As the title says I have an issue with lathering with the art of shaving lavender shave soap. I got the soap yesterday from the store in a mall just to try since I like the lavender cream. I have never used a shave soap before and all I have used so far is creams and though it would be nice to try the superlather that everyone talks about.
Anyway on to the main topic. Tonight I went to shave and put my brush in some hot water. Wet four of my fingers and swirl the water that was on my fingers on top of the shave soap. I proceeded to do this three times total and by the third time the soap was starting to become soft and slippery. I removed my brush from the water and let it pour water out and then gave it a good shake or two. Just to check the amount of water I squeezed the brush but no water came out. So I swirled and pumped the brush on the shave soap for 15 seconds which caused a lot of lather to be created and I check the brush and it looked to have a good amount of lather on the tips but the center of the brush looked to have no lather on it. I put the brush in to a small bowl and proceeded to start building lather. After adding some water the lather started to appear but it was not exploding out of the bowl like the cream version would. I probably spent 5 minutes at least mixing and adding water but I finally stopped since I was worried about adding to much water. I put some of the lather on my fingers and found it to be pretty slick so I put the lathered my face and noticed it was not as thick as the cream's lather and the brush looked so empty after the lathering. I did my first pass and it was not that bad. I did two more passes but with each pass the lather seemed to be getting thinner and thinner. After washing my face off with warm water and picked up my alum block and got ready for the sting of my life since I thought I probably had some irritation from my poor lather. Amazingly the alum just tingled on my face which was not what I was expecting. I checked my face and my neck and found no more irritated then usual. So my shave was a DFS even with a poor lather (to me at least).
So to my question is the lather of a shave soap usually not as thick as shave cream and does it seam like I'm doing something wrong. I'm also thinking about getting a larger bowl since it is difficult at times to mix creams in my current bowl. Again I'm sorry if this sounds stupid but I have only used creams before. Also I'm sorry for the length of this post but I felt like if I did not go in to detail something huge would be missed. Thanks everyone for your help and I hope this will help other people.