The Sandalwood has a nice smell, the products work as advertised, providing a noticably better shave than the usual goop when used as directed. Thought the others were a little Girly-Mannish aroma-wise, would probably do the Unscented next and just splash on some turpentine or Aqua Velva; whatever happens to be in the bathroom:
I have been wet shaving almost since Day One (or 1970) and only now in Year 57 have found that there are better alternatives to the gunk most of us get at Wal-Mart or Rite-Aid. Seems like the last few years my skin has become more uncooperative when trying to get that daily grooming accomplished without the risk of non-elective plastic surgery. Moreover, the Gillette Fusion cartridge prices have apparently been linked to the price of gold (or gasoline) and they have been giving me pause as to a viable Plan B. Recently my Mrs suggested a straight razor as a solution to the problem, which seems prudent (so long as I hide it from her in case of a sudden mood swing) and I began researching The Gent's Improved Shaving Products online as the common stuff is going to be risky with a really serious edged weapon like a Boker King Cutter. Sooner or later, this kind of search leads one to The Art of Shaving site.
During a recent business trip to the Chicago area I found an AoS store in a mall and while the children who were posing as salespersons (oddly neither one was likely ready to begin shaving) tried to explain their own, sad, Master Techniques to me rather than provide valid prduct information (they ceased after I threatened them) I decided this trial package would be worthwhile. Oddly enough the mall store price was $25.00, so note to the cognoscenti: go to an Art of Shaving store at a mall near you and save a little!
Anyhoo, this proved to be a good idea. Now the pre-shave oil feels thickish in the hand, but goes smoothly on the face. As others have stated, it's prudent to rub it into the skin & beard with a bit of vim, then let set a moment or two. The shaving cream is a terrific value in and of itself as an amount the size of your average chickpea--or garbonzo bean if you prefer--will produce enough lather to shave both Richard Nixon and his Hollywood clone, Dan Hedaya to a smoothness akin to Data's android butt. (For the Youth of America, these guys had/have the beards sported by the better class of grizzly bear; think Larry Talbot at the harvest moon and you get the drift. It would take a week's neglect by most of us to match their five o'clock shadows.)
I only said "Meh" in the title because of God's sense of humor regarding my neck: the hair grows every which way and is nearly impossible to get smooth without actually using a dermatome. Now the AoS regimen does help and gives improved results with the Fusion, but I am yet to be entirely blown away. At this juncture, I am jumping in with both feet and going for a hollow-ground straight razor to see what I do about turning my below-the-jaw lunar landscape into something more like the Bonneville Salt Flats. Stay tuned, futher bulletins as events warrant. I learn there may be some merit to the use of the Proraso product line and I will report as I go.
In the interim, buy this kit with confidence.