In my opinion, the aftershave balm has a nicer sandalwood note. This scent barely registered on my skin.
Middle: Fir needle, Jasmine
Base: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Myrrh, Vanilla
Here we have another sandalwood fragrance claiming use of the finest essential oils available to man. AOS Sandalwood (AOSS) smells like it does utilize quality essential oils but unfortunately not for the key note of the fragrance: sandalwood. It will leave many sandalwood afficionados checking the label twice: did I just buy a fake AOS off ebay?
I will give credit where its due: AOSS is a unique pairing of mentholated-evergreen notes and sandalwood...in the realm of sandalwood juices, I haven't smelled anything like it. The opening blast of cool & medicinal eucalyptus is invigorating and is immediately followed by the pine-like evergreen "xmas" note of fir needle oil...the quality of ingredients is top notch, and this combo is prevented from searing your nose with their Mount Everest chill by the low voltage warmth of jasmine. This cool, medicinal, mentholated evergreen first half especially works wonders in hot searing weather.
But this blast of North Pole air isn't what you bought this for. You spent the bucks to get some quality wood: sandalwood. The chilly piney afterfrost of the first half is so forceful that it extends all the way into the drydown, overwhelming any semblance of sandalwood that might be contained within. All I get is a microscopic woody molecule which somewhat resembles sandalwood, a watered down vanilla note, and warm balsamic myrrh. If you have any experience with quality sandalwood oils or fragrances, you will know that AOSS isn't it. A misnamed fragrance methinks. Art of Shaving Sandalwood should be renamed Art of Shaving Evergreen or Xmas Holiday. Or Art of Misdirection.
Astringent, medicinal, steamroomish. This one is a little too heavy handed for me...smells good, but the high intensity never wears down. Anyone want to trade me anything for this. Almost full bottle.