To be fair I don't mean it smells like a poisonous chemical brand, I mean an herbal essential oil kind of repellant. Lemongrass or something. It's not bad but it is very strong at first. It did make my hands feel amazing. The texture was creamy and oily, which sounds weird but surprisingly the makers here have perfected this. Anyway, I give it high marks for texture, absorption and the peace of mind that my hands are safe from mosquitos. It loses points for the first aromatic hour after use.