Bowl or face lather?

Discussion in 'Shave Soaps' started by aelfred.t.allspa, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. aelfred.t.allspa

    aelfred.t.allspa Well-Known Member

    When using a soft soap like sterling, do you gents or gals more often face lather or bowl lather? I keep having a little difficulty getting the water right for the bowl and I'm wondering if face blathering is fool proof
  2. TheManWithNoName

    TheManWithNoName Well-Known Member

    I prefer a bowl lather (with soaps or creams). Sure, it requires a little more time than a face lather, but for me it's worth it. In my experience, if all other factors (soap being used, time loading the brush, or which brush I use) are equal, I find bowl lathering works best for me. Others here will have a different experience than mine; therefore, they will have a different preference than mine. But for me, I find that bowl lathering ensures I have more than enough lather for a three-pass shave plus a cleanup pass (if necessary).
  3. KLF

    KLF Doctorin

    In winter I prefer using a scuttle to lather and to keep it warm. In a bowl I make more lather than directly on face.
    However, when face- lather I get the feeling it really helps soften up the stubble :)
  4. Troy M

    Troy M Prep: Mephitis mephitis musk

    I have had my best luck with face lathering, even with soft soaps like Stirling. I've never had consistent success with bowl lathering. I likely don't want to take the time to make a decent bowl lather. I can feel and hear it when the face lather is right.
  5. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Same here. I just don't like face lathering.
    And I could be wrong, but I doubt any of the gals you inquire about face lather.
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2016
  6. Robyflexx

    Robyflexx Broke the Like button

    I face lather everything now. Creams, soaps, croaps,....everything. :)
  7. Spud

    Spud Well-Known Member

    I like the ritual of the bowl lathering; the process. Building a lather is enjoyable to me.
  8. preidy

    preidy Just call me Dino

    I seem have more control with a bowl. I also just like the process. I guess I just like to fiddle.
  9. J.R.

    J.R. Well-Known Member

    I've been mostly bowl lathering. I have a bunch of samples I am trying, and they pretty much need to bowl lather. I am starting with straights, using the 'baseball' pattern of only lathering one section at a time, so it doesn't dry out. It's nice to have a bunch of lather all made up in a bowl already. But if I don't make enough going back to the soap is a bit more difficult.
  10. GMPTA

    GMPTA Active Member

    I mostly bowl lather... That's what I did my first time with some Bigelow cream and it worked great for me. Every now and then I'll face lather (when I had an arko stick, when I'm running short of time, etc). But mainly bowl... Just my process as I'm still getting everything down pat
  11. ARGH

    ARGH Well-Known Member

    I use a scuttle to warm my brush. I load and then set the brush in the bowl while I wet my face and get the razor stropped or blade inserted the face lather. I will add trickles of water to the brush as necessary.
  12. RaZorBurn123

    RaZorBurn123 waiting hardily...............

    I face lather unless I'm using my scuttle.
  13. ShaneS

    ShaneS Well-Known Member

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    I always face lather. Mostly because my bowl lathering skills are pretty weak.
  14. gregkw1

    gregkw1 Well-Known Member

    I do both. I start in the bowl and then go to the face.
  15. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    I started with face lathering and boar brushes. Then I got an OS mug, a suribachi, & a badger brush. More bowl than face lathering now. My bowl lathering skills improved when I used more product.
  16. gregkw1

    gregkw1 Well-Known Member

    The trick always is loading enough product
  17. aelfred.t.allspa

    aelfred.t.allspa Well-Known Member

    Absolutely right. By face blathering for the gals I meant from soap straight to legs. My bad.
  18. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    All in good fun! I knew what you meant.
  19. markjnewcomb

    markjnewcomb Well-Known Member

    Until about 1.5 years ago I hardly ever face lathered. I stated doing it during a 30 day rule and have stuck with it ever since.

    I believe it is much easier to get the water ratio perfect when face lathering than with a bowl.
  20. kc1ble

    kc1ble Well-Known Member

    I prefer to use a bowl, love building up the lather!

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