This soap is probably not intended specifically for shaving, but it did provide a decent lather, lubrication and shave. We here in Columbus, GA don't have may options other than Van der Hagen and Williams but I have tried Col. Conks and this is not too far off the same scent as the amber. It comes in a variety of different scents and even in a sensitive version fragrance free. It is a glycerin soap that has many essentials that the big boys have. Oatmeal, handmade, etc.