Machine made - very even dried paste on a stick lightly tip dyed a beige/brown. The paste is dyed turquoise. Beautiful scent on the stick. Like perfume. Candy sweet .with light touches of camphor, pine, honey and vanilla underpinned by suggestions of musk and sandalwood and patchouli . It's a fairly sophisticated and quite modern aroma. Not one I would think is like opium. There's a lot going on. Gentle citric tones, just vanishing. Hints of clove and cinnamon. Very nice. On burning, the base material is dominant, and the really delightful notes from the stick are not making themselves felt enough. Some of the base notes - the sandalwood and musk, come through, but the citric fruits and the spices are not quite there. It's certainly very pleasant, but there's a lack of strength and impact, and a lack of clarity and definition. This is certainly a more sophisticated and subtle scent than the Dragon Blood and the Frankincense & Myrrh from the same company, but the lack of impact makes it less appealing to me. It's nice, I like it. But it's not getting me excited. And in this area of modern, perfume-like incense, I think I prefer Cha Cha Dum Du.