i have had this sample for a while, having received it in one of my earlier birchbox shipments. usually washing my hair every day thanks to miami temps and wavy hair, i opted to skip a day (or 2) after going thru the trouble of blowing it out and straightening it... i dug up my little dry shampoo and was SO PLEASANTLY SURPRISED! my hair is very dark brown, so i was nervous -- but i held it about 8" away from the roots and then just ran my fingers thru the roots until any of the minimal residue had been absorbed. i don't mind the smell at all, but recognize it's definitely fruity. am ordering the small one for travel and larger one for home!