I got thinking about this the other day and wondered how many affordable shave soaps were used, say, in 1900 and before? I know that there were many that were marketed, but how many were actually used? Most people were not well off, then, and wouldn't or couldn't spend extra money on an item that had only one use - shaving. There probably is no way to actually determine this, but I imagine there were many who just used regular bar hand soap with a brush or maybe even without a brush! In an attempt to see if this would work, I decided to sacrifice myself and my face to an experiment. Not having any bar soap because we shower and bathe using liquid soap, I tried some of this. Reading the label, it seemed like it would work. It lathers beautifully in the shower. I keep this in a foaming type pump bottle on the bathroom sink, so I shot a few squirts into the mug... Then whipped it up... and shaved with it. All in all, it was a pretty good shave. I'd rank it a little below a DFS. It worked up a nice lather, albeit, a little thin. But, it was quite wet and slick and made for a decent shave - no nicks cuts or abrasions. So, I guess it's quite possible that many people back then just used their normal hand soap. Any thoughts?