Last year on business in India I picked up some Yardley Elegance shaving cream (with Silicone!). I don't remember what it cost (3 quid maybe - it's the one in the black and blue box), but I had some great shaves there with my Slim and the Yardley. After that trip I put it to the back of my soaps and carried on with some Mitchell's Wool Fat, Proraso Green, Cella, and more recently some slightly spendy Italian croap from Connaughts. I subconsciously thought that those great shaves in India were down to the Slim (it couldn't be the cheap soap, could it?). Alas, today I face lathered some of the Yardley and damn if it didn't perform just as well as anything I've tried recently. Easy to lather, lubricating, everything you'd want. I do wonder about the tricks our minds play on us sometimes.