Essence + Alchemy is a beautiful collection of earth friendly small-batch botanical scented goods, handcrafted in the garden laboratory in Sheffield, England. Everything that goes into an E+A product is simple and natural, a plant base + essential oils for scent, that's it, nothing else. There are no synthetic fragrances, no additives, just pure and natural Mother Earth goodness.
Founder and maker Lesley grew up on the northeast coast, has a degree in Environmental Science and her initials are rather fittingly 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. She uses the alchemical processes of combination and transformation to create exceptional naturally scented products formulated from her own aromatic memories and experiences.
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 Lesley's scientific background. All products are categorised by the natural elements and the alchemical symbols for Fire, Water, Air and Earth.
Everything is made carefully by hand in small batches, this ensures the quality of each product is of the very highest standard.
ESSENCE + ALCHEMY = SIMPLE + NATURAL + BEAUTIFUL
Essence and alchemy are combined to transform simple and natural ingredients into beautiful and complex scented products.
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. The medieval forerunner of chemistry.
Ecology is at the core of the 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 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, the main component (highest %) of each product is always as locally sourced as possible (whenever this is 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 pressed rapeseed plant and not only is it locally sourced here in the UK, 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