For some reason I was expecting it to be an oil-gel, but it's just a thick oil. To me it smells like almond oil but that isn't listed as an ingredient. I had a gel nails experiment go completely awry, so I'm starting my nails from scratch at the moment, so I'm constantly moisturizing and oiling- this is the perfect solution for on the go because it's mess free and easy to use. It is a small amount though, so it's not really a long term solution. As far as maximum growth, I don't know but it's not doing anything to contradict growth either.