Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today I am loving this on Amazon - New Sedona Hiking Cap

hiking cap
I'm usually representing the Chicago Bears on the trail via my hat, but I wanted to switch it up a little, so I looked for a plain hat, but with a little something to proclaim some of my travels. Since Sedona was the first city on my 10 cities in 10 years adventure, I picked up this cap on Amazon. Got it quick and it's just perfect for the trails. Got a selfie of my new hat while hiking Snow Canyon in Utah.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Make your house smell like Halloween with these cute wax tart warmers



If you need some tarts for your burners, I offer them in over 230 fragrances and made fresh when ordered:

http://www.somethinspecial.com/product_p/soytarts.htm

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Handmade Perfumes & Body Care Sellers Directory


There are so many other amazing scented products sellers out there and I just wanted to give them a shout-out. I've compiled this list and the criteria is simple:
-They only sell online direct to buyers
-Their product is handmade fresh or in small batches
-They sell perfumes, body care and home fragrance products
-I've worked with them or heard only good things about them

In alphabetical order:

Berrysweet Stuff
Bubble and Geek
Bubble Girl Soap 
Coquette Bath
Dr. Sweettooth
Firebird Bath & Body
Frostbeard - Their unique scents are perfect for book lovers, like "Bookstore" and "Old Books".
LoveLee Soaps
Mad City Sue
Sugar Sugar Scrubs - When I discontinued by scrubs, I asked Lindsey if she would take care of any buyers that still wanted scrubs. She's done an amazing job. 
Sunbasilgarden Soap
Toadstool Soaps - The owner, Cheryl, and I have been in touch over the years, from eBay to Etsy and more. She's a real sweetheart and her products are amazing.
Whipped Up Wonderful
Wizard at Work - I bought my niece some Star Wars bath bombs, twice, and she loved them!

If any of these are new to you, give them a try. If you have a favorite that's not on the list, let me know in the comments below and I'll add them in.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Why I sell designer duplicate perfumes


When I initially started somethinspecial.com, my intention was to NOT carry any designer duplicates. I truly appreciate the hard work it takes to design a fragrance (having designed a few myself) and I have a deep admiration for some of the beautiful blends created.

But, as my little business grew, I kept getting many desperate requests for discontinued scents. So, I got in a couple scents, tested them out with you, my customers, and decided to honor one of the core values of my company: listen to my customers and give them what they want.

As I started adding the discontinued duplicates to the fragrance list, I started getting requests for current name brand scents. The main reasons are:
a) I offer high quality, tested matches
b) I can offer them in a product that the original designer chose not to, such as bath salts or a solid perfume or a wax tart melt, made fresh especially for your order
c) at a more affordable price.

Even with my extensive and ever growing fragrance list, I get about 5 to 6 requests every week for new scents. And I love the emails telling me that my buyers thought they'd never smell their favorite scent again, one that brought back many happy memories. That's why I love what I do.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Views from my new home in St. George, UT

My mom & I were talking on the phone the other day and it's hard to believe I'm the first in my family to ever live in Utah! I'm pretty much the first in my family to have a full-time online business and to live in 5 different cities 5 years in a row.

My first 2 priorities are to get my business fully stocked and to hit the hiking trails. I've been having a blast picking new hiking trails to try. I have so, so, so many to choose from nearby, which is exactly the way I like it. Some of my favorites have been the Chuckawalla Trail and Whiterocks.

chuckawalla
 chuckawalla
whiterocks
 whiterocks
St. George is a clean, quiet town, hardly any traffic and parking anywhere is a breeze. So different from LA. Everyone is friendly and I really feel comfortable and safe living here.

I've also been exploring Snow Canyon State Park and the contrast of the white, red and black lava rocks has been a visual delight every time I see it.

snow canyon
It is very, very hot here, usually over 100 degrees in the afternoon. I've just adjusted my schedule to hike in the morning when it's cooler. I've been told that it will cool down in September, that's when I will head to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon (North Rim) to explore even more.

Happy Trails!!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Refreshing Mint Watermelon Face Mask DIY

mint face mask

Watermelon is a go to summertime favorite for instant relief from those hot days, but did you know it’s also good for your skin? Watermelon is full of vitamin A and vitamin C, it also contains the phytonutrient citrulline. Watermelon is a natural astringent and antioxidant and when used as a facial mask, watermelon can soothe and refresh all skin types.

Equipment You’ll Need:
Mixing bowl
Measuring Spoon
Pipette
Potato masher or stick blender

Ingredients:
 ½ cup of mashed up watermelon
1 Tbsp of Certified Organic Honey
3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

Directions: Take one slice of watermelon and mash it up as much as possible using a potato masher or stick blender Measure ½ cup of mashed watermelon and place in a mixing bowl. Add 1 Tbsp of Certified Organic Honey Add 3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil Mix well and apply to face Let sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse away to reveal your healthy glow!!

Because this is a fresh made product, it will start to develop microbial growth very quickly. Use your mask immediately or refrigerate. If refrigerated, use within 2 days.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Feed Your Face Mud Scrub Recipe DIY


Feed your skin healthy ingredients with this combination of Avocado, Lavender, Cucumber & Honey to create this nutrient-packed face scrub mud. It's sure to leave your skin super soft, polished and smooth.

Equipment You’ll Need:
Measuring spoons
Mixing bowls
Spoon or Hands

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon Bentonite Clay
2 teaspoon Avocado Oil
1 teaspoon Lavender Distillate
1 teaspoon Cucumber Distillate
1 teaspoon Honey

Directions:
Mix all of the ingredients together.
Apply to face and neck
Rinse off with warm water

Clean up:
Wash off with tepid water and a soft facial cloth. Pat dry. Follow with your favorite essential toner.

IMPORTANT:
Be sure to use your creation immediately as the natural ingredients are not preserved.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

On the move again, next stop: St. George, UT - Closed 5/23/16 to 5/27/16


Owning an internet business allows me to live anywhere in the world, so instead of settling on one place, I'm exploring a bunch of places. My next chosen city to try for a year is St. George, Utah.

I'm often asked, why? Cause I can. I'm single, in good health and not getting any younger. The hiking and wanderlust bug has bit me hard and I'd regret it forever if I didn't at least try it out. And why there? I found that I love warmer year round weather, so after studying city data weather patterns, I try not to venture too far above 37 degrees latitude North. I also love hiking and mountain climbing, so I search the map for any green areas which denote National State Parks. And then I pick a city close to those green areas. So, as you can see from the below Google Map pic, St. George looks ideal:

I have the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve to the north, Zion National Park to the east and the Grand Canyon to the south and so much more to explore.

So I'll be closing up shop on May 23rd, packing up my stuff and driving to UT on May 26th. I'll reopen on May 30th from my new place. I'll be checking emails and all the social media places while I'm gone, so reach out to me with any questions!!

Here's a recap of the cities so far:
Chicago, IL (where I lived for most of my life)
Orange, CA
Sedona, AZ
San Marcos, CA
Irvine, CA
Currently: St. George, UT
Next up: Durango, CO

If you have any suggestions on where to try next, please leave a comment below, I'd love to hear from you!
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