I originally started shaving with a double-edge razor (DE) and shaving soap for two reasons:
- To further reduce my environmental impact
- To save money
Since frugality was one of my two initial objectives, it soon began to bother me that every morning as part of my clean-up process, I would rinse mounds of lovely, unused shave-soap lather down the drain. So it didn't take long for me to begin to squeeze the unused lather from the brush back into the bowl with the soap puck. It also didn't take any significant additional effort, when I used a separate bowl to make lather, to use my finger to squeegee the unused lather from the bowl, and add that back to the soap puck as well.
The process became automatic: squeeze and squeegee left-over lather into the source bowl, pour out any accumulated standing water, leave open to dry, and when dry, cover to keep out dust and any water that may be splashed from activities around the sink.
|This has become my left-over-lather bowl, which I use any morning that I'm|
not using a specific soap or cream.
As I began to try different soap pucks and creams, I would lather creams and samples in my stainless bowl, but since there was no puck semi-permanently stored in a mug or bowl, I started to put all left-over lather in the bowl with my Van Der Hagen puck, shown above. This has become my left-over bowl, which I go to any time I am not evaluating a new soap or cream, or using a shave butter. (Shave butter doesn't lather, is a cream product similar to a thin ladies' cold cream, and is usually applied with the fingers, not a brush. Shave butter is also chemically very different from shaving soaps and creams that are lathered with a brush. So left over shave butter goes down the drain, not into the left-overs bowl.)
So what do you think? Is this something you do or would try? I'd love to hear your opinions and experiences.