Scott and Sean,
The water bath does make a difference. Initially I tried using the hottest water from our tap, including changing the water twice while preheating my shave bowl, with unremarkable results.
Using the water bath, I'm able to apply extremely hot lather (about as hot as I can tolerate) which I find invigorating. Like any other setup it took some experimenting to create the perfect combination of lather and lubrication. I’m now able to acquire both equal to the 3 Ts.
This is the ingenious thing about the shave stick format. They’re portable, affordable, can be used both traditionally and applied directly to your face and come in an overwhelming variety of fragrances – I just placed another order today! For the individual who likes variety, what more could one ask for!
A good lather is half the shave.