01-30-2014, 08:05 PM
  • celestino
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(01-30-2014, 06:09 PM)Bowhnter Wrote: Sardinian Honey on the way! I went full puck to see if I can lather without having to use a stick.

* Mike, best of luck with the soap. Smile

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 01-31-2014, 05:43 AM
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I have Sardinian Honey and Pumpkin on the way. This will be my third shot at Mystic Water. I'm eager to smell the Sardinian Honey.

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 01-31-2014, 11:23 AM
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I ordered 2 pucks yesterday from Michelle. The Bay Rum and Lily of the valley. Looking forward to trying them Thumbup

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 01-31-2014, 12:50 PM
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I see Mystic Water browsing this thread so I'm going to ask, when do you expect Adirondack Jack to be back in stock?

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 01-31-2014, 01:52 PM
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(01-31-2014, 12:50 PM)556AR Wrote: I see Mystic Water browsing this thread so I'm going to ask, when do you expect Adirondack Jack to be back in stock?

I asked Michelle a few days ago. I believe it's in about a week from now.

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 01-31-2014, 01:58 PM
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I made it on the 20th and like to give it two weeks before wrapping, so I'll put it back on the website in about 4 days.

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 02-04-2014, 05:20 PM
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First, Adirondack Jack is back available. Cool

Second, I used a puck today vs a stick. And for the exception of using my Simpson which holds a ton of water (I had to adjust it), I am happy to say I can lather the puck just as well!! Smile

Third, it was Sardinian Honey, and while I thought it was nice, will not be overtaking my Sandalwood Rose!
My wife on the other hand does not care for it Sad

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 02-04-2014, 09:15 PM
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Mike, congratulations on the successful lathering!

Wow, your wife doesn't like honey? Biggrin
Sandalwood Rose is just as nice, my friend and enjoy the soaps! You won't be needing any moisturizer with them. Smile

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 02-05-2014, 01:14 AM
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Hey guys,

The most common issue I see popping up is sometime the balance of water can be tricky. I never really had this issue and tend to like it on the pasty side, heavier loading and less water. But I keep the two I have in ceramic pots and they have dried out. I used a boar brush tonight and did a test lather and it worked very well.

I don't think the dryness of it really affected it at all and might possibly suggest some to use a small sample to dry out and cure and then see if they find it easier to use without getting it too wet.

Has anyone else had the puck dried out for whatever reason and kept working with it?

Best Wishes,

Zac

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 02-05-2014, 10:30 AM
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Zac,
I have never seen my pucks of Mystic Water dry out. Granted they are kept in pyrex containers, but I have some pucks that are almost 2 years old in their original wrappers and they are just fine.

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 02-05-2014, 03:11 PM
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(02-05-2014, 10:30 AM)celestino Wrote: Zac,
I have never seen my pucks of Mystic Water dry out. Granted they are kept in pyrex containers, but I have some pucks that are almost 2 years old in their original wrappers and they are just fine.

Hello Celestino,

The containers I had them in are just bowls, no lids. Like I said, it seemed that it had no real effect on performance. I will shave with it tomorrow possibly and we will see.

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 02-05-2014, 03:44 PM
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Zac, I really don't see any issues arising from this 'dryness' and once you add a bit of water, the soap should perform well. Good luck. Smile

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 02-06-2014, 06:46 AM
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I'm happy to say something finally clicked on my third attempt at using Mystic Water.With the first two pucks I was unable to create any lather. I've used over 100 different soaps and creams and Mystic Water was the only one I could not create lather with.

I recently received a tub of Sardinian Honey. I was excited to smell this soap and it didn't disappoint. I'ts an intense and unique fragrance and I really like it.

I have added a water softener since my last attempt at MW so I'm not sure how much this affected my new found success but I easily created great lather in all three shaves that I've used the Sardinian Honey. I followed advise from several members and used a dryer brush to start and slowly added water. I soaked the top of the puck with warm water while showering and roughed the surface up prior to starting. I used warm water for my lather instead of hot like my usual.

I've seen others mention that the Sardinian Honey seems to lather easier than other MW soaps so I will be interested to see what happens when I try lathering up the Pumpkin Spice that I picked up as well.

A member asked me to compare Mystic Water Pumpkin Spice to HTGAM Pumpkin 3.14 because I have both. The Mystic Water is mellower and less sharp. That doesn't mean the scent is weak however. It's just right for every day use. Smells like pumpkin pie and slightly spicy but mellowed by the vanilla perhaps. The HTGAM Pumpkin 3.14 is an intense smell of very spicy pumpkin pie. I could see myself using the Mystic Water Pumpkin Spice on a regular basis in the fall and winter and the HTGAM Pumpkin 3.14 as a special occasion soap for Thanksgiving.

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 02-06-2014, 06:57 AM
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Excellent!

I feel that softness of water does impact the ease of generating lather with MW. In fact, if I'm having difficulty lathering MW at my home, this is an indicator that I need to replenish the salt tank downstairs!

MW does better with less hot water, IMO. I typically use lukewarm or cold water, and have good results.

Start with a fairly dry brush, i.e. shake off most of the water after soaking.

Add water incrementally while lathering. MW requires much less water than other soaps, IMO ... in fact this is something I typically forget when I return to MW after using other soaps for several days.

Great soap ... worth the effort!

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 02-06-2014, 11:11 AM
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(02-06-2014, 06:46 AM)tgutc Wrote: A member asked me to compare Mystic Water Pumpkin Spice to HTGAM Pumpkin 3.14 because I have both. The Mystic Water is mellower and less sharp. That doesn't mean the scent is weak however. It's just right for every day use. Smells like pumpkin pie and slightly spicy but mellowed by the vanilla perhaps. The HTGAM Pumpkin 3.14 is an intense smell of very spicy pumpkin pie. I could see myself using the Mystic Water Pumpkin Spice on a regular basis in the fall and winter and the HTGAM Pumpkin 3.14 as a special occasion soap for Thanksgiving.

Thanks for that info!

And congrats on getting the good lather. Cool

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 02-06-2014, 08:26 PM
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(02-06-2014, 06:57 AM)Agravic Wrote: Excellent!

I feel that softness of water does impact the ease of generating lather with MW. In fact, if I'm having difficulty lathering MW at my home, this is an indicator that I need to replenish the salt tank downstairs!

MW does better with less hot water, IMO. I typically use lukewarm or cold water, and have good results.

Start with a fairly dry brush, i.e. shake off most of the water after soaking.

Add water incrementally while lathering. MW requires much less water than other soaps, IMO ... in fact this is something I typically forget when I return to MW after using other soaps for several days.

Great soap ... worth the effort!


+1 on what Ravi says!

Congratulations on the success with the Sardinian Honey! The Sandalwood Rose is a marvelous scent, also! Biggrin

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 02-12-2014, 06:34 PM
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Revisited Michelle's soaps again over the past couple of days, I had tried them when I was first starting wetshaving and got frustrated with the lathering process. Some findings I had:

Pros:

-Michelle makes some of the best-smelling artisan soaps out there
-Post-shave is pretty awesome

Cons:

-Lathering this stuff was incredibly frustrating. I have never had an issue with my water and soaps (Mike's, B&M, Stirling, Green Mtn, MWF, etc), but Mystic Waters soaps get foamy with an enormous amount of work, but the lather never comes together. The bubbles remain, and I never get that thick cushion as the stuff comes together. I tested with distilled water, and the improvement is vast. Lather using the distilled water was incredibly thick, rich and cushiony, and came together fairly quickly.

Makes me sad, because I just love the scent offerings over at Mystic Waters, but using distilled water for my shaves is just a step further than I was hoping to go through in my morning routine!

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 02-12-2014, 06:52 PM
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I think her soaps are so good that I'd do almost anything that I needed to do to obtain the rich, voluptuous, sensual lather that her soaps can produce. Fortunately, I have water that must be a perfect match for Michelle's soaps, but I'd happily bring home gallons of distilled water if I needed to. I'm crazy about her three sandalwood scents, but I also love the scent of vanilla, and her vanilla sandalwood and orange vanilla can't be beat. Heck, if I get going I can rattle off a half dozen more of Michelle's scents that I'm nuts about.

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 02-12-2014, 07:24 PM
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(02-12-2014, 06:34 PM)explodyii Wrote: Lathering this stuff was incredibly frustrating. I have never had an issue with my water and soaps (Mike's, B&M, Stirling, Green Mtn, MWF, etc), but Mystic Waters soaps get foamy with an enormous amount of work, but the lather never comes together. The bubbles remain, and I never get that thick cushion as the stuff comes together. I tested with distilled water, and the improvement is vast. Lather using the distilled water was incredibly thick, rich and cushiony, and came together fairly quickly.

Makes me sad, because I just love the scent offerings over at Mystic Waters, but using distilled water for my shaves is just a step further than I was hoping to go through in my morning routine!

I completely sympathize with your frustration and sadness when it comes to this soap. The scents Michelle offers are by far some of the best I've smelled but it's also by far, (FOR ME) some of the worst preforming soap that I've ever encountered in all my years of wet shaving. Sad

Its the only soap, after countless attempts over the last 2 years that has completely conquered me despite trying every lathering method known to man..

For those of you who can create that magical lather with MW's soap, be it through your perfect technique or special water, I both envy you and salute you, ENJOY!

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 02-12-2014, 08:51 PM
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Man, am I fortunate living in Vancouver! Some of the softest water around!

Mano, I should have asked you to send me some of your water so I could conduct another test with this soap. Biggrin

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