This is a very peice-y scrub with an oil base. I do enjoy the scrub and it works wonders when I am having a psoriasis breakout as it removes the dead skin and does not sting the way other scrubs do. It is somewhere between gentle and harsh as I can always tell it is doing something for my skin, however, it does not leave me red and raw. I give this three stars only because the sugar crush scent turns me off of this product, however, there are other scent options for this product. I prefer the lime scent. The scrub is very reasonably priced and hopefully the company will keep the prices where they are and not increase them to become a "high end" brand.