My first ever wet shave was with Shave Secret shaving oil (http://www.shavesecret.com/) The website claims "The Best Shave Ever!" which I'm not so sure of, but I've gotten consistent results with it both as a stand alone product and as a base to put cream/soap on. It has that good 'ol menthol kick along with some pretty thick cloves. It didn't make my girlfriend swoon but it does its job. EDIT: Well, it did with some Arid Extra Dry, Old Spice 8 Hour Body Wash, Williams Mug Soap, and Neutrogena ASB with a slight squirt of 360 by Perry Ellis. I think it's an odd combination, but it comes off as "clean." Anyway, shave secret comes in a tiny bottle, and 5 drops of it always does the trick for me with liberal amounts of water. It's cheap, it works, and it's consistent.