Essence + Alchemy is a sustainable, handcrafted collection of earth friendly small-batch botanical scented goods.  Everything that goes into an E+A product is simple and natural, a plant base + aromatherapeutic essential oils for scent, that's it, nothing else.  There are no synthetic fragrances, no additives, just pure and natural Mother Earth goodness 




Alchemy is the art that separates what is useful from what is not by transforming it into it's ultimate matter and essence. - Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus (Alchemist 1493-1541)

Alchemy was based on the belief that there are four basic elements in nature; fire, water, air and earth and with the right combination of these elements, any substance could be formed including precious healing elixirs.

Founder and maker Lesley grew up on the northeast coast, has a degree in Environmental Science and her initials are LAB (LAB; noun, informal. A laboratory "a science lab").  Essence + Alchemy was born out of her passion for the earth sciences and experimentation with natural scent using only essential oils (the life force of plants). Using her own aromatic experiences and memories, she uses alchemical processes to create a transformative energy and connection with nature through plant aromas.

Packaging is simple, honest and reminiscent of vintage laboratory ware.  Essence + Alchemy candle beakers are british made, handblown and reusable. Branding is clean and simple, inspired by the colours of nature and the natural elements. 

All scented goods are categorised on their labels by the alchemical triangle symbols for Fire, Water, Air and Earth.   

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Transforming nature's botanicals into beautiful and complex, botanical scented goods.

ESSENCE - The intrinsic nature of something which determines its character/an extract obtained from a plant and used for scent.
ALCHEMY - A seemingly magical process of transformation, creation or combination concerned with the transmutation of matter, in particular with attempts to convert base metals into gold or find a universal elixir.


Ecology is at the core of Essence + Alchemy and everything created is designed and made to have minimal impact on the earth and it's organisms. 

Packaging is always minimal and made from recycled card.  Boxes, glassware and travel tins are made in the UK, they are all recyclable and more importantly reusable - Essence + Alchemy also offer a candle beaker refill service and candle refills.

When sourcing raw materials, they are always as locally sourced as possible, for example candles are handmade from rapeseed, a plant which has been grown in Britain for hundreds of years as animal feed and to protect and improve soils.  This pure natural plant wax is made from the oil of the rapeseed plant.  It is sustainable, GMO free, non-hazardous, biodegradable, harmless to wildlife and because it is grown and manufactured here, it has a lower carbon footprint than other imported plant waxes such as soy, coconut and palm wax and because it is a plant wax it is vegan friendly too.

The EARTH is what we all have in common

"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