Every now and then I aim to showcase a business I really love and believe in – it’s great to champion the smaller business.

So I wanted to introduce a fabulous lady called Nikki Holt and her candle business – Nostara.

These candles are my “go to,” as not only do they all smell divine but they burn really well!  Nikki actually showed me how to burn a candle to make it effective and last!

Over to Nikki …

xx

Introducing Nostara

I first met Jo at Axe Vale Craft Fair in 2018, since then she has been an avid supporter of Nostara.

She has asked me to write a few words to tell you all about my journey from stay at home mum to founder of Nostara…

After many happy years as a primary school teacher and a stay-at-home mum, it was time to start a new chapter in my life. My love of fragrance drew me to creating my own range of luxury home fragrances and with the support of my family and friends and in 2017 the Nostara brand was born.

Finding the perfect name for my business was very tricky – I had lots of great, and not so great ideas, but I finally settled on ‘Nostara’!

It is derived from a combination of my first initial and ‘Ostara’ the Goddess of Spring, chosen for its meaning of new beginnings – the perfect metaphor for my new business.

Why did you start the business?

My aim was to bring a sense of luxury to the everyday and launch a collection that was aspirational but accessible – something that I would want to buy for my own home.

Focusing on ethical, sustainable, and local production was really important to me. I wanted to keep everything sourced in the UK and I am pleased to say I was able to achieve this.

I was thrilled to be awarded a Great British Brand in 2020 and 2021 – something I can truly say I am proud of.

About Nostara’s candles & diffusers

Nostara’s candles are hand poured in small batches in the South West – one of my fabulous suppliers and an expert in pouring candles!

I use 100% natural sustainable soy wax and scents which have been created using premium quality essential oils with distinguishable top, heart, and base notes. The candles feature 100% cotton wicks and will burn for approximately 40 hours with an exceptional scent throw, providing a clean, even, long lasting burn to your home, office, or wedding.

Nostara reed diffusers, also hand poured in Devon, are made from Augeo, which is an innovative and eco-friendly new base, derived from soya renewable resources. It is non-toxic, low in carbon footprint and low in odour, giving it a superior performance.

The reed diffusers are the perfect way to effortlessly add long-lasting fragrance, whether you want a signature scent or to create a particular ambience.

My collection is available in eight fragrances, all personal to me: Bergamot & Black Tea, Lime & Juniper, Linen & White Gardenia, Ebony Rose, Burnished Amber, and two winter editions – Frosted Fir and Winter Wonderland, both encapsulating the magic of Christmas!

My collection even encompasses a ‘MANdle’ with the Leather & Vetiver fragrance offering a confident, masculine redolence – a darker addition to Nostara’s range. This aroma will bring a sense of drama to any space, with its deep, musky undertones and powerful presence.

About Nikki Holt

I teamed up with the award-winning perfumer, Marina Barcenilla (also local to me), to develop my perfumery skills and create a range with an emphasis on complex fragrance notes, giving a multi-dimensional olfactory experience.

I love travelling and discovering new scents along the way. When I return home, I try to recreate those fabulous scents and bring a bit of that special place back to life in Nostara’s fragrances. Whether you are tempted by the zesty homage to a G&T in the sun – Lime & Juniper, or the uplifting, spa like fragrance Bergamot & Black Tea (inspired by a hotel in Hong Kong) there is something for everyone.

I am such a lover of fragrance, it has the power to evoke such wonderful memories. Creating new scents and products is one of my favourite parts of running the business. I’m so pleased to have created something unique to Nostara, and that everyone can enjoy for many years to come. I hope you enjoy them too!

Love Nikki x

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Every now and then I aim to showcase a business I really love and believe in – it’s great to champion the smaller business.

Many workout family members have asked about the various outfits that I wear that they’ve spotted on Instagram and so I thought I would showcase a fabulous lady called Natasha and her business, Nulu.


I’m Natasha Roberts and I run Nulu here in the UK and am delighted to be featured in one of Jo’s business spotlights.

Nulu is a South African brand of activewear and our pieces are bright and colourful, or have amazing prints and are really different from other activewear you can buy on the high street.

Often people ask if I’m South African, but I’m not … I’m very English, but I have family in Cape Town and did work there in my younger days! So I have close connections and visited frequently (pre Covid!), and Lucinda who founded Nulu, is one of those friends for many years.

Lucinda launched Nulu in 2009 when she spotted the trend in activewear whilst working in the clothing industry in South Africa. Originally Nulu was a purely yoga brand, but has developed to encompass activewear for not only yogis, but also those being active through pilates, gym classes, running.

As a niche brand, we hope that our customers will love wearing Nulu leggings, tops, etc that not everyone else is wearing, and will compliment other items in their activewear wardrobe! The brand is supposed to be fun and playful, making you feel good about what you wear.

For me, when it’s a rainy, dreary day in the UK I love seeing the latest designs and prints that Lucinda has chosen for a product range…..a bit of bright sunshine and colour from Cape Town.

I’ve really missed being able to meet customers over the last year as I used to sell Nulu at gyms, studios, house sales and fairs but am looking forward to getting out there again. Although you can buy online via our website or Instagram. I’m always happy for people to visit me at home to try items – just message me if you are in the South East!

So if you fancy a new pair of yoga leggings or a vest for a Pilates workout, please take a look at Nulu and I hope there might be something to tempt you. Our green palms leggings look fabulous on Jo, it could be you too!

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Every now and then I aim to showcase a business I really love and believe in – it’s great to champion the smaller business.

Many workout family members have asked about the various outfits that I wear that they’ve spotted on Instagram and so I thought I would launch this showcase section by introducing a fabulous lady called Lindy and her business.

Over the years I have bought many things from Lindy… most of my jewellery in fact and my various “floaty” dresses.

I shall leave the rest to Lindy…

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Hi, I am Lindy Harpham, owner of online retail store, Story in Bray in Berkshire, UK.

Jo has been a friend, ambassador and super-loyal customer of mine for years … everything looks fabulous on her so I was so thrilled when she was willing to include Story in Bray here in her lifestyle section.

I had an actual bricks and mortar shop in Bray Village for around 13 years where I sold gorgeous clothing, jewellery and interior pieces.  On this journey, I was lucky enough to meet loads of fantastic people and acquired a very loyal following who have remained with me to this day.

As the interior service side of the business grew, I decided to close my beloved shop in Bray and run the creative side of my business from my ‘den’ at home.

I have a huge love of clothing, jewellery and interiors and so continue to combine all three into a great little business.

One of our selling points is that we don’t stock a lot of anything and we tend to avoid big labels and instead, work hard to source unusual stock for our customers – generally timeless pieces that work together season after season.  We also stock super gifts too!

Have a peek at storyinbray.com

We generally use Instagram to announce new clothing. Do follow us if you like what you see!

Finally – you can see Jo in some of our clothing in the photos below …


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