I prefer a bowl of my choosing. The Tabac bowl is heavy and slippery in hand. Go with the puck first. I love Tabac but it became disagreeable with my skin.Who likes the ceramic bowl and who doesn't? I want to try a puck of tabac. The ceramic bowl has a loose fitting lid right? I may like the idea of a screw on lid in case the bowl rumbles around in my overstuffed shaving drawer. Do you guys lather directly on the puck in the bowl? Are the raised ridges in the bowl helpful or just a soap trap when the soap gets low? I have a couple of empty plastic soap containers I can use for a refill puck or it seems a bit cheaper to maybe grate a refill down. Any opinions?
I would say go for the STICK!
My experience with puck and stick grated into a puck were, well...I don't wan't to say bad but yeah BAD!
In my experience this soap is REALLY sensitive to water. No matter what I did inevitably it turned to oversoak MUSH that could not lather to kill yourself. I never bloomed it and ALWAYS left it upside down for an hour or two after shave and open for a day or 2 to dry up...nothing helped. When there was a hint of "donut" it turned into mush
Now I use it in stick form and I love it. You don't need much to produce a lot of lather and due to bigger diameter your face get's covered in soap more quickly if you compare it to Palmolive or Wilkinson. You can get just refil stick or you can get it in deodorant style twist up tube. Now I don't fear it will oversoak
Must be something wrong with yours. I fill the bowl with water then drop in my synthetic, pour out the water and off we go. Never a problem. I've been using Tabac from the bowl exclusively for about 5 years. No other soaps. When a hole appears in the bottom it does get over soaked and turn to mush so I throw that last bit away.
My take on that is because the cake doesn't sit right on the bottom ie it sits slightly raised due to ribbing on the bowl, water gets underneath from the hole and over soaks that last bit. I've never had a problem with it though until down to that last wee bit.
I've always been anticipating breaking a bowl at some point if it fell in the sink but so far that hasn't happened. I do have a spare in a drawer somewhere if it does happen.
It is a strange one for sure. By the time I get mush there's very little left anyway. Stick with the stick, as you say.Well it happened with 3 pucks AND grated stick and I can assure you that stick was pressed into the bowl REALLY TIGHT. And when the hole appeared I had like 1/3 of soap left that turned to mush so I wowed never to buy another Tabac puck or grate a stick. From now on only stick form for me