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Archive for November 3rd, 2012

Solved: Mike’s Natural Shaving Soap

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This morning I solved Mike’s Natural Shaving Soap, and the solution, as is often the case, involved more water. Several times I had been advised that this is a very thirsty soap, but I didn’t really understand the impact. I had not run into this situation before.

This morning, I did my usual loading routine: a sopping wet brush (my Rooney Style 2 Finest) brushing briskly the tin of soap, held on its side over the sink. Soon enough, I reached the very fine bubbles that indicates that the brush is fully loaded, but I was puzzled at how little water dropped into the sink. Moreover, the brush really didn’t look all that lathered up. Remembering the “thirsty soap” comment, I added a good driblet of water to the center of the brush and brushed a bit more and noticed an immediate improvement. Another good slug of water, more brushing, and by golly! there it was: my brush was puffy and pregnant with mounds of good, rich, moist lather.

I get it now: it is indeed a thirsty soap. I wonder which of my other soaps would give better lather with more water. I’ll have to experiment. But certainly I’ve never before encountered a soap requiring so much water as Mike’s Natural—but now that I have watered it thoroughly, I fully understand why people like it: a very fine lather indeed. Wow. Who knew? (Well, a lot of people, apparently, but not me.)

Three passes of the iKon OSS with a Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge blade, followed by a splash of the sample of Saint Charles Shave Bulgarian Rose and Lemon aftershave—a very nice aftershave indeed. I like this one as well.

Thanks to those who continued to provide coaching for this soap. I get it now.


Written by LeisureGuy

3 November 2012 at 7:25 am

Posted in Shaving

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