Homely Aromas by Gemma - The Independent Tees Collective

2 Jan 2021

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Ooooh new year, new blog series! As I mentioned in my goals post at the end of 2020, I'm kickstarting a new series on my blog called The Independent Tees Collective. The idea behind it is to showcase some of the amazing independent businesses that we have in our region, with a new post every week. It's going to be your one stop shop to learn all about our independent businesses and the incredible people behind them.

And kicking things off, we've got Homely Aromas - By Gemma, a scent-sational biz that's all about freshening up the home and creating an atmosphere to relax and unwind in. Forget about the big corporate scent companies, this indie has got you covered, so have a read and find out a bit more about what they've got to offer.

Hello! Let's start with a bit of an introduction. Who are you and what is your business all about?

Hi I’m Gemma and I run Homely Aromas – By Gemma. My business is all about hand poured wax melts, alongside other home fragrance products, like homemade reed diffusers, car air fresheners and sizzler granules. I also make carpet fresheners for those of us who want to do a bit of spring cleaning!

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Where did the inspiration for Homely Aromas - By Gemma come from?

The inspiration for Homely Aromas – By Gemma came from a suggestion from my partner. I was on maternity leave and looking for a way that I could work from home whilst being there for my two children as much as possible. He pointed out my love of the house smelling nice and always having a wax melt or candle on, and the research into how to create my own wax melts began.

From there, it really took off and now I create a range of home fragrance products in a massive variety of scents, including perfume-inspired scents, sweet scents, fruity scents and so much more.

Which is your favourite scent that you stock and why?

My favourite scent is called Holiday Romance. It’s my favourite because it’s a really fruity scent including fruits such as orange, raspberry, green apple and mango, so it gives a real tropical feel. It's just like being on holiday in your own home.

What do you enjoy most about running Homely Aromas - By Gemma?

I love looking for new scents and creating products that I hope everyone will love. I love being able to be there for my children, while also running my business and hearing how much everyone loves what I make. It's exactly what I was looking for when I first decided to start a business!

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What has been Homely Aromas - By Gemma's biggest achievement so far?

One of the biggest achievements for Homely Aromas – By Gemma had to be the sale of 30 advent calendars within 6 months of being open. It was amazing to know that my product was going to be used be 30 people every day in the lead up to Christmas! I loved hearing what everyone thought of each and every scent in the calendars.

What do you love about the Teesside independent scene?

I love that there’s some amazing hidden gems out there that people don’t know about. There’s some amazing local businesses too that I ordered from for Christmas presents because it’s so important to support small and support local.

What's next for Homely Aromas - By Gemma? What do you hope for the future?

My goal for 2021 is to research and create bath bombs to run alongside my wax melts for the ultimate relaxation package. Just imagine having a wax melt and a bath bomb to match, or two scents that complement each other. I also hope to grow my business and hopefully see my products in local shops.

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And finally, recommend one other Teesside independent to us!

One of my favourite local businesses at the moment is called Clever Crafts. She creates the most amazing personalised products and her customer service is amazing!

Like what you've read? I know I have! If you want to check out some of Homely Aromas - By Gemmas products and her insanely huge list of scents (the Black Raspberry & Vanilla sounds unreal), make sure you head over to her Facebook page or Instagram to check her out.

Make sure you check back next week for another incredible Tees independent!

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