Have you ever noticed that no matter how hard you try to be even about it, shaving soap always dishes out in the middle, leaving you with high sides and a hole in the center? If you let it go long enough, the hole will touch the bottom of the container and you'll end up with soap in a ring around the outside. For some reason this bugs me and I want to fix it. My technique is very basic: I just run my finger around the outside, digging the soap out to form kind of a "moat" around the outside. I dig up a good bit of soap while doing this and I deposit it in the middle. After I've dug a reasonably sized moat, I press the extra soap into the middle, forming a dome. My reasoning is that if it is going to naturally become concave, then I'll start with it convex, which should make that take a long time, relative to starting flat. What I didn't realize, until I tried this a few times, is that domed soap is GREAT for loading. Soap seems to load faster and more easily. I think it's a combination of the brush making more contact with the dome shape than it would with a flat puck *and* the fact that I have disturbed the soap and maybe made it a bit softer. All I know is that doming makes loading easier and it keeps the dishing from happening for a long time. It seems like I'm going to end up doing 2 or maybe 3 domings until a soap is totally used up. Not all that much labor for a nice return I think. If you're a little crazy like me, you might give it a try. Brian.