This made me curious, so I googled Pears Soap and was met with a tirade of angry Amazon 1-star reviews. Seems incredible that something so long established would change into something almost unrecognisable. I haven't used it pre ingredient changes, but have had 2 shaves using it as pre-shave to soften the stubble. I can't say I like the smell, and whilst it must have done some good in hydrating and prepping me for the shave, it just seemed to really aggravate my face, I mean my face actually hurt before & during putting the lather on. It then felt very sore, dry and tight afterwards. As it was a late night shave, I then retired to bed and lay there with my face feeling horrible. I'd only done a gentle, 2 x WTG pass shave to boot, followed by moisturiser.Always used Pears until they changed the formulation a few years ago.