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Inspiring Conversations with Precious Albertie of Yolie Scentz

Hi Precious, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
In 2014, I lost two loved ones that was dear to my heart. They passed away 12 days apart. Yolanda (Yolie) Lammons was my best friend, that left so unexpectedly. From that day the casket closed on my her. I told myself I have to do something to keep her memory alive. In 2016, I was planning, thinking and strategizing on what I should do or what would I do. I wanted my business to stand out, I wanted it to be unique, I wanted it to represent some of the things my best friend loved. In 2020, I finally figured out what I wanted to do. I wanted to make natural products that would never go out of style. But I still didn’t make a move (sigh) Then, quarantine hit all of us hard and it was like now it’s your chance get to work, start making things happen, get that LLC and start that small black business. And that’s what I did lol I made a promise to my best friend, that her memory would never fade. Here we are 4 months later and Yolie Scentz is already making a statement. I’m doing this in her honor, something that I know she would approve of and something people would love and enjoy. With that in mind, I chose to make scented candles. Besides the homemade, all-natural soy candles I also make scented incenses, wax melts, and car air fresheners. In the upcoming weeks, I’m looking to add more products to Yolie Scentz.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Juggling day-to-day life, life that involves my child and my primary occupation, I can’t say the process was a smooth one. Considering the fact that I hand make all my products, things can become overwhelming at times but when I think of what I’m doing it for, its all worth it. I know Londa is proud of what I’m doing and that alone is reason enough to continue to take this business as far as possible. A big lesson that I learned is that, nothing comes easy. I had so many trials and errors, but I’m still learning as I go. I’ve made many mistakes and many times I wanted to give up. But, I know Londa is looking down on me and telling me to keep pushing. I gotta keep going.

We’ve been impressed with Yolie Scentz, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
First off, I’m a small black business, I make all my products in the comfort of my home (in my kitchen) lol. My business specializes in authentic handcrafted candles, incense, wax melts, and car air fresheners. I aspire to have a very successful brand amongst those that are the best of the best. The goal is to have an amazing store front, so that my best friend’s name and my memory of her can live on forever. My objective is to provide all natural, high quality affordable products for consumers. What sets Yolie Scentz apart from other handmade crafters is that, I go over and beyond for my customers. Any problem that occur, I do everything in my power to correct it. I strive on having superior customer service.

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My favorite childhood memory is the time my best friend brothers broke my baby alive neck and threw her in the big green garage can. She knew I loved that baby doll so much I was crying so bad (I was like ten) lol and she went and got it for me. She fixed the neck and everything. She was always my protector. I miss her dearly.

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