I've been using conditioner to shave for years, a trick I got from some women's magazine the wife had picked up. It actually works well with disposables and even with a 1960s Gillette. But I picked up an ancient SE Gem Junior, which is pretty aggressive. I figured I should get some real shaving soap and a brush. I liked the look of the Omega and the price was right. It arrived yesterday. As soon as I opened the package one of the cats was all over me. She wanted the brush. Note to self, do not leave it where she can get it. I didn't think it smelled that funky. Okay, on to the test run. When it's wet it does smell a bit funky, not like a wet dog but like a... wet boar, I imagine. It turned up what I'm going to call a decent amount of lather and only lost a single hair. I was a little worried it might be abrasive but I wouldn't call it rough, at all.