To bloom or not to bloom

Discussion in 'Shaving Soaps' started by Wayne, Jan 29, 2019.

  1. Wayne

    Wayne Forum Sod

    That is the question?
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  2. MntnMan62

    MntnMan62 Über Member

    New Jersey
    Nope. Never. That said I don’t have Williams. I’d probably bloom Williams.....maybe......and maybe not.
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  3. Grarea

    Grarea Forum Plod

    Whether tis nobler in the sinks
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  4. Rowlers

    Rowlers Massive Member Staff Member

    Sometimes I do, other times I forget (or simply do not think about it), I don't think it makes any difference with the soaps that I use..
    Even MWF!
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  5. MPH

    MPH Forum GOD!

    Yep. I bloom it whilst in shower\bath and soak my badger brush too. Both, are apparently no actual use, but I swear it makes the brush nicer on the face and the soap easier to load.
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  6. sɐǝɹpu∀

    sɐǝɹpu∀ riverrun

    The standard wishy-washy answer is of course:
    Whatever works best for you.
    Personally, I don't bother. Blooming saves a little time when loading the brush.
    I'm not short of time when shaving.
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  7. Dr Watson

    Dr Watson The Other James

    West Sussex
    If triple milled it gets a ceremonial 30 seconds under water whilst I wet my brush and face, otherwise no.
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  8. TobyC

    TobyC Ghost of the Past

    Land of the Free!
  9. R181

    R181 Grumpy old man

    About 98% of the time no and the other 2% yes only when it is necessary for me to get it to load and lather well.

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  10. chris.hale

    chris.hale Forum GOD!

    Cumbria, England
    Never, don’t see the point. If I wanted mushy soap I’d be using cream.
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  11. TobyC

    TobyC Ghost of the Past

    Land of the Free!
    Yes, that's the correct answer! :highfive: :thumbsup:
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  12. DamianJ

    DamianJ Forum GOD!

    No I don't either, I don't see the point personally as the soaps I use all load easily anyway.
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  13. Stonec0ld

    Stonec0ld Über Member

    I do, always have. I feel like it releases the scent of the soap more
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  14. halvor

    halvor Esquire

    Well, that’s a coincidence. Just this morning I pulled out a vintage Williams. And yes it was bloomed.

    I have experimented with blooming and find that with some soaps, it speeds up the lather building process, with others it improves the lather all over, while with yet others it makes for too rich and dense a lather (or I should simply have loaded less) or no difference at all. Usually not so much full soaking as wetting the surface, though. A tablespoon or so works for me :thumbsup:
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  15. FSword

    FSword Über Member

    I rarely bloom... Was doing it more often when started wet shaving but didn't see much difference so I seldomly do it now. In general I try to keep it simple :)
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