Anyone noticed this?
Heck, all samples I've got when buying other stuff from vendors, they all under-performed compared the reputation they get in reviews (regular folks reviews). Even creams didn't do as well as the full tubes I purchased prior/later. Hard soap sample shavings didn't do bad, but not spectacular.Interesting. I haven't tried either, but have considered a tub of MdC. One of these days.
I like this approach. Maybe I should pick up some empty tubs because I can load pretty decently when I scoop the entire sample out into a bowl. If I just scoop a bit, even if it’s a sizable amount, I just can’t get a good lather. By getting the tubs it’ll probably be easier than having a half dozen bowls hanging out with samples pressed in them.The issue isn't with the sample but with the container you have the sample in. I will typically transfer my samples into either a tub if there is enough, or into a small sample dish that someone pif'd me. They are shallow but wide enough to properly load a brush. The problem is that the containers the samples come in don't lend themselves to loading. Stirling sells very generous samples so they will easily fit into an empty tub. And they'll last for quite a while.
Ive actually been using the MdC sample from Maggards. It performs quite well. Just scooped it all out of the tiny tub, smashed it into the bottom of a small bowl and load from there. I haven't used any samples from a company directly, but I can't imagine it being much different.