Victoria's Secret perfumes tend to smell very alcohol-y, this one included. I'm assuming it's something in their formula to make it more long-lasting(?) That said, I absolutely love their range of scents and this one is one of my favorites. Very sweet, but in a mature way and not a "I'm 12 and I want to show off to my friends in gym class" way. Pretty sure I've got a set saved in my shopping cart to give to my mother.