This is a bit different! No soap needed unless you want it. This sponge is like a rock when you get it so you have to soak it for a few minutes to soften it up. This means you'll need to keep a cup or bowl nearby to fill with water every time you use it and wait for it to soften up. Once it does its sturdy but soft and good for acne prone skin. May be a great option for someone who has a hard time with cleansers too. All in all its pretty neat!