Well today I tried DE shaving for the first time. I was expecting to have trouble with the razor and slice myself up and end up finishing with my old cart. Hey, at least I would still be using a good lather, right? Well I was completely wrong on all accounts. First though, this was what I used.
I was using a sample of GFT cream and had tons of problems with the lather. I soak the bowl and brush in really hot water while i was in the shower. Dumped out the bowl and shook off the brush. I took a finger tip amount (maybe the size of a pea or so) of the cream and spread it around the bowl and started working it with the brush. I got some lather but nothing fluffy at all so I added a few drops of water and worked it more. That didn't help so I added more cream. Then worked it some more. Still nothing. Added more cream and still nothing. I used well over half of the sample and still didn't have much for lather. Total time was probably close to 5 minutes.
I said screw it and just used it anyway. I wasn't really expecting to have problems with the lather and was expecting problems with the shave so I was a little worried.
I have always shaved ATG my whole life and was about to just do that but decided to give it one WTG pass first. I re-lathered and went with the ATG and used ATG for the touchup as well. When I was done I wiped off a face with a cold wet towel.
I didn't have a single cut, nick, or anything!!! I was really amazed with the shave. I will be completely honest, I was half expecting to in the future continue using my cart and use good lather. I have been getting what I had thought was BBS for a long time now with it and didn't really think a DE would be able to get closer. Damn, was I wrong! There are some spots, my neck mainly, that are still a little rough but some parts of my cheeks are cut unbelievably close. I can't stop rubbing my face today.
Only down side to all of this, aside from the terrible lather, was it made me late for work even though I thought I had left myself plenty of time.
Ok, I have rambled on a lot more than I had planned but one last thing. I have to give a huge thanks to jwcarlson for hooking me up with a ton stuff.