Essence + Alchemy | Candles Inspired by Nature & the Elements
In the cold depths of winter you have to appreciate the benefits a candle brings. Heck, in any season a candle or two is a good thing, but in winter - in winter their benefits come to the fore. I described some of those benefits in my post on rituals for living with nature in winter: that warm orange glow a flame creates helps to craft the illusion of warmth and add to that cosy feeling we crave in this chill. That calming effect a flickering flame brings? It's a real thing! Studies have shown the positive impact candles have on reducing stress.
With all those good candle vibes in mind say hello to Essence + Alchemy - makers of very lovely candles (+ incense and aroma mists) inspired by nature and the elements. There are a lot of good candle makers out there, I'll give you that, but Essence + Alchemy are up there as one of my faves. It's important to find a good candle maker too as the average candle is not so good for you - even with that calming flickering flame. See, the average candle is made of paraffin wax and synthetic fragrances and burning that combination is not good. In fact,
When burned, paraffin wax (made from petroleum waste) creates toxic benzene and toluene chemicals, both of which are known carcinogens. It means that breathing them in is as bad for your health as second-hand smoke. If you suffer from headaches when a candle is burning, it may well be down to the paraffin. What's more, the artificial scents and dyes often used can also release harmful chemicals when burned, possibly triggering asthma attacks and allergies.
Essence + Alchemy candles are not average. Theirs are made in small batches (in Sheffield) and from a natural plant base of rapeseed oil delicately mixed (hence Essence + Alchemy) with essential oils. None of the nasties found in your average candle will be found here. There are some lovely candles on the market that are also made with a plant base - from soy or coconut - but being made with oil from rapeseed means Essence + Alchemy can create candles with a much lower carbon footprint than other eco-friendly candle makers- rapeseed is prolific here in the UK.
Not only is the raw material of the candles made by nature and locally, the packaging your candle will come in is made from recycled cardboard and can, of course, be recycled again. One of my favourite elements of an Essence + Alchemy candle though, aside from the beautiful scents, is that the beaker these candles are made in can be recycled, reused (I'm thinking an espresso cup) or refilled! Yep. They offer a candle refill service so you can keep those good vibes coming with a clean, green conscience.
As Lesley, the maker behind Essence + Alchemy candles describes: 'Ecology is at the core of Essence + Alchemy and everything created is designed and made to have minimal impact on the earth and its organisms.' After all,
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