I did not sample before buying this product. If I did, I probably would not have bought it... This is meant to be a leave in product which is not what I was looking for. (Not sure if I missed that in the product description or if it wasn't called out that way.)
I know hair product choices come down to more of what your hair likes versus personal preference, so I will say that this isn't my favorite smell. It is far from horrible, but not as nice as some others. It doesn't soften my hair as much as some, but it does tame some of the frizz. I have used it as a leave in and as a rinse out and would just say it is average for me.