What am I doing wrong? Wool Fat.... New to DE

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Can't make it work. Tried everything. More water, less water, dry brush, wet brush, bloomed puck, dry puck. One trouser leg rolled up to just past the knee while balanced on one leg chanting incantations to the dark lord Satan. No joy. Gave up. Just not worth the effort. I live in Scotland and have extremely soft water also. Bought haslinger sheepsmilk instead. So much easier to deal with.
 
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Tried both synthetic and my semogue boar. Even tried a scritchy old badger I had but no good. It's just not for me I'm afraid. I obviously don't have the magic touch for the fat. Shame as it's a slippery bugger.
With all due respect, it probably is you. I used to have water harder than a whore's heart and it worked perfectly for me. Soak ("bloom") the puck in hot water at your sink while you shower and load with a synthetic for 10 - 15 secs. Use a DAMP synthetic, not dripping wet!! Add water to the brush as needed while face lathering. If that doesn't work then pack your bags, kiss the wife & kids good bye and check into a group home for the infirm. ;)
 
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Can't make it work. Tried everything. More water, less water, dry brush, wet brush, bloomed puck, dry puck. One trouser leg rolled up to just past the knee while balanced on one leg chanting incantations to the dark lord Satan. No joy. Gave up. Just not worth the effort. I live in Scotland and have extremely soft water also. Bought haslinger sheepsmilk instead. So much easier to deal with.
What’s actually happening? You must be getting lather of some sort or another?
 
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What’s actually happening? You must be getting lather of some sort or another?
Getting good slickness but just not getting the cushion I get from other soaps. Thinking I'm maybe adding too much water thinking about it now. Will need to break it out again and try a few test lathers. I get a lather just seems a bit thin and dissipates quickly.
 
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Getting good slickness but just not getting the cushion I get from other soaps. Thinking I'm maybe adding too much water thinking about it now. Will need to break it out again and try a few test lathers. I get a lather just seems a bit thin and dissipates quickly.
The way it works for me (and I’m not suggesting this is the universal way forward) is to thoroughly wet your brush with cold water (I use synthetics). Then gently squeeze out the water, to leave a damp brush. I don’t bloom any of my soaps.

Throughly wet face (I’m a cold water shaver; but each to their own). Swirl the damp brush 20-30 times to get the stuff on the brush. Just on the tips; none of this ‘load it like you hate it’ nonsense. Then start lathering onto your wet face. If, after about a minute or two it’s still dissipating get some more soap on. Too thick? Dip the tips of the brush into water and keep trying. I promise you, you’ll get there.

I should stress that I adopt this for all my puck soaps.
 
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