IME, the sticks do not work with a brush. The stick leaves a slick film when applied to a wet face. However, it cannot be whipped into a lather. I use the Cremo stick when traveling, so I can still get a great shave without having to carry a brush and bowl (I prefer to bowl lather with my Captain's Choice bowls).A quick question for my US friends: can the Cremo STICKS be used with a brush? Will they lather up properly as any other stick or are they supposed to be used brushless only?