I have been working on making proper lather for a few weeks in a bowl and it has not gone well. I know I have very hard water. I can get slick enough lather to shave with, but it's not what I see in the videos. I have tried loading the brush for anywhere from 15 seconds to a minute and the consistency turns out the same, just the volume changes.
Then I tried face lathering. I don't know what it does differently than lathering in a bowl but it flat out works. It doesn't make any sense that all other things being equal I get lather on my face that won't appear in a bowl but there it is. It's slick, rich and it lasts for three passes. Weird huh?
I'm using Kell's and Col. Conks soaps and an Omega badger brush if it makes any difference.