Both softgels and capsules are easy to swallow pills. Softgels are filled with a liquid blend of vitamins and minerals while capsules are filled with a powder blend. The outer shell of softgels are made of gelatin and have a delightful faint smell of either peppermint or strawberry. The outer shell of the capsules are made of hypromellose, a vegetarian alternative to gelatin. The capsules have no smell.