Yes to either. But we don't recommend shaving with soap unless you have access to the most luxurious buttery soap ever. If you do, tell us what it is, we love soap! Your razor will perform best when you have a buffer between your skin & the blade. DO NOT skip this part. We really want to say something about lubricating but it’s such a funny word. Ok, here we go- lubricate your skin before shaving people.