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Light it up! The quirkiest local candles

You know how the saying goes: 'New Year, New Candles' (or something like that anyway). From beer cans to boobs, check out the coolest creations from local indie brands.

The Reckless CANdle Project

Created from upcycled beer cans, you can’t deny that these soy wax CANdles (geddit?) from Oxford-based The Reckless CANdle Company are pretty cool, even if you’re not a fan of actually drinking the golden nectar. Take your pick from loads of craft beers, including locally brewed (and Muddy Award-winning) Tap Social. Aside from brewing craft beer, Tap Social is also a bar and social initiative to help prison leavers so the cans use branding created by ex-offender artists. Pretty cool, huh?

August Rain

Sculptural body candles are the latest interiors micro-trend to take over Instagram and, unlike your usual scented fare, aren’t actually meant to be burned – and good job too, or you’d just be left with a bottom! You can purchase this svelte figure, along with shell, bubble and cloud designs, on Instagram from brand new Witney-based small business August Rain. The candles are made with soy wax and come in cute recyclable packaging, too.


Each delicate rose-scented candle from this Headington-based business is totally unique and hand-poured into salvaged vintage bone china teacups, compete with matching saucers. Pretty and eco in equal measure, just our cup of tea.

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