I have been using a mixture of Tailor of Old Bond Street Avocado and Pre de Provence She Butter for my cream. Great scent, excellent lather, leaves my face looking great. I use aloe as a pre shave in the winter and Art of Shaving lemon oil in the summer. I get an excellent shave and minimal breakouts. Also the aloe as a pre shave in the winter really helps with the dry skin.
No pre-shave for me, I was into pre-shave for a while and even made homemade preshave for while but it was not good for my shave brush. The French have really cornered the market on inexpensive Shea Butter shave soaps. I like to use Provence Sante Green Tea or IK in the winter and follow with toner and aloe vera gel. I really like shea butter. During the summer, I use Acqua Di Parma and Santa Maria Novella, two of the best performing shave creams on the planet!