I am curious to try the T&H aftershaves, I like their razor quite a bit. It is expensive but I believe in the get for you pay for theory usually. Ig you have tried them i would like to hear your opinions.
If you want to try something that is supposed to smell nearly identical, try Antonio Banderas Blue Seduction. I got some for Christmas and it lasts fairly well. I can't compare it to 1805 but someone here recommended it as a replacement. Much cheaper too at around $30 for 3.4 oz at most of the discount sites or Amazon.
I had some irritation from the AS balms as well from a few of them in my sampler pack. The Sandalwood scent comes to mind as one the gave me some irritation long after the shave. My favorite T&H scent is Spanish Leather. I have the cologne and the splash in bottle form (there is no cream or balm in this scent). My second favorite is Grafton and 1805 is my third. I was very impressed with T&H's creams for scent and performance, but not as impressed with the AS balms..... although I have the Ultimate Comfort (unscented) balm and it performs very well.