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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
= "It's Okay"
on January 13, 2012
This shave bowl looks sexy on your bathroom counter. I've only had it for a couple weeks now and use it every time I shave and will continue to do so - at least until I move on to something better. It works just fine at making a fine lather and probably isn't bad for folks starting out with wet shaving. Also won't shatter if dropped on the floor (a real possibility with a mug in soapy hands). I bought this because I wanted something "special" that was made for and would contribute to the wet shaving experience, if only in spirit. I use Proraso shave cream and a cheap Escali badger brush.
1. Loses heat. This bowl with it's fairly thin stainless construction just won't hold heat like a nice heavy ceramic mug. I pre-heat the bowl and soak my brush but by my second pass the lather has cooled.
2. Size. Could be just a bit larger. Lather tends to slop over the sides during a good whip with my badger.
3. Shape. Sexy for sure, but the fluted edge doesn't do anything for keeping lather in the bowl during/after whipping it up.
Anyway, a good overall product that looks nice and performs it's basic functions well enough. A dollar store ceramic mug might not look as nice but would probably be even more functional with it's ability to hold heat and keep the lather in it's place. I can't really recommend this product, however I can't discourage it either. It's a better bargain than a $35 "shave mug" that functionally is no better than a cheapo coffee mug. But if you're on a budget and just need "something that works" you may as well pull a mug from your kitchen cabinet and use it instead. Personally I can see myself investing in a scuttle (look it up) at some point in the future for maximum heat retention and simple usefulness.