Meet the Maker:
Founders Michelle & John began Slow North with the belief that all home goods, whether luxury or necessity, should be made with clean and safe ingredients.
Hi! We’re Michelle and Jon Simmons, founders of Slow North.
After years of slowly ridding our home of less-than-healthy, toxic products and replacing them with natural alternatives, we hit a roadblock when it came to finding a suitable replacement for candles. We lived without candles for a good while but greatly missed the calming ritual of lighting a candle to relax in the evenings.
The impetus for creating Slow North's line of plant-based candles was the birth of our first son in 2015. While pregnant, we became even more aware of just how many products in our house contained mystery concoctions of synthetic chemicals – some of which are not required on ingredient listings. We became increasingly unsettled.
We searched for alternatives and recognized a need for well-designed, naturally healthy candles on the general market. Motivated to create products that boasted all ingredients honestly and with integrity, we began experimenting with candles that we would feel good about burning in our own home.
While the operation was initially intended to be a hands-off side project, we followed our instincts and quickly became candle makers. Our studio quickly grew from a backyard operation to a full storefront & studio space in north central Austin in 2017 to our newly-expanded off-site production studio, which we moved into in March 2020.
Our company’s core values and dedication to whole living serve as daily reminders to be present and enjoy the little moments we share. We feel grateful that our sons will grow up in a household where thinking “big” is encouraged and celebrated. We’re motivated to work together, intentionally and respectfully, so the heart of Slow North is reflected in all that we do – in our home and in our products.