While aftershave (splash) may smell awesome for about ten minutes it’s not really its job to smell good. Its job is to regenerate or desinfect your skin after shaving. If it does that it’s a good aftershave. It’s primary skincare, not perfume. If you also like to start the day with the uplifting smell of it, that’s a bonus. Balms, to me, don’t smell very convincing. A good aftershave splash can be very good for your skin and smell awesome.
That said i dearly miss my L’Occitane Cade splash and the scented balm is no substitute.