Discussion in 'Shave School' started by BigMark83, Oct 4, 2017.
I’m a bloomer! (and proud of it)
My soaps bloom on their own in the spring. Only the floral scented ones though.
I don't bloom soap. I also live with some of the hardest water in the nation. Blooming is not needed, making lather is a technique based process.
Just keep writing, we'll figure it out.
Lookin' good, Primo!
Youre too much man.
Are those the daily Bloomers or the good ones for Sundays?
Well, for most of us, Rich, those would be our good ones. However, I'm sure these are Primo's everyday variety.
Sorry if I've had too much fun with your thread.
I generally don't bloom my soaps. Sufficient water on my face and my brush usually allows me to get a good lather. For soaps that prove more difficult for me, such as MWF, I will either grate it and press it into a shave stick or rub the puck directly on my face.
Hmmmm.... good to know.....? Primo and his fancy pants.
I don't think anyone has said that blooming is needed. for me it just makes it easier and more effective.
I don't buy the waste soap argument either. If you lather for 30 seconds, without the bloom or 15 seconds with the bloom and get the same result, where's the waste?
To be honest, I haven't done extensive research on this matter or consulted the force. But perhaps I should try to shave with my bloomers using only a slightly damp brush and see of there really is any changes or if it just in my imagination.
I like my imagination and have no problem with it tricking me from time to time, but this thread has made me curious.
I really tried it both ways enough that I feel like it's just an extra step and added time, for little benefit. Ideal lather (may be user defined and individually unique) contains a specific ratio of soap/water/air. There are indeed a few ways to make that ideal happen. If one likes to bloom soap, no one really cares, but it's not an absolute necessity and doesn't add much for me other than time.
The "No-Time" argument doesn't apply in my case. I bloom my soaps (triple-milled only) while in the shower. Pour off the bloom water into my Aesop bowl, which I use to hydrate my lather (if necessary) and my face. Works for me and, as we have all heard here before, that's all that really matters!
To (mis) quote Shakespeare: "To bloom or not to bloom, that is the question..."
Some say that blooming releases the fragrance (the "bloom") of the soap for greater enjoyment. If you are into scents, then that may be reason enough to bloom. This also helps me understand how the term "blooming" may have originated.
I think most here would agree that this whole wet shaving thing is about the experience more than just the shave itself. So, if you like to bloom, bowl lather, use a brush scuttle, or shave with a DE blade taped to your index finger, then go for it!
I don't bloom simply because it is not needed to get a good lather with the soaps I normally use. If I run across a soap that takes more effort than I want to invest in making a good lather, it gets PIF'd or reassigned to face, hand, or shower soap. The "takes more time" or "wasting soap" arguments don't "hold water" for me. We all make time to do things we want to do (ex: post on TSD), and the soap cost is literally pennies per use. A lot of us have more than a few bucks invested in shaving items we really don't need, so that would suggest that most of us aren't worried about cost.
I like to bloom my soap while I'm taking my shower.When I get out,I use the bloom water for a nice pre-shave. I picked this tip up from a shaving videos I watched by geofatboy.
I face lathered à hard triple milled soap with a damp synthetic tonight.
No blooming needed.
Same results here with Klar soap, and it's quintuple milled.
This guy looks like a blooming idiot!
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