The end goal of these are the same, protect your face from irritation and add comfort to the shave. The bristles of the brush pick up some soap or cream and are whipped into a later in a mug or scuttle. In general soap lasts longer and provides more glide where a cream is easier on your skin and is easier to lather. Combine the two for the best of both worlds.Their scents fit into the categories of woods, citrus, floral, fresh and traditional barber. The tubs of shaving creams we carry have a long lifespan. With proper use of a brush a shaving cream can last anywhere from 4 months to 1 year (the average lifespan is 6-8 months). The shaving soaps tend to last even longer still.