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

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 retain the true essence and therapeutic qualities of the plants, scents are formulated by the careful blending of steam distilled essential oils. Each scent is unique - a botanical daydream, designed to take you on a journey through the waking world.

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

Underlying all of these problems of introducing contamination into our world is the question of moral responsibility — responsibility not only to our own generation but to those of the future.
— Rachel Carson, Ecologist