Lesley A Bramwell
A background in environmental science and personal experience of aromatherapy helped Lesley founder of Essence + Alchemy become a natural scent alchemist.
Lesley A Bramwell - E+A Founder
Encouraged by my mother a keen gardener and lover of botanicals, I've been using and blending essential oils for many years. Gaining knowledge of their aromatherapeutic benefits through reference books, I would create wellbeing blends for the diffuser or for bathing to help me relax and de-stress.
I was an occupational hygiene + environmental consultant for many years, helping manufacturers protect their workers and the environment from chemical pollution before deciding to completely change my life and follow a new path. Essence + Alchemy reflects both my strong connection with nature and my scientific background. I like to think of it as an equation, a formula of combining natural scent with a little bit of magic mixed in.
Each E+A scent is very different. When developing them, my starting point is always the plants, their therapeutic properties and a memory or sensation I'd like to evoke. In a fragrance industry over saturated with chemicals and poor synthetic plant imitations, I'm trying to bring naturals to light and elevate the art of natural perfumery. The strict alchemical process of using only pure naturals and making each product by hand in small batches ensures beautifully scented goods to bring a sense of harmony and tranquillity to your home.
For relaxation I like to spray the bedroom with the Unwind Aroma Mist and light an Unwind or Tranquility candle an hour before bedtime. When I'm feeling anxious I like to meditate using Tranquility Incense. Getting ready for the day or evening out, I like to indulge in a candle-lit bath with an Aether candle to help re-energise and clear my mind.
"People are capable at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of"
- Paulo Coelho "The Alchemist"
The E+A Garden LAB
The E+A Garden Laboratory in Sheffield, where all products are designed, made and packaged by hand.