For the price this is a 5 star shave soap. With that being said, it just can't compete with the tallow based soaps I have and have rated 5 stars so it gets 4 stars. I grated this into a vacated metal container that used to be a hair wax container and pressed the soap down to fit. I bloomed it with very warm water for about a minute, loaded it from the container into my damp badger brush then onto the face. It face-lathered nicely with pretty good padding with a few shallow dips into warm water. The shave was good, but like I said not as good as Catie's Bubbles, Barrister and Mann's or even Palmolive Cream. This takes more splashing/rinsing to get off of your face as well compared to other soaps I've used. Great soap but not a 5 star soap.