Okay, this is an alcohol-based product, but for what it is, it works really well. There's the initial burn, then a nice cooling sensation. The initial hit of fragrance is really nice...citrusy and woody. Over time, as it settles out, what remains is - to me - a very pleasant scent. My fiance loves it too. It contains enough essential oils to smooth your skin, and the company says that it also contains herbs for healing and toning. As alcohol-based aftershaves go, this is one of my very favorites.