GreekGuy, do you prefer a watery lather? That would be a bit bubbly and watery for me. I've meant to buy a puck of Sienna but I just have too many other soaps and creams to handle right now. I used to have some small pucks of C&E Sweet Almond Oil...that was a good soap, but I found others that worked a bit better in terms of protection and post-shave feel. Another reason why I'm loathe to try the Sienna now. Still, I could make a decently thick lather with the SAO. The Sienna cream was also quite nice when I tried it, but seems like it's not widely stocked anymore...
Also, I do prefer a "wetter" lather. I straight shave most of the time and I find it works a little bit better than having a thicker lather. In my experience, and not everyone will agree with this, the thicker the lather the more likely it is to dry out. When using a straight the last thing you want is dry lather on your face. It makes for a very painful experience
I loaded for maybe 30 seconds or so, and with the Chubby 2 that isn't really that long as its one big brush. I find these english soaps (and trumpers, floris, etc) need a bit more loading than for the french and german soaps. But in any case it is definitely possible to make a thicker lather if you would like. I took these photos during my shave. I think its best to show examples "in action" so to speak
I've always wanted to try the SAO. I heard it was very good, shame they discontinued it
I shaved with C&E Sandalwood for years, as I liked the scent. Then I discovered B&B. The goalposts moved and I discovered a whole world of soaps. After trying MWF, AOS, Valobra, Cella, etc., I realized the lather from C&E was not up to my top-shelf soaps. I still like the C&E sandalwood soap scent, but will never go back to it....
Too bad about the Sienna cream.
RE: wetter lather for a straight, I've heard that too. And yeah, my trial run with a straight didn't go so hot because I took forever with it and my lather dried out. But I think asking any lather to not dry out for a 40 minute shave is asking a lot. Now, I like to use a fair amount of water and a fair amount of soap and get great glide and no drying out usually. But I'm using a DE and shave in under 15 minutes with it. Since my straight skills are extremely rudimentary, it takes a lot longer to shave. Next time I try one of my straights, I'm going to lather in a scuttle and use cream with lots of water, then lather my face one section at a time.
And yes, 30 seconds isn't that long when using a fat, super dense brush like the chubby or Rooney 2XL and such.
I just picked up the Nomad and it has an unbelievable scent! I love it. The performance is very reasonably good, but it seems to be a soap you have to learn. I soak it with hot water for a couple mins, build up the lather and go to my face and work more water in there.
It's pretty nice and "fluffy", but I find it lacks in the slickness department. I have though of pairing it with MWF. In fact, it'll happen.
I'll keep at it, as I love the scent. Thanks or the tip :)
I seem to recall reading that the English maker went bust about 6 months ago with the loss of many jobs. I would be interested to learn if they have a new manufacturer.
I tried my C&E Nomad soap again, tonight. I soaked the soap for about 10 minutes in warm water, an gently went at it with my wet Wee Scot. I loaded it up for about 45-60 seconds and went straight to the face. Surprisingly, it gave me a great slick lather. My razor felt quick and light across my face, and I managed 2 and a half passes worth of lather in my brush.
I did end up with some pretty good burning feeling, but minor redness. Once I applied Arko Cool AS (which stung like hell) and then followed it up with moisturizer, my face started feeling pretty good. I got a great, smooth shave, but I can still feel a tingle. We'll see how this turns out in the morning!
All in all, it felt like a success. Maybe I just pushed too many passes. Who knows....
I have the Sandlewood and like it. I may shave with it tomorrow. Scratch that, weekends are for Arlington. I guess the C&E is in the warm up circle.
I realized there was a C&E at the mall and went in to take a wiff. Does anyone else think that the sandalwood smells like Aqua Velva? I use Aqua Velva aftershave and to me it smells pretty close.
I have the sandalwood, nomad, sienna and the discontinued sweet almond oil, all excellent.