How about a part 3? I am ready to take our relationship to the next level
Why thank you, kind sir! I'm not sure we need a Part 3. What started this was I misunderstood poor @ylekot in another thread and kind of snapped at him at first. Then I realized he was really trying to do this lather thing and just not getting it. That a) made me feel bad, and b) made me realilze that a lot of experienced shavers here who have used tons of wildly different product were likely confusing the heck out of newer, aspiring lather maestros. Not that we are not well-intentioned, we just get to into this and toss so many techniques around we can overwhelm newer latherers.
So, seeing as how the whole process is about getting to the right hydration level for any given product I just wanted to give newer latherers a track to run on that would be foolproof. Get enough product, and start far enough below the proper hydration level and creep up to it, there is no product anyone cannot master. My experience with B&M was a tough case, and took longer than usual to figure out, but it still worked. I believe between parts 1 and 2, I accomplished the mission I set for myself.
However, @Billy T. let me encourage you to pick a soap and go for it! This exercise was certainly fun for me! Why don't you give it a shot? I bet you'll have a lot of fun, too! And thank you again.
P.S. In fact, I can't think of what I'd put in part 3. From these two threads all there is to do is get super familiar with a product. B&M took me maybe a dozen shaves, Sterlings took me about 3, but if you like a product, you should be lathering it like a bauss as you get familiar with it. It's familiarity and practice, I have no more tricks in my clue bag.