It's hard to say at first whether this kind of product has any effect. The gel is quite watery, so spreads easily. It has a subtle, but not unpleasant smell. Unlike alcohol -based products, this gel does take a moment to dry, but doesn't have the stinging sensation some gels offer. Leaves hands feeling moisturised, but with a slight residue. Dispenser is functional rather than pretty. I'd guess it does the job where alcohol hand-rubs are not appropriate -school etc.