The Balady Box is a celebration of Yemeni art, culture, and the tradition of burning bukhoor.
**PLEASE READ CAREFULLY** Inside the Balady Box you will find everything you need for a bukhoor session, including:
- Sa'ada Mabkhara: These incense burners are handcrafted from natural soapstone carved out of the mountains of Razih in Sa’ada. These mabkharas will spark curiosity and admiration and look beautiful during a burning session. Because these are handmade by people (and not by machines), there will be some variation in their sizes (approx 6"x4") and designs. Consider it an extremely rare, one-of-a-kind piece! ($58)
Surprise Ma'waz - These ma'waz textiles are individually designed and hand-loomed by artisans in Lahj who inherited the craft from their ancestors. Traditionally, Yemeni men wear ma'waz as wraparound skirts. You can wear it traditionally by wrapping it around the waist, use it as a shawl, or decoratively draped across your bed or couch for a cultured touch. Size: 77"x 44" Please note: each Ma’waz varies in color and style, consider it a rare, one-of-a-kind piece! ($105)
Fatima Bukhoor Incense Blend ($37) OR Zuleika Incense Blend ($47)
Reusable mica plates: In Japan, mica sheets have been used to heat incense rather than burn it for hundreds of years. Using tongs, carefully place the mica plates on freshly lit charcoal with a thin layer of white ash. This will gently raise the temperature of the incense so that you can enjoy a beautiful, clean aroma. Hand Wash mica plates with cool water to reuse. Set includes 3 mica plates. ($5)
- Charcoal: 10 fast lighting incense burning charcoal. 33mm. ($4) NOT INCLUDED IN INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS
- Vintage brass tongs handmade by artisans in Tarim, Yemen. ($25)
Balady Box w/ Zuleika - A value of $244 sold at $190
Balady Box w/ Fatima - A value of $238 sold at $180
From the box that that your Mennās order arrives in to the dreamy fragrance that it spreads across your home, this is truly an exceptional product. Every single item is packaged with the utmost care and love. Even more, each item hold history and a distinct story connected to a greater Yemeni lineage. When your home smells like a Mennās blend, it just brings out positivity, peacefulness and zen. Thank you for making my home a real Zen Den, I appreciate all your intentionality behind this product. I cannot recommend Mennās enough!
I was very excited to receive the Balady Box! The story of Mennas is based on love, family, and cultural appreciation. The artwork on the box is a treat; opening it was an experience! The scent of the Zuleika bukhoor is heavenly, and the mica plates allow for a longer burn time! The handcrafted mabkhara, ma'waz textile, and brass tongs transported me back to Yemen. I love that I'm supporting Yemeni artisans and looking forward to trying the Fatima bukhoor blend!
The Balady box is very thoughtfully curated. A beautiful window into the Yemeni culture. The stone makhbara, Yemeni shawl and tongs, all are of great quality. Bakhoor smells amazing! The instructions on how to get a smooth burn was deeply appreciated. My husband wore the shawl on Eid <3
Everyone in my family has sensitive/strong senses of smell and we all love this bukhoor. It makes the space smell very special and I feel lucky to be able to burn the incense whenever I want. Bringing something very precious into our home.
This is the best bakhoor I have ever experienced and have tried some from around the world. I got a box for myself and gifted one as a house warming present. There is so much care in the packaging, presentation, and story. It feels precious and makes the perfect gift or treat to yourself.