Our Story

Hi there,

My name is Jo, and I'm the owner and candle maker at Ralph's Orchard. I love creating scented vegetable wax candles in quirky and elegant containers. 

The concept:

Ralph’s Orchard started as a little seed when my youngest (and namesake of the company) started showing signs of respiratory difficulty and in spending fraught time researching, I realised how bad paraffin candles could be to the air we breathe in our own homes.

It seemed my love for my offspring and for candles were incompatible, or were they? Ralph’s Orchard eco-friendly natural wax candles were born 😊

I want my children to love the planet and see the natural wonders I have been so lucky to experience, and so to do my part I use only sustainable and eco-friendly and cruelty-free ingredients in all my quirky upcycled candles, reed diffusers and wax melts.

I have always loved interior design/décor and candles were always such an important part of creating ambience in my home, I always lit them when entertaining or when I was relaxing on my own. Classic candles are traditionally in standard vessels and I thought it would be great to combine 3 really important factors (aesthetic, scent, lighting) into one and upcycle beautiful containers which may otherwise be stuck at the back of a cupboard. 

I hope you love my candles and that they bring peace and calm into your home and to your loved ones.

xx Jo

Why choose Ralph's Orchard?

Better for your home and health, and for the health of our planet, Ralph's Orchard offsets all deliveries and is carbon-neutral. A tree is planted for every order you make, reducing your own carbon footprint every time you buy one of our candles!

Made from eco-friendly, cruelty-free, sustainable and phthalate-free ingredients, Ralph's Orchard candles contain biodegradable soy and coconut wax and locally sourced rapeseed wax.

Our candles, melts and reed diffusers make for thoughtful and unique gifts for your eco-conscious loved ones. Our candles can light up your world and fill your room with wonderful fragrance.



Some facts about our candles:

Soy wax is environmentally friendly and more sustainable than paraffin wax. It is biodegradable and burns cleaner resulting in much fewer soot particles in the air. Soy wax also burns slower as it has a lower melting point, so your candles will last much longer. 

Coconut Wax has the cleanest burn and is also sustainable and eco-friendly. It makes for a fantastic candle as it holds much more scent! 

Rapeseed We are moving towards using rapeseed wax to replace our soy wax. Rapeseed wax is an ideal sustainable eco-wax. Rapeseed is locally and ethically grown in the UK and EU and therefore reduces out carbon footprint. 

Pure essential oils are used in many of our candles, these are indicated in the item descriptions. Essential oils are purely derived from the plants, flowers and herbs. These candles will have a more delicate scent to create a soothing or uplifting ambience. If not indicated as having essential oils, fragrance oils of the highest quality are used. All our fragrances are phthalate-free. These candles will have a more intense scent, and will emit wonderful fragrance even when not lit!

Our wicks are made from organic cotton and are eco-friendly, lead free, non toxic, paraffin free, and contain no zinc or other metals. They are dipped in organic soy wax are smokeless and slow-burning.


Read "Story Behind the Artist" - Made by Her: https://madebyher.com/blogs/news/story-behind-the-artist-jo-ann-nitzsche

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