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03-03-2017, 01:38 AM #1
- Join Date
- Feb 2017
- Hammond, WI
Hey everyone. So I just started my straight razor experience and a coworker helped me get all set up with a beginners kit. However, it came with this cup. Nice cup, might use it for coffee, but it's too deep to get a good lather. I'm looking at different bowls and wondering if the material a bowl is made from can affect the soap or cream? Thanks in advance.
03-03-2017, 01:55 AM #2
What is the size of your mug/cup?
I use mugs to keep my soap in. I will load the soap onto the brush, then lather on my face. You can also build a lather in a mug or certain, wide mouthed scuttles. For a long time I used a ramekin as a lathering bowl. I think hard, waterproof surfaces will be fine for a lathering bowl, like ceramics or glass. I have even seen horn bowls.
Here is an Old Spice mug. The soap puck is underneath the foil. It is narrow and shallow.
Compare the mug to the scuttle below. The scuttle is wide and has ridges on the inside of the bowl to help with lathering.
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03-03-2017, 01:58 AM #3
Not that I'm aware of. Are you considering some exotic material? I have a Col. Konk apothecary bowl I bought early that works great for my Tabac soap. My MWF soap came in its own ceramic bowl with lid. Later on, I picked up a Georgetown Pottery 20 oz. scuttle. I've seen ceramic, metal (stainless steel, anodized aluminum, etc.), and wooden bowls. Seems like most material in a shallow enough bowl shape works well enough without affecting the soap/cream. I've read here that if you get the water in scuttles too hot, that can break down lather.Advisable to before the shave
03-03-2017, 02:22 AM #4
It need not be expensive, I just use a little bowl I got at Big Lots. I think it's probably meant for soup, salad or sides. It was $1.00 and has worked great. I keep my pucks in 8 oz. plastic lidded jars, load the bush there and then build lather in the bowl.
03-03-2017, 02:23 AM #5
I have used glass, wood , metal, ceramic with no real difference. The shape of the bowl means more to me than the material it's made out of; when it comes to whipping lather..
03-03-2017, 03:32 AM #6
Here's what I use.
It's a marble bowl that's part of a mortar and pestle set that I picked up at Home Goods for about six or seven bucks. It has small ridges in the bottom that really help with lathering. I find it to be the perfect size to be hand held. I have two others that I use for soap bowls as well.
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03-03-2017, 03:39 AM #7
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- Feb 2013
- Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada
This sis the bowl that I use if I am bowl lathering. It also doubles as to where I soak my brush. Most so the time I soak my brush in it and then load my brush and face lather.
This is the little bowls that my soaps hang out in, except for the ones that come in plastic tubs. They are cheap, have a lid and are deep enough to contain my brush loading mess. I tend to get a little sloppy with the soap.It's not what you know, it's who you take fishing!
03-03-2017, 09:20 AM #8
Welcome to SRP!!
There are a ton of different things you can use, as you've seen. It's more a personal choioce what you like, since you'll be using it everyday.
Good luck finding one that fits you
Enjoy and have fun!Look sharp and smell nice for the ladies.~~~Benz
03-03-2017, 03:02 PM #9
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- Sep 2014
I don't have a picture, but I use both an Old Spice mug with ridges inside and a ceramic bowl that has a slightly rough surface and ridges. The bowl is awesome--just a couple of swirls and lather poofs up like magic!
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03-03-2017, 03:16 PM #10
When I bowl lather (not often) I use a Captain Choice Bowl. Has the ridges to help make lather and the lip is curved in at the top to help keep the lather in the bowl while building lather. I read once of a guy using those little bowls that you get salsa in at Mexican restaurants. He had cut ridges in it and said it worked well.Jerry...