#1

Member
Los Angeles
I can not take credit for this but it is now part of my routine. First of all like many of you I live in a City with hard water. Several years ago I started using distilled water. Depending where you get it it's cheap. My wife buys it a Walmart for about $.88 to $1.00 per gallon. I have a bowl that holds 8oz of water which I fill and zap it in the microwave. If I am using a hard soap I pour a little of the distilled water to cover the soap which helps create a good lather. I soak my brush in the water while I shower and I apply some of that water on my face before each pass. There is no soap or cream that I do not get a great lather with.

I started watching shaving videos on You Tube from a guy known as "nick shaves". I used to pour out the water on the soap prior loading my brush. However, he pours the water in his hand and rubs it on his face creating a thin lather. This helps make a voluminous amount of lather (face lathering) on the first pass. I assume a lot of you are aware of this. I was not but it is now part of my daily routine. This guy is not selling anything but some of his videos are informative.

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#2

Administrator
Philadelphia, PA
I'll usually pour the bloom water onto the brush directly or use it on my face as Nick does. no sense in wasting it!

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#3

Member
Detroit
That's something I picked up early on from watching Nick Shaves too. I don't always bloom my soaps, but when I do, I use the bloom water to wet my face.

I should make a "Most Interesting Man in the World" meme out of that...

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#4

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Philadelphia, PA
(05-07-2016, 11:10 PM)wyze0ne Wrote: That's something I picked up early on from watching Nick Shaves too. I don't always bloom my soaps, but when I do, I use the bloom water to wet my face.

I should make a "Most Interesting Man in the World" meme out of that...
Haha...

I always bloom my soaps. I don't have time to fuss around with what soap needs more water or not, so they all get it. Smile

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#5

Super Moderator
San Diego, Cal., USA
(05-07-2016, 11:21 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote:
(05-07-2016, 11:10 PM)wyze0ne Wrote: That's something I picked up early on from watching Nick Shaves too. I don't always bloom my soaps, but when I do, I use the bloom water to wet my face.

I should make a "Most Interesting Man in the World" meme out of that...
Haha...

I always bloom my soaps.  I don't have time to fuss around with what soap needs more water or not, so they all get it.  Smile


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andrewjs18, this is so me, as well. Winking
#6

That Bald Guy with the Big Beard
Bishop, CA
I bloom alk my soaps prior to use, but rather than wetting my scalp with the bloom water, I pour it into the bottom of my scuttle, and shake all the clean water out of my brushes before loading.

The bloom water provides the basis for lathering the soap in my dry-ish brush....

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#7

Member
Los Angeles
(05-08-2016, 05:03 PM)BadDad Wrote: I bloom alk my soaps prior to use, but rather than wetting my scalp with the bloom water, I pour it into the bottom of my scuttle, and shake all the clean water out of my brushes before loading.

The bloom water provides the basis for lathering the soap in my dry-ish brush....

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That's another good idea. I face lather 95% of the time especially with hard soaps. But the main issue is every now and then you can pick up a good idea on You Tube. When I decide to purchase a new soap or cream I generally go there and see what people who are actually using the product thinks about it. Since I have been doing that I have not purchased a dud.
#8
I started pouring some of the bloom water on the brush when I bloom a soap.


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