Personally, I use an eShave brush that I have had for several years with a Merker 38c. My husband has an identical setup, brush is even the same color. He likes the 38c because of the length of the handle, something with his big hands. I like the length because I am not a yoga master and need a longer handle. I know I am in the serious minority here, but I hated the Gillettes I tried (Lady, black handled whatever, black tipped whatever). I also think my barber pole is pretty, so I must be odd.
As for any recommendations on the Mama Bear soaps, I am in love with the violet. Not sure if you saw on the site, but you can order a slice of soap so that you can sniff it and get about 1 shave, give or take, out if it.
I'm just here for the pie. Mmm, pie.