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    Quote Originally Posted by beluga View Post
    Someone suggested Williams soap.
    Williams is a love or hate affair and IMHO it is not easy to get a good, long-lasting lather from Williams (I am sure some Williams lover will contradict me hence the "IMHO"). Williams seems to be particular dependent on the right water/soap ratio and that is where you may still be struggling with.
    If you want to taste the sweet fruit of success earlier, stick to creams like Nivea, Proraso and the like.
    Yea, if you can lather Williams chances are you can lather anything. OTH as a beginner trying to lather Williams could frustrate you enough to give up too. I agree, learn to lather on a less difficult soap/cream. When you have found a technique that works for you then try the Williams challenge. Personally I don't think Williams is worth the effort of even trying to lather it.

    OP, you are in Canada and some easily available soaps,creams are Proraso, and Kiss My Face at Shoppers Drug Mart, The Body Shop's Maca Root and Nivea cream at Wally World or Safeways. Any of these are easy to face lather to me is the easiest way to lather.

    This fellow has a number of good vids on You Tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4zE...AYHiXYBRrIMYJQ


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    In regards to water, it can help to dip the brush into a basin of water-a very brief dip mind-and proceed to load the brush with soap. Start face lathering and really work it in - if it just doesn't seem to be lathering, give the brush a tiny dip into the water and try again. Should give you an idea of how much water makes a lather that you are happy with. Go too far and the lather will get all floppy and thin - so small increases in water work well. I still lather up this way now if I buy a new soap and want to get to know how it lathers best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Datsots View Post
    This is more a tip on how to learn to make the perfect lather.

    Go buy a cheap but good soap, such as arko or williams mug soap. Proceed to make a lather and after evaluating it just rinse it down the drain. Repeat several times per day until you can make lather consistently.

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    I second what Jon just posted, Practice makes perfect..

    There was a time on this forum where we used to tell newbs to buy a puck of Williams and practice making lather until that puck was gone, you should have it down by then.. If you can get Willimas to lather well everything else should be easy
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    It's all trial and error; and remember the whole DE or straight razor wet-shaving thing is based on the assumption that you can't expect perfect results right from the start and need constant practice to reach the perfect shave.



    One last comment: Someone suggested Williams soap.
    Williams is a love or hate affair and IMHO it is not easy to get a good, long-lasting lather from Williams (I am sure some Williams lover will contradict me; hence the "IMHO"). Williams seems to be particular dependent on the right water/soap ratio and that is exactly where you appear to be struggling with.
    If you want to taste the sweet fruit of success earlier, stick to creams like Nivea, Proraso and the like.

    Some people may even suggest that for that very reason you should start with Williams. "If you can lather with Williams you can pretty much lather with anything."
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    Me thinks you made some erroneous assumptions...

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    This is lynn's lathering video that helped me the most.

    Shaving Lather with Badger Brush


    Summary:

    Badger brush, water, good soap in this case SRD's Frankincense glycerin shave soap.

    Soak brush in hot water. Shake brush almost dry. Load brush heavily with soap. Add a very little bit of water to the base of the brush. Continue to load soap and add water about 3 to 5 times. Face, bowl, or mug lather adjusting the soap to water ratio to your preference.

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    More soap plus more water should equal more lather. Keep applying a little bit of both until it works for you and try different soap brands. Try Cremo and definitely try Castle Forbes. Keep asking for suggestions until you hit the home run of soaps. Give a thought to glycerin also...............
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    Quote Originally Posted by gssixgun View Post
    Me thinks you made some erroneous assumptions...

    Really?

    If you should choose to believe that in the beginning it's NOT all trial and error; and remember the whole DE or straight razor wet-shaving thing is based on the assumption that you CAN expect perfect results right from the start and DON'T need constant practice to reach the perfect shave, then that's certainly fine by me.

    For my part, I still do believe that getting the perfect shave is a gradual learning process, where people improve their skills and technique over time and with practice.




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    Quote Originally Posted by beluga View Post
    Really?



    For my part, I still do believe that getting the perfect shave is a gradual learning process, where people improve their skills and technique over time and with practice.

    Yes,,, Really, as I believe the same thing..

    "For my part, I still do believe that getting the perfect shave is a gradual learning process, where people improve their skills and technique over time and with practice."


    Which is why using a cheap $1 puck of soap that is extremely hard to lather is good practice,, ie: when you learn that you can lather Williams, everything else becomes easy by comparison..

    Practice makes perfect


    ps: Arko in comparison to Williams is easy IME
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    Quote Originally Posted by gssixgun View Post
    ps: Arko in comparison to Williams is easy IME
    Yes, it is and a miles better soap too for me anyway.

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    Soap, schmope, cream, schmeem, if it gets to the point of needing psychological help because you've stressed out from trying to get the perfect lather relax and sneak out that can of Barbasol you've hidden away in case of emergencies. It may not clear your face but it will give your mind a days rest to think about it all. Then you can try the Zen of Lathering again.
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    Genlemen,

    In the end, whether practicing specifically on Williams or on other soaps over time, the variation in process still leads to satisfactory results: time and practice will improve your lathering.
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