OOB, I could definitely pick up the masculine woody tones, but in soap all I can smell is sweet, but not cakey, vanilla. It's not bad, just unexpected based on scent notes and reviews. It also discolored bright yellow at first, but then turned pretty dark brown. I likely won't purchase this again, unless by request, simply because it didn't meet my expectations.
Fun story, though - Pair this with Cardamom & Anise and I SWEAR it smells just like Dr. Pepper!