One woman in Tomahawk developed a business from her passion for fragrances Submitted: 06/02/2015
TOMAHAWK - Handmade soaps and cosmetics can be a luxurious item. One woman in Tomahawk developed a business from her passion for fragrance.

"I was always looking for a lotion that didn't leave me too greasy or just dry after I rubbed it in," said owner of Scentability and Friends in Tomahawk Tricia Samundsen.

Tricia Samundsen left the army in 2001. She began making homemade lotion after spending time as a labor and delivery nurse. She made lotion and soaps for friends. The rest is history.

"I started with just lotions in 2009 and it's kind of exploded since then. I opened up here almost 2 years ago," said Samundsen.

Scentability and Friends in Tomahawk turned Samundsen's passion into a business.

"It's kind of addicting. Scent is awesome. I'm obsessed with different smells. I don't like just one. Just being a small business person, it just kind of fuels the passion," said Samundsen.

Samundsen makes handmade body butters, soaps, and more. She feels handmade products are better than commercial brands.

"You have control over your ingredients more so than picking something off the shelf," said Samundsen.
Samundsen packages and makes everything right in her store.

"Body butter is one of my most natural products. It's just a combination of shea butter, argan oil, and jojoba," said Samundsen.

Samundsen enjoys custom making certain things for her customers.

"I still sometimes call them my patients. And, seeing the smile on their faces when they walk in the door and say oh this place smells so good," said Samundsen.

It has been a challenge to turn her hobby into a business.

"It's really taken a lot more than just following recipes and putting it in a jar and selling it," said Samundsen.

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