some shaving vids on youtube and it seems that gents are pretty sparing with the product.

I grew up using mug soaps, Williams, Colgate etc, and I am pretty liberal with the water and product. A puck of DR Harris would never last me a year, less than 4 months is more likely.

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 03-25-2012, 07:57 PM
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Not me. In my very hard water if I'm frugal on my soap/cream then I might as well use an electric. I prefer to load heavily and have plenty of leftover lather.

Edit: 3 months daily use tends to be the average lifespan of a triple milled soap.

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 03-25-2012, 09:37 PM
  • Teiste
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  • Salt Lake City,UT
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I used a lot of product,specially from triple milled soaps : I load and load the brush,for at least,40 seconds...Ill rather have extra lather than to load again the brush and build the lather for a second time.With shaving creams,the same,I used more than an almond size of cream.

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 03-25-2012, 09:45 PM
  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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When using a soap like MWF I give it a good workout and then add water as needed to work up a good rich lather. When using one of my creams, I usually use an amount that would be equal to two almonds.

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 03-25-2012, 09:57 PM
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I have extremely soft water, and I still load like there is no tomorrow. I don't need to, but I do. With creams I can control the quantity better. I actually get some form of control with a puck by using a smaller brush. With sticks the amount is automatically controlled, sort of, but if I can I mill sticks into pucks anyway.

Some soaps, if too little is used because of how easily they lather with soft water, will suddenly break down with a slight addition of water when lathering at close to full hydration. I don't chance that anymore, so I use too much to prevent it and I have enough lather with no fear of break down. Excess lather doesn't go to waste however. Shave soap is superfatted, even the low quality ones, so I use whatever excess is on the brush to wash my face and moisturize what I don't moisturize with the AS splash.

Hey, I admit it, I'm a frugal Yankee; and retired. (Not cheap, frugal. I squeeze a buck pretty hard before I let it go.) When you think about it shave soap is pretty inexpensive, so frugal means doing it once, doing it right, and using it to it's fullest potential, then using it some more if one can.

FWIW, with creams I just use 1/2 a snurdle. That's plenty. The gift of soft water, and it's plenty of product.

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 03-26-2012, 04:04 AM
  • Howler
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  • Fort Smith AR
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I love making lather, making generous amounts too.

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 03-26-2012, 07:37 AM
  • Songwind
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  • Burnsville, MN
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Even my more expensive products are not that pricey per-shave. I'd rather have plenty of lather.

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 03-26-2012, 07:40 AM
  • sp514
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While trying to find the right amount of time of swirling, I saw double ABC method in one of brucered's lather videos and have been using that method. Brush picks up a LOT of soap, but I like clouds of lather. Biggrin

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 03-26-2012, 07:45 AM
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It's hard to judge how much soap I am using based on how long a puck lasts, because I have so many products in rotation. I always have at least enough for one more pass than I care to do, even if I do a 4th pass for polishing chin and the corners of my jaw.

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 03-26-2012, 08:01 AM
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Since I had my water softener installed I don't need much soap to make a mound.

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 03-26-2012, 08:05 AM
  • greyhawk
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  • Southern California
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Frankly, it goes against my grain 'cuz I'm such a cheapskate, but I have so damn much product stored up (and so much more I want to try), that I'm using as much as I can!

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 03-26-2012, 08:44 AM
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Same here, greyhawk.

It's pretty amazing how long a triple-milled soap will last even with heavy loading. I had a puck of Tabac that was my mainstay over the previous two winters, this year I settled down and spent 60 seconds on the puck each and every day, and it still lasted another three months.

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 03-27-2012, 08:11 AM
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I load her up.

Life's too short.

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 03-27-2012, 08:31 AM
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load up 2x what i think i'll need.

if you want to see how much you are actually using, per shave.

take a weight pre start of the week (do it over a 5-7 day period), then weigh at after the last day, take the difference and see how much you are using per shave.

it's interesting to do.

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 03-27-2012, 09:18 AM
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Fairly liberal with lathering, usually 30 seconds or more, depending. i enjoy the process.

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 03-27-2012, 01:52 PM
  • kav
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I gently squeeze my brush and return any unused soap back into the cup. It dries out overnight and is ready for another go. A puck of MWF will last me @ 9 months.
I have little faith my favourites wont succumb like somany others. I am slowly building up a collection based on 20 years shaving.
I also shave for the moment, not 2032.

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 03-27-2012, 02:11 PM
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I have kinda hard water I use more or less depending on what kind of cream or soft soap i'm using. I by no means sweat having leftover lather *lol*.

I find it's easier to start with a tad more product and then slowly increase water until it looks / feels right to me.

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 03-27-2012, 02:42 PM
  • Brent
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  • Columbus, OH
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I use the scientific method. I don't make 3x what I need - what's the point? I know it's not the same but I don't make 3 bowls of cereal in the morning and dump 2 down the drain.

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 03-31-2012, 07:14 AM
  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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I always use more product than I actually need. It just feels more luxurious that way. Cool There is nothing worse than running out of lather towards the end of a shave.

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 03-31-2012, 07:58 AM
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Load it up like there's no tomorrow and let the lather loose.W00t

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