12-28-2012, 12:18 PM
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this cream appears to need A LOT of water to make a slick lather and keep it slick and cushioned. is it just my water (it's very possibly, I have very hard water) or do others find the same thing?

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 12-28-2012, 12:42 PM
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  • Songwind
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I find that it uses a lot of water. In fact, I think the jar says something about that, doesn't it?

Also, how long are you loading for? I only load my brush for about 15 seconds.

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 12-28-2012, 12:58 PM
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(12-28-2012, 12:42 PM)Songwind Wrote: I find that it uses a lot of water. In fact, I think the jar says something about that, doesn't it?

Also, how long are you loading for? I only load my brush for about 15 seconds.

I do about 30 seconds.

I have some photos of my brush after loading it, while the lather is on my face, after 5 minutes on my face and then after I squeeze the lather out of the brush that I need to upload to my gallery yet.

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 12-28-2012, 01:00 PM
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I no longer have CF but when I did, I just used to swirl the brush on the cream surface like a soap to create a thin covering of the tips. This gave me more than enough lather for 3 passes. CF is pretty concentrated and using an amount typical to other creams will undoubtedly require more water.

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 12-28-2012, 06:19 PM
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It's you Andrew . . . nah, I find it needs a bit more water which I always supposed was due to it's thicker consistency.

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 12-29-2012, 01:19 AM
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Same with Musgo Real creams. They also need more water, but drop by drop or you ruin the lather Smile

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 12-29-2012, 01:30 AM
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  • DoubleB
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No problem with requiring more water here. I also have hard water.

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 12-29-2012, 09:08 PM
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I forgot to post those photos I had!

here's the brush after loading it on the soap for 30 seconds or so:

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here's my face after lathering (I didn't actually shave that's why my mustache isn't lathered):

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here's the remaining lather after face lathering:

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and then finally here's how the cream looked after sitting on my face for 5 minutes (it was literally flaking off):

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(I swiped my finger through the cream here):

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 12-29-2012, 09:36 PM
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All I can say is humm . . .

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 12-29-2012, 10:44 PM
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(12-29-2012, 09:36 PM)squire Wrote: All I can say is humm . . .

Teiste seems to think it still needs more water. I'm a bit shocked, personally, because I used a pretty good amount of water.

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 12-29-2012, 10:54 PM
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Try and see Andrew, it shouldn't be drying on you.

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 12-29-2012, 10:56 PM
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I get the same dry flakes, unless I continue to add water to my CF Lavender & CF Lime until the moment just before I start my first pass.

And if I shave slowly, the lather will prett fast start to dust off when I'm towards the end if my pass. I thought my hard water was the problem or I got two bad pots of CF Biggrin

I don't get this dusty dry flakes from any of my other creams, and I own 46 creams (yes, I'm weird enough to keep count Tongue ) ranging from TF&H, DR Harris, GFT, Xpec, Acca Kappa, AQUA DI P, SMN, Proraso, Penhaligon, Musgo Real.......and others....

This is why CF is NOT in My Top 3, it gets flaky and dusty too fast.......I have now used my CF 25+ times since I got them in November-December last year......

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 12-30-2012, 09:50 AM
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  • Obie
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Gentlemen:
I have used Castle Forbes lavender shave cream for a number of years. Indeed, it does require ample water. Since the texture is similar to that of a soap, I use it as I do a soap, loading the brush upside down for about a minute or so and adding more water, if needed, as I face-lather. Good stuff, this hard cream.

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