CaYuen Dark Nebula Large BowlINTRO:
I started wet shaving 6-months ago. At first, I tried to whip up a lather within a Tabac puk bowl, suffice to say, that didn't work out well for me. Thankfully, I came to my senses, and graduated to hand made pottery, from none other then, Captains Choice. I've been enjoying making lathers with Scott's ceramic bowls, but gosh are they small! And if I make one mistake, and manage to drop it, its gonna shatter into a bunch of pieces, all to go in my drawer of broken dreams. As if I wasn't deep enough into this rabbit hole fueled acquisition disorder, I went on a search for a plastic based bowl, but not just any run of the mill bowl, something truly amazing!
The material makeup of this lather bowl consists of, Mica Powders, and Urethane Resin. There is a folded upper lip at the top, and the bowl contains a unique pattern of ridges inside, to aid in lather whipping, and the artists logo can be seen in the middle. The bottom of the bowl contains a hand hold ridge to aid in holding the bowl, while your whipping up a lather, and the bottom base is plenty stable to stand on a counter top surface.
This Dark Nebula lather bowl, is truly nothing short of spectacular, the shear beauty alone, will have Astro nerds lining up to become new wet shavers, just so they can have the privilege of using one of these. I love everything outer space, Star Trek, Star Wars, you name it. So this bowl speaks to me on so many levels. The design of the ridges inside, remind me of a fan, hopefully one that brings the pretty star nebula's right to you hehe. The artist coin logo in the center is a nice touch. And the folded upper lip is quite unique for sure. I really appreciate how the artist captured the look of a stellar nursery.
I don't know about you, but I think its truly mesmerizing, I could stair at this bowl forever! I am not sure if the camera picks up on this or not, but if you look closely, you might be able to get a sense of 3D from the pattern. Unless I am mistaken, it appears that this bowl is made up of more then 1 layer. It appears to have the mica powdered patterns on the inside, with the Urethane resin on the outside. I am certainly no expert on how these bowls are made, but thats how it appears to me. Another thing I notice, is just how thick this bowl is, it feels really strong in the hand, and it weighs more then you'd expect.
Here you can see the bottom of the bowl. You can see both the bowl's surface ridge that it rests on a counter top, as well as the larger ridge further up, that you actually hold with your hand. You can also notice, that the bowl's patterns, go all the way to the very bottom. I can't state enough just how truly amazing the beauty of this bowl is. This is the kind of bowl, that if brought to a party, people are gonna ask you a lot of questions about it.
It almost looks like a UFO doesn't it? You can also get another sense of the thickness from the pictures above.
Earlier I mentioned that this lather bowl, weighs more then one would expect, from a plastic based bowl. I decided to weigh the bowl on my shipping scale, and it teeters between 11.4 to 11.5 ounces. It still weighs much less then a ceramic bowl for sure, but that 11.4 ounces just means, the bowl is filled with goodness.
SWCT Experience Report!
USING THE BOWL:
I used Stirling's Glacial Lemon Chill shave soap today, I prefer to scoop soap out of the puk, using my bullion spoon. I placed the soap in the bottom of the bowl, and then I smooshed it down flat with my finger. I placed 2-teaspoons worth of water in the bowl, and then I began whipping up the lather. I began swirling the brush around, once the soap activated, it began to form a lather. Now I did notice that I had to work a bit, to get the soap buried in the ridges, only moderate pressure is required from the brush to do so, just keep swirling.
Lather will begin forming around the sides of the bowl, but i did find that the folded upper ridge, kept the lather inside, so that really is a nice design! Once the soap started getting pasty, I put two more teaspoons of water in the bowl, and began whipping it up some more. I always try to aim for a yogurt consistency, this I find offers the supreme slickness that I am looking for, and this bowl was able to deliver no problem! It took a couple of minutes, but I was able to get all the large air bubbles out, and get the lather nice and creamy.
In conclusion, I felt that this Dark Nebula Bowl, from The CaYuen Workshop, to work really well for me. Its stunningly beautiful, absolutely gorgeous! Its ergonomic to hold in the hand, easy to whip up a lather, and I don't have to worry about breaking it, if I should happen to drop it. This was an expensive purchase for sure, but this hand made bowl was worth the money, in my opinion. The quality of this bowl is top notch, I absolutely love it, and I highly recommend it! out of !