Thirsty Soaps

Discussion in 'Shave Soaps' started by Preacher, Mar 1, 2019.

  1. Preacher

    Preacher Well-Known Member

    The last few soaps that I purchased (B&M Reserve Classic and B&M Patches) have been very thirsty soaps. The require more hydration than any soap I have. When I think I have it properly hydrated, I add more water. Do you guys have any soaps that are notably thirsty and require more hydration to get a slick lather?
     
  2. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    I like thirsty soap! Kind of like thinking about how many shaves I get from each brand of DE blade, I don't keep track. It's become more of a "by feel" decision. Pushing a lather until it reaches that goopy, shiny, meringue peaks texture is my target every time. If I break the lather, just go back to the puck for a little more soap seems to fix it most times.

    Looking to hear what others say, and brand specifics to help guide towards these soaps in particular.
    :happy088:
     
  3. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    Stirling, Tabac, and MWF can hold tons of water.
     
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  4. Preacher

    Preacher Well-Known Member

    I used Stirling's Executive Man the other day and you are right, it is thirsty.
     
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  5. SHAVEWIZARD420

    SHAVEWIZARD420 Well-Known Member

    I think nearly ALL shave soaps are "thirsty" and can handle more water than most give them credit for.


    what i want to know is which soaps are not thirsty?
     
  6. Frijolero

    Frijolero Well-Known Member

    Williams.
     
  7. Yehuda D

    Yehuda D Israeli Ambassador to TSD

    The Stirling Glacials are very thirsty - in fact so are all of the Stirling menthol soaps.
     
  8. Preacher

    Preacher Well-Known Member

    My Razorock What the Puck soaps are not thirsty at all. Neither is my Razorock The Dead Sea.
     
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  9. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    Yep, Williams is not a thirsty soap to me. A touch of too much water and the lather breaks down and dissipates.
     
  10. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    I agree. To me, soaps of good and high quality should be able to take on lots of water. It allows the user to fine tune the lather experience for their liking.
     
  11. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    When describing Williams, I've seen that "D" word used by many. (disspipates). Would it not dissipate of you just SPRINKLED water in the mug instead of, say, dunking it in with 1/4 mug filled?
     
  12. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    I'd say Stoylin(the regulars that is, not the glacials). And some others that look like they've been shaved with 10 times after just 1 shave.
     
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  13. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    Did you get all three scents? I'm curious about the Blue. I'll pay more attention to Lime Burst next time I use it. It's got the triple milled hard puck form I like. There's some speculation it may be made by Tcheon Fung Sing who released a different scent/similar format soap about the same time. I don't have any experience with TFS soaps.
     
  14. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    I'll chime in here if I may.
    I find Regiment Soap to be thirsty as well as well as Green Mountain Soap comapny.
    The regiment not on the same level as Stirling in regards to how much extra water it can hold.
    Green Mountain, is on the same par as regiment. They can both be over wet, but bounce back easilly enough once more soap is added.
     
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  15. Preacher

    Preacher Well-Known Member

    Actually, I gave the Blue to a friend of mine who was just getting into wet-shaving and kept the other 2. Neither the lime nor the orange scent appeal to me (they aren't bad, just not exciting) but the performance is very good, so I use them.
     
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  16. stingraysrock

    stingraysrock PIF'd away his custom title

    Would it be fair to say that all the responses in this thread so far, are people that use a mug/bowl/scuttle to lather?

    When I got started here, I used a scuttle to create my lather. I did have a struggle in learning to make a useable lather.

    Since I switched to face lathering exclusively, I have had zero issues creating a lather, regardless of the soap brand.
     
  17. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    I face lather exclusively.
     
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  18. Preacher

    Preacher Well-Known Member

    I use a bowl to lather. I have never tried face lathering and would not know where to begin. What makes it more "failsafe" than bowl lathering?
     
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  19. Norcalnewb

    Norcalnewb Magnanimous Moos

    I don't know that it is more failsafe, but I find it to be easier. Since I am lathering directly on my face, I can more easily tell when I get the lather right. I honestly struggle quite a bit when using my scuttle anymore.
     
  20. Preacher

    Preacher Well-Known Member

    I just found a vid and face lathered after I read your post. You are right. It is easier and my shave was great (using a soap I had trouble bowl lathering). I might be a convert. The only issue was that I had lather all over the place!!!
     

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