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My friend came for Sunday lunch a few weeks ago and gave me an O APOSTROPHE candle as a thank you. I have been meaning to wax lyrical (mwah hah hah!) about it for ages. And yes, she too was subjected to my awful jokes – and yet I still got a present. What can I say, I have very forgiving friends.

It smelt totally dreamy (and still does after over 40 hours of burning and still going strong) and naturally as an old hack with a grammar obsession, the name struck a chord. I was keen to buy a few more as presents (for meeee!) so checked them out online, and discovered they are made right here in Berkshire! A family firm in Ascot to be precise. This county just brimmeth over with talent I tell you.


O APOSTROPHE specialises in beautiful hand-poured luxury scented natural wax candles blended with essential oils and natural fragrances. They also make glass diffusers with scented reed sticks.

The 200g signature lacquered aqua, pink or white glass candles burn for around forty-five hours and cost a very reasonable £24. Which given that quality candles can cost over £100 these days (it’s all gone slightly dotty hasn’t it?) I’d have one in every room for that price.


They have recently introduced a new much larger 3-wick candle (12cm x 12cm) with a burn time of over 85 hours (£60). The candles come wrapped with a wide hand-tied white grosgrain ribbon and white/aqua gift box. They also do votive gift sets and wedding favours.


What I love about all of them is some of the more original choice of scents including blackcurrant leaf, lime leaf and ginger, wild fig and grape and rhubarb and ginger. Just fyi, I had the limited edition ‘peonies and roses’ and it really does smell lovely – fresh and light, not cloying or sickly sweet like some fragranced candles can.

You can buy online, or they have a range of stockists in Berkshire and further afield.

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