Before use, wet the brush with hot water: the bristles will swells and hold the soap better. Apply the soap in the bowl or onto the face with circular movements to prepare the skin and beard for shaving. When you've finished using the brush, rinse it under running water and shake, squeezing the bristles, to remove any remaining water. Store the brush with the bristles facing downwards. The brush's bristles are natural and you may, on the first use, smell a mild odor that will disappear after a few uses. The brush's bristles are made of natural material.