Ordered a 39C and some proraso pre/post from Con naught shaving in the UK on Wednesday and it arrived today (great service - especially the free blade samples thrown in!). My routine was. 1. Shower 2. Pre-post 3. Lather 4. Shave 5. Alum 6. Pre/post Without a doubt the best shave I've had yet. I had issues with the Merkur Progress but this is a different experience. No niks or blood in the sink just a close shave. My tip for using it: It's all about the angle, find the right angle and keep it constant. Top of the range shave that. The Pre/post has a nice effect too!