First, if you're reading this, thank you.
So I took the plunge and bought the Simpson Ch2 Super. (By the way, the Simpson's label-thingy fell off on my first shave. I saved it, and I'd love to know if there's any way to put it back on permanently without damaging the handle!)
Today I had the worst crap-lather that I've ever had, and it really highlighted a problem that I've had with all my brushes... I slathered on some Proraso pre-shave cream, which I like because it's a nice pre-shave lube, but not an oil. Then I took a nice dollup of Nancy Boy cream and put it on the soaked tips of my new Chubby. (Before that, I did the usual routine of letting it soak in my scuttle while I was in the shower, and I re-soaked with fresh piping hot water from my tap.)
The initial lather is always pretty good. I like to lather on my face, so I did that. It was nice, thick, peaks and that good stuff. I then put the brush with all the lather in the scuttle to keep hot. Did pass one.
Guess what. I go to do pass number 2 and after I attempt a sorry excuse for cream application, there's just some translucent bubbles on my face dripping off.
The inside of the scuttle was pretty much dry, so the problem is not that I'm dipping the lather in water, watering it down...
This has happened with pretty much every brush and cream that I've used- from the T&H Ultimate to the three Ts traditional creams.
WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? The only thing that I can think of is that maybe I'm not using enough cream? Because it can't be that I'm using too much water. No matter what brush I use, I give it a pretty good shake. I mean, this morning with the Chubby it was as if there was no cream left on the brush at all. So, like many or most mornings, I end up having to RE-LATHER FOR EVERY FREAKIN' PASS! Not only does that waste cream, but it takes time and allows my face to do two bad things: dry and cool. After doing everything I can to keep it wet and hot.
Any assistance you can lend would be great. How much cream do you gents put on the brush? Posting a picture might be helpful, if not too much trouble. I don't expect to get enough lather for four or five passes (but that'd be nice), but why not even two or three???
I only hope someday I can take the time and care that you gentlemen have in assisting each other, and assist some other poor dope like myself!