A true manly man's scent profile. My nose detects the leather and tobacco predominately with the amber and vanilla as background notes. They all blend together to create a unique blend that definitely makes one envision the time period of the Civil War. As with Fable's other beard oils, this one absorbs well into the skin and beard preventing itch and dryness. The butter has a grainy (not gritty) texture, but this new formula melts down in the hands very well and rather quickly. I have noticed that in comparison to other butters, Fable's butter tends to last longer in beard and provide a little more hold. I would assume this is because most butters have the addition of oil(s) in their ingredient list, whereas Fable's butter does not. The combination of both oil and butter leaves my beard feeling soft and controlled, but not unnatural. The scent profile on The Strategist is long lasting... a good 8hrs or more for me.