I would say the best description for this is an old school, masculine barbershop scent. The anise is crisp and clean up top, not a sweet candy licorice smell at all. Does not smell generic to my nose. This one can be worn in a suit and tie at the office, or jeans and flannel with sleeves rolled up, chopping wood on the weekend. Grab a can of the classic red Barbasol, and you will have a very good idea of this scent.