This smudge stick is wonderful. It did have a peculiar funky smell at first coming out of the packaging but after using it a few times the smell starts to dissipate. I do really like the smell after burning it which is very woodsy similar to pine, and somewhat bittersweet. It cleanses the area very nicely for what I need it for. It's easy to light it and then only use a small amount for a small space just enough to clean the room accompanied by prayer. I live with family members so I can't always use incense that smells too strong so a little goes a long way.