About Pintail Candles

Celebrating 30 years of Candle Making

James and Fiona grew up surrounded by amazing Cumbrian scenery and wildlife which has not only inspired the candles they make but also their company name.  Pintail Candles are made in the little fishing village of Flookburgh on Morecambe Bay. The Bay is an important home to a wide variety of wildfowl and as a keen birdwatcher, James named the business after the beautiful pintail duck which nests in the surrounding wetlands and marshes. With their gorgeous colouring and elegance, the pintail duck is the epitome of Pintail Candles.

Pintail Ducks

James started the business in 1993 at a time when the candle market was dominated by big manufacturers and the number of small boutique candle makers could be counted on one hand. His first workshop was in a basement and his first range was a collection of pillar and taper candles.

After a couple of years, he moved to a converted milking parlour and took on his first employee. It was at this time that Pintail Candles became one of the first candle makers in the UK to produce candle tins, a product which we have been associated with ever since.

Over the years we pioneered the concept of an occasions candle and when cocktails were all the rage, we were the first to make cocktail candles in a tin.

Although the company has grown, we still individually hand pour our candles using traditional techniques. This creates a beautiful finish on the candle with a fragrance throw that fills a room with scent, all the way to the end of the burn.

30 years after making those first candles we are now one of the UK’s best loved candle makers. We supply retailers from the Shetland Islands down to the Channel Islands and to Europe and various countries around the world.

James and Fiona  would like to thank all of you who have helped us along the way and wish you all the best for the coming year.