I tried a sample and honestly I'm not sure if my skin was more hydrated. But it didn't smell bad, and my face felt clean after using it. I'm sure if I used it more than just the 2 times I got out of the sample, that it could have given my skin the hydration it needs. Samples are great and all, but full size products are better because you have to use a product more than a couple times to see the results. You can't try a diet product and assume it's going to work just like that lol.