A Green Guide to Candles & Charcoal:
good for people, good for the planet.
Yes, sadly many of the candles sold today contain toxic components that harm both you and the environment. Paraffin wax, for example, is a heavy hydrocarbon that comes from crude oil.
Yes, extracting the soy oil from the soybeans is very complex requiring various equipment, machinery and processes potentially damaging to the environment. Many candles are now produced from genetically modified soy: you wouldn’t want to eat it, so you wouldn’t want to breathe it in either. And soy being very soft, soy candles not in glass containers usually contain paraffin wax.
Yes, the clearing of jungles for the production of palm wax candles is destroying the precious habitat of wild life in many tropical regions of the world. This is particularly widespread in Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia.
Yes, by law candles can be labeled as beeswax while containing as little as 10% percent beeswax. Don’t trust any candle that isn’t labeled as 100% pure beeswax.
Yes, 100% beeswax candles are health-giving and actually purify the air as they burn, so they can bring some relief for hayfever and asthma sufferers. New evidence suggests beeswax can be detoxifying and induce a state of wellbeing.
Yes, traditional Bamboo charcoal is the safest charcoal product for burning incense. In Japan, charcoal tablets are used in the Japanese Koh ceremony. They are fragrance-free and not made with sulfur, saltpeter, or any chemical additives. Most disc charcoal sold contains saltpeter which may be in the form of sodium nitrate or potassium nitrate, both of which are toxic. It is dangerous to inhale vapors from these chemicals. A good way to tell if your charcoal has saltpeter in it is to light the charcoal and see if it crackles, if it does it most likely has saltpeter in it. "Self-igniting" charcoal (meaning the charcoal lights with only one match) contains potassium nitrate and often creates tiny sparks when lit. Makko powder is also an excellent method for burning incense, but can be complicated to use.
Pandora’s Box 100% pure beeswax candles
Pandora’s Box range of candles are handcrafted and made from 100% beeswax from Western Australia. These unscented beeswax candles emit a natural honey aroma without the use of any fragrance. 100% beeswax candles are kinder to our planet as they are non-petroleum-based and are effectively carbon neutral!
No toxic petro-chemical by-products are released during the harvest, refining processes or burning of beeswax candles. Beeswax candles have been highly sought after throughout history. They burn with a warm glow, are long burning and virtually smoke-free. Scientific research have proven that 100% beeswax candles produce negative ions that actually clean your air of odours, pollens, smoke, dust, dust mites, viruses and other allergens and hazards. They are considered beneficial to people with chemical sensitivities and allergies.
Beeswax from Western Australia is unique as the beekeeping industry in the State is relatively free of the beehive diseases found in other parts of the world requiring beekeepers to treat bees with drugs and chemicals. In Western Australia this results in a pesticide, drug and chemical free wax. To protect the local industry strict quarantine controls restrict apiary products from entering Western Australia.
Pandora’s Box chemical-free Japanese charcoal
Pandora’s Box uses and sells only Japanese bamboo charcoal tablets. We believe that the charcoal used should not in any way detract from the healthful properties of the resin or incense you are burning. It's fragrance free and not made with sulfur, saltpeter or any other chemical additives. It doesn’t add any unpleasant odors when burned which could detract from your incense burning experience. If you're sensitive to chemical impurities or just want to keep your incense ingredients as pure as possible but don’t want to go to the effort of using Makko powder, this is the best and safest charcoal to use.
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