Looking away from Face Lathering?
Historically, I have counted myself among the "Face Latherers" for a number of reasons. The brushing action feels great, aids exfoliation, and generally gets the beard standing up and ready to face the blade. Simple, easy, and less cleanup involved.
I saved bowl lathering for special occasions . . . when I really wanted to pamper myself with thick foam and pleasant warmth.
As some of you know, I had a long discussion with a Gem Open Comb Micromatic this week. One of the major reasons I was able to get good results with this famously aggressive razor was due to a switch from face to bowl lathering and the slicker, creamier lather that resulted.
I still used my brush, loaded with hot water only, to "scrub" the beard. After building my lather in a hot bowl, I still used a lathering motion to apply the suds. My face didn't know the difference!
Having a higher-quality lather made a difference with that razor. Keeping the lather warm in the bowl between passes is another added benefit - it sure does feel good!
Now I have a real problem . . . trying to decide what scuttle I want to invest in!!
Brad - OGA
You must be willing to do the things today others won't do . . .
In order to have the things tomorrow others won't have. - Les Brown