Aster + Gray

Simple Nature // Week of April 22

Gabrielle Pazour

Every week, we introduce our social media followers to an artisan who sells their products in our shop. 


Week of April 22 // Simple Nature
Fort Wayne, IN

Meet Derek Taylor of Simple Nature!


Simple Nature started in May 2018, where I made and sold bar soap… I quickly discovered that I liked mixing scents more than making soap. Discovered candles was a better fit for that and pivoted towards making fresh scents.

Does your business support any non-profits? If so, what are they and why are they important to you? 
We support local artists by featuring their work on limited release candle labels.

Why did you decide to start your business? How did it start? What inspired you?
I wanted to start a company focused on being green, sustainable and most importantly at an affordable price.  

What is your favorite part about owning your own business?
The amount of time I get to spend at markets talking and meeting new people.  

If you could get on a plane right now and go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I’m always willing to fly off to France for a bit. I had the opportunity to visit Paris in 2018, and feel like I was only able to scratch the surface of the city.
What is your favorite way to kick back and relax?
Taking my dog on a walk, it’s peaceful, quiet, and relaxing.

What can you do today that you couldn't do a year ago? 
Wake up in the morning and not dread getting to work.  

If you could be an Olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in? Why? 
I’ve never curled before… but I have a hunch I would kill it at the Olympics.