The smell is a little "laundry-ish" but the smell went away after my hair was dry, leaving a fresh, clean scent.
As some have suggested, I used the product sparingly (a dime-size for my thick, long, curly hair. My husband was the first to mention the lack of frizz. It definitely softened my curls without weighing them down. My hair also looks shinier. I'm definitely happy with the product.