I walked into a local supply store on the recommendation of my son's barber to look for a specific hair product, and found that they had a small shaving section. I'd never been to this store before (I don't have hair on my head, so it never crossed my mind) and found a couple of things I've not ever seen here locally. First, a bottle of Lustray Blue Spice aftershave. Short story: love it. Second, I saw a puck of that universally reviled product: Marvy shave soap. Now, I've been on a bit of a cheapskate quest over the last couple of years. Williams is the most-used soap in my den over the last six months, and I've been using my Assured Dollar Tree razor at an alarming rate. I couldn't help myself. For a buck, I had to pick up a puck and see what all the maligning was about. It didn't start off well. I unwrapped the soap, and the smell was inoffensively soapy. Nothing to fret about. I dropped it into my BurmaShave mug, and promptly dropped the mug on the floor, breaking off the handle. Marvy Curse? Foreshadowing? I cleaned up the bits of ceramic off of the floor and decided to press on. I soaked the puck for a few minutes in warm water, drained off the excess, grabbed a Maggard synthetic brush and went at it. I quickly got a lather that reminds me of my modern Williams soaps. It's not the thick, yogurt-like lather of some of our higher quality (price?) soaps. I lathered it onto my face and noticed that the lather seemed a bit airy, and started to visibly dissipate rather quickly. One bonus for me is that I am a rather quick shaver. I usually do only one pass and some touch up. I don't waste time. So I set about getting the job done, and while it was not the thick, luxurious, dense, cushiony lather I get from some of my pricier soaps, I noticed after the shave that I had no burn or irritation. It rinsed off cleanly and easily and didn't leave my face feeling dry. It's a busy season in my life: three kids involved in lots of extracurriculars, full time work, full time everything, and it all costs money. So I've become a bit more attracted to the functional and affordable. It ain't a high end soap, but I was a bit surprised to find that I can easily get the job done with a $1 puck of Marvy. It will shave.