What Services / Products Does Your Business Provide?
Scent Germain specializes in handmade, richly scented, 100% soy candles. We have 3 vessel sizes and 6 signature scents to choose from. We also offer wholesale and custom candles for special events (bachelorette parties, baby showers, etc.).
What Values Define Your Business?
We brew in small batches, pour from the heart and pride ourselves on igniting the mood. Scent Germain was created for the modern day multitasker ready to recharge the soul and relax the mind after the daily grind. Allow us to ignite the mood through the scenes of smell.
How Long Have You Been In Business?
We have been in business for about a year and a half now.
What Has Been The Toughest Part About Being In Business For Yourself?
*chuckles* Starting. Honestly, the trajectory of having an idea, researching, planning and then actually starting was the most difficult. This was triggered by fear, of course; fear of the unknown, fear of failure. Once things began, it was learning (still learning) the business side such as accounting, marketing, website maintence, shipping, etc.
What Was Your Dream Job As A Kid And Why?
I wanted to be a reporter as a child. I was very shy as a kid but liked to practice talking in the mirror to myself, holding my toothbrush as a mic and changing my facial expressions. This later grew into full on private conversations in the shower, well, because hypothetical situations could become reality, right? I believe, at that time, I felt like being outspoken and in front of an audience would inspire the extroverted side of me that people were unaware existed.
What’s Your Greatest Professional Achievement?
I am a speech-language pathologist by day and a candle maker by night. I graduated with a Masters in Science in 2014 from the same HBCU my grandmother attended. I am still very passionate about helping special needs children with communicative deficits and disorders. I also enjoy coaching parents and providing resources during their time of acceptance and researching what may be a daunting diagnosis and difficult time for families.
What Woman Inspires You And Why?
My grandmother is my guardian angel on Earth. I consider her to be a trail blazer in her day and she continues to demonstrate unconditional love. I am also very inspired by random women I meet that are able to share interesting stories and have jumped in with both feet first. I also admire the everyday moms who have a side hustle, the women that have started businesses for their children to take over one day, and the creative girls that truly support and empower other women by answering business questions without hesitation; to the women who understand that there is room and money for all of us - they elicit vibrant energy and inspiration. I appreciate you all and it continues to encourage me to pay those vibrations forward.
What Will Be The Biggest Challenge For The Generation Of Black Women Behind You?
As we continue to pave the way for women of color, I do believe there will be challenges. These being based around cultural appropriation as well as being able to successfully "crossover" into a market where minority businesses are accepted by all. The difficulty in remaining true to yourself or your brand but packaging your business to a broader market/audience, if that is what is desired, is scary and difficult.
Where Can We Find You And Your Business?