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Nikki Makes Scents (sometimes)

A scent addicts obsession that she made into a business.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Autumn Candle Gift Set GiveAWay

We are back and will be having several giveaways in the next few weeks so make sure you enter if you don't win one.   This Autumn Candle Gift set isn't listed on our main site but exclusively in our Etsy store.

Rustic 2oz soy candles in four different fall fragrances. Purchases of this set can choose 4 of the following delectable fall favorites (Apple Jack + PeelAutumn AfternoonAutumn LodgeButtercream AppleButter RumCampfire CocoaCinnamon Exotic Amber, Cinnamon Vanilla, Cornucopia,
Ginger AppleGingerbread CookiesIndian SummerKitchen SpicesMahogany SpiceMoncha Spice, 
Pear Spiced FigRoasted HazelnutSpice RackSpiced Caramel CreamSugar CookieSweet Potato + Brown Sugar, Vanilla Amber Fig TwistVanilla Nut SpiceZanzibar Clove )

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What would be your four favorite scents?
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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Let's Make some Butter!!

Ashy season is upon us so it's time to make some Whipped Body Butter.  I actually use this all year around because a former coworker use to laugh at someone at work who wore strappy heels no matter what season and her heels were always ashy.  Needles to say even if my toes aren't freshly polished I de-ash before putting on my flip flops.

Shea Butter and Coco Butter.  The Coco Butter is s a bit harder.

I like to make my butters in small batches to guarantee freshness.   I melt it on a very low with some of my favorite oils sweet almond oil, macadamia nut oil, jojoba oil.  If I'm making my own personal batch I may switch up the oils to sunflower oil, olive oil, medowfoam seed oil.

 Once melted I let it cool and then add the other ingredients.  Now it's time to whip it good!

It starts looking creamy depending on how cool it is about 15 minutes after I "whip it good"

Voila!  After a while it stiffens up and starts looking like vanilla ice cream 

Now it's ready to ship.  However this batch is going to mom.

This batch was Fig & Sweet Almond and Bajan Blue Waters. We make our whipped body butter in 7 fragrances (and of course unscented).   We also make samples.  Don't forget to pick up some for those heels and elbow.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Grandparents Day

Today, the first Sunday in September is National Grandparents Day (and also my birthday).  It's only fitting as there is a Mother's Day & Father's Day.   Grandparents are your built-in babysitters, spoil your kids silly and have so much knowledge that we sometimes overlook it.   I only knew my maternal grandmother and I was 11 when she left this earth but I still have so many fond memories of her.   She use to smoke a pipe and although I abhor cigarette smoke I stay still in the moment and reminise on the rare occassions I get a wiff of a pipe.  We all eventually want to  know about our past, what our ancestors did, where they lived and what they were like.  Since I don't have her anymore I look to my mom and relatives to fill in the gaps but it's not as deep.  Instead of going on these gemology sites first have a day with the grands.   Cherish them and their golden years of blood, sweat, tears and earned gray hairs.   What will you be doing with your grandparent today or what cherish memories do you have of your Granddad, Abuela, Nana (or whatever you call them)?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Random Rants – Peeves and Likes for 2013

I haven’t blogged a random rant in 3 years.  Time sure does fly.  Random rants are just that….random.  Nothing to do with business or home décor.  Now that I can breath after the maylay of gift sets I made I can blog about something mindless. 
Throughout this year some things just stick in my craw (is that a word?) or drive me crazy.  Most are not really new to 2013 but bug me nonetheless.  (In no particular order):

  • Speaking to me in person, talking to me on the phone or writing a letter to me like you only have 140 characters.   Why are you saying “LOL”  can’t you just Laugh out loud?  I’ll get it!  OMG, YOLO and #hashtag.  What the heck are you verbalizing a hashtag?  Am I suppose to reorganize it in my brain for another time and click on it in the future? #stupid
  • Cra Cra – What the heck is that?  Why do we have to shorten a 2 syllable word to two half words?
  • “It is what it is” What Is it?!  Never liked that saying and I still don’t in 2013
  • Look up when walking.  Why must I dodge the zombie phone users on a Manhattan street.  Next time I’ll just walk into you.  I may only be 4’11 but I have an intimidating stare.
  • Learn basic math – I’m no math whiz but If I give you $20.52 for total purchase of $15.52, chances are I’m not looking for change back.
Why is there a tip jar by the cashier?  Donut shop, Gas station, Chinese take out?  I thought tips where for restaurant servers who get below minimum or for those who go “above and beyond” on a regular basis.  Since when have we gone tip jar crazy?  Your socializing with the cashier next to you about your boyfriend problems and because you took all my coupons  and said “have a nice day” I must tip you? Cra Cra.
  • Tweeting or texting on your phone while driving.  I see you.  I’m behind this person and they are driving extra slow because they think they will be safer doing that as one carries on a heating phone conversation when in fact they also have their left blinker on but the car is turning right.  Or they are  texting in between stop lights and by the time I realize they are too busy texting and blow the horn the darn light changed again.  Newsflash driving is important.  You can kill or injure you or someone else if you are not alert and paying attention to what is going on; or piss me off if I’m late for work and behind you.
  • Get some social skills….Offline.  I know you have 10,000 friends/followers but turn off the phone when we have lunch.   I don’t want to see your brown roots (or grey or dandruff) all afternoon because your head is buried in your phone that you didn’t even have time to eat your lunch.  Next time I will just Instagram my lunch to you and #didlunch and say we did
  • The Knicks (sorry…that’s a 10 year pet peeve)
  • Cyberhacked – Having a business online and doing most of my bills and shopping online I have been the victim of numerous cyber hackings despite locking myself out of my own account because I can’t remember what the heck I changed the password to every 90 days as suggested. 
    • This year my business emails got hundreds of spams per minute that my website vendor had to go in and change my password because it was overloading his “thing-a-majig” (will that be the new catchphrase for 2014?)
    • Last week my personal ebay account got hacked (that I don’t use very often) and somebody bid and won over $5000 in bitcoins (whatever that is) and Itune gift cards.  

Honorable mention - Selfies – I really don’t have that much of a problem with this.  But some people overdue it a bit

If you’re on Facebook, Instagram and something has just touched your heart or simply made you smile and restored your faith in humanity that the peeves have not taken over and left you bitter towards the world.
  •  The news isn’t all bad. I have noticed (or paid attention more) that TV has more humanitarian stories than it use to that melt my heart:
  • My Family – I may gripe about them but I love them and I’m thankful they are all safe.
  • My Health – Thanks Dr. Forman for making me healthy again.  I feel like a new woman!
  • TV dramas are back – Enough of the cat fight reality shows.  Great acting has revived must-see-tv
    • Breaking Bad -  I was a very late bloomer and caught it on Netflix and I’m salivating for the last season to get on Netflix cause they haven’t shown any reruns on regular tv.  Where are the reruns when you need them?
    • Scandal – I say OMG to myself after every episode.  
    • House of cards – Kevin Spacey….enough said
Honorable mentions : Justin Beiber announces his retirement.
 Jessica Simpson announces she won’t act anymore.

So what are your pet peeves and thumbs up 2013 moments? 
Happy New Year!


Sunday, December 8, 2013

$25 Giveaway 2013

A gift certificate from Nikki Makes Scents makes a perfect gift for any occasion or for those hard to buy for people. Let them decide what scented delights are their favorites.  We have certificates available from $10 to $100.   This giveaway you have the opportunity to win one as a gift for yourself or a last minute gift!  Many chances to win and some entries can be done daily to increase your chances.  Good Luck!  (Please make sure to read the terms & conditions)

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Scent of the Month - Gingerbread Cookies

I can't think of a better homey scent for December.  That smell of baking ginger wafting through the house signals the end of fall and the beginning of winter holidays.  Don't let the holidays stress you out....stop and smell the Gingerbread Cookies.  Enjoy our special for this scent this month.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

5th Annual Cyber Monday Deal


Buy 1 and get 1 free
*Completed orders from 12/2/13 12am until 7:59am EST
Buy 1 and get 1/2 off
 *Completed orders from 12/2/13 8:00am until 11:59pm EST on almost all items we sell!
(some exceptions)
Stock up on scented delights from candles, Body Oils and Bath + Body items for all your friends and family.

In addition, we're offering a Doorbuster on the first 5 customers also receives
Free domestic Shipping!

No discount codes needed. 
Once the sale is over we will go through orders and the first five orders the shipping will be refunded!
Terms of Sale
  • Buy 1 get 1 Free or 1/2 off of the same item. While supplies last.
  • Buy 1 get 1 1/2 off (please order 2 and we will refund 50% off the second item).
  • All Candle items are eligible
  • Exceptions are: Samples, Gift Sets, packaged discount sets, accessories, reed diffusers and gift certificates.
  • Coupons and any other discounts are not accepted during this sale.
  • Sales valid ONLY from 12/2/13 12am Monday - 11:59pm. EST
  • Sale will not be held over nor backdated for out of stock items.

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