This shave soap is excellent. I used a Parker best badger brush to bowl lather. After a little warm water bloom, the brush loaded up super easily. With incremental additions of water I had a rich, dense lather in very little time, and I have somewhat hard water. I love the scent; I smell wood, pipe tobacco, a little vanilla, and coffee. I can't say enough good things about the scent, it's really a pleasure. The lather had excellent slickness, and my Oneblade was able to glide across my face. The closeness of my shave was ridiculous. This soap isn't cheap, but it's a treat to use. I will definitely keep coming back.