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    Czech & speake contacted me:

    "Our soaps have a very strong soap smell until a lather is built up with hot water to allow the lavender essential oils to come through"

    I will bloom it in hot water next time..
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    Quote Originally Posted by JOB15 View Post
    Czech & speake contacted me:

    "Our soaps have a very strong soap smell until a lather is built up with hot water to allow the lavender essential oils to come through"

    I will bloom it in hot water next time..
    In most cases, blooming hard soap, including Czech & Speake, is a good idea. This especially helps if you’re using a soft brush with modest backbone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obie View Post
    In most cases, blooming hard soap, including Czech & Speake, is a good idea. This especially helps if you’re using a soft brush with modest backbone.
    Indeed. I prefer triple-milled soaps and fluffy brushes, and my regular procedure with them is to start the blooming before taking a shower, and to shave right after. This gives both my whiskers and the soap just enough time to get to the right consistency
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    Motion to abolish the use of the term “blooming”. What happened to soak? Reminds me of the shiller of the Chinese melt and pour soaps who goes by Douglas Smyth.
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    I did an inventory of my soaps this afternoon and if there is any doubt soap can go bad I have none cause I threw out about 8 tubs of soap today and I threw out 2 yesterday. Most were probably 5 years old easy. Two C&S soaps, one had an off scent leaving a disagreeable clay scent behind and the other had lost most of its scent leaving again a clay scent.The others were a variety of English and Italian soaps where the scents had left them or a disagreeable scent was present. None looked bad either on top or bottom or in between.

    On the other hand my MDC and MWF are all doing fine though quite old.

    I don't think I would be accumulating an inventory of soaps anymore. Really, if the supply hits about three years that's it. If I add after that something has to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigspendur View Post
    I did an inventory of my soaps this afternoon and if there is any doubt soap can go bad I have none cause I threw out about 8 tubs of soap today and I threw out 2 yesterday. Most were probably 5 years old easy. Two C&S soaps, one had an off scent leaving a disagreeable clay scent behind and the other had lost most of its scent leaving again a clay scent.The others were a variety of English and Italian soaps where the scents had left them or a disagreeable scent was present. None looked bad either on top or bottom or in between.

    On the other hand my MDC and MWF are all doing fine though quite old.

    I don't think I would be accumulating an inventory of soaps anymore. Really, if the supply hits about three years that's it. If I add after that something has to go.
    Were they too bad for shower soap ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badgister View Post
    Motion to abolish the use of the term “blooming”. What happened to soak? Reminds me of the shiller of the Chinese melt and pour soaps who goes by Douglas Smyth.
    Motion denied .. Motion to change said word to "Induce"
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    You guy and your fancy words. Its like ya went to school or somethin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badgister View Post
    Motion to abolish the use of the term “blooming”. What happened to soak? Reminds me of the shiller of the Chinese melt and pour soaps who goes by Douglas Smyth.

    When we see the word bloom, the first thing that comes to mind is a flower in bloom. Obviously, that is not the concept that is at work here. Perhaps a more realistic analogy is an algae bloom where algae develop on the surface of a pond. Another related term is "efflouresce" (since Gasman likes fancy words). Which is a term used when concrete or even chocolate forms a white film on the surface. We call that film a bloom. The term is also used in the baking and brewing industries where yeast is mixed with water and allowed to bloom before it is added to the dough or wort to initiate the fermentation process.

    I have no idea who first suggested the term bloom as applying to soaps, but if you consider the alternate definitions of the term, I find its use to be quite appropriate for adding water to a soap before lathering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nessmuck View Post
    Were they too bad for shower soap ?
    Some were.

    Shave soaps aren't the best shower soap. I have better for that.
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