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WHO ARE UME?

Ume was created by Emma Leafe after several influential journeys – visiting temples, exquisite tea houses and sacred places across the globe. Seeking out the purest varieties of natural incense and elegant burning accessories, which are essential to many indigenous cultures, yet otherwise are rare to find outside their country of origin.

WHAT WE DO

We are artisan producers of quality incense sticks, which are blended using only natural, high grade, fragrant plant material inspired by ancient recipes. The raw ingredients of our traditional incense consist of precious medicinal plants, herbs, spices, aromatic tree barks, seeds and saps, they are imbued with thousands of years of development.

WHERE ARE YOUR PRODUCTS SOURCED?

Our herbs are sourced from all over the world, from the countries of South East Asia and Indonesia, to Korea, China and Tibet, as well as Europe, South America, Arabia. The exact composition of these fragrant masterpieces often take years to achieve and it is this love and passion we have, and look for, in the producers we collaborate with. When sourcing our materials we believe in seeking out independent businesses and crafts people for the finest quality, ethical products -  from herbs and plant material, to papers and printing. We now also design and hand make our own stoneware incense holders in-house using the most environmentally friendly clays, glazes and firing techniques possible.

how to use our products

Ume incense can be used to create a fragrant space for meditation and relaxation, as well as energy arts such as yoga, tai chi and qi gong; also for space clearing and to purify the air in the home, office or when travelling. Since ancient times, accompanying calligraphy, tea ceremony and flower arrangement, incense making has been revered as one of the esteemed Chinese and Japanese art forms. In Taoist, Buddhist and worldwide shamanic folk rituals, incense is used in prayer and to make dedicated offerings in ancestor worship. Ume represents an opportunity to explore such ancient practices, moulding them into a contemporary context.

For more on the art of how to burn incense see our blog post here