After more than a decade living and working overseas in Hong Kong and Iceland, James and Jo Long returned to the UK in 2019 with the spark of an idea to set up their own business in beautiful West Cumbria. That spark was born on an earlier trip to Keswick and the Lakes the previous year when the couple were planning their move back. They wanted to buy a souvenir for James’s mum back in Iceland to say thank you for looking after their beloved Hong Kong rescue dogs, Bella and Custer. Historically, candles were their go-to gift of choice for Mrs Long (who loves a candle), but finding something that was good quality, a reasonable price, made in Cumbria and indicative of the area proved hard to find.
Soon after landing in 2019 the couple established Lakeland Lights Company with a shared goal to create luxury scented soy candles inspired by some of their favourite locations in Cumbria. Lakeland Lights Company started trading with three scents, Buttermere Heather, Whinlatter Forest and Honister Slate based on the places they visited on their initial visit. Having settled in West Cumbria, their St Bees and Wasdale candles soon followed and the brand was born. The core range now consists of eleven candles with plans for additional locations next year, as well as the limited edition seasonal scents. Wax melts are now available in all scents which have proved to be very popular.
What makes their products stand out from the crowd is that each candle has its own unique story and a scent that reflects it. For example, the St Bees Tidal candle is inspired by walking the dogs on St Bees beach which for James and Jo meant a zingy ocean fresh scent. Their Ennerdale Views candle was chosen by the community-focused people and visitors to The Gather in Ennerdale Bridge. Wasdale Sunset was influenced by an amazing photography workshop James attended at Wastwater, at you guessed it, sunset! And so the stories go on...
Having started pouring candles in their West Cumbrian kitchen, things soon got out of hand forcing the fledgling company to move into their Cleator Moor workshop. Here the husband and wife team handpour, label and package every candle onsite using high quality fragrance oils and 100% soy wax. Speaking of packaging they advocate using
reusable, recycled, recyclable and biodegradable materials in everything that gets sent out of their workshop door. They strive to produce a high quality product that they would want to buy themselves and take pride in their attention to detail.
The couple are extremely proud to have produced a product that combines their love of candles and their passion for Cumbria and feel very fortunate that the people of West Cumbria and visitors alike have taken their products to their hearts. Their aim was to evoke some of the magic of the Lake District in jar form and we think they’ve done a fine job.
You can find Lakeland Lights Company’s candles on sale at multiple stockists across Cumbria, whilst their full range of candles and wax melts are available from their website.