Yes, it smells but you get used to it
I have scalp issues and resisted getting this shampoo for a long time, instead using New because it smelled better. Finally I had to concede that New didn't help me much and replaced it with S&F. Best shampoo ever! Sometimes the texture of my hair is better if I Don't use conditioner afterwards. The smell is really strong when you hold the bar to your nose but when using it doesn't linger too much. After a while though, I even grew to like the smell.
Fabulous product in smelly form
When you smell this shampoo bar you don't even want to THINK about putting it on your head (it smells gross) BUT, it works fantastic on hair with scalpproblems and the bad smell is replaced by a mild rose scent as you wash it out. Even without a conditioner after washing your hair with this shampoo bar it'll leave your hair soft. It's honestly a great product.