Hello again, It's been a good number of years since I stalked this forums! Last time I caught the DE bug hard and got quite tired of a rather large collection and unsatisfactory shaves slipping back into cartridge use, gels and Nivea aftershave; which although suits isn't very satisfying! Although vowing never to comeback I guess the intention was always there with a hidden stash of DE blades and a Semogue owners club tucked away. My biggest issue was always irritation was what appeared to be the soaps, but I always thought it to be the brushes. I think a synthetic will help, so I've ordered a chubby synthetic and some simpsons soap, the DE can come later this time!