The soap or the brush

Discussion in 'General Shaving' started by Wayne, Nov 7, 2018 at 9:54 AM.

  1. Wayne

    Wayne Forum Sod

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I have had some pretty poor holiday shaves in my time. Poor lathers and poor razor/blade combos preferring mild nick free shaves over efficient two pass shaves I usually like have led to irritation and soreness. This holiday I seem to have got it spot on. The combo of Speick shave stick, Yaqi Synth and Charcoal/ Gillette Yellow have left me smooth and irritation free with no nicks or weepers.
    Lather is simply awesome, if I was being hyper critical the soap is slightly drying but nothing to write home about. To simply wipe a stick over ones face, dip a brush into water and produce such a volumous hydrating lather has been fabulous. Is it the soap or the brush though? Is a Synth better at building lather than a 2 band Badger? Is the soap so good it beats the majority of my so called Artisan tubs that I own? I normally never use either except when away but I should use both more.
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  2. Nishy

    Nishy Forum GOD! Staff Member

    It's the soap, Speick is absolutely fantastic. The active aftershave finishes the shave of beautifully too. One of the few soaps I have finished and found improved my skin tone, whilst not leaving arthritis in my wrist. Works well with a badger, synthetic or even a broom. It is slightly drying especially with the aftershave but nothing that lasts more than 10 minutes.
     
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  3. vita

    vita Mach 5 Turbo Fusion

    Speick's good stuff.

    A brush is a brush is a brush as long as it lathers.
     
  4. Wayne

    Wayne Forum Sod

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I find most of my Badgers hold the lather rather than putting it where it goes, on my face, the Yaqi Tux lets it go easier.
     
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  5. Nishy

    Nishy Forum GOD! Staff Member

    Hold those badgers upside down and add a little water to the collar.
     
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  6. Wayne

    Wayne Forum Sod

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Top tip Nishy. Cheers I will give that a go in a few days when I’m back :okay:
     
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  7. vita

    vita Mach 5 Turbo Fusion

    That's why badger brushes are obsolete :surrender:
     
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  8. Wayne

    Wayne Forum Sod

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Not in my bathroom
     
  9. p.b

    p.b Forum GOD!

    Location:
    Brentwood
    It's the soap - it really is that good.
     
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  10. Blackmass

    Blackmass Forum GOD!

    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Is it the soap or the brush? What about the water?

    I don’t want to drag this thread down a ‘hard water’ hole but I’ve found shaving in different parts of the country has an effect on my lather. Nothing else had changed apart from my location….just saying.

    BTW I hope you're having a nice holiday.
     
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  11. Dr Watson

    Dr Watson The Other James

    Location:
    West Sussex
    That soap is top drawer, the Tux knot is no slouch either... Combined with potentially soft water as Rob says and you're onto a winner :okay:
     
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  12. Nishy

    Nishy Forum GOD! Staff Member

    I have to admit I was using Speick in very hard water but had no issues. It exploded.into lather just like Tabac.

    I would say loading with the brush and stick as opposed to stick to face tends to use less product. Perhaps like MdC too much product can become drying?
     
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  13. Dr Watson

    Dr Watson The Other James

    Location:
    West Sussex
    Yeah, likewise... Only ever used Speick in (very) hard water and found it superb. Never found it drying at all, unlike Palmolive which dries me right out.
     
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  14. Nishy

    Nishy Forum GOD! Staff Member

    I'm lucky Palmolive is another fantastic performer for me.
     
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  15. Dr Watson

    Dr Watson The Other James

    Location:
    West Sussex
    Mad isn't it how differently these products interact with our individual skin? Little wonder a consensus can never be reached and we just say YMMV :happy:
     
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