Origin Story

Well hello there!

If you have come to this page then you probably would like to know more about the strange woman who runs Scents and Scentsability. That would be me. Take notes because there will be a quiz at the end!

My name is Rita and I live with my husband in Portland, Oregon working at a local indie bookstore. As a kid I wanted to be an Egyptologist (yes it's a word and a real career!), but I found out that you had to get a doctorate to become one. I was rubbish in school so I knew I had to change gears, so I decided to follow my other passion, which was animals. I have a Bachelors of Science in Zoology and wanted to become a Zookeeper.

I worked many jobs at the Oregon Zoo and even interned with the Keepers in the penguinarium (penguins are amazing!) and with the giraffes and gazelles. Even with all that experience, it is very hard to become a Zookeeper and the OZ is one of the hardest Zoos to get into. Instead of leaving the PNW to get paid experience somewhere else, I changed gears again and followed my other passion, books! 

I have been a bookseller for several years now and because of that, it has renewed my love of books (I was a reluctant reader as a kid). I currently work in the kids area of my store so I get to help other reluctant readers find books that they will be excited to read. That is my favorite part of my job. 

A few of my coworkers and I wanted to open up our own bookstore. I originally started this company to help fund that endeavor and to expand the realm of reading (scent is the most powerful sense!). I don't think we will be opening a bookstore, but I do hope to eventually open up a small shop where we sell our product, along with items from other artists to help support our community!

If you have made it this far, congrats! The quiz has been cancelled! The last thing I want to say is thank you for supporting small businesses. It really goes a long way. Every time I get an order I do a little happy dance. :)