Who doesn’t love a sweet smelling woman? We spend many years looking for our perfect scent and many of us have several different ones. Sure, we smell nice, but wouldn’t it be great to smell nice AND nourish your skin? Of course it would! Shontelle Flowers has broken down the wall of doubt. She's created a way for natural candles and skincare products to smell great with her business FlowEsScents. Based in Saint Paul, MN, FlowEsScents is founded on eco-friendly principles and backed by Shontelle’s the passionate spirit. We deem Shontelle the Queen of Scents!
What inspired you to start your business and why?: I have always loved candles and skincare products. Little did I know that many of those candles and skincare products I loved so much were full of chemicals that were harmful to our bodies as well as harmful to the environment. Creating eco-friendly candles and skin care products and sharing them with the world is my passion and the inspiration behind FlowEsScents.
What does your company stand for?: Our goal at FlowEsScents is to create meaningful customer experiences by using high-quality, natural ingredients in our candles and skincare products that are not harmful to our environment or our customers.
How do you create the life you want?: One of the ways that I create the life I want is by implementing a self-care routine. I used to run myself crazy trying to be everything to everyone, but at the end of the day, I was depleted. I create the life I want by putting myself first. I can’t be any good to anyone else if I am not good to myself. As an entrepreneur, I find it challenging maintaining various areas of my life, but I have learned to prioritize and implement realistic time management goals for myself.
Where do you find inspiration?: I find inspiration through other small business entrepreneurs. I follow several handmade creatives on social media and I have watched their businesses grow over the years. Their successes let me know that I can do it too and hard work definitely pays off. I also find inspiration through my spirituality and myself. 2017 has been a year of personal and spiritual growth for me. I find inspiration in seeing how I have overcome some tough challenges in the past year and to be where I am today is amazing!
How has your business made you a better person?: One of the ways that my business has taught me to be a better person is that it has taught me patience. There are many challenges that come with entrepreneurship. Success doesn’t happen overnight. I get discouraged and frustrated at times, and self-doubt rears its ugly head from time to time. My business has also taught me to be resourceful and creative because things do not always turn out the way I plan, so I have to go with the flow. My business has also taught me how to have tough skin. I deal with people online and face to face. No two customers are the same. What one customer loves, another one dislikes. I have learned that you can’t take things personally as an entrepreneur and to leave my ego at the door.
What makes you HUMAN?: What makes me human is compassion, empathy and kindness. We are living in a cold world and we are seeing less compassion, kindness and empathy. I found that kindness goes such a long way. I truly believe that the world would be a much better place if more people showed kindness and compassion towards one another. Showing empathy towards others helps me put myself in the other person’s shoes instead of judging them. It is easy to be kind to others when situations are pleasant, but how I show up in unpleasant situations is by showing kindness, empathy and compassion and that is what makes me human.
Social Media Handles: Instagram: @flowesscents