I picked up a tube of this cream the other day and shaved with it this morning. All I can say is wow. First off, this cream is simply great. I have been shaving with Tabac shave soap for over a month now and I was expecting disappointing lather from this cream (we all know how thick Tabac shave soap lather is). This was not the case, the lather from this Tom's cream was awesome. Very thick with peaks.
My personal tastes push me toward shave soaps, but this cream gets the job done. I have used the Tom's of Maine Mint shave cream. This is a decent cream, but very cooling. If you are not in the mood for a cold face (especially in the winter), you will not like this cream. Compared to the Mint, the Calendula cream is very mild. The scent is there, and pleasant, but not overbearing (like some C&E shave creams). That said, the scent isn't going to bring a smile to you face like the scent of Tabac can (if you like Tabac that is). Though some my love the mildness.
The only concern I found with this cream, which I experience with all creams I have found is that it isn't the last word in moisturizing ability. My face was not dry after, but it definitely didn't feel as great as after a good Tabac shave (sorry for continuing to reference Tabac...but it is just that, my reference...and preference).
This product is available from drugstore.com, but I have also seen it at Whole Foods. Considering this is so easy to get, I am amazed it does not receive more recognition. This cream is excellent and a great alternative to soap. Face lather this stuff and you will not be disappointed. Definitely Tom's better shave cream. The Mint is great, but the Calendula is far better.