My prep was just a cold water rinse. The Tabac Shave Soap face-lathered well with the Jayaruh #309 synthetic brush. I did two passes with the Mongoose Alumigoose Razor on loan from Redfisher with a Feather SS Professional blade and ended up with a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse, I finished off with Tabac AS. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...