12-24-2012, 04:26 PM
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  • Blair77
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  • Bakersfield, California
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Evening, Gents.

I picked up a puck of Conk's Almond shave soap. First off, let me say that this soaps smells incredible. I was very pleased to find a store in our local mall with a small selection of wet shaving gear. Though, their prices are slightly higher than what I've seen online.

My question is about lathering this soap. I can't seem to get it right unless I actually rub the puck on my face and face-lather.

Any tips for bowl lathering this fine product would be greatly appreciated.

Merry Christmas!

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 12-24-2012, 05:41 PM
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I could never get it to lather well. Then again, melt & pour type soaps don't work well in my water & I have many others that do. I would suggest loading and loading and loading. When done, then load some more.

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 12-24-2012, 06:12 PM
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  • Blair77
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  • Bakersfield, California
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Wow, thanks.

I actually went and tried that. I loaded my brush for about a minute instead of my usual 30 seconds or so. Oh, and I tried a larger bowl. Whipped up and nice batch of thick lather.

Thank you.

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 12-25-2012, 05:17 PM
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  • Andrew
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  • Austin, TX
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I have found the best way to lather glycerine based soaps is take a wet brush to the puck and load for at least a minute, usually more.

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 12-25-2012, 08:07 PM
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  • Songwind
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Same for me as the others. I have to load my Col. Conk (or Mama Bear's) as long as I do a triple milled soap.

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 12-26-2012, 12:05 AM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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Always a case of more loading...

or more water...

AND more loading!

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 12-26-2012, 08:15 AM
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  • JAYDEE
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  • Montreal, Canada
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This is strange - I also have some trouble lathering a Conk soap, yet my Dad gets it to lather rich and thick with no problems.

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 12-26-2012, 09:08 AM
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When I focused put forth the effort I could get a nice dense & creamy lather. However, by loading enough to get this result a puck of conk would only last me a couple weeks.

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 12-26-2012, 10:58 AM
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I have the same problem with all the glycerin soaps (CC, VDH, etc.)...I need to load a ton of soap to get it to work well (part soap problem, part hard water problem), which results in the puck getting chewed up very quickly...on the plus side they are cheap enough for me not to worry about it too much.

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 12-30-2012, 08:20 PM
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I used the Marco method and it created a very thick and protective lather. The smell is not bad (bay rum). I am not a big fan of this soap as it left my skin feeling dry after the shave while other soaps don't.

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 01-01-2013, 06:39 PM
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I actually get the best results using a 2 band brush with conk, otherwise it just want to work right...

Load for 30 seconds for the first pass, and follow each pass with about 15 seconds of reloading, adding water if necessary.

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 01-01-2013, 07:34 PM
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  • geezer
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Just for drill, try putting enough water on the puck to cover it before you shower. Those few minutes will soften the surface so you don't have to scrub the puck hard. That allows the brush to load easily. Less product used and a softer brush will work with the easy loading.
VdH is my go to for Shave testing blades!
~Richard

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 01-02-2013, 04:21 AM
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(01-01-2013, 07:34 PM)geezer Wrote: Just for drill, try putting enough water on the puck to cover it before you shower. Those few minutes will soften the surface so you don't have to scrub the puck hard. That allows the brush to load easily. Less product used and a softer brush will work with the easy loading.
VdH is my go to for Shave testing blades!
~Richard

VDH and conk are two different animals unless you're comparing the VDH glycerin soap which is basically the same.

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 01-02-2013, 04:36 AM
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  • Dave
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(12-26-2012, 10:58 AM)BladeDE40 Wrote: I have the same problem with all the glycerin soaps (CC, VDH, etc.)...I need to load a ton of soap to get it to work well (part soap problem, part hard water problem), which results in the puck getting chewed up very quickly...on the plus side they are cheap enough for me not to worry about it too much.


The Bruce Dickinson is just like you. He shaves his face one side at a time but he produces hit records while shaving.

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