After extensive experimentations I found the way to create the perfect lather (for me, YMMV of course). Time to share my findings: I believe triple milled soaps a superior to glycerin based ones. I grate all soaps and press them into glass containers. I use big (28-29mm knot) silvertip brushes. My only preparation is taking a shower. No pre-shave oil, hot towels, etc. necessary! I load my brush thoroughly with any high quality triple milled soap, which takes about 45-60 seconds. I take one hand full of very warm water into a smooth plastic bowl and start building my lather. (The amount of water may have to be adjusted according to the size of your brush!) After about 60 seconds I get a great lather. (Most people would stop here, but you can take it easily to the next level. Trust me, it's a big difference!) At this point I add a squirt of glycerin and one pump motion of Kiss my face shaving creme. Now I swirl again for about 30 seconds. Done. Shave and enjoy! This procedure results in a lather that is unbelievably dense, protective and slick. The very best I ever experienced! Gives me very close and very comfortable shaves every time.