I'm a somewhat recent convert to DE shaving, as I started about 6 months ago. Have lurked this forum over that time off and on looking for tips and information. I've found some helpful tips but, I'll be honest, it can also be rather overwhelming to sift through everything here. I've been using Col Conk Bay Rum soap for most of my time DE shaving, with a Merkur razor and Astra Platinum blades with very good results. I'm also currently looking for recommendations on a good soap for someone who is considering DE shaving, but also just wants to try a brush and soap with their multi-blade cartridge razor. I'd seen less than stellar reviews for the Col Conk lime soap, which gave me pause as I was going to pick up as a gift for this individual, since they would definitely prefer the lime scent and I have had very good luck with the bay rum scent. So, if anyone has any tips on a good soap for someone who may or may not go the DE route, but is definitely interested in ditching their canned shaving cream, please pass it along. Thanks!