Looking to create the perfect Ambiance for your Home with scented candles & Fragrances? Then Scentify is where you go...

By Kemi Mobuse - Saturday, March 19, 2016


When you get to a tastefully furnished home, the impression most people leave with is not necessarily the beautiful furnishings, it is usually for me, the kind of ambiance that abounds in that home. 

Creating the perfect ambiance for your home can sometimes be a tough call, as most times, all the fragrances and scents are supposed to blend perfectly in harmony with one another. Scentify is here to help you, so why worry?

 Lets meet the ladies behind this unique business/Brand....

Kemi Mobuse blog: Good Day, can we meet you?

Scentifyng: My name is Bukola Akinmboni, I am co-owner of Scentify, an indigenous home and body fragrance brand.

Kemi Mobuse blog: What do you do and what inspired your business?

Scentifyng: Currently, I juggle two functions. I have a day job at House of Tara. I am the Marketing Manager there and I also co-run Scentify with my partner Bolaji Tomoloju.

Well, I must say the inspiration came from God. My partner and I have tried to go into different business ventures. We were very keen to start up a business but none really got off the ground mostly because we did not have enough start up capital. One day Bolaji got the idea for us to make scented candles because the barrier to entry was very low and we thought at the time that there were no local brands making scented candles and so we would stand out.

I also have a passion for fragrances and home decors so I was very interested.

However I must say that the business was one God called us to do because, what we birthed as a very small idea has grown into a huge vision that seems to be bigger than both of us – sometimes it is scary. But ever since we decided to run with it, God has made all things work together for our good.

Kemi Mobuse blog: Why this line of business in particular

Scentifyng: Like I mentioned earlier, I particularly have a natural passion for fragrances. I’m particular about things, places and people smelling nice always. My partner Bolaji is more of the business mind, she identified that this was virgin territory hence we could stand out more easily and the barrier to entry was quite low. She also saw that the business was very scalable. The original idea was just scented candles but now we are aiming to be a total fragrance solution, be it body, home, or office.

Kemi Mobuse blog: Nice one, from the pictures I have seen, you have clients from all over, how old is your business now? And how has the market reception been?

Scentifyng: Well we actually started working on Scentify from October 2014, learning the business, acquiring skills, procuring raw materials and practice! Practice!! practice!!!. We started selling in December 2015 and it’s been great so far. We have got some very positive feedback – our clients have said our candles and diffusers smell great! We have also had a few constructive criticisms which we have taken on board and applied.

Kemi Mobuse blog: What is your motivation to succeed and what is your own definition of Success?

Scentifyng: We want to build an empire, not just have a business, not an SME. But we recognize there are steps to getting there and we are ready to go through the journey of building a business legacy. Personally I want to have the means to help people in need on a very large scale. I know Bolaji is also very passionate about contributing to the growth of the Nigerian economy through the creation of jobs and opportunities that can help provide a better living. We therefore see success as ‘being blessed to be a blessing’

Kemi Mobuse blog: What challenges have you experienced since inception that almost made you gave up?

Scentifyng: Time; Both partners work full time so sometimes it just felt like it was all too much and we couldn’t cope.
Increasing Costs: most of our raw materials are sourced abroad and so the escalating forex rates put a lot of pressure on the business and made us to negotiate and review cost of raw materials and other overheads.

Kemi Mobuse blog: Is this your sole source of livelihood? Or can you see yourself doing anything else?

Scentifyng: For now it is not. However the plan is for both of us to face this full time as the business grows

Kemi Mobuse blog: What have you learnt from being an entrepreneur?

Scentifyng: Being an entrepreneur is very addictive, you just keep thinking of what you can do better, how to break out and this pushes you even further than you think you can go. As an entrepreneur, the failure of your business rests solely on your shoulders, there is no one to put the blame on so you just have to pucker up and do what you have to. Being an entrepreneur has taught me self-motivation; it’s taught me perseverance, tenacity and focus – staying true to your vision/goals even when the whole world seems to be crashing around you. It’s taught me to always remain positive and that if I can dream it, I can do it!

Kemi Mobuse blog: What was the worst advice you have been given since you started your business?

Scentifyng: We don’t see any advice as bad advice. We just believe people speak from their own experiences; so we listen to every advice we get whether it sounds good or bad, weigh what is being said, remind ourselves of our vision, take it to the Lord in prayer and wait to hear what God has to say.

Kemi Mobuse blog: Since inception of your business, what has been your defining or most memorable experience?

Scentifyng: Our business is still quite new however I think our most memorable experience was our first sale and more importantly the positive feedback we received from the sale. It was surreal that someone will actually pay for our product – made in my kitchen and this person actually thought it was a great product. It gave us all the confidence we needed to forge ahead.

Kemi Mobuse blog: What do you think is your defining factor that sets you apart from the rest?

Scentifyng: Our products are made from the heart, with love. and so we do not compromise on quality because we want to give out the best experience. It’s like food your mother cooks for you, it is made with love and no restaurant’s food can beat that. There’s just that difference when something is made from love, it’s more authentic, and it has you at the centre of every decision – that’s what Scentify is - ‘Made with Love’

Kemi Mobuse blog: Any advice for future entrepreneurs?

Scentifyng: We believe in starting small, that way your mistakes are manageable. Once you have a vision, just get started, don’t wait for more money, more time, more anything, Just start.

Kemi Mobuse blog: how can your future clients contact you?

Scentifyng: You can visit our instagram and facebook pages @scentifyng or call 08189088779 or email us at info@scentifyng.com

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