Oct
31

Tomorrow Will be a Better Day

By Cindy Angle Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women with one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness throughout the month and honor the brave women who have been touched by breast cancer, we are sharing some of our Scentsy Consultants’ stories. Many Scentsy Consultants have been touched by this disease, and we are grateful for their candor in sharing their stories with all of us. We hope you will check back on the Scentsy blog throughout October to read more of these compelling stories. Here is Cindy's story: My journey began in November 2011, when during my self-exam, a harmless cyst that I had previously had in my left breast was bigger than the many years prior. Fortunately, it was time for my annual exam where my doctor concurred and a mammogram confirmed our suspicions. Before I knew it, I was lying on a table in a dimly lit procedure room, having a ...

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Oct
29

Halloween Scentsy Style

By Annie Singer Fall is in full swing and with Halloween right around the corner, we know you’ve been itching to show off your best Halloween décor, and we been dying to see it! We’ve scoured Instagram to find out how you’ve been celebrating Halloween with Scentsy, and we thought we’d share some of our favorites: An itsy bitsy puppy with an Itsy Bitsy Warmer. Just too cute not to share. Thanks so much, @careinhi!! A true work of art by @jenaudette. Can you believe this is a cake? It looks like the real thing! We should make one of these for our #scentsy office party! Now that we’ve got the cute and the crafty out of the way, we can move on to the sinister setups you’ve created to celebrate this Halloween. @Scentville shows us the perfect way to style an end table for Halloween with the Bonehead Warmer. @kathleen_desio nestles her Bonehead Warmer next to a bucket of eyeballs and nasty gnat and slug cream. What a spooky arrang ...

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Oct
23

I Just Want to be Warmed Again

By Noelle Perner  October 24, 2014. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Scent, incarcerated fragrance Rustic Lodge wanted people to know that she’s “not just another bar” and that she’s “completely innocent.” Rustic, who had her heyday in Fall/Winter 2010, found herself in the slammer one catalog later. On the heels of Rustic’s incarceration came mass protests by Consultants and fans alike. “Rustic Lodge was my favorite scent! Bring back my bar!” wailed one distraught fan outside Clamshell Prison’s gates. When she spoke with The Daily Scent, Rustic Lodge not only agreed to the interview, but said she appreciated the chance to speak directly to her fans. “I just want to be warmed again,” she said. “People loved me. Give the people what they want!” In 2010, Rustic was convicted for allegations of foul play. It’s still unclear what exactly happened at the remote wilderness lod ...

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Oct
22

A Self Exam Saved Me

By Dianne Garica Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women with one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness throughout the month and honor the brave women who have been touched by breast cancer, we are sharing some of our Scentsy Consultants’ stories. Many Scentsy Consultants have been touched by this disease, and we are grateful for their candor in sharing their stories with all of us. We hope you will check back on the Scentsy blog throughout October to read more of these compelling stories.   Here is Dianne's story: We moved from Utah to Indiana in October of 2005, away from all the friends and family we’d known all our lives, to start a new job and a new adventure. We found a wonderful neighborhood and school district, and slowly started to put our new lives together. The transition was difficult during the winter and holidays because we were u ...

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Oct
20

I Am a Survivor

By Debbie Lord Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women with one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness throughout the month and honor the brave women who have been touched by breast cancer, we are sharing some of our Scentsy Consultants’ stories. Many Scentsy Consultants have been touched by this disease, and we are grateful for their candor in sharing their stories with all of us. We hope you will check back on the Scentsy blog throughout October to read more of these compelling stories.   Here is Debbie's story: It began in May 2007. I went in for my annual check-up with my gynecologist. As he examined my right breast, he said, "Don't you feel this?" He took my hand and told me to feel the lump in my breast. It was the size of a pea or maybe a little bigger. He told me that I needed to have it biopsied and sent me right away to a surgeon. I had ...

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Oct
16

Throwback Thursday, Scentsy Canada!

It has been five amazing years since we launched in Canada.  During that time we've had SO much fun creating amazing memories with all of our fantastic Canadian Consultants, and as we reminisce we can't help but share a few of our favorite memories! Launching on Oct. 1, 2009 because that is where it all started Selling enough bars, laid end-to-end, to stretch from Niagara Falls to Disney World Nicknaming Dan "Canada Dan" Enrolling 61 amazing Consultants who have been with us since that first October five years ago Giving us a reason to bring back Birch the Beaver. There is something about his goofy grin we just can’t get enough of! Also, did you know you’re supposed to celebrate five year anniversaries with a gift related to wood? Really, we’re not kidding! See! And Birch the Beaver eats wood, so that counts, right? There are sooo many more memories! Since we could go on, and on, and on and never capture it all, ...

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Oct
15

Cancer Isn't for Sissies

By Lisa Liston Breast cancer is the second-most common form of cancer among American women with one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness throughout the month and honor the brave women who have been touched by breast cancer, we are sharing some of our Scentsy Consultants’ stories. Many Scentsy Consultants have been touched by this disease, and we are grateful for their candor in sharing their stories with all of us. We hope you will check back on the Scentsy blog throughout October to read more of these compelling stories.   Here is Lisa's story: Got my Diet Coke, ready for work, got my fourth-grader to school. I was so busy being a strong, single mom without health insurance that I didn't have time to get to that first “fun” mammogram. "Lisa," the doctor said, “You've had that script since January, for over six months! You better get it done. You know your his ...

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Oct
13

Loving What's On the Inside

By Kathy Young Breast cancer is the second-most common form of cancer among American women with one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness throughout the month and honor the brave women who have been touched by breast cancer, we are sharing some of our Scentsy Consultants’ stories. Many Scentsy Consultants have been touched by this disease, and we are grateful for their candor in sharing their stories with all of us. We hope you will check back on the Scentsy blog throughout October to read more of these compelling stories.  Here is Kathy's story: I had just turned 40, given birth to my third child, and life was great. About six months after Brecklyn was born, we were watching football in the basement, which we do every Sunday with friends, and I noticed a lump in my left breast. Figuring it was a blocked milk duct from nursing, I wrote it off. After all, no one in my family had eve ...

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Oct
10

Prettiest in Pink Scentsy Contest!

Submit your PINKEST photo to Instagram using #PrettiestinPink by 12 p.m. (MT) on Oct. 20 for a chance to win one or more PINK Scentsy products!  We’re all seeing/wearing/sharing PINK to help celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At Scentsy we want to do everything we can to help spread a message of continued hope to breast cancer survivors and encourage awareness and early detection through mammograms. This cause has always been close to our hearts here at Scentsy. In fact, the Scentsy Family Foundation is currently supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the U.S. and Rethink Breast Cancer in Canada for the second time with our Charitable Cause Warmer, Ribbons of Hope.  Isn’t it gorgeous? Don’t you just love the peekaboo ribbon in the dish? Ribbons of Hope is the stylish successor to our beloved 2010 Love, Life, Hope Warmer. Love, Life, Hope is still one of our most successful Cause Warmers to date. We were thrilled to donate $646,779 to the National Breast C ...

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Oct
08

Return of the GUAC!

We recently posted about the epic Guac-Off held at our home office in Meridian, Idaho. However, we denied your tingling tastebuds a recipe! Most of the Guac-Off creations were created from the heart, on the fly. However, we were able to convince one guac master to share a tried and true recipe. This version of her recipe includes Velata Lemon Garlic Artisan Rub (which she insists is her new secret ingredient!) We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did! Perfect Guacamole 3 medium-size ripe avocados ¼ cup finely chopped red onion 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno (if you prefer a very mild guacamole, remove the jalapeno’s seeds) ¼ cup finely chopped tomatoes 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro 2 teaspoons Velata Lemon Garlic Artisan Rub Juice from one medium-size lime Salt and pepper to taste Mix together onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapeno in a medium-size bowl and mix well. Add unm ...

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Oct
31

Tomorrow Will be a Better Day

By Cindy Angle

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women with one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness throughout the month and honor the brave women who have been touched by breast cancer, we are sharing some of our Scentsy Consultants’ stories.

Many Scentsy Consultants have been touched by this disease, and we are grateful for their candor in sharing their stories with all of us. We hope you will check back on the Scentsy blog throughout October to read more of these compelling stories.

Here is Cindy's story:

My journey began in November 2011, when during my self-exam, a harmless cyst that I had previously had in my left breast was bigger than the many years prior.

Fortunately, it was time for my annual exam where my doctor concurred and a mammogram confirmed our suspicions.

Before I knew it, I was lying on a table in a dimly lit procedure room, having a biopsy.

I didn’t tell my family or friends; there was no reason to worry anyone. It had been a harmless cyst for years; it would stay that way. But, as the doctor snipped tissue from my breast and under my arm, tears streamed down my cheeks.

As I drove home, alone, on a gray, cold, late-November day, it finally hit me: I might have cancer.

The next day, I jumped on a plane and met my daughter, son-in-law, and 6-month-old grandson in Anaheim, California. A trip that had been planned for a year was not going to be dampened in the least by the prospects that lie ahead.

I told the doctor not to call me while I was on vacation. I’d enjoy a wonderful week at the Happiest Place on Earth with my favorite people in the world, and we’d deal with whatever was to be when I returned.

All week, I was careful to not wince when a cuddling baby pressed up against a bruised spot on my breast. Every night, after a most wonderful day in the park, I’d lie in bed and pray with all my heart to hear good news upon my return home. As we walked out of Disneyland the last night of our week-long visit, I wondered to myself what would happen before I’d be back here again.

I was diagnosed with Stage 2 HER2 positive breast cancer. I had received normal results from my mammogram just 11 months earlier, but this type of breast cancer is hormone driven, and the belief is that as our hormones change and menopause begins, it is the perfect breeding grofor abnormal cells (that we all have in our bodies, by the way) to go crazy and become cancerous.

Over the next nine months, I tackled the beast that was NOT going to beat me. Because of the type of breast cancer, my regimen started with chemotherapy via a surgically implanted port, followed by a month to recover before surgery, followed by a month to recover, before radiation.

I chose a lumpectomy because after my second chemo treatment, the tumor had dissolved SO dramatically, that we (my doctors and I) couldn’t even FIND it anymore.

I could have had a mastectomy, but after much prayer and meditation, I felt impressed that the lumpectomy was the right decision for me. That meant radiation treatment would be necessary because I still had breast tissue.

Fighting and beating breast cancer is by far the most difficult thing I’ve had to do so far in my life. Chemo treatments made me so very, very ill. The side effects were horrific.

Everyone thinks, “You lose your hair, OK …,” but there are so many more side effects, and I seemed to experience them all: mouth sores, nose bleeds, severe nausea and diarrhea (sometimes all at the same time, if you can imagine), neuropathy in my feet and hands (I still don’t have very much feeling in my feet, unfortunately, but my fingers are nearly normal).

For many chemo patients, there are a few rough days as the “poison” makes its way through one’s body, but then the body begins to rebound and regain strength prior to the next treatment. That never really happened for me.

Thankfully, I did have a “good” day after each treatment. It was the DAY of treatment that was rough, because I’d get a dose of steroids to help my body tolerate the drugs coursing through. I called that my “steroid high” day. I didn’t sleep all night, of course, but it was a welcome relief from the usual icky that I always felt.

With each cycle of treatment, I stayed at my low point for more days, and made less progress climbing out of the hole before the next treatment. My body did exactly what the treatment was designed to do: kill the bad stuff and take a lot of the good stuff with it.

One of the best days during all my chemo weeks was that day when the doctor couldn’t find the lump in my breast OR the one under my arm! That was JUST the motivation I needed to keep coming back every two weeks and getting hooked up for another treatment.

At the beginning, I was driving myself to treatments, fixing my meals, and working pretty much full-time from home. But before too long, the side effects took their toll.

I lost my appetite, my taste buds, and my strength to prepare meals, so I just didn’t eat.

One day, when I found myself on the bathroom floor, pleading with my Heavenly Father to help me find the strength to get up, I realized it was time to accept help with my daily care.

Not being able to lie to my mother, she soon took matters into her own hands and came down to care for me. My strong, determined, selfless mom moved in with me, putting up with me, my 75-pound spoiled rotten “lap dog,” and a flight of stairs to her bedroom every night, all so that she could stay with me and care for me.

She was there to prepare my meals, drive me to appointments, keep me warm, and tuck me in every night with the reassuring words “tomorrow will be a better day.” Mostly, she was there to make sure I wasn’t alone.

I will forever be indebted and grateful for my mom! At a time in her life when I should be making HER days easier, she put her desires aside to make sure I made it through each day.

We celebrated when my chemo treatments were finally over.

My doses were reduced because the neuropathy was so bad and my doctor wanted to balance giving me the most effective dose, but also keeping sight of the goal of making sure I’d still be able to walk and chase grandkids around for many years to come.

My plan for the end of chemo was extended a bit, and that was tough to accept. But I was reassured I was still getting an appropriately effective dose each time, and that it’s not unusual to adjust the plan. My doctor reminded me the goal is to kill the cancer, but not YOU! (By the way, my medical team was the BEST in the Portland area, I am certain of that!)

Chemo had made me so sick, but within a couple of weeks of concluding my treatments, I became acutely aware of the simple things in life: tasting favorite foods again, saying goodbye to anti-nausea drugs, watching the peach fuzz sprout on my head.

The worst was over!! Every day WAS better than the day before!

I’m grateful that the worst part of my treatment plan was first, getting the chemo out of the way was necessary to immediately stop the cancer from growing and kill it instead. It also helped me with perspective for the next two components of the treatment roadmap.

Surgery was an annoyance, radiation was an interruption every day for a month, and then that pesky blood clot in my lung put a good scare in me. But with each of these hurdles I’d remind myself, “You survived chemo, you can survive this.”

Perspective is a great teacher and a wonderful moderator of our mental outlook.

Every day was a struggle, yes. But every day, there were blessings, too, and that’s the thing that I’ll always remember most about my breast cancer journey.

At first, I called it my “trial,” but I realized very quickly that my Heavenly Father was sending me blessings EVERY SINGLE DAY. It wasn’t fair to call it a trial, when the blessings came so generously.

Blessings came in various ways — perhaps just something small like my neighbor taking my garbage can out to the curb, or my nephew calling to see what he could do, or a friend taking my rambunctious Labrador on a walk. Some days it would come as Father showed me someone who had a much bigger challenge than I.

Being so sick, I had to free myself from the distractions of life, and in doing so, I was much more in tune with my spiritual self.

One of the greatest blessings was a feeling of greater spiritual enlightenment from Father. These moments of personal revelation provided me with great peace, hope, and guided me to make decisions regarding my treatment plan.

Along with the blessings came lessons for me. Many times during my journey, I was reminded that it wasn’t a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” I’d be healed. I was also reminded that this was the opportunity for me to learn to let others serve ME. It was time for me to let others around me receive the blessings of service and sacrifice as I would have to graciously (or not) ask for and lovingly accept the help, not only because I would not be able to walk this road alone, but because Father also knew there were friends and family who needed to serve me.

It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child. I believe it takes a TEAM to get the fighter to the finish line and become a survivor.

If you’re reading this because you’re currently fighting, please ask for help! Surround yourself with those who will love you no matter how you look, how you feel, or even what you say. Let others serve you!

If you’re reading this because a loved one has been diagnosed, don’t wait for her to ASK you to do something. Don’t say, “Call if I can do anything.” JUST DO SOMETHING. Cook a meal, pick up a pair of cozy socks and drop them by, take her dog for a walk, rub her feet, sit with her as the chemo drugs course through her body. Tell her she’s doing great, and she can BEAT THIS.

Having climbed a few peaks in the Pacific Northwest in my younger days, I likened my journey to an ascent up Mt. Hood, Mt. Whitney, or even Angel’s Rest in the Columbia River Gorge. It’s an uphill climb and not for the weak or unprepared. It will test your mettle, your physical endurance, and your determination. Some steps will result in forward progress, other steps will find you sliding backwards and losing ground. But if one perseveres, digs down deep to reserves she doesn’t know she has, and calls on the loving God who created her, the view from the top is pretty fantastic. And within just a couple of minutes of reaching the summit, sometimes even before catching one’s breath, the words “it was totally worth it” can be heard.

Breast cancer is not for sissies. It’s a hideous disease. It’ll be tough, and there will be days when you want to give up. Don’t give up. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. If one step forward results in two steps back, get up the next day and try again. Before you know it, you’ll be on top of the mountain, enjoying glorious views.

The experience of getting there will change you forever, and I pray, it will change you for good. It did both for me, and I’ll be forever grateful.



Oct
29

Halloween Scentsy Style

By Annie Singer

Fall is in full swing and with Halloween right around the corner, we know you’ve been itching to show off your best Halloween décor, and we been dying to see it!

We’ve scoured Instagram to find out how you’ve been celebrating Halloween with Scentsy, and we thought we’d share some of our favorites:


An itsy bitsy puppy with an Itsy Bitsy Warmer. Just too cute not to share. Thanks so much, @careinhi!!



A true work of art by @jenaudette. Can you believe this is a cake? It looks like the real thing! We should make one of these for our #scentsy office party!

Now that we’ve got the cute and the crafty out of the way, we can move on to the sinister setups you’ve created to celebrate this Halloween.

@Scentville shows us the perfect way to style an end table for Halloween with the Bonehead Warmer.



@kathleen_desio nestles her Bonehead Warmer next to a bucket of eyeballs and nasty gnat and slug cream. What a spooky arrangement!



And a #throwback from @welcominghavencreations. With classic holiday styles you can use your favorite warmer year after year. What a great idea!

We love seeing your photos and how you use Scentsy to celebrate the holidays. Tag us on Instagram or Pinterest with #Scentsy to show us your best creations!


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