This is the first shaving soap this manufacturer produced. This is a soft soap more like a cream in the Italian tradition. It has an excellent scent and gives good protection. The scent goes away as you use up the soap, but lathers well to the very end. It works well for face or bowl lathering. The only downside is price ($25.60) and it is sensitive to the amount of water used. With the right amount of water it produces an excellent result.