How interesting. I prefer to use soaps as I have not had comfortable shaves with creams. Although I got a free tin of Simpsons and am absolutely amazed by that stuff, though it dries my skin out a little.
As for your soap experience - maybe add more water to the mix. Never had drying issues if the mix is wet enough. You can dip your brush in water and paint the lather if it gets a bit sus.
Are you shaving in a hot / dry environment / climate, - this may be a factor too.
Last edited by johnh; 08-01-2012 at 08:59 PM.
Reason: correct typo
Now, I am become DE, the destroyer of whiskers.