Lately I’ve seen posts by frustrated shavers on the message boards complaining of weak, runny, bubbly, short-lived lather from some of the better known soaps out there.
I’ve never had trouble lathering MWF, and I just finished my first shave with Williams and got good lather from it. So what’s the deal? Do I have a great brush, or super water? No and no. I have a good brush and (thankfully) good tap water.
I have learned how to get a good lather from shaving soap.
Have you seen the internet ads lately talking about ‘one simple rule’? “I lost belly fat, pimples, an ugly mother-in-law, yada yada.. by following One Simple Rule!”
There’s One Simple Rule to lathering soap as well. You have to do it on the face.
You can make great lather with a cream in a bowl. Not so with soap, because it’s all about bringing enough product to bear. So, without further ado:
Now you can start making lather. Keep the tips of the brush going in a circular motion all over the face. Add water to the brush as you go. I turn the brush tips up into a thin stream of hot water. Dipping the tips would work as well.
What you want is to add water into the mix as you keep the brush going on your face. As with any wet shaving lather, you don’t want so much water in the mix that it runs off your skin, but you don’t want the soap so dry it causes your razor to skip instead of gliding smoothly.
As you keep mixing and adding water, at some point (as wetshavers love to say) lather is going to explode. You’ll know when you’ve hit that sweet spot. Suddenly lather is going to run down your hand, fly onto the mirror, just go all over the place.
Because you got enough soap product into your mix. That’s the rule, the key, and that’s what I believe guys who aren’t getting good lather with primo products like Wool Fat or ordinary stuff like Williams are missing. Using the method I’ve outlined, you will have plenty of lather still thick and slick after your third or fourth pass.
You just can’t do it in a bowl. You gotta get plenty of soap on to your face BEFORE YOU START MIXING.
Note: for those gents or ladies who aren’t familiar with making lather at all yet, I refer you to the blogroll to the right. Our friend and mentor Mantic has made videos that will get you started better than I could describe.
Enjoy your shave!