Having read many comments singing the praises of L'Occitane Cade shave soap, I decided to try it myself. I was not disappointed. Overall: (9/10) L'Occitane Cade is an outstanding shaving soap, among the best that I have ever used. With a good razor and blade combination, the result is fantastic shaves. Ease of lathering: (9/10) This soap is very easy to lather. Varying the amount of water does not seem to affect its lathering ability much, and it consistently performs well. Life span of lather: (9/10) The lather lasts a long time, and worked very well even when I took my time shaving. L'Occitane Cade lather definitely has staying power. General skincare: (8/10) This soap does not have incredible skincare, but it is also not bad. It left my face feeling a slightly dry after the shave, although that might just be some astringency in the soap. Other than that, the skincare is good. Lubrication: (10/10) The lather from L'Occitane Cade is quite slick. It is not the greased teflon slickness of some other soaps, and a little astringency is present. While this might not seem good, it turns out to be excellent and makes for a superlative shave. How protective: (10/10) The lather is a full-on, two thumbs up, outstandingly protective. I had absolutely no irritation, nicks or cuts while using this soap. When it comes to protection, the L'Occitane soap is second to none. It is very easily 10/10. Scent: (9/10) This soap has a pleasant scent, in which rosemary seems to be the dominant note. The scent is fairly light, which suits me just fine. Price: (9/10) A 3.5 oz. / 100 g cake was $12 at the L'Occitane store. Given that the soap is so good, it is a bargain and offers excellent value for the money. Would you buy again: (10/10) In a heartbeat. Brush used: Dovo 918 052 pure badger My water hardness: 57 ppm as CaCO3 (soft) Soap ingredients: Potassium Palmate - Sodium Palmate - Potassium Palm Kernelate - Aqua/Water - Sodium Palm Kernelate - Glycerin - Parfum/Fragrance - Juniperus Oxycedrus Wood Oil - Fusanus Spicatus Wood Oil - Helichrysum Italicum (Flower) Oil - Cera Alba/Beeswax - Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract - Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil - Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil - Hordeum Vulgare Extract - Sodium Chloride - Octyldodecanol - Palm Kernel Acid - Cocoglycerides - Pentasodium Pentetate - Tetrasodium Etidronate - Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate - Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate - Tocopheryl Acetate - Magnesium Sulfate - Sodium Benzoate - CI77891/Titanium Dioxide Manufacturer's website: www.loccitane.com Miscellaneous: L'Occitane certainly knows their shave soaps, and their efforts to make a top-notch product are evident. The puck is about 3 inches in diamter, perhaps a little more. It was too wide to fit into my shaving mug, so I trimmed the edges off with a kitchen knife and stuffed the whole lot into the mug. It works perfectly well that way. The ingredients list was taken from the label on the soap. The water hardness was taken from my utility's latest water quality annual report. The scale below was used to correlate water ppm to the soft/hard rating, and is from the US Geological Survey website. Water hardness scale (as CaCO3): 0-60 mg/l: Soft 61-120 mg/l: Moderately hard 121-180 mg/l: Hard Over 180 mg/l: Very hard mg/l is milligrams per liter Some utilities give water hardness in parts per million (ppm) 1 mg/l = 1 ppm (not exactly, but very, very close) July 2, 2013 Update: I have been using this soap on a daily basis for four months and it is about half gone. By that measure, each puck should last for eight months. I might try one or two more shaving soaps, but I think L'Occitane Cade will become my mainstay.