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New spring scents

With homes still our biggest refuge during a year of Covid lockdowns why not transform your space and mood with fresh and uplifting spring candles, including three cool indie brands from Warwickshire.

Twinings Home Fragrance, Rugby

Inspired by nature and walks in the woodlands, Warwickshire’s Twinings Home Fragrance has just launched two new limited editions for 2021 – Wild bluebell and Peony. These ranges are available in wax melts, candle tins, single wick candle jars, three wick candle jars and diffusers. If you prefer something more ‘fruity’ try their best-selling fragrance Black Pomegranate or Sweet Fig with its floral undertone. Lemongrass and Ginger is great for neutralising food odours in the kitchen.

The Artibus Yard, Kenilworth

I love peering into this shop, it remind me of an old-fashioned apothecary. They make 15 different hand poured soy candles encased in amber glasses including three inspired by the county – Kenilworth (walks along the greenway and visits to the Castle, scented with notes of leafy greens, orange and bergamot), Leamington (Jephson Gardens, with scented notes of geranium, oranges and eucalyptus) and Warwickshire (the Tudor era, with notes of lemon, sandalwood and eucalyptus). Due to the closure of their studio shop they’re offering free local delivery with no minimum order.

JoCo Candles, Leamington Spa

Founded in 2019, the majority of the pressed flowers and foliage are grown in Joanna’s mum’s beautiful garden in Malvern, Worcs and the lovely candles are all hand poured in Leamington Spa – so you can choose your favourite spring blooms. She’s really passionate about caring for the environment so all candles are made with rapeseed wax, shipped in 100% recycled or recyclable packaging and all fragrances used are vegan and cruelty free. The flowers are also set to the glass using a special non-toxic, cruelty free resin. 

5 more Muddy faves from across the counties:

Cotswold Pure, Broadway, Worcs

If you love pure botanicals than these beauties crafted in the pretty town of Broadway will be just the ticket. The eco-vibe is strong with a no-chemical promise. Made from soy wax that is renewable and sustainable, pure essential oils and lead-free cotton wicks or wooden wicks, they’re all 100% pure and not tested on animals. No wishy-washy vanilla scents here either – they’re packed with a power-punch of fragrance. With scents inspired by nature and the seasons candle-maker and owner Sally Anne’s candles are vegan-friendly. And if you want to offset your coffee table carbon emissions you can do that to, they even have a cool refill service, just buy one and send it back for a refill for a zero-waste chill out session. £11 – £29.

Avanti Candles, Leics

You’ve got to admire Avanti Candles. The brand has been set up by Neil who has worked in the health industry for a few years now and is fully aware of how damaging some candles can be to your health.  All the candles are hand poured at home by Neil and made with natural soy wax which is vegan-friendly and kind to the environment. The minimal design with the stand-out black label means means they’ll pretty much fit in anywhere in your house. We’re loving the orange and pomelo one – it comes with a unique take on a musky citrus scent and is aromatic with just about the right amount of subtle zest.

PANDA Botanicals, Northants

PANDA Botanicals set out in 2017 to create eco-friendly, luxury candles with a low carbon footprint. Each candle is hand-poured using a mix of soy wax and rapeseed oil, meaning no yucky paraffin. They’re vegan and cruelty free and come in recyclable containers, plus each scent evokes a different travel destination (Moroccan Fresh Mint Tea, Persian Rose and Sandalwood, Norwegian Mist and Forest Pine, Thai Bamboo and Coconut…) making them perfect gifts for globetrotters and 10% of all profits go to eco charities. 

Nostara, Somerset

Eco-friendly, renewable, hand-poured natural soy wax candles made with essential oils that will fill your home with a beautiful, long-lasting scent. We love the sound of linen and white gardenia, leather and vetiver, and burnished amber, with detailed fragrance notes for each candle. The name? From Ostara, the Goddess of Spring, symbolising a new beginning for Nikki, the brains behind the brand, when she up the business in 2017 in Yeovil after the last of her kids had flown the nest. Candles £35–£39.

SevenSeventeen, Sussex

This lovely brand with a cult following including The Guardian’s Sali Hughes was set up by a pair of frazzled working Sussex mothers, who have two high-flying journalism careers and five small children between them. The idea is that you bundle any lurking nippers into bed at 7.17pm, hence the name – kudos on the optimism – then grab a glass of wine, light up (the candle, not a fag…) and unwind. Lush scents and long burn times guaranteed, oh, and 10 per cent of profits are donated to mental health. They look as good as they smell too – the brown glass recycled pharmacy-jar containers have a rustic, retro feel, and an afterlife as make-up brush holders or diddy vases. We’re more than happy to make space on a mantelpiece for these beauties, or buy them for our bezzies.

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