A very highly scented English made tallow based shaving soap. One may purchase the rather pricy wooden shaving bowl to which these cakes fit nicely, or simply use your own bowl if large enough. I found the lather quite good, although did dry a bit after application leading to a few small tugs. I might want to use more water and less lather. The scent is astounding with pine and patchouli, yet it really doesn't linger after the shave.