Horses for courses, I guess. I don't find it ugly or unbalanced at all.
Opens with a lavender/pine/herbal note that is downright minty (carnation?) and very uplifiting. So well blended the combination is not identifiably lavender or identifiably pine on me. Very superior ingredients. Adds up to a very classy and elegant scent. Not super-unique, it's basically a traditional masculine fougere, but better than most all. I don’t get the cumin that some seem to, but it does have a spicy/floral base.
I haven't yet decided that I love it, but I do like it a lot.