I did not need shave cream or soap, but I saw this on sale for $1.99/tub and figured I'd give it a try. It is a cream and I face lathered with a brush. It produces a rich, dense lather and I was able to get three good passes by dipping the tip of my brush in the tub. The lather is very slick, with good moisturizing properties. I will use it most in the winter when my skin is drier. The scent is clean and fresh, but maybe a bit strong for some. I shave before showering, so scent isn't an issue for me. I would be willing to pay up to $8-$10 for a tub of this. Good stuff, recommend!