This really does 'cool' your skin as soon as you put it on. The consistency is just right for shaving; not too thick, not too runny. There's the slightest hint of mint mixed with citrus and a kind of astringent (not really a smell, I know but that's what comes to mind) I do suffer from razor burn and razor bumps, but once I slather this guy on I'm left with smooth skin. Only thing is I also have dry skin and this did dry it out juuuust a tad, but nothing that would make me stop using it . Oh, it's also a really nifty package, nice going on that.