I finally got my hands on a second-hand puck of the fabled AoS soap, sandalwood no less. I don't like it--it just smells bad. The lather didn't 'explode' for me, but it was dense and slick like MWF. Very nice shave. But if I can't relish in the scent and if it doesn't make me surreptitiously sniff my brush when I walk into the bathroom later, there's something missing for me.
I can see why everybody is crazy about MWF. It's old-school, has an inoffensive smell, nice on the skin. But AoS? For that kind of cash, too? This is the ONLY soap I've used that I don't like!