Notice that I stated my husband really enjoys this product. I think the scents at Bath and Body Works for the different products they have available is so specific to each person's liking. Good marketing ploy! That being said, I do not care for the scent of this product and do not personally like to use it unless we are out of my favorite washes. I think the scent is too strong out of the bottle. I am also not a huge fan of vanilla at all. The product does cleanse well, though. I think the gel is a good product other than the smell. It lathers on a pouf very well and tends to cleanse without drying your skin, even with daily use. Effectiveness The product itself as a cleanser is a good balance of cleansing without being too harsh and drying for daily use. I like to use it best with a pouf. The foam is great and gives me the impression that it is cleansing my body better. I am a sucker for the foam. I cannot really think of any downsides as to the effectiveness of the product. Scent My husband likes it. I do not. I will call this as a satisfactory scent for him, but not for myself. I think it's too strong.