I was taken aback by this scrub when I first squeezed it out of the tube. For lack of a better comparison, the appearance reminds me of dark baby poop, not gonna lie! The smell, while not unpleasant, was not great to me at first either. Kind of a plant-based smell. But I love the Acure brand and this had gotten stellar reviews on every site I looked at, so I went ahead and tried it. It can be clumpy out of the tube which makes it just a little messy at times. As far as the effects it has on my face, it really leaves my skin with a nice, smooth feeling, and my face doesn't look as dull, so I think it definitely does a good job at polishing away the dead skin. One thing I will note though, it's very abrasive on my skin and leaves it red for at least half an hour after use. So I wouldn't recommend using this more than once or twice a week for those with sensitive skin. And probably just use it at night and not before going out. Otherwise I like this scrub, it's affordable and effective.