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    Default I really really want to like this, but.....

    So I was checking out Obieís post about tier soaps, after much deliberation I decided to grab myself some Geo. F. Trumper shaving soap with lime, and the face feed to go with it.
    I really really want to like this soap, I love the smell but I hate the way this soap acts when applied, Iíve tried different brushes (badger and silver tip and horse hair). Every time I apply a lather I feel like itís a race to shave. After application it seems to just disappear after a few minutes, I decided to time it to see how long it took for the lather to fade after 1 minute it had faded significantly and after 3 minutes it had practically disappeared altogether, it just doesnít behave like any other soaps Iíve ever used and this just doesnít seem normal. It seems such a highly rated soap and I just canít see its worth myself.

    Iíve taken a couple of photos a few minutes apart. (Sorry that you have to look at my ugly mug!).

    Has anyone any experience of this?
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    I have to agree with you. You do have an ugly mug! Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

    But you are not alone. I find the same issue with some soaps. This I won't put up with and they become shower soap. I good soap will go on three times as thick in your first post. 1/8"+ thick and creamy on your face. Like a layer of Coolwhip. When the soap is so thin you can see through it it's not even close to my liking. Check out a few shave vids. I like RUD. He puts on some lather! His vids are best to watch as his mono-tone voice is harsh to listen too.
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    Looks like not enough soap and too much water. It's a hard triple milled soap so load it like you hate it long time to get enough soap into the brush. When you get enough soap into the brush add a little water at a time to get that rich creamy lather to shave with.

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    I'm with Bob. Use more product.
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    I struggle with some soaps too. I have founds that some are not easy to face lather with. That particular brand is one I find easier to bowl lather with. I only bought it once, because I prefer to face lather. There are some highly acclaimed soaps out there that aren’t my shtick. Try some different methods of getting a good lather, and don’t be afraid to experiment with blooming the puck, loading more, adding water. Some soaps also are not very friendly with hard water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobH View Post
    Looks like not enough soap and too much water. It's a hard triple milled soap so load it like you hate it long time to get enough soap into the brush. When you get enough soap into the brush add a little water at a time to get that rich creamy lather to shave with.

    Bob
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    Not sure how long you load your brush, but load for longer, or you could try blooming the puck (adding a bit of hot water to the top of puck for 2-3 minutes to soften it) so that it makes it easier to transfer the soap onto the brush.
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    Gentlemen, thanks for your input, there are some good suggestions there the I have not tried before and I will be giving them a go over the weekend. As some of you do I prefer to face lather so I’ll give blooming a go first and see how that changes things.

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    Take your time and enjoy the shave

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    I found this video helpful in creating a good lather . I also face lather and find some hard soaps take much more loading than softer soaps. Good luck with your experimenting and let us know how it goes.

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    I’m with Bob, you ain’t loading that particular soap and using to much water. This is operator error
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    So are you 'soaking' the brush? Is this the cream or a puck?

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