Just used the Rhubarb Cream version this morning. Very close shave. Definitely creates more lather than the Mango Soap/Harder Cream version. Also found it was not quite as slick. If you tend to like lighter lather versus slicker think cream on the face you will prefer the Rhubarb. I suppose you can use more product than I did, but since the lathering is so easy you want to be careful not to whip too much. The mango version left me without a single nick, while the rhubarb created a few weepers. I'll have to go slower next time with the Rhubarb. I can say that the Rhubarb gave a very close two-pass shave though - effectively more aggressive. I can't say for certain, but it felt like the Rhubarb cream helped the hairs stand almost straight up whereas the mango allowed them to lie down 'in the slickness'. More time will tell.
As for the scent, I continue to be in huge respect for the I Coloniali offerings. At first I smelt it at the tube....Chocolate, dark and rich. Don't get me wrong, I love chocolate, but not so much on my face. I was concerned that this tube might not work out. I pressed a bit into my scuttle this morning and there was that chocolate smell. I began to whip and the chocolate smell exploded from the bowl, but wait....there was something else there. Spicy....Fruity....kind of like the Mango soap. I applied it to the face and while the chocolate smell was unmistakeable, wafts of smoky fruit with a light peppery spice filled my nostrils! Wow...what a variation! Like the mango, it was a sweet, smoky, fruity masculine scent, but unlike the mango the sweetness was toned down with a slight bitterness offered with the dark chocolate base. Wonderful!
I'm convinced that Atkinsons offers a very fine product in terms of effectiveness and skin care, but the sheer uniqueness of their scents and unmistakeable masculine attitude that it brings with it will keep me around for some time. I can't wait until the Mango Pre/After Balm arrives!!!