It appears that I'm the first lucky B&Ber to receive my samples from Krissy. I've run three test lathers, using my hands, not the face, on one of the samples and have noticed a couple of things. This sample does seem to be very sensitive to water, as Krissy warned. My first test almost instantly had too much water. I got a very thin lather that would disappear with the slightest touch. I spent more time on the sample puck for the second test, and the results were better. For the third test, I skipped the bowl and did a "face lather" technique. That gave the best results yet. In the second and third tests, the lather seemed a bit "sticky" feeling. When I added small amounts of water, it eventually went straight from a nice lather to too much water, skipping the "oh, better stop adding water" phase that most soaps give me. The sticky feel never went away. On all three tests, after rinsing my hand I felt like there was some sort of residue left on the skin. It did go away pretty fast after drying and my skin felt like I had applied a light moisturizer. I'm going to run a few more test lathers to make sure I'm getting consistent results before moving to a full shave test. I'm not sure how the sticky feel is going to affect the shave. One thing I think I'll have to keep in mind is that due to the size of the samples, it's going to take a while longer to load my brush with the proper amount of soap. I think that's why my first test went to too much waster so fast.
Once a few more guys have samples in hand, I'll reveal the sample I started with, just to get things started on a level field. Oh ya, I did give about 8 to 10 hours between tests to allow the soap and brush time to dry and my skin to be at a "baseline" level.
EDIT: I'm planning to stick to one sample until I feel like I've learned all I can from it before moving on to the next sample. All three tests were on the same sample.
Last edited by MrGuy; 07-19-2009 at 09:50 PM.
Reason: added a little info
Andy.. I believe a guy should try to smell his best at all times-Richie Cunningham