I've got Oud Santal and find it to be superb although there are some people really don't rate it. Not much help really. I've only ever tried a sample of MdC but I found LpL a better performer.
I bloom it whilst taking a shower which I find helps. The lather is not one with tons of cushion but produces a nice slick lather which I find perfect for my Feather AC shaves. If you like a dense, cushiony lather it may not be for you. Scent is fabulous as is post shave.