For those who didn't recognize it, this is the bowl that comes in the CVS deluxe shave set. The instructions say that you are supposed to put the soap in there, but I was at, the time, mxing my lather in an old plastic salsa dish, so i went ahead and took advantage of the option. I mean, hey in my position wouldn't? Pictured for scale is the brush that came with the set. It's a van der hagen, but it's not half bad. It doesn't feel nearly as sandpapery as the vdh ones that come by themselves in the tiny boxes. It's much softer on the face and it only sheds one or so hair per week. I would definitely recommend it for beginning wet shavers. The stand alone VDH brushes are cheaper, but imo they are so terrible that they shouldn't even be considered as options. AAAnnyhowwww.. I have been having some issues with lather over flowing. How big are your bowls out of curiosity?