(Vanessa) I am originally from Peru, South America, when we got married I moved to New Zealand in 2019. After 9 months I wanted to start a job. When I was in Peru I used to work in a Business Magazine, leading the Marketing Team. I was looking for jobs however it was hard for me to go around as I didn't know how to drive. So Josh gave some ideas and he said: What if you start your own Business?'' I doubted it but I agreed with him.
(Vanessa & Josh) The idea of Raglan Candles first came to us while we were having dinner one night. We had a candle that a lovely friend brought for us on our Anniversary day. It was a candle from one of the big retail outlets burning on our table.
(Vanessa) While brainstorming about which business I could start, out of curiosity, we took a quick read of the ingredients of this retail candle we were burning once again and we were curious to read that the candle was made from Paraffin wax, a petroleum by-product we did research and the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes.
Then was when we realized that it may be a way to create beautiful candles in a sustainable, healthy, and eco-friendly way with a beautiful and unique design. Months of testing, studying, and learning made a beginning for Raglan Candles in 2020.
''Hand-poured soy candles created in a sustainable way. Created to captivate you with our cozy and unique candle scents, with a beautiful design to enjoy lighting your candles in a sustainable way.''
We try to stick as much as possible with our saying. We really wanted to bring New Zealand unique pure soy candles using certified ingredients like pure soy wax, FSC-certified wood wicks, lead-free cotton wicks, and phthalate-free fragrance oils that are ethically sourced.
Our candles are produced in small batches and hand-poured in our rural candle studio in the seaside town, Raglan.
a letter from the founder
''I always think that our scents take us back to memories, and that is what I want to do with our RC scents. I want to bring back your memories since the first time you sniff them, from a surf day (Manu Bay Surf Vibes) to walking into the forest (Woodlands).
We ''pour'' our hearts into every candle ensuring the best quality you deserve. All our candles are made with so much love and each of them is hand-poured. When I created Raglan Candles I kept in mind our purpose that all we do is made in a sustainable way, ethically sourced, and not harmed for our environment or your health.
I am so proud of many things, we are the first candle company established in Raglan.
Thank you for choosing us!''
Vanessa Miller, Founder
''Handmade in our rural candle studio in the seaside town, Raglan.''