Before getting the Proraso beard products I wasn't sure at all whether to continue growing my beard due to itch and rash. Proraso Beard Balm really changed all that. It really helps a lot with itch and irritation and makes your beard hairs lovely, soft and pliable. The smell is the same as the beard oil. It has an initially very strong smell that settles into a very nice, subtle long lasting smell. Well worth the money.