Re//Store Sisterhood: Semra of Mama Moon Candles
The beautiful candles and sprays with its playful aesthetics by Mama Moon Candles have been on my Instagram radar for a while, especially when I spotted them in real life whilst being in Paris at Ici Selfcare and realised the quality and scent are as mesmerising as the visual product. The brainchild behind the stunning black glass jars with fun white graphics is Semra, whom I had the great pleasure to meet the other day when she “popped up” for a weekend in the magical London shop She’s Lost Control. You can buy her brand here amongst many other great products from crystals to water bottles to jewellery by Cleopatra’s Bling (loving the cosmic earrings…)
We chatted about the start of her brand, her personal style and she made me one of her gorgeous teas, which I might have to get next time I visit this wonderful shop. She showed me the candles and sprays and the stories and spells behind them. The Spiritual Bleach spray is a true essential in anyone’s handbag clearing any space from negativity. As her website states: Made with Sage, Rosemary and Lemon essential oils – Sage clears negativity; bringing peace comfort and healing. Rosemary helps clear negative vibes. Lemon is a strong purifier that can help break ties with your past and release you of hexes. In our household we fell head over heels in love with the Love Manifestation. This is not a hard task given the scent of pure roses and oud, known for its love drawing natural qualities. All the candles are hand poured in London and are a soy and mineral wax blend. No nasties, the way we like it. I’m afraid I found myself a new addiction and am already planning my next Mama Moon visit!
How would you describe your personal style?
Cleopatra has been my hairstyle and eyeliner style icon for as long as I can remember!
As for clothes, it’s summer so I am loving wearing my 70’s Indian gauze dresses, I recently discovered Rabbit Moon’s collection at SLC I literally want everything on that rail!
I’m all about Indian bangles too, when I go to India I stock up! I like the glass ones, they smash quite easily though, so I always leave a trail wherever I go! I love how they sound when they move too.
What made you decide to start Mama Moon Candles? And what inspires you at the start of a new scent / concept?
I love the idea of magic and mini rituals happening in every day life, simple yet powerful tools to assist with self love and intention setting.
I tend to start by making a candle for myself first, I might think about what I might need help with, it might be setting a particular intention or an area where I might be requiring some extra courage. If I feel like I might need some cosmic assistance in these areas of my life, then I feel that there might be some others out there who could also benefit from the same magical cosmic assistance.
When you develop your holistic recipes for your scents do you have a sustainable approach? And how do you put this in process?
Yes, I order pretty much everything from the UK and I also offer a recycling service where I give a £5.00 voucher off any new candle purchased.
What is the favourite element of your job? And biggest challenge?
The favourite part just happened, for the past few weeks I have had a pop-up at She’s Lost Control. It has been such a complete buzz to meet all the gorgeous souls who have come to my pop-up. Currently, I am a one woman show, I do everything! The other night it was quite late and I was wrapping up orders with tunes playing and my cat was asleep beside me and I had a poignant moment of thinking, this is so cool!
What role does yoga play in your life?
I recently went to a Yin Yoga combined with a gong sound bath class at She’s Lost Control with Lilly and Aron. I loved it…it felt like it was the yoga I have been looking for forever!
Do you practice mindfulness and in what way?
Yes, I try to meditate every day, I really like guided meditations such as Dr Shiddarth Ashvin Shah, he does some really amazing ones. He does a really easy one that I do if I get a little stressed. You, breath in the syllable RE and out the syllable LAX, RE- LAX. Repeat this a few times and it’s instantly grounding. It’s also one you can do standing up whilst on the tube in rush hour!
What is your favourite indulgence within the world of wellness.
Gong baths and cacao ceremonies. I went to my first one last year and got a bit addicted! I go deep! And I love the ritual of putting an intention in to Cacao before drink it…I have had some really beautiful experiences with it.
Where do you go when you want to find inspiration?
I go to see loads of art, I love London for that! And Watkins in Piccadilly for books on magic.
What do you listen to at the moment?
At the moment I have this mix repeat my friend Kim sent it to me and I’ve been playing it non stop.
Where do you go to shop for clothes / accessories?
I collect stuff from all over! I like a wander down Camden Passage on the market days. Russell & Bromley for a good pair of winter boots. I love Space NK and recently discovered Content Beauty in Marylebone – All of their products use botanical and all natural ingredients.
And wellness / organic food / crystal shops.. any of these.
SLC where I have just had my pop-up shop is a total gem, so many people who come in to the shop say “I live around the corner and I never knew this was here”. They are so buzzing that they have discovered something new and then when they see all the amazing crystal displays and realise magic is happening in there they fully embrace it and it is totally beautiful! Cheryl and Jill have created a mystical oasis.
Who would you like to see on here in the future?
I would like to see Wellness extraordinaire Helen Morris on here. We made friends though Instagram last year and she totally has her finger on the pulse of the best wellness spots in London.
Also, Chloe Kerman who celebrates divine feminine power. Chloe holds a “shamanic right of the womb ceremony” in London. A really beautiful ritual, I found it really transformative and healing.
What is your favourite plant based / Vegetarian recipe?
I got this slow roasted tomato recipe from my best friend, Suwindi 20 years ago and its still going strong!
6-8 ripe tomatoes
Extra virgin olive oil
1 table spoon of sweet chilli
2 bulbs of garlic
Small bunch of coriander
Salt and pepper
Chop the tomatoes in quarters
Add the chopped coriander
A splash of balsamic a big table spoon of sweet chilli
A couple of generous splashes of extra virgin olive oil
Lots of salt and pepper, mix it all up so the tomatoes are coated, chop the head off the garlic bulbs and bury them in the tomatoes
Roast for about 45 minutes on 190 degrees
(it goes very well with some crusty bread!)
Rabbit Moon Vintage – @_rabbitmoon
She’s Lost Control – @slc_london
Helen Morris – @samsaracommunications
Chloe Kerman – @chloeisidora
Content Beauty – @contentbeauty
Yin Yoga – @lily_silverton
Thank you so much Semra for the chat, lush tea and the Love Manifestation!
I’ve enjoyed being a part of the Manuka Life Inspirational Women series here on their blog, I hope you enjoyed this takeover and keep an eye on the Manuka Matters blog for more inspirational women and guest bloggers coming soon. You can still follow Re//Store on Instagram at: @re____store for more Sisterhood articles and recipe ideas, holistic nutrition and natural wine.
Interview and photos by Maaike Mekking www.maaikemekking.com via Re//Store @re____store