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Our Mission

ScentsAbility's mission is to provide workplace opportunities to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) by utilizing their full potential to create beautifully crafted artisan scented candles.

Our Artisans

Jessica

Lexy

Khari

Jamie

Kim

Billy

Shaun

Michael

Drew

Brian

Our Story

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When Jessica Schmidt aged out of the school system, her mother faced a challenge that most parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) encounter: finding appropriate places and activities to help Jessica continue to grow and live a purposeful life. The answer came in 2011 with the delivery of a holiday gift: a candle-making set that would become a thriving business for Jessica and several more adults with I/DD. 

Jessica and her friends began mixing wax and scent, hand pouring, and packaging with the utmost care to create unique, beautiful, products. In March 2012, ScentsAbility incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization as they began selling their candles at local farmers markets and small boutique stores. Their products gained traction and they soon moved into a storefront where they could manufacture enough units to sell online and earn larger contracts.  

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Today, ScentsAbility is the longest running micro-enterprise in the state of Florida. Our artisan-crafted candles are made with the finest fragrances, a proprietary soy wax blend, and 100% cotton wicks that are non-GMO, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. Learning adaptive strategies to manufacture, market, and sell these candles has provided adults affected by I/DD with strong pathways to independence. In 2017, ScentsAbility was honored at the annual National Candle Association (NCA) Expo for the products and possibilities that we have produced!

What’s Next? A Note from Our Founders

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Today, ScentsAbility is the longest running micro-enterprise in the state of Florida. Our artisan-crafted candles are made with the finest fragrances, a proprietary soy wax blend, and 100% cotton wicks that are non-GMO, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. Learning adaptive strategies to manufacture, market, and sell these candles has provided adults affected by I/DD with strong pathways to independence. In 2017, ScentsAbility was honored at the annual National Candle Association (NCA) Expo for the products and possibilities that we have produced!

Every week, we receive inquiries from more families of adults with I/DD asking how they can get involved in our program. Unfortunately, we are currently limited by the size of our facility and our equipment. We are actively working to build community partnerships that will allow us to move into a larger space and expand our program. If you’re interested in learning more and getting involved, please let us know! Reach out any time via (954) 234-4405 or info@scentsability.org.

All Our Best,

Bonnie Schmidt & Denise Anderson, Co-Founders