A dozen simple solstice celebration ideas

A dozen simple solstice celebration ideas

I love noticing and marking, in simple ways, the solstice and equinox points of the year. The summer solstice, on 21st June, is the midpoint of the solar calendar, for some the real beginning of summer. Also known as Litha, it’s the day with the most daylight hours and the shortest night, a time of change and growth and abundance.

How to choose the right candle size for you

How to choose the right candle size for you

Choosing the right candle size is as important as choosing the right scent. You don’t want to be overwhelmed with the aroma, nor be disappointed that it’s failed to fill the space you wanted it to. Also, there’s nothing worse than a candle that doesn’t burn for as long as you’re hoping.

Introducing a summer blend: Rebalance

Introducing a summer blend: Rebalance

I could not be any more proud of this blend if I tried. It’s not the most obvious combination of essential oils, but each one has been picked to bring you back together when you’re feeling scattered, to ground you in the space where you belong, and to send you forward into whatever you’re doing with calmness and ease.

Introducing a summer blend: Into The Rose Garden

Introducing a summer blend: Into The Rose Garden

Into The Rose Garden was designed to be inspiring and mood boosting, an aroma which nurtures the headspace for creative thinking and problem solving. I hope it will be the one you turn to when, despite having made time and space to work on a project, you still feel a bit bleak and can’t quite find the energy or enthusiasm to get stuck into it.

Seasonal Shift: Early Summer Edition

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I am slightly amazed that I have made it to the second edition of my free download, Seasonal Shift. When I released the first one, Early Spring, it felt like an age until I had to worry about the next, and I had so many business hurdles to overcome before I could get to that point. Only a few months on, I am overjoyed with how much more confident and comfortable I feel running this business of mine, the customers I’ve got to know, the feedback I’ve received, the community I’ve begun to nurture online and the creative life I’m finally beginning to lead. The check in of releasing this download has been a wonderful reminder of how much has changed since I released the first edition in late February - yet another way in which seasonal living supports me.

Seasonal Shift: Early Summer is an opportunity to slow down, to celebrate the early signs of the oncoming season and to focus on joy and creativity in this new phase of the year.

It’s a 12 page guide to early summer, complete with a ‘could do’ list of things to make, do and celebrate in the weeks to come, a simple flower arranging tutorial, and a recipe for right now, as well as an insight into my own summer manifesto and how you can create your own (it’s not tricky, and it’s not designed to be a big weighty job which is going to require acres of mental energy, just a quick and fun way to give your season a gentle focus).

In order to get your copy, all you need to do sign up to my weekly emails in the box below. My emails are a more behind the scenes look at life, an opportunity to share the lessons I’m learning about living a more joyful, creative life, about finding moments of slow and figuring out running a business that aligns with my values. And also, slightly less deep, I always include a round up of little things I’m loving right now, and what I’m up to - blog posts, podcasts and new product releases. I do hope you’ll give it a go, but if you don’t want your inbox cluttered up right now, please do feel free to subscribe and unsubscribe as you wish, and I hope to see you back here for the autumn download later in the year.

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Why I use plant based waxes (but I'm considering an alternative to soy)

Why I use plant based waxes (but I'm considering an alternative to soy)

I only sell candles made from plant based waxes. Although that might feel like a logical choice, I want to talk you through how I reached it, and explain why I’m considering alternatives to soy wax. There are a few wax options available to candle makers. Paraffin wax was crossed off the list before the list was even made.

Why I only use pure essential oils in my candles

Why I only use pure essential oils in my candles

One commitment which I have remained unshakeable on since even before the launch of Ochre & Flax is that all my candles are fragranced solely with 100% pure essential oils. No manmade fragrances, no matter how natural, phthalate free and paraben free, no matter how enticingly cookie dough, fresh linen or peony and rose scented, will be found in my studio or in my candles

Scent of the season (not a candle)

Scent of the season (not a candle)

I know I’m all about essential oils evoking the season, but honestly the scent that brings me right into this time of year isn’t an oil but the smell I am greeted with every time I enter our nearby shady woodlands - the pungent aroma of wild garlic. Foraging is one of the most satisfying ways I know to get food to the table.