I had a first use of this product, just two days ago...was my “off day” from work and as such, I had the luxury of taking my time with an early morning shave. Shower, a few drops of pre shave oil, applied the Bay Rum soap stick...wonderful Bay Rum scent (exactly the same as the Bay Rum soap in the tin). Excellent slickness and a most enjoyable the pass shave with one of my favorite razors (Parker 96R). The shave was BBS which responded very nicely to my post shave application of witch hazel and Pinaud Clubman aftershave. I plan to keep this shaving stick in my Dopp kit...Taconic wins the prize for a first class bay rum scent...you can close your eyes and feel and smell the Caribbean breeze carrying the scent of a rum drink (complete with umbrella).