As far as th Ate fragrance itself goes, the cedarwood notes are the first to hit my senses. Then I smell licorice, a hint of lavender, and then a lingering base note of vanilla and sandalwood. Sandalwood is not mentioned here in the description, but that sticks out to me more than the cedar, but there is a hint of cedar in the sandalwood. I am sure that this cologne would smell different to almost everyone. The only reason for my 4 stars is that this is not my typical style of cologne. I do not typically go for "woody" or anise scents. I usually lean toward floral and fresh, and I am not sure that I could see myself wearing this every day, but for something different, definitely! This is definitely not like most colognes in a store; it always seems as if a few are original, and the rest are just copies. This is unique and VERY complex.