I loved this tote when I opened the package. The outer materials are very nice and the stitching/monogram looked really great. It's just lovely and the perfect size and weight for daily usage. However, there is a plastic liner of some type in the interior and it smells like rubber or petroleum. I washed the tote in the washing machine, inside out, and it washed and dried very well. Still smelled. I've let it hang outdoors off and on for 2 weeks and that has helped it some. I also keep dryer sheets in the inside and pockets and that has also helped. It's just so pretty and practical that I just can't send it back. I also have a very keen sense of smell, so by all the other nice reviews, I would say maybe I'm the only one it bothers. It's a lovely tote.