HOW IT STARTED: Back in March 2023 I was contacted through the Candle Collective UK website by Munira Oza the Director of The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust about the possibility of making some branded keepsake candles for the charity. I was absolutely thrilled to have been asked, especially after having experienced an ectopic pregnancy myself in 2020 through the pandemic, so I absolutely jumped at the chance to be involved!
What is ectopic pregnancy? Ectopic pregnancy is a medical condition where a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the uterus, most commonly in the fallopian tube. It's a challenging and often painful experience that affects around 1 in 80 pregnancies and can have life threatening consequences.
After months of conversation with the EPT team discussing scents, size and design of the candle we chose something perfect for the charity which I hope you'll love and support. What do you think?
The Lavender & Jasmine EPT keepsake candle
TOP NOTES: Lavender - Red Fruits
MIDDLE NOTS: Lavender - Jasmin
BASE NOTES: Sandalwood - Musk Amber
Lavender and Jasmine are well known for their calming and aromatic properties, making them a perfect combination to create a serene and peaceful feel for this candle..
Lavender, known to promote relaxation, reduce anxiety, and aid in better sleep.
Jasmine, renowned for stress-reducing properties can help soothe nerves and promote a sense of well-being.
When these ingredients are combined and lovingly hand poured in a candle, they create a beautiful and harmonious scent that can help you unwind in a serene atmosphere for mindfulness, or simply add a touch of relaxation to your space. Lighting your EPT Lavender & Jasmine candle will fill the air with subtle fragrance, allowing you to experience the therapeutic benefits and enjoy a moment of calm.
Buy yours from EPT here https://shop.ectopic.org.uk/collections/other/products/candle
THE KEEPSAKE CANDLE: The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust Keepsake Candle serves as a symbol of remembrance and support for individuals and families who have been affected by ectopic pregnancy. It is designed to honour the memory of babies lost due to ectopic pregnancy and to offer comfort to those who have experienced this traumatic event.
The candle can be lit on significant dates or anniversaries, as a way to remember the life that was lost. It can also serve as a source of solace and a reminder that there is a supportive community available through the EPT.
In addition to its symbolic significance, the purchase of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust keepsake candle contributes to the organisation so they can continue the vital work of supporting individuals and families affected by ectopic pregnancy, raising awareness, and promoting research and education.
If you or someone you know has experienced an ectopic pregnancy, The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust and their Keepsake Candle can provide a sense of community, support, and understanding during a difficult time.
MY ECTOPIC STORY: In August 2020 myself and my husband Andy found out we were pregnant and we could not have been happier. Unfortunately the happiness was short lived. Just days later I was having excruciating left sided pain that I knew wasn't right. After a trip to the early pregnancy assessment unit at Liverpool Women's Hospital (alone due to Covid restrictions for a scan) I was told the devastating news that the pregnancy was ectopic, that my left fallopian tube had already ruptured causing internal bleeding and that I'd require surgery that day. After that news I didn't really hear much else that what said, I just felt numb. I then had to make that call to Andy who was waiting to hear what was going on, that was one of the hardest calls I've ever had to make. I had my surgery that evening and was home the next day in a bit of a daze trying to take in what had happened. In the months that followed I had PTSD and was in a sad place.
To find out more about the signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy or find support, please head to https://ectopic.org.uk