About Ume

We are London-based creators UME who design a range of products to inspire your daily rituals. We produce premium grade natural incense sticks, handmade incense burners & pure botanical atmosphere mists. We only use the finest raw aromatic plant materials in our fragrances and the highest quality Japanese inspired stoneware clays for our incense burners. We don't sometimes shout about it, but these principles are standard to us, as are the aesthetics of zen-style design. 

This almost forgotton ritual, the Art of Incense, is aligned with the four ancient arts of the Orient: The Way of Tea, Ikebana & Calligraphy. Incense is an essential part of daily life to many indigenous cultures in the East - also in a different more primary way in the Americas, where it is connected to Shamanism. These arts & rituals are often rare to experience outside the country of origin, yet it has been our aim to uncover these practices and share our discoveries with you. We offer you heailng tools to enrich your experience in daily life - aiding relaxation, calm and beauty. 

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UME was created by Emma Leafe after several influential journeys – exploring temples, exquisite tea houses and sacred places across the globe. Drawn toward the sacred arts in each place - and being captivated by the raw scents which perfumed these explorations, she began to experience first-hand how fragrance was key in unlocking doors in the mind. From this she discovered the lost art of incense making and began to explore the deeper rituals that surround it.

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The herbs used in our incense come from diverse parts of this planet: South East Asia, Indonesia, Korea, China, Tibet, as well as Europe, South America and Arabia. The exact composition of these fragrant masterpieces often take years to achieve and no batch can be ever the same due to the fluctuating climate and season which effect growing conditions of the plants used. It is this tireless love and passion we have, and look for, in the producers we collaborate with.

When sourcing our materials we are dedicated to seeking out artisans and independent businesses for the finest quality, ethical products -  from herbs and plant material, to papers and printing. We design and hand package everything from our London studio and hand-make our own natural fragrance blends and stoneware incense holders in-house using the most environmentally friendly organic materials, clays, glazes and firing techniques possible.

The Raw Ingredients Of Our Traditional Solid Stick Incense Consist Of Precious Medicinal Plants, Herbs, Spices, Aromatic Tree Barks, Seeds And Saps, They Are Imbued With Thousands Of Years Of Development

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