Building Lather With Noble Otter

Discussion in 'Shaving Soaps' started by doctordial, Jan 14, 2019 at 5:28 AM.

    Has anyone experienced that this soap needs a lot of water yo build a lather. I shaved with it this morning and got a very thin lather, than I added more soap to my shavi g scuttle and what I call a very small puddle of water. I got one of the best lather I have had in a long time. More than I needed and I hate throwing away a good lather. The shave was very smooth. Face feel is excellent.
  1. I face lather, so no building a lather in a bowl, but I think all the newer high butter artisan soaps take a lot more water than you might think.
  2. My procedure for lathering Noble Otter and many other soaps is listed below. The procedure does not work for creams or very hard pucks.

    1. I immerse my brush in a cup of warm water. I use both synthetic and natural hair brushes (badger, boar, and horsehair) with 24-26mm knots being my favorite.
    2. I add 1 Tablespoon of hot tap water to the soap container and allow the soap to bloom for about two minutes.
    3. I pour the bloom water into my perheated shave bowl.
    4. I remove my brush from the soak water and wring out any excess moisture.
    5. I load my brush for 15-30 seconds directly from the container. Softer soaps like B&M Reserve and CRSW Glide may load in 15 seconds and a firm soap like B&M Glissant might take 30 seconds. Noble Otter is a semi-hard soap, so it take me about 20 seconds load time.
    6. I then start building a lather in my shave bowl. It rarely takes me more than 60 seconds to build a luxurious lather, except with hard pucks.
    7. Occasionally, if I get too little soap in my load, I have to go back and load a little more soap. Occasionally, it I get too much soap in my load, I have to add a little extra water.
    8. There are many ways to check for a properly hydrated lather. One test that works well for me is while shaving I dip my razor into a cup of warm water. If the lather sticks to the razor, the lather is too thick and needs more water. If the lather quickly dissapates, then it is too thin and more soap needs to be added. If the lather is properly hydrated, the lather will slowly release from the razor and float to the surface of the water.
  3. Thanks for the tip. I needed to read this.

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