One of my all time favorite shaving creams, what I like the most about this product is the very strong cedar wood fragrance. I think most of the negative reviews addressing the scent are focusing on the sandalwood in the product title. Personally, I cannot smell the sandalwood in this product, it is a very strong, robust, masculine cedar, reminiscent of a cedar forest or fresh cut cedar. It is by far the most natural and strong cedar wood product I have found, it is not subtle!! If you want sandalwood or a subtle fragrance, this is not for you :) But this cream gives beautiful, full, slick lather, a great smooth shave, and moisturizes the skin well. I use the aftershave balm as well and it is also wonderful.
First time I tried it I was put off by the strong scent. Sandalwood creams have a hint of woody scent but this smells like you're in a cedar sawmill! Took a week to get used to the fragrance, also to adjust to just how little cream is needed to make a great lather. Purchase price is high but one container lasted me four months of daily shaves so it really isn't that expensive. Slickest, most luxurious lather of any product I've tried, but next time I'm getting the lavender.
This cream gives you a smooth, comfortable, great shave, like all of the Castle Forbes creams. But, I hate the smell of this one. This is a five star product, but I just can't take the smell. I like the smell of most of the sandalwood creams, but not this one.
Smells like a paper mill, awful smell
Appalling smell, like a paper mill. Opened up the package, and was hit with an extremely offensive smell. At first I thought it might have been the plastic seal. So when I removed that the plastic seal and the smell was still there. I decided it might be a weird thing on the top so I shaved once with it. Great smooth shave, lathered up fine and nice. But that smell, not too strong, but the persistent smell of a paper mill. I realized that this is what Castle Forbes considers the smell of cedar. And its not right, no smell what-so-ever of sandalwood, just an awful smell that unfortunately lingered with my face most of the day. That speaks to the quality of their ingredients but that smell made me want slightly nauseous all day. Don't buy this fragrance, their product is quality on the shave side, so maybe try a different one, but this was a complete waste of my money and I am extremely disappointed with this purchase.
I shave cream that moisturizes simultaneously
This shave cream is simply incredible. Its easy to whip up into a thick cream either straight on the face or in a bowl. The scent is light to my nose which I appreciate as it allows me to compliment the scent with a nice aftershave without overpowering the room with excessive scent. It leaves a nice moisturizing feel on the skin without being greasy and is balanced in chemistry as to not burn the skin or dry it. This cream is my cream of choice and while I may have others in the bathroom for use, this is my daily standby when I'm not in the mood to be creative with the morning shave.