I don't have a really high opinion of this stuff. I bought it eager to try a pedigreed splash (rather than the balms I usually favor) expecting it to be wet and to smell strongly of sandalwood. I was wrong on both counts. First time I aplied it, I dabbed out a little in my palm, rubbed my hands together, then paused for 1.5 seconds to look over my shoulder. Lo and behold, when I slapped hand to face, boh were bone dry. Nothing there!
I've tried mixing with water in my palm, that works slightly better, but then I'm left with the realization that I don't really like this stuff. It's a cliched type of smell, and reminds me of something I'd find at CVS. i'm trying to convince myself that I just need to revise my expectations of "traditional" conservative products, but a little voice inside tells me this stuff just isn't especially good.
You know, after living with this product for a while (I kept wanting to use it because it was there), the scent has really grown on me. Especially if layered underneath AoS sandalwood AFB, it provides a nice lingering if slightly powdery sandalwood. Also, after an initial burn, I find it somewhat moisturizing, such that I was comfortable one day using it without any balm or moisturizer. So, while this stuff didn't live up to my expectations (as reflected in the original review) now that I have no expectations of it, it's actually not that bad. I wouldn't use it after a rough shave though, I don't think it goes on evenly enough or has enough body to really soothe razor burn. I'm waiting on a shipment of Santa Maria Novella lavender AS; I'm curious to see how that rates versus this.