Ignite a spark and instill a sense of calm with this back-to-basics candle.

By April Cumming

While pregnant a few years back, Michelle Simmons started clearing her home of products with synthetic scents and replacing them with natural alternatives. She hit many a roadblock on the hunt for the plant-based, soy-wax candles she loves, so she started making candles herself.

The craft soon sparked a small-batch candle business on Etsy called Slow North. This summer, Simmons celebrated the opening of a brick-and-mortar location in North Central Austin, from which she now hosts candle-making classes and sells her plant- and soy-based candles, each of which are made with 100 percent essential oils and cotton and paper wicks. Scents range from eucalyptus and lavender to vetiver and smoke.

One of Slow North’s newest offerings, the coffee-and-spice candle, is sure to help you feel cozy this holiday season. Made with a custom blend of coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove essential oils, this combo is designed to help soothe, calm and envelop the senses.


Coffee and spice tumbler candle, $29, slownorth.com


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