After using the shaving cream, I wanted to try the balm. This is a great finish to a smooth shave. I ordered the balm and the pre-shave oil. You would think this is a lot of work just to shave, but so worth it! No irritation, the oil seems to make your beard stand up, the cream makes your razor glide on your face, and then finish with the balm. My lady friend loves it and teases me how my face is softer than hers after a shave, and I have a heavy beard. Great products, I will use nothing else. The best products on the market, and I have tried several over the years!