I am (was) a "died-in-the-wool" Proraso user -- their "green" (menthol and eucalyptus) pre-shave balm, shaving cream (tube and hard soap), and aftershave. But, just recently, I tried the Cella hard cream/soap, and was absolutely amazed at how good it was! Creamy! Great lather! Smooth! And what a fabulous aroma, of almonds. Totally unlike the "frozen face" menthol effect that you get from the green Prosaso. There is no need at all for any pre-shave balm or pre-shave oil -- the Cella lather is that creamy and smooth ! The almond scent is light and dissipates quickly (just like the Prosaso aftershave) so you can add your favorite cologne without worrying about competing fragrances. And best of all -- my face does not feel "oily" or greasy later in the day (which after-effect i used to get from some of the big-name English products that I had tried and then abandoned.) This is now in my weekly "rotation" (as an alternative to the still-great "green" Proraso products ) as my "go to" shaving cream. Try it! You'll be enthralled, as I was. The Italians definitely know a thing or two about shaving!