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I used Mama Bear’s English Leather shaving soap this morning, with the Sabini ebony-handled style 2-ish brush. A really wonderful lather. It occurred to me to mention that the secret of a great lather from a shaving soap might be worth restating: first, a good shaving soap and a good brush. (Caswell-Massey shaving soaps, for example, will not produce a lather.)

Then, the brush being wet, get enough soap onto the brush. This means a brisk brushing action around the soap with the tips of the bristles. When a little lather starts to form, that means you’re picking up soap. Continue the brisk brushing for 30-45 seconds.

Then use the brush to apply the soap layer to your entire beard, brushing it in well. At this point, you have a good coating of soap, but not much lather. So add a driblet of hot water to the center of the brush, and brush your beard vigorously all over. You’ll have a lather at that point, and whether you need an additional driblet depends on various things, but it’s possible. For me, this morning, I did use an additional driblet and continued brushing vigorously on my beard to work up the lather I wanted.

Then I picked up the Merkur Futur with the once-used Treet and did three passes, lathering again before the second and third (across and against the grain, respectively).

Extremely smooth shave, finished off with Geo. F. Trumper Spanish Leather aftershave.

Written by Leisureguy

3 January 2008 at 7:39 am

Posted in Shaving

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