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Smooth result, lather struggles

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SOTD 27 June 2013

I’m struggling to get a lather I like from the Stirling soap. It’s possibly my technique: I can get the lather now to last the shave, but I can’t get the tiny-bubbled, creamy lather that I like. The bubbles are larger and the lather looser. After finishing the shave this morning, I used a tub of D.R. Harris Arlington to make a lather—D.R. Harris makes excellent lather for me and is a reference standard that I use—and that lather was fine: thick and creamy. So I’ll try a little more, and I’m sending a puck of the soap out for testing as a well.

I did like the fragrance of this morning’s soap: quite pleasant. And it’s always a pleasure to use Wee Scot. When I started the first pass, the blade didn’t seem quite sharp enough, so I loaded a new Personna Lab blade and easily achieved a BBS result, thanks in part to the powers of the bakelite slant.

A good splash of Irisch Moos, and the weekend starts to loom ahead.

Written by LeisureGuy

27 June 2013 at 9:08 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Stick with this soap… or at least the brand. I dialed it in and, yes, my experience was similar initially. Although once I got it, I had the slickest glide of the razor with any soap I have used. Also, my face felt soft, smooth and moisturized, but takes some trial and error up front. NOTE: I load then hand lather, which may or may not have made the difference. I couldn’t get mystic water soap to lather worth a darn, and finally getting this one right made me feel confident in my decision to abandon mystic water. But as is always the case, YMMV.

    JP

    28 June 2013 at 8:45 am

  2. I did a shave today with D.R. Harris Arlington, using the same brush, just to dial in again the feel of a good lather. I’ll return to the Stirling tomorrow with a different brush and try again, probably trying a little more water—and I’ll also try hand-lathering. Thanks for the tip.

    LeisureGuy

    28 June 2013 at 8:51 am


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