In fact, she says it is often formulated with “lubricating agents,” keeping the hair soft, and creates a protective barrier. Bar soap, apparently, does not have the same effect, for all of you substituting the cream for soap. “Ordinary bar soap can clog your razor and leave your skin feeling dry and flaky. Creamy body wash and hair conditioner are other products people sometimes use to shave with. These are not as effective as shave gel and are sometimes too slippery, causing the razor to fall out of one’s hand or slip,” she explains.