To be fair, I really should've known this would not be for me, since I passionately hate the original Pink Sugar. But I was intrigued by the licorice in the description, and thought also that since it's marketed as a man's fragrance the whole thing might be toned down.
When my samples arrived, the moment I opened the box I was practically thrown across the room. They were even bundled in bubble wrap, and it was still overpowering! So yeah, the strength is not lacking here.
As for the scent itself, I can't even...all the sweetness of PS plus some generic cologne scent. I could smell some licorice to be fair, but I could not get this stuff away from me fast enough. I had to throw it in the outside garbage so it wouldn't permeate the house.
I don't care whether a fragrance is geared toward a man or woman...I like some "girly" ones and many that are thought of as unisex. That's not the issue here. I don't care who I smelled this on...I would honestly have to stay a mile away from them. It could be the hottest, most awesome person ever, and I'd run away screaming before I puked all over them.
I always want to add the caveat here that I'm not discounting the fact that body chemistry can change scents radically. So if this works on you, awesome, truly. :)