This product is excellent as a barrier cream, I like to use it during the winter when I'm heading outside, before going swimming to protect my skin from the chlorine and occasionally before I go to bed at night. I know my mother uses it to soothe dermatitis on her hands and thinks it's a wonderful. It is a very heavy cream, with it's paraffin base, so I wouldn't recommend it to be used everyday, especially if your skin is naturally oily like mine as it can result in spots. The smell is unusual but it's not pungent. It lasts a looooong time and is worth the money.