The package arrived while I was home for lunch. I cracked that box open right away, obviously. I got the soap and balm of the Don Marco, Zi'Peppino, and Nonno Michelino.
Don Marco - my fiancee was there and immediately said, "Orange creamsicle." Yep, exactly. It's fantastic. Hope it really pops when it's lathered. The balm had a bit of a lotion smell that made the orange scent tougher to pick up. Hopefully that fades when it's applied.
Zi'Peppino - I'm clueless on how to describe it. It's not like Alt-Innsbruck. Not floral at all. It's sorta fresh, sorta musky. Uhhh, yeah. I don't know. Hopefully something will jump out at me more when I can lather it.
Nonno Michelino - I actually did a test hand-lather on this one. Scent in the tub was pretty subtle soapy sandalwood. When I lathered it the scent obviously came out more, which helped. It was kind of an earthy vetiver-type sandalwood to my nose. Not in love with it, but not bad. The lather was GREAT, however. Loaded for 15-20 seconds with my little Omega boar, and kinda just half-a$$ed a quick hand-lather. That was all that was needed to tell me that this stuff is a winner from a performance standpoint. Thick and slick. Can't wait to actually shave with it (probably Don Marco first).
I used the Nonno Michelino balm as a hand lotion after the hand-lather. Feels very nice. Moisturizing but not greasy once it soaked in. The scent... awful. It smells like an old lady lotion. Had the fiancee smell my hand before I left to go back to work, and her immediate reaction was, "Whoa... that's flowery." Not sure what on Earth happened here. I need to give it another try to rule out something strange, but wow. It's borderline "first product I'm ever going to throw away" bad. Maybe I better double-check and see if I grabbed the Zi'Peppino instead. Either way, whichever one it was, it's not for me. Maybe I can give it to my mother.
Needless to say, I think I messed up not getting the Cumba Cheech. I'll correct that error sooner or later.