I pulled the trigger on this cream from bestshave.net. It's a turkish cream and I had nothing to lose but a few dollars. I've used it a few times now and am pretty impressed by its performance. The smell is a combination of light menthol, Ivory soap, and the "essence" of Arko. The texture of the actual cream is thicker than that of the Arko and Derby creams.
I used a dollop size drop for each of my shaves (first using a Turkish #6 brush and the Van Der Hagen badger brush) and I noticed that I needed a little more water to get the right texture of lather.
I was impressed at the slickness and thickness of the lather. I got 3+ passes out of the cream and when I squezzed off the remaining lather for the final pass it was as good as my other creams that cost $15+. It's a keeper.
I'm really impressed with some of the creams coming from Turkey and India. http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthr...-shaving-cream
You can have a debate about the scents but their performance are not bad at all.