No problem loading or face lathering it at all. I like the shave too. But after a fewI’ve never had a problem lathering the fat, it just shaves awful.
Well.....pulled out my tin of Fat 'as on Tuesday, opened it and was presented with an unpleasant mess. Must have been way too wet after the last use? Next time, I'll use glass! No sense crying over spilled soap, so into the trash it went. Pulled out the Mitchell's Wool Fat, a puck that has not been lathered since December, and voila - mounds of wonderfully slick and cushioning lather without blooming, soaking or any other special procedures. I'll be using MWF all week until MdC Monday and then I'll change to a different soap for the following Tuesday - Saturday.I bet it’ll clean grannies dentures!
I haven’t used it in quite a while, but it provides a very pleasant shave. Hope you enjoy yours!
Here's my experience of 14 years with MWF:
If a new puck is soaked, and then left unused for a while, its characteristics change for the worse!
It may crack to pieces or it may not perform well, i.e. Difficult to load or the lather may not perform MWF should perform.
In this case, the soap needs to be brought back to life with another soaking.
Followed by a few minutes blooming before each use.
This is why I always recommend AGAINST soaking a new puck, or blooming it before use.
The only exception is of one uses MWF everyday or alternate day, then it's ok as the soap won't dry out.
Since I figured this out and ceased soaking new pucks of MWF, I've never had any cracks develop and no issues if the soap sits unused, even for many months (e.g. The MWF puck in my travel bag)....I just grab the puck, load like usual and get top notch performance!
Now you have an excuse to buy more soap! Just tell your wife you wanted a matching shave soap to go with the bath soap.By chance, a perfect example to illustrate my previous post:
My triple-milled Italian bath soap was accidentally soaked by my wife and sat in a pool of water overnight.
When it dried out, it developed cracks.
I've never otherwise experienced cracks on any soaps...only an MWF puck which was soaked and dried out and now this soap which was soaked and cracked when it dried.
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Now you have an excuse to buy more soap! Just tell your wife you wanted a matching shave soap to go with the bath soap.
On my 1st shave I bloomed it for 24h since it was something a lot of people recommend and it loaded with ease, enough for 2.5 passes but got leftover for 2 more.
Today it was my 2nd shave after it was just sitting there for a few weeks. I did not bloom it and went srraight to loading. It was huge PITA, and I had to revisit the puck after each pass. I still got a nice slick lather and a wonderfull shave. Since I used less soap my face doesn't feel sticky as it did after 1st shave. Or maybe it was because I rinsed mor thoroughly this time.
All in all just wanted to share how much hsrder it is to load unbloomed MWF
I try to check out these MWF threads now and then and I've not yet come upon anyone having an experience like mine. I was having trouble loading my brush by just blooming so I figured I would try hydrating every other day for a week. When I went to try it out I was presented with the most unusual sight. There was a thick layer of clear material sitting on top of the puck. Had the consistency of mucous. I tried to load up hoping that this stuff would recombine with the rest of the puck but no dice so down the drain it went. After that I would get a decent looking lather but there was nothing slick about it. Perhaps it was a bad puck but there's too many excellent other soaps out there for me to bother trying over and over.
Amen and +1 to this.Many guys, including myself, have experienced this.
It's why I have advised against blooming/soaking MWF pucks for many years.
Since I stopped soaking a new puck, I've had none of the issues that are commonly reported.
I can even let a puck sit unused for months (as I have a dedicated puck in my travel kit) and it'll work perfectly from the first use!!
Amen and +1 to this.
MWF was my soap last Tuesday through Sunday. Hadn't used that puck for months. Soaked my brush, loaded the MWF (using the modified @Marco Method I use for bowl lathering), whipped up mounds of beautiful lather in my Captain's Choice Copper Bowl and enjoyed wonderful shaves.
+1. MWF is one of my favorites although rarely used now that MdC has become my everyday soap.I just use the soap, no blooming, no incantations!
Just use MWF. More frequently the better, it is a great soap for me!
+ another 1.+1. MWF is one of my favorites although rarely used now that MdC has become my everyday soap.
I never bloomed it or did anything special with it and I have relatively hard water. It just worked well with the exception of one puck a few years ago that was a little more difficult and required a longer loading time. I read that they had a few batches that weren’t quite as good.
I made the mistake of soaking my puck of MWF for 24h and it ruined the puck. The lanolin leached out and the soap was all waterlogged and cracked up.I think you a re bit too harsh on it though. It does not need to be bloomed for 24h, it is just recommended to do it before first use. Blooming during shower works just fine and even without that you can get beautiful lather, just need to put in a bit more elbow grease.
I couldn't disagree any more. MWF is at the top of the heap in performance and its alot simpler to use then its given credit for. The more its used, the better it gets, the key is hydrating the puck through using it and loading it heavily with a damp, not wet brush when you do use it.Lots of folks recommend blooming this brand; I don’t have time to fiddle around waiting 24 hours so it’s not found in my den. Too many better choices that are good to go immediately when called upon. Old world, nostalgic type soaps do nothing for me if they smell weird, require grating, blooming, or under perform.