And it does, somewhat. But it is a "vegetarian" formula. Grimoire-based & extremely Powerful, this Mars attuned fume is not to be toyed with. For chthonic Magick, attunement to Samael (the Archangel of Mars & Tuesdays), & heavy times or Workings. As already stated, it actually does smell a little like blood, but be warned: don't get too close to check that out. Any properly prepared Mars incense will be noxious when you're up close & personal with it, so pour it on & respectfully let it do its job. You'll smell it soon enough. All that said, don't let any of this scare you away from what Laurie Romano of Anubeion Creations calls "a Power formula". This incense is an extraordinary Energy mover & space cleanser too. Every Tuesday morning, The Caravan starts the day with this fume.