I started wet shaving this week after receiving my gear for Christmas. My first shaves of the week were not the most comfortable that I've had. I have always had irritation during and after shaving, but this seemed to get worse with the de. There was noticeably more tugging and pulling then I had been used to with my fusion and goo. Today, however, I made a mini breakthrough. The first pass went by with more of the same tugging that I had in my first three shaves. I was careful about my blade angle and pressure, but something still didn't seem right. Went I went back to my bowl to lather up for my second pass my lather seemed a bit dry and there was hardly any left. I dipped my brush in some water and swirled it around in what little lather I had left. When I applied the cream to my face it seemed rather thin and wet, but I went ahead with my second pass. Much to my surprise the razor glided across my face effortlessly. Afterward, my face was much smoother and less irritated than with my previous shaves. I think that I have found the correct consistency now for my lather and I can now begin to see how pleasant shaving can be when you get things right. Sorry for the long winded post but it's nice when you begin to figure something out, even if it is by accident.