The Thayer's Rose is a little soft and almost powdery, but I DO like using it, especially if I have just shaved with some SCS Savory Rose, but I ALSO have the SCS SR splash and milk, so the Thayer's has been relegated to the role of "occasional refresher". If you're looking for a good, true rose note on the cheap, I heartily recommend the SCS line. Also Trumper's Rose and (in cream) TOBS.The Thayers not only smells good, it works really well too. The C&S #88 has a rose scent I take it? If that is the case I may have to end this purchasing sabbatical and pick some up when my taxes come in.
C&S #88 is rose(ish), but has a lot more complexity to it than just floral rosiness. I like to think of it as the sum total of all the componentry "suggesting" roses, but there's also a woody, greeny, musty sort of charachter to it. It's very much a "love it or hate it" scent, and one that not every dude can pull off being comfortable sporting, but it's really one to try. Skip the shave soap though, and go straight to the cologne. The soap doesn't smell anything like the fragrance, and is horribly overpriced. It's a tallow based soap though and is a good performer, but there are more reasonable options out there.