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    Thanks to this forum i got turned on to the Colonial Drug samplers. I requested the CF sampler and it's been fun. I also got my first brush from Ian Tang on ebay; a silver badger with the ivory colored handle( the "standard" knot size?) not the large knot at any rate. What fun whipping up a lather. It's lost maybe a few dozen hairs since i got it but hair loss seems to be slowing. I've noticed that the CF cream seems to be rather sensitive to cream/water ratio; not enough water and it won't lather, too much water and it just turns into a foam. Not really a complaint but rather an observation. I've recently watched a youtube vid where the shaver used a soap, glycerin, cream combo. Don't know if a cream is meant to be used all by itself. Will have to go to the Wiki and see. If i get the cream/water ratio just right the Castle Forbes cream is really wonderful; thick and very lubricating. Just some random thoughts this evening but really having fun with this new ritual. Got an Ed Jagger 89 and a 60 pack sampler of blades on the way but the straights will never go away. Cheers.

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    Yeah, the CF is amazing stuff. You've already figured out the best way to lather it--add water slowly until it seems about right. Another nice thing is you need a little bit less of it than you do of other creams, so on a per-use basis, it's actually a bit cheaper than T&H.

    One other thing is if you ever use it in a scuttle, don't get the water too hot. CF doesn't like extreme heat. It's not a cream for "hot" lather; warm is what you want to shoot for.

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    I use a moist brush, load it like it was a soap, and face lather.

    For me, face lathering is much easier to control than bowl lathering. If I need more water I just cup some in my hand and dip the tips. When the lather is sitting on your face it's pretty simple to figure out what you need to do to make it perfect.

    As far as making uber lather with CF...I'm sure some do...but it's pretty damn good on its own.


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    michaelcassani,

    The CF 'creams' are excellent; the lime is lovely

    The only complaint I have about them is the scalping price (like most things in the UK) !!!

    Then again, the tub is quite big, and it does last for quite a while

    Have fun !

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhatMan View Post
    michaelcassani,

    The CF 'creams' are excellent; the lime is lovely

    The only complaint I have about them is the scalping price (like most things in the UK) !!!

    Then again, the tub is quite big, and it does last for quite a while

    Have fun !

    Best regards

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    Thanks. My grandfather was from Heath Hayes (spelling?)I believe a small coal mining town. Don't know if that's near Hastings. cheers partner

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    That's funny, I've never experienced any problems lathering CF, it seems to be fairly user friendly. Most guys will typically underhydrate it (why you hear that is is too thick sometimes, like that's a bad thing ) but I've never really heard of overhydrating CF. I suppose it's possible, but I've never done it.

    Count me in as a CF fan, it's top shelf stuff for sure.

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    It's one of those product's that practically lathers itself. A pea sized dollop and a well dampened brush and you can shave a platoon.
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    Due to the cream/soap consistency of CF I just started lathering with my brush straight from the CF tub. Tons of lather. Never a problem. It's always been a very consistent high quality product.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Code View Post
    I use a moist brush, load it like it was a soap, and face lather.

    For me, face lathering is much easier to control than bowl lathering. If I need more water I just cup some in my hand and dip the tips. When the lather is sitting on your face it's pretty simple to figure out what you need to do to make it perfect.

    As far as making uber lather with CF...I'm sure some do...but it's pretty damn good on its own.


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    thanks, maybe i'll try face lathering.

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