I use the following: Anthony Logistics Shave Cream - Good lather, comfortable, does not really aid a closer shave though, about as close as one would get with a standard aerosol. Nice fruity scent. Not too thick, so does not clog the razor. Expensive, but then again you get away with using less. High Glycerin content so moisturizes and cleanses well. It contains Hops, which really helps, the hops numbs your face a bit, so if your beard is too short (perhaps a late shave the day before) you can still shave at full force. The Real Shaving Co. Shave Cream - Too creamy for my liking, for the price (its only 3.50 GBP, which is not more than Gillette) its not bad, but it also lathers up too much, and its hard to get just a bit out of its small cap. No great scent, and needs a really good moisturizer after it, because the shave cream itself does not absorb much of its moisture into my skin. Cariad Shave Gel - Has Peppermint, Tea Tree, and Lavender Essential oils. Not bad for use once in a while. It’s a bit like using soap, because when you lather up with a brush, it leaves a clear soapy like substance on my face. It smells pretty good but not as strong as I would like. It’s probably good for sensitive skin, but mines not and this is far to light, I like something more creamy and moisturizing. I'm sure a non astringent soap would do the same job, which said it’s not too expensive. Kiehl's Blue Eagle Shave Cream Green - It’s impossible to use this stuff with a shave brush, which I always use, and thus one needs to use a lot more, and thus the price is ridiculous. 1 tube lasts me little over 2 weeks, and at just over 25 pounds per tube, that's ridiculous for a shave cream that is just above average in the grand scale of things. When I was in the US the same tube was $15, so it costs a lot more here. Its pretty good whist shaving, very moisturizing, and gives a closer shave than most, however after washing it off, it suffers the same fate as The Real Shaving Co. Shave Cream, you need an amazing post shave moisturizer, because none of it is absorbed, and its benefits are only whist you shave. Plus it clogs the razor; you need a pressure washer to clean your razor! American Crew Shave Cream - Very strong menthol, a bit too strong, lather amount is just right with a shave brush, gives a marginally closer shave than standard substances, its post shave moisturizing ability is average, i.e. better than Kiehl's and Real Shave Co. It does, however leave a bit of razor burn, possibly because it has too much menthol etc. L'OCCITANE en Provence Cade shave cream - This stuff is perfect, if a little expensive, simple good scent, Juniper, which is just strong enough and nice. Moisturizes just right during and after the shave, although I do use the Cade post shave moisturizer and energizing gel after, I could easily get away with out them. No razor burn, no cuts, lathers just right. Only negatives are that it is a bit too creamy, so you need to rinse the razor a lot, but at the same time it’s not thick, so it’s a simple rinse, not cloggage as with Kiehl's As for oil, I sometimes use Johnson’s baby oil with a few drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil as a base alongside the shave cream, but not too often. Let's hear which you use.