I purchased this at my local drug store—Cvs—and the packaging was a 4 out of 10. It did not have an unpleasant scent, but it did not smell great as well. I don’t believe it was pricey for the amount of product you received. The most important thing about this product is that I used it for 2 1/2 weeks and didn’t notice any results. I have not used it since.