This gets better as you use it. It works better now than the first couple of times that I used it.
This lathers soft, which is nice, & it definitely cleans my naturally curly, slightly thick hair, but doesn't strip it.. though you do need to follow up with conditioner after using it.
Herbal Essences always has a strong odor, but this smells kinda gross. I've become used to it now, so its not so bad anymore.
Sadly I don't think I'm going to rebuy, but I bought this to clean my hair from softball and it does a good job of that.