The Story


Inspired By The Elements

Essence + Alchemy is a botanical scented goods brand focused on handcrafting sustainable collections with honesty and transparency to support natural well-being. Combining the theories of traditional aromatherapy, ancient alchemy and well-considered design, Essence + Alchemy brings together a portfolio of consciously made products influenced by the natural elements of fire, air, water and earth.

Alchemy is the art that separates what is useful from what is not by transforming it into its ultimate matter and essence.
— Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus, Alchemist

Scent + Science

Essence + Alchemy Founder Lesley A Bramwell (LAB) started out as an Environmental Scientist and after experimenting for many years with botanicals and essential oils for their therapeutic properties, she decided this was her true passion and it was time to launch a new venture.

Lesley started creating natural rapeseed wax candles in her kitchen and in 2015 formulated the idea for Essence + Alchemy, bringing together the natural scent and energy of plants (essence) + Lesley’s scientific and environmental background (alchemy).

Taking a scientific approach that’s balanced with nature, Lesley designs, handcrafts and packages each Essence + Alchemy product from a small garden laboratory in Sheffield.

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Essence + Alchemy is like a scientific equation, a formula of combining natural scent with a little bit of magic mixed in. 
— Lesley A Bramwell, E+A Founder

Nature’s Perfume

Without compromise, everything that goes into an Essence + Alchemy product is 100% natural and synthetic free. A plant base + pure essential oils for scent, that’s it, nothing else - no artificial fragrances, colours or additives. An uncomplicated formula of natural simplicity.

To support natural well-being and retain the true essence and aromatherapeutic qualities of the plants, scents are formulated by the careful blending of steam-distilled pure essential oils. Each scent is unique, a botanical daydream designed to take your imagination on a journey while helping to calm, restore, energise and uplift.

Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.
— Patrick Süskind, Author

Consciously Crafted

Sustainability and ethical values should never have to be sacrificed for luxury. This philosophy is built into every Essence + Alchemy product. Creating natural and sustainable products helps protect our planet now and for future generations.

Averse to the waste and environmental impact of the home fragrance industry we aim to do things differently. Working with only natural materials for products and packaging; quality, well-being and sustainability will always be at the heart of Essence + Alchemy and as the brand grows it only becomes more integral.

More on Protecting the Planet

The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.
— Sir David Attenborough