I've been DE shaving for over six months now, and I've been bowl lathering that whole time -- except for the last two weeks.
I've been on a two-week road trip, and I didn't want to tote my stone bowl with me. So, I started face lathering, and my shaves substantially improved.
However, it now takes me about 5-6 minutes to achieve an acceptable lather, where I could achieve the same lather in a bowl in less than 30 seconds. I use AoS Sandalwood pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and aftershave balm.
Due to my extremely tough and wiry whiskers, my normal shaving routine takes 35-40 minutes. I'm trying to reduce the time without filleting my face.
Is 5-6 minutes normal? I've tried to follow the technique on Mantic's video, and it DOES work -- and gives me a better shave than bowl lathering. BUT, I don't like the extra time it takes.