For me it is just a handy thing to take with me when i travel. Also since you are not loading directly on the soap, you don't need to let the soap dry/air out as much.I've never tried soap sticks and to those who do, what are the advantages in rubbing the stick over your face then applying a wet brush to lather.
Does It give a different sort of lather, closer shave etc, as opposed to loading from a puck?
I've done the same to reduce my stockpile of pucks. I cut them in half and wrap them in foil, to make for easier handling stick sized dimensions.All well as the convenience for travelling etc. soap sticks worked so well for me that I now use the same method even for tripple milled hard soap pucks. I remove the puck from the mug, rub it on my damp face in the style of a stick, and then face lather. I get superb results with every soap, including those which I formerly found difficult to lather. Not sure why - maybe I apply more soap using this method, but I enjoy it for sure. Rubbing the soap directly onto my face has undoubtedly seen the biggest improvement in my lather, and overall shave experience, since I started shaving. A big claim? Not big enough! Give it a try.
I just run the end under hot water and let it sit while my brush soaks and I splash my beard. All good.The purpose of the shave stick is to use for travel. You have to use them every day so they soften up with usage. Then I agree they are quite convenient. Applying a fairly dry shave stick to your beard can be rough.
For me it is just a handy thing to take with me when i travel. Also since you are not loading directly on the soap, you don't need to let the soap dry/air out as much.
Just avoid doing this with the La Toja stick. I can speak from experience.I just run the end under hot water and let it sit while my brush soaks and I splash my beard. All good.
Were you rubbing the soap on your face, or trying to rub the brush on it?I fancy trying speik next time I order soap. What put me off was a free arko stick with blades I ordered. Found it a bit small to get lather so grated it into some cream.