Every Barbiere pure bristle shaving brush includes a 15ml shave crme tube worth 2.15 Italy, where they supply the traditional barbiere (barber) is a great source for the finest shaving brushes. The bristles have to be a balance between the right degree of resistance and softness, with the ability to raise the beard and generate a fine, rich lather.Also extremely important is a stand for the brush as the bristles should always dry down and not up to the handle. This is more hygienic and helps prevent the bristles falling out. Always dry your brush by hanging on the stand provided.Before using the brush for the first time wash with soap and water and then rinse in clean water. When you are ready to shave, immerse bristles in clean, warm water and shake off excess. Apply crme to wet brush or wet palm and start generating shave crme with brush. Distribute the crme about the moistened area to be shaved working up a creamy lather in a circular motion. (You may need to use a little more shave crme with a new shaving brush.) Always rinse the brush in clean water after use and do not boil or soak.