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Lothur Grooming V2 Base

I had my shave with Lothur Grooming Dave in the v2 base today. First experience with this brand too. The soap was unexpetedly croapy for me, imagine a sticky cottage cheese consistency. Because the soap was so soft I only loaded with 20 swirls of my Oumo Motherlode synthetic with enough pressure for the incredibly floppy brush to splay halfway. Due to the softness of the soap I actually overloaded and had enough soap in the brush for my whole street to get 3 pass shaves. That is the only time I will criticize this soap.

The lather was exceptional. I used the same technique as above. The lather came out very dense but very well hydrated. It took a lot of water even when considering how I accidentally overloaded the brush. It was also the slickest soap I have used so far (TOBS cream, Stirling non-mutton tallow base, Mitchell's Wool Fat, Barrister and Mann Omnibus). If Omnibus is like a wet low-viscosity marshmallow fluff, Lothur v2 felt like a dense Greek yogurt. When I added water to Seville, it got wetter but still stubbornly stuck together as if its life depended on it. Dave on the other hand kept getting denser. Same as with the B&M Seville, I finished off by squeezing out the soap left in the brush and laid it on my face for a few minutes as my postshave. My face felt great, not as well as after Omnibus but more on that later.

I really like this scent a lot. I'm terrible at describing scents so forgive me for not being very articulate. It smelled like an aromatic tea. Call me dramatic, but that scent noticeably brought down my stress level, and I was much calmer than usual going into my first meeting of the day thanks to it. Scent strength is on the milder side to my nose, but maybe that's the scent profile influencing my opinion.

Like I said at the beginning, I definitely overloaded the brush. It's quite likely that the lather came out a little less dryer than I usually prefer which might have made the postshave not as sharp as it could have been. Another confounding variable in this equation is my face. It's happiest when I shave every three to four days so that it has enough time to recover from shaving. Since I shaved after two days this time, I didn't get as close of a shave as normal. Therefore I'm going to put an asterisk next to this shave with the expectation that the experience will improve in more ideal conditions.

Overall this was another exceptional soap, and I am very happy I bought it. Best slickness I've ever experienced, phenomenal lather face feel and ease of use, very good postshave, and home run scent in my book. My stamp of approval means nothing compared to the giants on this forum who have tried so many more soaps than I have, but I highly recommend Lothur Grooming v2.
 
Just had my second shave with Dave a couple hours ago. This time I was knocking down 3.5 days of growth, and I didn't overload as badly. The postshave feel is definitely a marked improvement from my first experience with the soap. Still not sure how I'd rank it against Omnibus since I've only had 2 shaves with Lothur and 1 shave with Omnibus, but regardless I'm very happy with this purchase.
 
Great review! I picked up Lothur Dave a couple of weeks ago. I had heard really good things about it for a while now, but I tend to pass on soaps that seem to be getting a bunch of current hype.
I was really quite blown away with the performance. Like you, I overloaded the first time, as it really is closer to a cream. I think I got a very mild reaction from it at first. possibly from the dimethicone. Just gave the tiniest hint of, well I am not even sure what to call it because it wasn't burning or even really irritation, just felt sort of strange. Subsequent lighter loading helped and it felt just fine. Just slightly more than pea sized amount will easily face lather into perfection without any fuss. It does seem fairly thirsty though.

But man oh man, the lather it creates is not like anything else I have used before. It lays down a very dense and creamy lather, almost like a thick lotion. I know there isn't a true way of testing it, but it also was the slickest I have ever used. The residual slickness was also head and shoulders above any other top tier soap for me. I am not sure how this was accomplished, but I am really in awe this base. The scent on Dave is very light, but smells fantastic, it's a realistic Earl Grey tea. I will be ordering more Lothur soaps, I am 100% sold.
 
Great review! I picked up Lothur Dave a couple of weeks ago. I had heard really good things about it for a while now, but I tend to pass on soaps that seem to be getting a bunch of current hype.
I was really quite blown away with the performance. Like you, I overloaded the first time, as it really is closer to a cream. I think I got a very mild reaction from it at first. possibly from the dimethicone. Just gave the tiniest hint of, well I am not even sure what to call it because it wasn't burning or even really irritation, just felt sort of strange. Subsequent lighter loading helped and it felt just fine. Just slightly more than pea sized amount will easily face lather into perfection without any fuss. It does seem fairly thirsty though.

But man oh man, the lather it creates is not like anything else I have used before. It lays down a very dense and creamy lather, almost like a thick lotion. I know there isn't a true way of testing it, but it also was the slickest I have ever used. The residual slickness was also head and shoulders above any other top tier soap for me. I am not sure how this was accomplished, but I am really in awe this base. The scent on Dave is very light, but smells fantastic, it's a realistic Earl Grey tea. I will be ordering more Lothur soaps, I am 100% sold.
Glad to see someone else had a great experience with the soap. It means I'm not crazy! Like you said the residual slickness is out of this world, and this base can drink a lot of water. I really enjoy face lathering and seeing how much I can push the hydration. Those qualities combined with the post shave feel will have me reaching for it quite often.
 
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