A few months ago I bought an Arko stick and a Euro Palmolive stick. I had been using VDH Deluxe and Bigelow cream, but once I tried the sticks I rarely found a reason to use the Bigelow, and had not touched the VDH at all.
Last night I decided to introduce my FS brush (also acquired a few months ago) to the VDH puck. I had forgotten how much "cushion" VDH provides. It's a different feel on my face compared to the sticks, but I had a pleasant shave with little trouble other than my less than perfect technique. It will definitely make its way back into my rotation, and will continue to hinder any interest I may have in trying that other low cost, easily available shaving soap.