This is the first time I use Proraso.... In the past I have used from regular canned shaving creams, shaving paste, regular soap and nothing compares to Proraso... Very easy to use. The way I use it is wetting my face with hot water, apply to my face and then with a badger brush, start scrubbing until a thick lather is formed in my face... Smooth shave and excellent smell. Try it, you will not regret it!!!!!