I love this stuff. That's why I just ordered another one. I use this stick soap differently from the description of its use that is given in the product listing above. There is certainly nothing wrong with doing things the way given in the description, but that's not the way I have been using the stick. Rather, I prep my face with a washcloth and hot water, and then I wet my face really well with the hottest water that I can stand. Next, I take the soap stick and smear soap (not very much really) from the stick around on my face. Then, using a brush that's wet well with really warm water, I work up a good lather, which isn't very hard to do at all using the soap from this stick. It's great lather--thick, wet, and holds lots of moisture. Of course, this will work anywhere, but on the road with this soap stick, a Simpson's Wee Scott brush, and a really old miniature Gillette DE traveling razor, it's all easy and makes for a great shave with a minimal amount of shaving equipment. And, I should add that if you like lavender soap/shaving cream, this D. R. Harris Lavender Shaving Stick smells great and is not at all overpowering.