ROOT candles in green and white
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

The ROOT Of All Fine Candles

ROOT candles use only the finest, sustainable, ethically sourced ingredients

At Hayes Garden World we are constantly looking for ways to improve our ecological footprint; we re-cycle the majority of our waste packaging, re-cycle rainwater to water the plants and provide mini-buses for staff to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. We also try and source quality merchandise, which we know our customers are going to love, from ethical eco-friendly companies. One such company is ‘ROOT Candles’ which have started supplying us with some of the best quality candles available on the market today.

ROOT Lavender and Vanilla candle jar

Lavender and Vanilla

It is a family owned business which started 147 years ago and has been making candles for the past 88 years, so they know a thing or two about their product. It was first started by a passionate beekeeper, so they know that the key to producing top of the range candles is the quality of their key ingredient, beeswax. They have recently introduced a range of soy wax candles with their Seeking Balance range. As with the beeswax the soy is a sustainable, renewable crop sourced from all over the US from Fairtrade farms. Soy wax, a product of the soya bean, is naturally bio-degradable, and produces a soot-free, smoke-free burn, unlike cheaper paraffin based candles. It is a GM free, 100% vegetable product not tested on animals. It also has a greater fragrance holding capacity, with the result that your candle will have the same intensity of scent from the first time you light it to the last.

ROOT Hosta candle in jar


The fragrances used are all finest Grade A oils which are the most intense and natural on the market. This means that ROOT can pack in the maximum amount of fragrance without de-stabilising the oils and without the need to enhance the aroma with artificial chemicals. Being at the forefront of candle technology they have developed a product which leaves a dishwasher-safe glass container suitable for use as a drinking glass, a small vase for flowers or as a sweetie jar.

ROOT Lemon Frosted Scone candle in jar with lemons

Lemon Frosted Scone

The colours are all achieved using natural vegetable dyes and the wicks are either wood or natural cotton. Combined with re-cycled eco-friendly packaging and environmentally friendly soy inks these products are one of the most ethical on the market. The Seeking Balance range is aimed at those of us who want a little help with our spiritual and physical well-being. There are 12 different fragrances in this range; the jars burn for about 65 hours, the votives 15 hours and each segment of the melts 12 hours. They balance colour therapy with aromatherapy to help achieve various objectives. ‘Enlighten’ is yellow and contains cedar and verbena which all help stimulate creativity and generate intellectual strength.

ROOT Aqua votive candles

‘Energize’ is rosemary and eucalyptus combined with the colour orange which helps you breathe easier, clears your sinuses and gives your energy levels a little boost. Try a jar of ‘Awaken’ on your desk to keep your mind focused and alert; it combines lime, orange, grapefruit, basil, coriander, thyme, fir, musk and rosewood to produce a lovely zesty aroma.

ROOT Wine votive candles

The ‘Legacy’ range is one of our best-sellers and combines the finest beeswax, essential oils, natural vegetable dyes and a cotton wick for a long, clean burn. If you are planning a dinner party why not do a simple table decoration and incorporate some of our best-selling taper or collonette candles to add the finishing touches to your table. These candles are available in a fantastic range of colours, so there is sure to be one to suit your décor. We have aqua and lavender for spring and summer; wine, autumn, red, moss and ivory for autumn and winter. All the tapers are hand dipped at least 35 times so the colour remains true throughout the whole burn.



Why not watch our video showing you how to achieve a stunningly decorated Christmas table. The basics remain the same whether you are throwing a party in spring, summer or autumn; just substitute the sparkly Christmas decorations for more natural elements. A simple table decoration incorporating some candles into flowers and greenery from the garden can turn a barbecue into a special occasion which will really impress your guests.

Why not pay a visit to our store and see the full range of ROOT candles for yourself and maybe indulge in a coffee and cream scone whilst enjoying the views of the stunning Lake District fells from our Four Seasons Terrace Café.