This is an expensive soap, but, unlike other expensive soaps such as Penhaligons or Floris, this seems distinctly better than less expensive, yet excellent soaps (such as the three T's). I had great results with the lather and found it to be a very rich, distinctive lather with great lubrication as well. The scent is, of course, great, but, unfortunately, Creed does not make a Vetiver aftershave balm. The bowl is unfinished wood, but is easy to hang on to when wet. I've enjoyed trying out many different soaps in the last couple of years, but so far this is the only one that has knocked my socks off.