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How to make great lather from a soap


The following is a guide and suggestions for the foundation for a great lather, posted by Jim[1].

This tutorial was developed by a group of B&B members in collaboration. A team of struggling new wetshavers worked with more experienced members to learn how to make great lathers with a variety of soaps. They documented their progress--triumphs and setbacks--and developed the method shown below. This method of lather making is not the only way to get to a great shave. It is however in our collective experience the simplest and easiest to communicate through our chosen medium. We hope with this we can get our new lathermeisters on the fast track to great shaves. Enjoy!

OK lets get started!

If you are using a soft brush it may take up to a full minute to fully load your brush, or as little as 15 seconds with a premium soap brush.

  1. Fill sink with hot water and submerge bowl in water.
  2. Place brush into bowl and let soak while you are showering- at least a couple of minutes.
  3. Place a thin layer of water on your soap and let soak for at least a couple of minutes. (A teaspoon's worth)
  4. Remove brush from bowl and squeeze bristles vigorously. Give it a couple of good shakes as well.
  5. Dump the thin layer of water off of soap. (Your lather bowl is a good place for this)
  6. Begin swirling your brush in a circular motion with light to medium pressure. Add some plunger motions, use the whole brush including the sides of the brush. Continue swirling until a paste-like consistency begins to form on the top of the soap and on the brush. Bubbles mean too much water. A large volume of lather means too much water. Continue to swirl until a noticeable audible and tactile difference is made when the brush moves over the soap. When the paste is forming the brush is noisier and seems to drag over the soap instead of smoothly going over the top. The brush will "drag".
  7. Take a look at your brush, do the bristles clump together? If yes, you're done. If no, continue to swirl and load.
  8. Now you can build lather on your face or move to a bowl!
  9. Add water as needed- a few drips at a time.

Have FUN!

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