Sniffy scents vegan skincare company

Sniffy Scents

What’s your name?
Bianca Zarafa
What is the name of your business?
Sniffy Scents vegan skincare company
How long have you been trading?
8 months
What products do you sell?
A vegan skincare company specialising in natural, cruelty free & handmade bath & body products in divine Sniffs to pamper you.
What sells the best?
The bath soak range and Soy Wax Melts
What markets do you trade at?
Monbulk Produce Market, Emerald Community Market, St Andrews Community Market
How did it all begin?
Ever since I was a child I’ d make a bee-line to the candle section of all the hippy stores and sniff the candles. Coming home I was disappointed that I’ d have to get my nose up close and personal to the wax to cop a whiff. This didn’t seem like the best way to scent a home.

Over the past few years, I’ve been experimenting with different waxes and oils and I’ve come up with a formula that allows you to walk into a house and smell whatever delectable scent is wafting out of the burner at the other end of the home. Sniffy Scents soy wax melts hold their scents for days, so they last so much longer too. If you’ re feeling fancy, you can even pop a couple in tissue paper and keep them in your car, handbag, clothing drawers, etc. to surround yourself with your favourite sniffs all day long. Everyone answers to someone, and for me, it’ s the management felines.

Mani and Freya are my Bengal overlords who live with me in the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria and ensure the products I send out are of top quality. They supervise as I hand-pour the melts and nap whenever they see fit. One day I hope to get promoted to their job.

Sniffy Scents pride ourselves on our ethics. All our wax melts are cruelty-free, hand poured, vegan and made from ethically sourced material. We ensure that we conduct ourselves in a way that is sustainable and respectful to the earth. We gift our used wax to local businesses and donate both time and money to an organisation that supports survivors of sexual violence of all genders. Our wax is both kosher and biodegradable with absolutely no genetically modified material. The Management Felines insist upon it.

What do you like most about being a stallholder?
The interaction with the local community. I love it! The same people come back and you get to know their lives. I have laughed with people and cried with people. I love to be a part of it all.
What do you like least about being a stallholder?
It’s a toss up between windy days and super hot days, so I’m going to say hot windy days. On days like that, I’d rather be in my lab brewing up something that smells delicious and pampers the skin,
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I see the company growing and growing, and hiring a few local Aussies to help me with sales and distribution. However I still see myself in the local markets, being a part of the fun and mayhem as I am now. I don’t think I could ever give that up.
Any funny stories to share about your time as a stallholder?
My first time as a stallholder I turned up in heels and a dress, make up to the nines and completely unprepared for a day hard at it. I learned my lessons hard and fast and I owe it to the ladies beside me that day who are beside me at the same market still. They taught me how to rig my marquee, place my stock out of the sun, spruik my wares and to wear COMFY CLOTHES! And the most important tool in a stallholder’s collection? A chair!
What one piece of advice would you give to a new stallholder?
Have fun with the people around you. I’ve seen a couple of people try to come in to markets trying to be all hard nosed and competitive and it’s just not the environment for it. They are miserable and it doesn’t breed good-will. It’s a friendly, community atmosphere. We all share bags, change, we watch each others stalls, we pass the quiet times by having a laugh together. Without each other the day would be dreary. And the customers enjoy the banter that goes back and forward too.
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