I am a little under a year into a direct sales journey with a wonderful wickless company who will probably be mad if I mention their name (more on that later). This is the true story of my journey along with information from the company. Join me in my shenanigans as a loud, opinionated, vulgar, and offensive sales consultant who never did and will never fit into the box that most of these gals fall into.
With a new month comes a great new warmer. This Month of May brings us the Quirky, the nostalgic, the intellectual...
Qwerty is an old fashioned type writer warmer, he is an element warmer, meaning there are no light bulbs to change as he has a built in heating plate element!
This is an excellent office warmer, warmer for the writer in your family or any hipster honesty, you know how hipsters love this crap. I love him and will be getting one for sure, he'll go right next to my computer.
The May 2017 Scent of the month is Cambridge, sounds smart huh!?!
Cambridge is described as: Sweet lemon and pine needle with an intriguing dash of vetiver.
All month long the warmer and the scent of the month will be 10% off!
Room Spray: $7.20
Scent Circle: $2.70
If you are interested in purchasing the wamer or scent of the month they can all be found here!
As consultants we get some left field questions, let me tell you. There are also lots of competing companies that put a lot of information out there that isn't necessarily the best or the most honest answer. I polled my fellow Scentsy Consultants and also customers to get those pining questions so we could sit down and have a heart to heart about what the heck is going on.
My answers are based on my first hand experience with my product, Information from the Corporate website, information from the internet, and my brain which I fed with knowledge from a legit university hear in Maryland, trust me it's mostly credible.
Is Scentsy Wax Safe?
In my opinion you can't get much safer than Scentsy wax. Scentsy wax is warmed, not burned, has no open flame, is wamred with a low wattage light bulb, and is non-toxic (I will at some point eat some on video for you I promise)
There is a video or two flying around where someone said their warmer exploded or caught fire. I encourage you to use your noggin here. There are millions of Scentsy customers, who are happy and who have warmers in their homes, they use them regularly and have no issues. One person may or may not have had a warmer issue, I have no idea how this person used their warmer, what kind of bulb they used, how their house is wired electrical-wise, or what the whole story is, but if one person in the millions of people who use the product has an issue like this it shouldn't really be alarming.
Consider how many house fires are started with candles and then compare those statistics. The sensible person understands that one incident doesn't represent the entire group.
I stand behind it's safety and I trust it in my home and my families homes.
Is Scentsy Wax Safe for Pets?
I recently did a pet expo and talked to hundreds of people about how safe Scentsy is for dogs and cats. Not only is it great to help your home smell awesome and remove pet odors, but if you dog eats a bar, guess what? It's going to be fine, I have no idea what the poop with look or smell like but it's non-toxic. Our wax is also never hot enough to burn, so a curious cat won't wind up with a burnt paw, as opposed to a flame from a candle.
There is debate about whether Scentsy wax is safe around birds. Because im not a bird-ologist or a scientist I will continue to tell my customers if they own birds and they are concerned about using it around them then I just recommend they use our non-warmed products like scent paks and car bars, better safe than sorry.
How many Cubes of Wax go in my Scentsy Warmer?
Night light warmers take one cube of wax! Regular warmers take two, but you can still use one if you want to try to stretch your wax bar out which I do sometimes! The important thing to remember is to remove old wax before adding new wax so you don't dilute your scents!
How do I remove wax from my Scentsy Warmers?
I use cotton balls! I throw in two or three and watch it soak up the wax, it's kind of entertaining, then I use one more to clean out the rest and discard in the trash. Some people pour out their wax, and that is also ok, but I don't trust myself that much, I would have wax all over the place.
How Do I clean Wax of the floor, walls, or my clothes?
If you get wax on anything always try picking at it with a finger nail or some sort of scraper first, mine always comes off my walls or hardwood perfectly that way. Excess wax or wax on carpet can be removed by putting a brown paper bag on top of it and heating it with an iron on low heat or a hair dryer to warm the wax and soak it into the paper. Light wax on clothes can usually just be washed out on a hot water washer setting.
Are the table top bases for Scentsy Night Light warmers battery operated?
No you still have to plug them in, but we now carry cord hiding bases if you want to conceal those extra cords!
Can I put my Scentsy Buddy in the Dryer?
The answer is yes, they are dryer safe but I try to spot clean mine if possible.
Is the Scentsy Laundry Line safe for HE washers and dryers and Front loading washers?
My Mom uses it in her super expensive HE washer and dryer, if it wasn't safe trust me she wouldn't use it, she's a freak about her appliances.
How long does the Scentsy Wax, Circle, Car Bar, Scent Pak Last?
This is hardcore debatable. I am going to switch up the numbers here to directly reflect MY PERSONAL experience. First of all different scents are stronger than others so some stronger ones will naturally last longer. here are my Findings:
Scentsy Wax warmed 24-7: Scent time of 60 Hours (My Lime Sugar Cane is still going strong after a week, it's my new favorite) Scentsy Wax warmed occasionally throughout the week: Scent time of 80 Hours Scentsy Scent Circle: Like two days (I don't care for these guys and don't sell them to my customers) Scentsy Car Bar: Two weeks to a month depending on the scent you pick Scentsy Scent Pak: Like a long ass time. These are my favorite because they last months, the smaller the space you put them in the longer they last, a gym bag scent pak will smell longer then one you put in a room.
Can I use any bulb in my Scentsy Warmer?
I don't recommend it, I have had people wind up overheating and underheating wax this way. Our light bulbs are cheap and I honestly give them away and always have them on hand for customers.
Does Scentsy Counter Clean disinfect?
No it does not.
It is however safe for pets and kids and smells amazing.
Is Scentsy Counter Clean Safe for wood, granite, marble?
Yes it is! Safe on all sealed surfaces baby! You can also use it in your car, bathroom, or anywhere you want.
Is Scentsy hand soap Antibacterial?
No it is not. But honestly take it from me, antibacterial hand soap is awful, it's bad for your septic and for your immune system. Wash your hands for two minutes with warm water and regular soap, thank me later.
Are Scentsy Body Products Hypoallergenic?
The body products are made with the same essential oils as everything else and in my opinion are fine on sensitive skin. But you should always test something first on a small patch of your skin before slathering it on your entire body, and I take returns so.... Why not try it and you might wind up smelling amazing.
Does Scentsy Hide its Ingredients?
Scentsy discloses the major scents in each description to let you know what it smells like, but it won't tell you its formula. If it did every competitor would have exact matching scents but would use cheaper ingredients and we all know how that would turn out.
How does Scentsy compare to the Wal-mart brand $2 wax bar?
Oh my god Barbara Shut up!
Seriously Barb go buy that $2 wax and then come back and let me know.
You get what you pay for, and anyone who trusts their life with Wal-mart brand anything, well, sheesh. Scentsy uses high quality essential oils and premium ingredients in order to create a QUALITY wax bar with the best overall results. This means it lasts longer, smells better, and is safer for your use. The reason why Wal-mart can sell bars for $2 is because they use cheap ingredients and buy it in bulk from god knows where.
Are Scentsy Warmers Handmade?
They are! I even own a little DVD of our founder visiting south america and trying to spin one on a clay wheel and failing miserably lol. Another awesome reason to purchase from a decent company and not the big box guys.
How Can I buy Scentsy?
Well you can shop the Scentsy website, locate a nearby consultant using the zip code finder on the home page for a local person, or you can buy it from me because I am awesome also, here's my site.
How can I sell Scentsy
You can go log onto Scentsy.com right now and start selling for $99 or less. I suggest you find a team to join, that way you have a support system of ladies to help you. Scentsy provides me a great extra check every month, in fact it's paying for my vacation to Mexico this year, you can have your own business just like that and I think it's an amazing way to work part time or from home. If you want to join my team you can do so here: https://jenlleras.scentsy.us/join
I have a team of 5 and we rock it!
Didn't find your answer here? Ask me in the comments and I will add your question and answer to the post!
My kids watch videos of people cutting open toys, they obviously have problems, we don't need to discuss, but they are a little weird.
This had me thinking what was something Scentsy related I could cut open and find out what was inside, a Scent pak, I always wondered what it looked like inside. So i got my phone out and did a live video in my Scentsy Facebook group For the Love of Scents to show everyone.
The results were not as exciting as I had hoped for, but in case you were ever wondering what was inside, take a look!
Enjoy and if you have weird ideas for another video let me know, I have already considered eating our wax, it's non-toxic after all.
My mom is one of those ladies who has everything she needs and never wants anything, I swear that woman is impossible to shop for. So I obviously shop Scentsy for Mother's day. She has enough warmers so I tend to get her new wax, but this month Scentsy pulled out some super awesome specials Moms will love, the body line especially!
Let me share with you these specials, whether you are in Maryland like me or out of state I can offer you these deals and maybe even extras if you reach out to me: https://jenlleras.scentsy.us
The body bars are epic, they are made with our high quality essential oils and you can tell with one whiff how great they truly are. At this price they are technically buy one get one free, so even if you get this deal for yourself to stock up you won't be disappointed.
Speaking of the body line check out these deals, you can get a bar and a roller perfume for $22, a roller, bar, and whipped body butter for $30, or the entire roller ball set for just $15! If you are making a mother's day basket these are great additions as well.
From our warmer of the month collection this spring inspired warmer is a delight and it comes with three free bars as well. This is a great deal on a budget at $35!
This new daisy warmer just came out with the new catalog and is gorgeous, it throws flowers on the wall and is rustic yet modern, it goes great in any home! This premium warmer is also a steal at $50 because it too comes with three free bars!
So if you're looking to get your Mom something she'll use and love reach out to me, your local Maryland Scentsy Consultant, im happy to make accommodations, help with shipping, and make special deals happen if you message me! Let's show the Moms some love this season.
I know for many of you, you're just Scentsy fans and not consultants. So let me explain something real quick, we live by and love new customers, we are all thirsty bitches and we want all the sales we can get. We'll drive to homes, to coffee shops with a giant bag of testers, spend hours making goody bags and adding tiny touches to orders, at least the good consultants.
And just to make people happy so they will want to re-order from us.
So when we get messages that new people want to buy things we get super excited.
It is for this reason that spammers target Scentsy consultants.
I want to believe that we are all super intelligent and none of us ever falls for any of these, but still, I feel like at least a few of us out there actually get sucked into one or two of these from time to time.
I get a spammer email about once a month, always different, always the same.
Here is the latest one broken down, and I will go into detail for you so you can see the red flags.
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I hate to be a grammar Nazi, and i will tell you I do have one customer who isn't great with her English, and another who doesn't speak English as her first language, so this is a tiny bit biased but..... Terrible grammar is a dead giveaway,
NEWSFLASH: THESE PEOPLE DON'T LIVE IN THE US, OR CANADA, OR ANYWHERE THAT SPEAKS ENGLISH
These guys are in an internet cafe somewhere in one of several countries I won't name because i don't want to be accused of calling out people from those countries, but seriously there are 4 or 5 that are just notorious for this shit.
If your email sounds like a three year old wrote it, it's probably spam.
Everyone knows how to buy stuff online. If my Dad can order dirty movies and beer of the month club on his dial up than anyone can figure it out. The reason they are always asking how to make payments is because they don't want to use the website, they want to swindle you into some sort of alternative transaction, probably involving money orders, checks, or weird accounts.
Im always in a rush to buy Scentsy too, difference is I would never us urgency in an email to someone like this unless I politely said, something like "I would love to place this order as soon as you have time it's for my moms birthday which is in two weeks."
They are rushing you so that you rush and don't pay attention.
This one doesn't contain it, but often times spammers will say they are blind, deaf, paralyzed, anything to make you feel bad for them and to forget that they are clearly a spammer. If you see this you should immediately send up the red flags.
These emails are annoying, and I feel bad for consultants that are struggling, because when they get these I feel as though they get more excited and more hopefully that they are real, the people who send these out need a special kind of punishment that I just can't really put into words at the moment. If you're a consultant keep an eye out, and also if you're just a normal person, these spammers email you too, don't be a dummy, you should immediatly know what is spam, and what is real.
Here comes Peter Cotton Tail, hopping down the bunny trail, hippitty hoppitty Easters on it's way!!!!
Another Easter is almost here! I don't go big on Easter at my house, We have modest baskets that probably rack up a total of $20. My kids get a lot of crap from their grandparents and aunts and uncles though, I mean I had to intervene at a certain point and ask for snacks like popcorn and pretzels instead of chocolate, it was like Halloween all over again!
So if you're looking for a great basket alternative to candy, check out this Maryland Scentsy Consultant's top ten Easter basket stuffers, that will also smell amaze-balls.
Scent Circles are fantastic short use items that set you back only $3, you can combine and save by purchasing 5 and getting one free! These are wonderful for older kids and teens, they are good for use in the car, lockers, gym bags, closets, office space, anywhere you're looking for a week or two of fresh scent! Find them here!
Car bars are wonderful for teens! These guys will have stinky teens trash filled cars smelling like Martha Stewart's linen closet in ten seconds flat. These are also nice for a mans gift, my husband loves his weathered leather car bars and insists it makes his car smell like brand new car smell, these guys will last you around a month. Find them here!
Scent paks are our number 8 item because they last the longest out of our small scent items. You'll find you still catch a whiff of these guys over a month after you've opened it. Wonderful for kids stinky rooms, put them in pillows, hide them in kids closets. My daughter hangs hers on her coat rack and loves that her room smells great. These come in so many kid scents and are also included free with purchase of a buddy! Find them here!
Scentsy Buddy Clips are awesome, they are most commonly seen clipped onto backpacks, and why not take that amazing smell with you to school? No one wants to be friends with the stinky kid. There's one for every kid, my daughter loves the unicorn and the spider, she has issues deciding whether to be girly or not. Find them here!
Scrubby Buddies and bath smoothies take number 6 on the list! They are awesome, even for babies these are awesome gifts that can grow with each kid. They make bath time fun, and you will love the way it makes your kid smell! Also these are wonderful for sensitive skin! Find them here!
For the babies! Coming in at number 5 and halfway through the list are the Scentsy Sidekicks! These are for the babes this Easter and everyone will be asking where you got it! They have crinkly legs and teething rings and smell like a newborn baby. This will be the lovey your nieces and nephews will want to take with them everywhere. Find them Here!
Number 4 is one of our more expensive kids items, an oil diffuser, but great for kids with sensory issues and trouble relaxing, an oil diffuser is a great investment and ours come with a lifetime warranty. If you have a special kid you want to make happy while also helping them sleep at night and relax during the day, a kids oil diffuser is the way to go, they come in both girl and boy designs! Find them here!
Number 3 is a kids warmer and wax! I personally recommend for kids 5 and over, unless you can set up on a shelf out of reach. While the warmers and wax are safe and will not harm, we like to not create messes for ourselves right? All kids, boys and girls, love having a warmer in their room, you can even use changing wax scents as an incentive to clean their rooms! There are options to fit any bedroom decor! Find them here!
Number 2 are our wonderful nightlights, every kid wants a nightlight and these are just an added bonus because they are low wattage and safe and also happen to make your kids bedroom smell less like socks and more like fresh linen. There are styles to suit every kid, my daughter has an owl and my son has a basketball! Find them Here!
And without further ado, the number one spot goes to!
Buddies are amazing, they are large and smell awesome for months and months and months, seriously the smell just keeps on going! They are loved by children and adults alike and make the most perfect gifts! They each come with a free scent pak, so you can customize your scent that goes inside. We even have a bunny and a lamb for Easter, if you don't pick anything else for your Easter basket, choose a Scentsy Buddy, you won't regret it! Find them here!
Thanks for coming and check out my Scentsy site, if you're a Maryland local like myself I am happy to discuss delivery for you so you may save on shipping!
I wanted to talk today about vendor events. Because we all hit a point where our friends and family have had parties and our lists of 100 seem like 100 people we'd rather not bother, plus building new clientele is like, the tits, amiright?
The first vendor event I took part in was a huge pet Expo with thousands in attendance, I ran out of samples to hand out the first of three days. Although that was such a huge event I actually prefer the smaller school related events. Why? Well, because the tables are cheap and the attendees are there for a cause they love and usually come prepared to shop!
Fake-ass Punk Vendor Facebook groups with buy-ins
Oh my god. When I first started to want to pursue vendor events I tried joining some local vendor groups that are "seeking" consultants. let me tell you how sucked in I got, I was watching the posts and refreshing like I was waiting for a reply text from Channing Tatum. In order to take part in most of those you have to be the first to comment. Not to mention that usually those events have already been planned and have many tables spoken for, they are basically there to fill the voids with weird Direct sales stuff that most people don't even know about.
So that got old super fast.
Then I saw a post that needed scentsy specifically, an online vendor group that guaranteed sales each month! Sounds too good to be true right? well duh because it is. They basically make you pay to join the group, under some guise that there will be advertising or something. Then you have to buy something from the consultants in the group each month, then when you are featured everyone has to buy something from you.
Insert eye roll that literally decapitate my head.
Im in this to make money not spend it! And if I was that hard up I would buy my own stuff and make commissions off myself, who actually falls for this?
Well, lots of people I guess, but that's sad, I mean honestly you could invest that money in yourself and your business.
How to really get that spot
Being a Maryland Scentsy Consultant is both fun and rewarding, I do a lot of vendor events and I have to say they are some of my favorite things to do. There are literally tons of events happening every weekend her ein Maryland, and i could score several a month if i wanted to, I feel like im on some list where people reach out to me for these things. But why me? Why do people message me for that table spot not Jill Doe?
let us discuss.
So I recently took part in an employment seminar, because im laid off and I am all about finding out whats going on in the hiring community these days. They spoke to the fact that applying for jobs online was really only 20% successful and that networking yielded much better results, I couldn't agree more. I stood up and applauded the speaker, then sat down because i was clearly the only one clapping and I had a little too much coffee that morning.
but seriously, the vendor events I get into are ones that are run by friends, family, and people that I know. One of my customers whom I met through a friend at her home party is an LLR consultant. Their market is so saturated that they often times have to organize their own events to be able to actually even do them. This go-getter is actually in a group that arranges them once a month, and you'll never guess who they wanted as their Scentsy Rep. Yeppers.
My Pet event is from a past client when I worked at a marketing agency, when her grandfathered in Scentsy table backed out last minute, guess who she called?
And those school events that i get into at schools my kids don't even attend? Yeah, you guessed it, friends, and parents, and family that know someone and who have an in.
But in order to network you have to put yourself out there. let everyone know what you do and that this is something you're after. Ask your Facebook wall if anyone knows of vendor events, tell your mom, your co-works, without this conversation no one will have you top of mind. Just do it, tell the world you want a vendor event, and I bet it might just happen for you.
We can discus table set up and tips and tricks another time, but put yourself out there, network like a boss and you'll find those spots way before the facebook stalkers do.
We love random sales in direct sales, they are basically sales we didn't work for, or did we?
There isn't quite anything as awesome as waking up to a new PWS (Personal Web Site) and seeing a brand new sale in there from a lead you didn't even have to nurture.
So there are truly random sales, I have gotten them, but they are in fact from somewhere and you do have to "earn" them. Let's discuss a few of the Rando people I have made sales to and how.
Rando PWS Sale
Ok so once you hit "Certified Consultant", this just means you have moved $1,000 in product over your lifetime as a consultant. You then show up in the Scentsy website search feature. So for example: Im Jill Blowhard and all my friends keep talking about Scentsy and I want some but I am for some reason too embarrassed to ask them who they are buying from locally or what have you. So I log onto the regular Scentsy website and use the locate a consultant feature, I type in my zip code and up pop all the consultants in my area.
That is one way we can wind up with a random sale, I do in fact HATE this a little because I am listed second under my sponsor, it has nothing to do with how close they actually are to you. I have no way of earning a higher spot, it's all a crap shoot, and the person with the highest pole position is in fact usually going to make the random sale. I asked once how the spots were determined and I was told it randomizes and changes often. I tested this and it is in fact a crock. But regardless maybe I will still grab a few of those people over the year, let's hope!
Rando Business Card Find
I leave my cards everywhere. Like all over everywhere, at all the local businesses I frequent, and anywhere where I can pin them. I actually gained one of my best customers this way. She got my card at the local bakery, called me, and I met her at her home, did a personally sniff, and she purchased around $300 worth of product. She also buys about every 2 months. So if you are wondering, yes business cards are worth it, but by god use them!
Rando SEO or SMO Find
So people can find you online. Depending on how hard you are working your business, how saturated your market is and how well you use keywords and locations you'll be found just from someone search Scentsy in the Google bar. I am working towards stealing some spots from some Maryland Scentsy Consultants that are running websites and have a small corner on the Scentsty Market. Fear not I will steal that top Maryland Scentsy pole position from Google one of these days.
In fact I want to tell you about the time I woke up to a PWS order, from out of state, that made no sense whatsoever. I thanked this stranger by sending her a Scent Circle and a nice note asking her to let me know where she got my info, well she found me on Pinterest. Of all places, lol, It pays to do your social media correctly gals.
There are in fact other ways to get stranger sales. You can do paid search, I don't do this, yet. There are tons of ways for people to find you, what works best is always word of mouth, we are still that type of industry, so the best bang for your time and buck are talking to people, doing parties and being a great sharer of all things Scentsy related. If you have more time put the effort into your social media marketing and make yourself a great online presence.
Let's talk about Scentsy Consultant Groups on Social Media for a minute, or five.
I don't particularly think of myself as a negative person, I love people, I get along with most everyone I meet, I do random acts of kindness whenever I can, I smile a lot. But I do love to complain, venting is awesome, it makes you feel better to talk about stuff, that is why therapy is a multi-million dollar industry.
it's not good to bottle up your feelings people.
but the internet is a weird place.
When i started my Scentsy journey I was added to a plethora of Facebook groups for consultants to help me learn, grow, and flourish. I like these groups a lot, they are places for you to ask questions, get recognition, and grow your business.
There is but one downside.
I have a mouth like a sailor. Thanks Grandma! My grandmother watched me when I was little, and she cusses, like a lot. So now I do. deal with it. oh wait im sorry, Fucking deal with it.
I also like to complain when appropriate, because god damn it sometimes shit goes wrong and you don't want to always put a thick sugary coating of "it's going to be ok" on it, because that isn't how the world works. in my opinion.
The Facebook groups are however run by directors, who probably had a different upbringing than I, and who don't really deal with negativity well. That's fine, but what I do hate is censorship, don't tell me i can't complain, don't create an environment where I am supposed to be able to talk to fellow consultants about my issues, than tell me I am only allowed to say "nice things".
Let's get one thing straight, im not going to be putting anyone down, but when the company messing something up, like they do sometimes, why can't I bitch? WHY?
So basically this happened to me. I am pretty much the reason why our consultant group had to close down their group chat, annnndddd had to add a shit ton of disclaimers telling everyone that they had to only talk in sunshine and rainbows.
The reason for this is: "We don't want to scare away the new recruits with negativity."
I tell my kids often that the world is a crappy place sometimes, there are bad people, things go wrong, you have to get used to dealing with what life throws at you. So why as grown women we are putting blinders on and ignoring everything bad that happens in our industry is just way beyond me. Shit happens, I mean it's a Tee shirt so it must be true.
The best part about this is that the corporate culture of Scentsy is to be unique, be an individual, and be yourself. Meanwhile my Team Facebook group is telling me I have to be someone I am not.
Since I have imploded our consultant group with my "Negativity" and probably profanity, I have found a group of like-minded gals to complain to when necessary, and who don't mind my language. They help me when I need help and visa versa.
I feel that it effects the Sunshine and Rainbows people though in a bad way, because I have great ideas and contribute a lot of wonderful things, but if you can't take me at my worst, you can't have me at my best, or so they say. Because I feel alienated by the those "Happy People" they don't get to experience all that I have to offer, and I think that's sad.
The great news is, I have my own team, of people who love and know me, I encourage them to be who they are. I love my Scentsy, I love my foul mouth, I love my tattoos and zest for life.
So lets rap about the star gazer for like an hour, shall we? Walk with me down memory lane and let's discuss this shit show debacle that basically had the Scentsy community gathering pitchforks and torches.
Ya'll think I am kidding, but there was some violent stuff circulating over these warmers, I mean it's silly and all to get your panties all wadded up in your butt over a warmer, but it was threatening our paychecks and I mean you mess with a gals money and I can kind of understand the immense frustration.
So our story begins like any other, it's around October and we get a release of the December Warmers and Scent of the month, as consultants these things hit us about two months early so that we can sign up to receive them through WOTM and SOTM if we want to and prepare ourselves for all the promotions we can do with the new warmers and scents.
WOTM or Warmer of The Month: A new warmer that comes out every month that is featured at ten percent off, consultants can sign up to receive these early before anyone else can even order them. Same goes for Scent of the Month or SOTM
So we all see the amazing new December warmer of the month, the star gaze warmer. It described as a brilliant display of light and color and looks like amazing fireworks. This thing is seriously glorious. When turned off it looks like a mirrored globe, when lite up its like a rainbow firework display. WE ALL MUST HAVE IT.
Problem: So many consultants run and subscribe to the WOTM in order to get this thing that we basically sell it out before the general public can even get to it.
So no big deal right? Scentsy corporate pulls the warmer for December and instead makes it the January warmer of the month, this will allow for weeks of additional production in order to meet the demand of this amazing little warmer.
So what do we do? -We start taking pre-orders
You could see and tell from the internet hype that this warmer was going to be super popular and that it was obviously going to sell out. I began to take pre-orders myself, I took about 30. 30 customers, some of them first time buyers gave my money and credit cards in order to promise them one of these awesome balls of fireworks. Once it came to game time by the way only 23 people actually wound up giving me final payment.
During the shenanigans I viewed a post on Hiedi's Helpful Hint's Facebook group, a Facebook group for consultants where we can discuss pretty much anything Scentsy related. It was a post that asked simply: "How many Pre-Orders have you gotten?" hundreds of consultants chimed in, many with over 20, some with upwards of 50 orders!
I got that Han Solo feeling, you know the one about this being bad.
I live in Maryland. So in order to get those pre-orders in without them selling out you have to wake up (at least on the east coast) at 3 am on New Years Day. I set my alarm, was out of bed, and entered all 23 orders and finished up around 4:30 am. That's dedication, I was half drunk still, don't judge me it was New years Eve.
The next day the Scentsy community is ablaze with flame wars from angry women who either waited until the morning to enter their orders or got them in rather late in the evening. Because it sold out in 90 minutes.
I know what you're thinking, let me stop you. The reason they sold out so quickly is that Scentsy did not project correctly, they later went on to say that no one could have known how popular this warmer was, no one could have anticipated and projected correct numbers for the supply and demand. Well I call BS, and that's fine, I am not mad at Corporate, I just think that is a lie and as a marketing professional I could have done a way better job at warning the company that this was going to be a shit show of astronomical proportions. Bad projecting aside, we are now faced with the debacle of figuring out who gets their warmers, when they get them, and how in the heck we are going to make enough to fill all the orders after that.
At this point Scentsy outs out a schedule for receiving orders, basically by the time stamp on your submission, now since I didn't hit enter at exactly 3 am I am technically out of range for the first shipment and mine are now on back-order until February. I was butt hurt about this, especially because i am dealing with customers who have never bought anything from me before and I have charged them for something they will now have to wait months for. My sponsor put her orders in during the first batch and was supposed to receive hers by the last day of January, due to a "port" issue, whatever the heck that is she even got her weeks after that, so she basically had a bunch of customers she had lied to the entire time about when things where coming in.
What I assume Happened next.
Ok, so this is just my opinion, but I believe that it was at this time that Scentsy put the petal to the metal on getting more of these warmers, The are hand made, each individual one, I can attest to that, and that makes them take longer than other products. So everyone is scrambling to pump out as many star gaze warmers as possible at this point to fill those thousands of back orders.
so queue the shit and the fan, they hit each other, HARD.
it is at this point that consultant start receiving orders of ten to twenty warmers, and they are completely colorless. Like the are black and white and have no color. Which is the opposite of what we were selling to our customers, which was the 110% opposite of how it was described BY SCENTSY. Pictures start circulating, people start demanding their money back, consultants are now on the war path.
Facebook Videos are made, suggestions are given, we are asked to discuss the issue with our customers, try to spin it positively and hope for the best.
It did not go well, omg let me tell you, so much piss and vinegar.
Now Scentsy releases a statement that the colorless ones are within acceptable color range to what they consider is what we sold, while I completely disagree i go along. Now we are asked to share a picture that shows the color variations to customers, they have then two weeks to cancel their order and get their money back.
Here's the thing, if they cancel and get their money back, we lose PRV and money. So we don't want that to happen, ever. It is at this time that many consultants are just done, like hit the wall or dealing with Quality issues, done.
When My Order Arrives
My order comes mid-February, earlier than expected. I am pleased to announce that all of my warmers were perfect. They still weren't exactly like the first round were, those first ones were a dark blackish green with a lot of rainbow colors, but my customers are elated! so I dodged a bullet.
Those consultants who put their orders in the morning of the 1st still don't have theirs, in fact I gave one of my personal orders to my downline because she didn't have enough orders to close a party, she hasn't gotten it yet, and it's mine lol. ughhh. So basically this was in my opinion the biggest series of unfortunate events to have taken place in Scentsy History.
So now that I have given out my pre-orders and people are seeing them, I have a flood of people who now want them. Why didn't you just pre-order it when I asked you, 100 TIMES. I don't know, maybe it was too close to Christmas, but people now want them, they want them bad. They are in our new catalog but not available until all the pre-orders are filled, and that should be by May/June.
Im supportive of Scentsy, I do think this entire thing was handled awfully, but I do stuff wrong in my life too, who am I to judge. I hope we as a collective all learned from this and that systems are now in place to not have this happen again.
Feel free to comment questions, I will always answer honestly.
Let's talk about all the good things and the bad things.....
any-who, before I rant and rave again I wanted to actually share the monthly specials that are happening, you know, in case you actually wanted to buy something.
Specials are monthly, and sometimes pop up occasionally, but usually to counteract some sort of issue with a prior sale, like the great Flash Sale Chaos of 2016, lets not talk about it, I have PTSD now thanks to those shenanigans.
Let's start with the easy one.
Scentsy Scent and Warmer of the Month.
There's no place like gnome, there's no place like gnome... This is probably one of my favorite warmer of the month warmers thus far. He's cute right? I know this is really not everyone's cup of tea, not even most people's but I am a weirdo and I like it.
The scent is Blue Grotto, I am a big fan of this one as well, tropic notes, lush florals, it's very sweet and fruity smelling. both the warmer of the month and the scents, whether it be in bar, spray, or circle form are all 10% off for the month of March.
Scentsy Recruiting Bonus for March
You can sign up for the price of $99 which includes you normal Scentsy sales kit, which includes everything you need to get started. But if you sell $500 in product in the first 2 weeks you earn $309 worth of Scentsy FREE in the form of the shooting star kit. This is actually the incentive that made me sign up, because I had a party big enough to where I knew I would earn that extra kit, and it was the tits, let me tell you. It really is the best incentive for signing up, especially if you can flip a party and guarantee you'll get it!
March Scentsy Buddy: Bailey The Bunny
And last but not least the newest buddy, just in time for Easter is Bailey the Bunny! As always buddies come with free scent paks, you can choose any scents to go inside!
So with that I conclude this months specials post, stay tuned because in Maryland we are about to get hit with a lot of snow, so if I am snowed in I will be doing double Scentsy duty. I am going to focus the next posts on a few fun times: Flash Sales at Christmas time, The Star Gaze Warmer, Recruiting, and How I handle my parties and vendor events.
as always if you'd like to purchase anything you can shop here!
I was going to post about the site crashing today. Like when we take over the inter-tubes (the internet is tubes, im not kidding look it up) and when we make the Scentsy servers go boom. But then I thought to myself that you may just think all I want to do is talk about the bad and frustrating stuff, well I don't. I can be positive sometimes, contrary to what my Scentsy Director must think.
So since yesterday was pay day I thought I might share with you how I make money with direct sales. So let's start at what kind of level on this pyramid I am, oh my god this is a pyramid scheme?!? -We'll yes it's a sales funnel but backwards so basically every direct sales company is a pyramid, but you don't have to think of that term in a negative way, it's actually a good thing and the system works, or we wouldn't be using it all the time.
So I am Star Consultant. I know right, Im a god damn star over here!
But what does that mean exactly, well to tell you the truth I don't know, the titles confuse me and I hate trying to learn over and over again what all the means and what i am shooting for and what I need to do to earn things, I just do my best and when I get snazzy awards in the mail and bonuses in my check, im just really surprised and happy.
If you really want the nitty gritty here's a chart:
So I am like right there in the middle of being awesome and being financially independent basically.
I do super well, I have an awesome client base, I am constantly gaining a few new customers a month through referrals, vendor events, and the freaking interwebs.
I made enough money in 6 months to take a trip to Mexico with husband in June all expenses paid. For that, I am 100% behind Scentsy and it's compensation plan, I think they pay you pretty well.
I have 4 people under me and they do well too, three of them are just scooting by, and that's fine with me, this is the type of business where you do it your way and I am not in the business of being a bitchy boss. I have one downline who does rock the socks out of her business and she does better than me some months. I don't make a ton of money off my girls, I suppose I could if I had like an army of salespeople under me but my goal was never to do this full time, and I certainly don't recruit like some people, they just DIE to have people join their team. I like have the girls under me, I help them in any way I can, I even place orders with them if they can't make their goals, but it's because I love this stuff and I hope they get off the ground and use it to make money like I do!
So while I have had $200 Scentsy paychecks, which is not bad mind you, I have also had $900 paychecks, those months are amazing. The bottom line is in my book, if someone is contemplating joining to make some extra money you can! You also have to consider how much time you're willing to put into it, and if you're willing to work a little, the harder you work, the better you do. this is an easy equation guys, the more you put in, the more you get out.
I put in a lot, so I get a lot back.
Im freaking excited to go to Mexico and to post pictures that hashtag Scentsy because it paid for my vacation in full lol.
So moral of the story is, yes you can make money doing this, how much depends on you, but even if you don't do a lot it still pays off because even a small pay check coupled with free Scentsy is worth it in my book.
If you have questions about how I make money feel free to comment, I am honest to a fault, i will tell you how it is, like it is, whoop whoop.
Compliance is a dirty word. Not quit as bad as Fuck, but definitely up there with shit or asshole.
I was unaware of what compliance was when I joined Scentsy. Everything I know about marketing helped me to put together a Facebook group, Facebook Page, Social media channels, and lots of other snazzy marketing opportunities for my new found business venture.
So in the direct sales world we must follow compliance, those are the rules, I hate rules. Talk to me about what I looked like as a teenager, why I moved out when I was 17, and why I need a rack of tattoos to feel like myself and we can talk about why I hate rules some more.
So the dreaded OOC (Out of Compliance) messages kept flying in from my sponsor, whop god bless her soul has put up with my rule following dysfunction thus far.
So basically I learned the hard way that I have to follow the Scentsy rules, and be compliant, which if you know me is just about like asking a fish to walk around out of water and also do your taxes.
so without further ado...
My List of Rules I broke My First Month With Scentsy
I used "Scentsy in My Facebook Group Name"
I advertised on a swap and sell site
I offered a deal that I couldn't
I did a live giveaway
I made my own business cards
I altered an image I wasn't supposed to
I posted pictures I wasn't supposed to
I used wording I wasn't supposed to
used a license character meme
and probably a lot more that I can not remember...
I get it. Rules are there for a reason and they are their own brand, as a brand manager and graphic designer I am so well aware of how important this is, and to be fair I didn't really read all these rules like I should have. I am now on the straight and narrow in case you were wondering!
Scentsy is a great direct sales company and I love it, it just took me a while to comply, which isn't out of my character really.
Do you have a funny OOC story, tell me in the comments! We can be in the corner on time out together!
There should have been meetings for this, although there was something better, a sponsor and a support group, my drugs delivered directly to my door, and a network of people just like me.
I had only known what Scentsy was for a few months, my Drug Dealer Son's Friends Mom had introduced me. She was a teacher who had taken to direct sales after needed income over the summers and to pay an outstanding debt. After much persuasion I was coerced into having a home party for my friends and family, much to my surprise many of them had already been made aware of the company and were elbow deep into amazing smelling waxes at home.
I agreed reluctantly to have a home party and much to my surprise again a ton of people showed up, this would be her first in-home party and we raked in over $1,000. I had so much credit to spend that I managed to outfit myself with warmers and wax galore! It was really rather exciting, and I loved the scents and how my home smelled so much I continued to place orders. At this point my friend now asked one simple question of me: "If you love it so much why don't you sell it?" -Man was she good or what?
Yeah You're right! Why don't I?
I come from a sales background, in fact in college I was my retail locations top sales person for so long they had to stop awarding me so that other people could earn incentives.
At this time I had to only invest $100 to join, and if I sold over $500 in the first two weeks I would get an enhancement kit of products worth over $300 for FREE. I just couldn't pass this up, so there I was diving into sales again and "Shooting for the stars."
I joined a group of over 200 women, who very lovingly accepted me into their Cult Facebook Group and helped me every step of the way.
I know you are reading now and thinking that this is a horror story or some negative reflection of the company, and it's not. I am selling currently and I actually love almost all of the products and use them in my own home, I stand by this company. Im just honest, to a fault it seems.
I am loving selling, I am loving the comradery the extra paycheck, everything is going great, I am crushing goals, taking names, and actually helping my group with tips and tricks, as I have been in marketing for some ten years plus. That's not to say this journey comes with many bumps, hills, mountains, ugh. So much drama.
Blog posts following this one will focus on those bumps and the journey of a Maryland Scentsy consultant, with no censorship. That's right, I will tell it like it is folks, so put on your big girl panties, hold on to your precious snowflakes, and let's go on a smelly journey together.
If you have questions about products, joining, or want more info on the inside horrors fun details feel free to visit my website or email me!
jenlleras.scentsy.us or jennifer(dot)email@example.com