I need some learnin, so to speak. I have used a brush for over a decade, but after reading many on this forum (which I have just discovered), I am not getting the lather I think I should. My usual routine (not anymore) was to wet my brush with the hottest water I could stand, squeeze a little cream out on the brush tips, and then go straight to my face with the brush. I would make small circles until my face got covered with a thin layer of bubbly lathered cream, and then shave. In my ignorance, I have been generally happy with the foregoing routine. It was certainly smoother and slicker than any foam or gel that came out of a can. However, I have been lurking on this site for a while, and have recently watched a couple of the Mantix (sp) videos on Youtube. I am jealous of the thick lather I saw on the videos and of what I suspect many of you can produce. I generally use Cremo Cream ("CC"), meant to be used brushless, with my brush. I think CC is a superior product, and that may be why I have been satisfied with my shaving routine heretofore. With or without a brush, it produces a very slick buffer between razor and face. In the past, I have used Williams shaving soap in a mug, a Conk soap or two many years ago, Kiehl's Lite Flight cream, a cream from the Art of Shaving (I don't remember what is was), and several creams (worthless) that I bought off the grocery store shelf. But, I have never produced the thick lather I saw on the Mantix videos. So, I am now on a quest to produce the absolute thickest lather I can. I now have a lather bowl, and I have been using a Vulfix 2234 brush. Vulfix calls this a Super Badger, and I assume this is "silvertip" badger. So, I think I am well equiped with a brush and bowl. Do I need a mug instead? For the thickest lather, I don't think CC is the right choice. Once again, it is meant to be used brushless. This morning I bought some Lucky Tiger Shaving Lotion off ebarbershop for $8.50 because I read a good thread on this forum regarding how thick a lather that product produces. We shall see once it arrives. Can anyone give some advice for creams that produce a rich, thick lather or otherwise direct me on how to make the richest, thickest lather possible? Do I need to change to a different brush or go to a mug instead of a bowl? All advice is welcome.