Monday AM pulled the Cella out of the "cupboard of shame" to give it another crack (previous efforts at bowl and face lathering with an EJ BBB and an SR 3824 gave no joy).
Any who, I thought I'd give my dodgy little ceramic handled no-name bristle brush a go; ridiculously under-filled and a short, stiff loft of less than 50mm it came with a "gift pack" of Burts Bees Bay Rum shave soap and mug (BB bay rum soap...the horror.....the horror).
Serendipity! Using a combo of heavy upside down loading, sopping wet pre-soaked brush and apply to face (remember, I'm NOT a face latherer) gave me the Cella goodness some of you have spoken of. That short loft really did give a nice scritchy feel and a slick, CLOSE-cutting lather. That crazy little brush barely holds enough for 2 passes and touch-up but that's exactly my BAU M-F routine.
Long story short? You don't always need a golden hammer to drive an iron nail.
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