I traded for some QCS SC samples from beeranon (thanks again), and obviously opened them up right away to get a whiff of all of them. I noticed that Monaco has a very familiar scent. It took me a couple more sniffs, but then it hit me... XXX. Dead ringers IMO. Judging by the scent descriptions, I wouldn't have guessed that. Then today I was reading the blind cream test thread and noticed that the tester thought XXX was a sandalwood scent, and that is one of the scents in the description for Monaco. I wouldn't have guessed sandalwood when smelling either of these, but there you have it.
Anyone else picked up on that with these two?
Anyway, I used the Monaco today. Very solid. Face lathered using just the amount of cream stuck to the lid, and had enough for almost 3 passes (third pass was thin, but very slick). I wasn't originally planning on going for BBS with that third pass, but the shave had gone so well up to that point that I decided to push my luck. Great shave.