^ interesting tip, thanks for sharing. I guess it makes sense - anything that softens your face and beard ought to make shaving easier. I tend to apply a moisturiser at night, so that perhaps has a similar effect. I'll try an aftershave balm though, see how it goes.
I stopped by Geo F Trumper this afternoon on my way home and picked up a bowl of their eucris shaving soap. Unlike their other soaps, this one comes in a black bowl with silver lettering so is quite distinctive. Just removing the plastic wrapping, this seems to have quite a strong aroma, but very pleasant in a traditional barbershop kind of way. Really looking forward to giving it a try later - hopefully it lathers well. I'll report back.