I've been using soap and brush for a very long time and the SV soaps, especially the 70th Anniversary, are my favorites. It will quickly produce a thick, cushioning, slick lather no matter your water conditions, including extreme hard water like mine. Scents are uniquely their own; they do not try to imitate the hot scent du jour. Just an all around world class soap. The price is actually considerably better than it appears: it comes in a huge 5.3 ounce, milled puck that will last close to forever. Price is competitive when you consider cost per/shave. Enthusiastically recommended, both the soap and WCS.
SAPONIFICIO VARESINO SHAVING SOAP, 70TH ANNIVERSARY BETA 4.1
This is special shave soap. As far as function, it is slick, cushioning, easy to lather, and the thick, creamy lather is long-lasting. I love the aroma of the 70th Anniversary soaps, and use the bath soap version also. This is a non-tallow soap, and yet performs as well as, or better than, my tallow soaps. It only takes a few swipes of the brush on the puck to make enough lather for three passes, much like Martin de Candre. Compared to MdC, it is more slick and with a more engaging aroma.Writing this, I realized that I haven't touched my favorite DRHarris pucks since receiving this. Love it! Pricey, but less than MdC.
One of the finest shaving soaps around
This shaving soap is on the expensive side but it is well worth the cost. This soap has no mineral oil or preservatives. It lathers great and the fragrance is the best in my opinion. Cologne type with floral and woody notes. I like this soap so much I bought several other SV shaving soaps. This hard puck should last a long time.