So I am only 2 or 3 months into wet shaving as I have stated previously. I started with a really inexpensive "budget soap". Wilkinson sword. You can pick it up on amazon, I've also seen it at Walmart. Cost is under 4 dollars for a large tub of it. It doesn't have much scent but I get a great lather and tons of slickness out of this puck. I let it soak in hot water for about 5 minutes then straight at it with a fairly dry badger brush. I get three passes with one brush load and there is still lots left in the brush after. If you're looking for a budget soap give this stuff a try.