I have had similar problems with stick soaps. Currently I am using up a stick of Palmolive that gave me terrible shaves so I took the remainder and pressed it into a dip bowl. Now I can actually get a decent lather from it.Speick finally finished today! Since I'm not used to sticks I decided to do a 3 part experiment with this soap. I used as a stick, grated into a bowl and cut into three disc's and pressed them into the bowl. I kept the brush the same. Yaqi 24mm badger 2 band.
With the stick I was getting inconsistent results. My loads varied from too little and looking for how to reload to too much and I felt I had to work forever to work it into a lather. I'll chalk this up to inexperience but I'm not sure I want to go through that learning curve.
Next up I grated the soap and pressed it into a bowl. I may have gone heavy handed on the pressing because it wore slow and I never had any indication it was never one solid piece of soap. Once I pressed it in with my thumb as much as I could I used the back of a spoon and continued. I feel this was the best format I had of this soap and what I'll probably do from here on out.
Lastly I cut three disc's and pussed them into the bottom of the dish. I found this was a quick and easy method but they wore unevenly which seemed to press a nerve. (I'm generally not OCD about such things)
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I found my usage a bit interesting and unexpected compared to other's experience.
Stick 1.16 g/shave Grated 1.56 g/shave Coins 1.77 g/shave
I'm guessing my extra time of compressing the grated portion and using a bowl that was not closed allowed for the slower use of the grated portion. I also think this soap would have benefited from a covered dish.
In all speick was a great soap that I'll be happy to use again. Up next... I have no idea.