The Omega soap is quite forgiving and easy to lather. It has a cooling sensation due to the menthol, and a classic barber shop scent. The Omega Boar brush is a bit prickly at first, but with use it softens up to be a nice firm brush, with excellent backbone. The stand works just fine, and is a nice bonus to the set. I am giving this 5 stars mainly because of the overall value of the set.