I purchased the refresh version of this and I can certainly say it is just that - refreshing. The Menthol certainly comes through when using this. In the morning or evening it is quite nice - but compared to The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave oil - it doesn't really make that much a difference to the shave. Make sure you have some face wash to use after your shave otherwise this stuff will stay with you all day. Tried the Ursa Major with it and it works great together.
Recommend if you are looking for a wake up call in the morning.
Look to the unscented version of TAOS if you want a smoother shave.