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Williams Mug Shaving Soap

I used my Williams Mug soap today (Williams Wednesday) and finally got a really nice lather that didn't disappear during my shave. I believe I was using too much water before so I tried using less today and it worked much better. My lather was nice and thick, slick, and protective compared to the last few times I tried using it.

I read a bunch of threads on this soap before using it the first time. Lots of folks said soak the puck before using and use lots of water to get a good lather. Well, I did just that the first few times using the soap.....soaked my puck and brush while showering to get it nice and damp. Dumped water out, shook my brush and started making lather. Lather looked okay, but during my shaves it would start dissipating....weird. Today, I didn't soak the puck before using it. I soaked my brush, shook it off, and loaded from a dry puck. Lather was much better today....thicker and stable. It didn't disappear and stayed together like normal. Had a great shave.

I'll keep using it as I think I finally figured out how to lather it well.....we'll see. It is a bargain and worth trying if you haven't. It hasn't been around forever for nothing.
Agree with you about not soaking the puck beforehand. I’ve been a big fan of Williams for several years, both vintage and modern, and have never had to “bloom” any soap to get it to work properly. I grate the puck into a Ziplock container and just use a damp brush, usually synthetic but occasionally a boar, and build great lather in a bowl.
 
I've been using Williams about every other day for a couple of weeks, and using it last night had one of the best and closest shaves I've ever had. True, it was a 'night before' shave as I had an early morning today, and those are always better because I'm a lot slower and more thorough. I've gotten much more used to the citronella candle scent, and Williams has that great slick feel on the face when wet. It does take a little extra time to lather, and I still need some type of moisturizer afterwards, as it leaves my skin a little dry.

So beware! Now that I've finally decided it's acceptable, at least when used regularly and not allowed to dry out, it will be discontinued. So hoard it by the truckload!!
 

steveclarkus

Goose Poop Connoisseur
I wonder if this is how all the earlier rumours about WMS being discontinued began?
If is continues as a top seller on Amazon, it isn’t likely to be discontinued. I expect there are still many users who don’t hang out on shaving boards that use it because it is still available in many grocery and drug stores and it is much less expensive than canned foam.
 
If is continues as a top seller on Amazon, it isn’t likely to be discontinued. I expect there are still many users who don’t hang out on shaving boards that use it because it is still available in many grocery and drug stores and it is much less expensive than canned foam.
To say the least. Remember the guy who was so sure safety razor blades were about to be discontinued by PPI? As if after all that investment to dominate so much of the global market they would just walk away and let competitors take their profits. Sure, the industry would like the whole world to buy expensive multiblade disposable razors and cartridges, and almost as overpriced canned foam. But given economic conditions in the world, that will happen no time soon. WMS is as safe as any such product can be. The biggest threat likely would be if Combe was taken over by a competitor. But even that likely would change little in the short term.
 
It wasn't any misinformation from me earlier, but this definitely is my silly post now. If I had any less real information, it would be less than zero. :cool:
If is continues as a top seller on Amazon, it isn’t likely to be discontinued. I expect there are still many users who don’t hang out on shaving boards that use it because it is still available in many grocery and drug stores and it is much less expensive than canned foam.

Sorry, guys. I forgot the smiley. I was making a lame joke about the many past rumours about WMS being discontinued. I agree that as long as it's selling well it's unlikely to be dropped.
 
Long ago I read of how difficult Williams is to lather. Folks 'bloom' the puck. They grate it. They mix it with other soaps. They chant incantations. They wring their hands, and howl: 'woe is me' about how difficult the stuff is to use.

So naturally I had to go buy some.

For all my soaps, I load a brush, then bowl lather.

Williams was just OK.

Fast forward to a few months ago, when I finally got home from Hospital and Rehab. I was gone for about 9 months, and returning to my accumulation of vintage Gillettes, I kept it simple, just using sure fire lathering products from ShannonsSoaps and Stirling. They're so good that I can select any blade from my comprehensive stash and get a BBS shave -even with the lowly Treet Black Beauties.

Time to move on. Due to mobility issues I grabbed several favorite razors, blades and some select soaps. A badger and a couple of synthetics and I was back at it in my easier access, but already cluttered Master Bathroom..

So, now that I can stand up to shave and get around the house with a cane, I revisited the Shave Lab (guest bathroom down the hall) and grabbed my Avon Shaving Mug. Inside was a forlorn /williams puck I had tossed into it over a year ago. This was to be the acid test. I grabbed the Semogue brush I had complained about sucking up lather and generally mishandling & misbehaving, I deemed it to be trash at best and decorative at least. After a soak, I simply wrung it out and swirled it around the DRY Williams puck. No fanfare, no loading the brush, not even distilled water - my lousy tasting, hard as rocks, mineral-laden tap water this time. I filled the mug with dense & fluffy lather ... with the previously proclaimed ¢raptastic Semogue. The shave rivalled those with Shannon & Stirling. Whether it works with other soaps now is of no importance; the Semogue does just fine with that DRY Williams Puck.

Imagine how wonderful that Williams would be using distilled water and a favorite preforming brush - doesn't matter, since I'll use that Semogue as a dedicated Williams brush.
 

Owen Bawn

Garden party cupcake scented
I absolutely love digging deep into the mug with a long handled boar brush until it feels like it's sticking to the soap and coming out with the creamy white Williams lather all over the knot and then spreading it over my face and neck, adding a few drops of water and watching the lather grow and shine. That clean, gentle scent of soap and dry citrus. I love everything about Williams from the mug to the squeaky clean rinse at the end. Apart from their posh perfumes, I think Williams is every bit as good as any of the fine triple milled European soaps I enjoy.
 
Trouble is, Williams became unobtainium in Canada. I used to see it everywhere, in grocery stores and pharmacies. Not anymore.
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I absolutely love digging deep into the mug with a long handled boar brush until it feels like it's sticking to the soap and coming out with the creamy white Williams lather all over the knot and then spreading it over my face and neck, adding a few drops of water and watching the lather grow and shine. That clean, gentle scent of soap and dry citrus. I love everything about Williams from the mug to the squeaky clean rinse at the end. Apart from their posh perfumes, I think Williams is every bit as good as any of the fine triple milled European soaps I enjoy.
I think the posh European perfumes and the humble Williams citronella both represent long and proud traditions that I enjoy observing. Of course, unscented shaving soap works perfectly well, too. But I'd be sad to see Williams disappear, just as I'll be sad if new formula Tabac no longer has the classic Tabac scent (haven't tried it yet).
 
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