Ume Collection is a London-based producer of premium incense sticks and handmade incense burners. We use the finest raw aromatic plant materials to make our incense and Japanese inspired stoneware clays for our incense burners. Ume was created by Emma Leafe after several influential journeys – exploring temples, exquisite tea houses and sacred places across the globe in Latin America, Asia & The Levant. Drawn toward the sacred arts in each place and being captivated by the raw scents that 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. This art-form, essential to many indigenous cultures in the East and the Americas, is often rare to experience outside its country of origin. It is our aim to share our discoveries with you and to enrich your experience in daily life by offering tools of relaxation, calm and beauty.
We work with small scale artisan production methods to produce our scents and are inspired by ancient practices in bringing back to life this long forgotten art form. Our incense sticks are blended in accordance with ancient medicinal principles by using only 100% natural plant materials. Of paramount importance we do not use any chemicals, unromantic filler, oils, or perfumes in our incense. Instead we combine only the raw earthy power of pure aromatic ingredients: precious medicinal plants, herbs, spices, fragrant tree barks, seeds and saps, to produce scents that transport you through time and different lands.
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.
For more on the art of how to burn incense see our blog post here