I know what you mean. the sides do taper out but my hand felt cramped in the bowl. Maybe I just have to get use to it. If the side was about 3/4 of an inch shorter I think it would be better. I'll give it another go tomorrow and try using my La Toja cream.I find the sides a bit high and steep for my liking, as far as lathering goes. I use it to hold soap samples in under my sink and will occasionally also use it for soaking a couple razors in soapy water. Decent enough bowl for $12.
The Pereira's bowl is about the same height but slightly wider so there is more hand room. And I have small hands too.
Here are the Pereria's bowl and the Timeless side by side. (not my picture. I borrowed it from another post.) Not sure which one I like best yet.