Okay, so I gave MdC a try this morning and have to say it has lived up to billing. This is based on only one use, so there may be less positive experiences in the future, but today was very nice. I am really impressed by how easy this soap is to generate a very nice lather... the brush (Kent BLK 8) exploded with lather after about 10 swirls on the soap. I shaved with my Hart Steel 5/8 barber notch straight with no nicks, cuts or irritation of any kind. Post shave included alum and cold water followed by Captain's Choice Venture... All is good! Mitchell's has been my best performing soap. Compared to Mitchell's MdC is definitely easier to lather, and based on my one experience I think it performs (i.e., cushion, slickness) every bit as well as MWF.