For the price this kit is more of a 3.5 stars, but since I have to work within whole stars I'll give it the benefit of the 4. First step in this kit is the pre-oil, which works fine though with the lather seems a little unnecessary. However, the biggest problem with the oil step is the oil container itself, the opening is the regular sized opening, meaning when you take the cap off it's open. There is no smaller oil bottle opening to get just the few needed drops out, you have to pour it... which leads to much too much pouring into my palm and then onto my face. Wasteful and messy. The second step, lathering. If you bought this kit in-store I'm sure the helpful sales people would tell you how to use it. But, without those helpful people I turn to the packaging. Which is instruction less. So my first use, I spread it on with the brush the way I usually would... only to have it dry to a hard, cracking mask. So, I tried again adding some warm water, this made it get foamy. But, messy, since you can't exactly lather it with warm water straight out of the container. The after shave lotion is nice, feels soft without being greasy. And the unscented is truly unscented. What is not unscented is the brush. It may be pure badger, but when wet it smelled like 100% horse. It stank. It was not pleasant, and without a scent in this set to offset it was awful to use. Hopefully the scent will dissipate with use, since it does feel nice, soft and works the lather into a nice foam. All in all it's a great set, perhaps next time I'll try the scented version.