Monday, March 20, 2017

Ingredients Deep Dive into my Hair Conditioner via EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

https://www.somethinspecial.com/product-p/prod25.htm

Today we are deep diving into the ingredients in my Reconstructive Hair Conditioner. Full disclosure, I do not make my conditioner base, instead I research samples from many, many different companies and then I choose the best one. I have modified this base with 3 nutritious and moisturizing ingredients: Marshmallow Root Powder, Chamomile Extract & Argan Oil.

In case you were wondering who EWG Skin Deep is, it is my go to resource if I have any questions about an ingredient, with the 2nd being Wikipedia. They use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. Their database gives you practical information to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals. They have an easy to understand rating system
And also understand, when listing ingredients, it is done by quantity. So the first few ingredients make up most of the product, while the last few are in the smallest percentages.

Here's a deep dive of each individual ingredient in my reconstructive hair conditioner. I remember when I first got this sample, I started offering it in my monthly sample sets and it was so popular, many people asked me to add it the permanent hair care category.  It is one of my personal favorites and I use it daily to condition my hair.

Deionized Water - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706945/WATER/

Cetearyl Alcohol - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701236/CETEARYL_ALCOHOL/

Polysorbate 60 - Hazard Score Key: 3
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/705139/POLYSORBATE-60/

Cetyl Alcohol - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701263/CETYL_ALCOHOL/

Dicetyldimonium Chloride - Hazard Score Key: 2
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701951/DICETYLDIMONIUM_CHLORIDE/

Stearmidopropyl Dimethylamine - Not in database

Silk Amino Acids - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/723567/SILK_AMINO_ACIDS/

Methylparaben - Hazard Score Key: 4
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703937/METHYLPARABEN/

Propylparaben - Hazard Score Key: 7
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/705335/PROPYLPARABEN/

Panthenol - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/704436/PANTHENOL/

Vitamin A - Hazard Score Key: 9
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706889/RETINOL_%28VITAMIN_A%29/

Vitamin E - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706564/TOCOPHEROL/

Citric Acid - Hazard Score Key: 2
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701385/CITRIC_ACID/

Marshmallow Root Powder - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700304/ALTHAEA_OFFICINALIS_%28MARSHMALLOW%29/

Chamomile Extract - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701294/CHAMOMILLA_RECUTITA_%28MATRICARIA%29_FLOWER_EXTRACT/

Argan Oil - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700502/ARGANIA_SPINOSA_%28ARGAN%29_OIL/

I hope this helps you make good choices about your skin care. What you put on your body is as important as what you put into your body. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ingredients Deep Dive into my Goat Milk Cream via EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

http://www.somethinspecial.com/product-p/prod33.htm
Today we are deep diving into the ingredients in my Goat Milk Cream. Full disclosure, I do not make any of my lotion bases, instead I research samples from many, many different companies and then I choose the best ones. You will NEVER receive a runny, watery lotion from me.

In case you were wondering who EWG Skin Deep is, it is my go to resource if I have any questions about an ingredient, with the 2nd being Wikipedia. They use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. Their database gives you practical information to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals. They have an easy to understand rating system:
And also understand, when listing ingredients, it is done by quantity. So the first few ingredients make up most of the product, while the last few are in the smallest percentages.

Here's a deep dive of each individual ingredient in my goat milk cream. I remember when I first got this sample, I started offering it in my monthly sample sets and it was so popular, many people asked me to add it the permanent lotions category.  It is one of my personal favorites.

Water - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706945/WATER/

Avocado Oil - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/704777/PERSEA_GRATISSIMA_%28AVOCADO%29_OIL/

Isopropyl Palmitate - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703207/ISOPROPYL_PALMITATE/

Glycerin - Hazard Score Key: 2
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702620/GLYCERIN/

Glyceryl Stearate - Hazard Score Key:2
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702658/GLYCERYL_STEARATE_SE/

Stearic Acid - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706311/STEARIC_ACID/

Cetyl Alcohol - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701263/CETYL_ALCOHOL/

Emulsifying Wax - Hazard Score Key: 4
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702249/EMULSIFYING_WAX/

Goat Milk, Goat Milk Extract - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702728/GOAT_MILK/

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700269/ALOE_BARBADENSIS_%28ALOE_VERA%29_GEL/

Squalane - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706264/SQUALANE/

Dimethyl Sulfone - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702065/DIMETHYL_SULFONE/

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701056/CAPRYLIC%3B%3B_CAPRIC_TRIGLYCERIDE/

Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/724298/SYMPHYTUM_OFFICINALE_%28COMFREY%29/

Ivy Leaf/Stem Extract - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/725563/HEDERA_HELIX_%28IVY%29_LEAF%3B%3BSTEM_EXTRACT/

Calendula Officinalis Extract - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700990/CALENDULA_OFFICINALIS_%28POT_MARIGOLD%29_FLOWER_EXTRACT/

Dimethicone - Hazard Score Key: 3
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702011/DIMETHICONE/

Sodium Citrate - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706027/SODIUM_CITRATE/

Carbomer - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701088/CARBOMER/

Tetrasodium EDTA - Hazard Score Key: 2
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706510/TETRASODIUM_EDTA/

Aminomethyl Propanol - Hazard Score Key: 3
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700348/AMINOMETHYL_PROPANOL/

DMDM Hydantoin - Hazard Score Key: 7
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702196/DMDM_HYDANTOIN_%28FORMALDEHYDE_RELEASER%29/

I hope this helps you make good choices about your skin care. What you put on your body is as important as what you put into your body.  

Friday, January 20, 2017

Ingredients Deep Dive into my Shea Butter Cream via EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

Today we are deep diving into the ingredients in my Shea Butter Cream, 97.63% natural. Full disclosure, I do not make any of my lotion bases, instead I research samples from many, many different companies and then I choose the best ones. You will NEVER receive a runny, watery lotion from me.



In case you were wondering who EWG Skin Deep is, it is my go to resource if I have any questions about an ingredient, with the 2nd being Wikipedia. They use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. Their database gives you practical information to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals. They have an easy to understand rating system:

And also understand, when listing ingredients, it is done by quantity. So the first few ingredients make up most of the product, while the last few are in the smallest percentages.

Here's a deep dive of each individual ingredient in my 97.63% natural shea butter cream. I remember when I first got this sample, I was really, really excited to add it to my product line. It has been my best selling cream from day 1.

Water - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706945/WATER/

Glycerol Stearate - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702648/GLYCERYL_MONOSTEARATE/

Isopropyl Myristate - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703206/ISOPROPYL_MYRISTATE/

Cetearyl Alcohol - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701236/CETEARYL_ALCOHOL/

Ceteareth 20 - Hazard Score Key:3
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701225/CETEARETH-20/

Caprylic/Capric Glycerides - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701055/CAPRYLIC%3B%3B_CAPRIC_GLYCERIDES/

Dimethicone - Hazard Score Key:3
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702011/DIMETHICONE/

Stearyl Alcohol - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706325/STEARYL_ALCOHOL/

Soybean Oil - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702679/GLYCINE_SOJA_%28SOYBEAN%29_OIL/

Shea Butter - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700875/BUTYROSPERMUM_PARKII_%28SHEA_BUTTER%29/

Sunflower Oil - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702804/HELIANTHUS_ANNUUS_%28SUNFLOWER%29_OIL/

Hydrolyzed Silk - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703019/HYDROLYZED_SILK/

Aloe Barbadensis - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700262/ALOE_BARBADENSIS_%28ALOE_VERA%29/

Disodium Diazolidinyl Urea - Hazard Score Key:Unknown
I confirmed this is the proper ingredient name with my manufacturer, but it's not found in the database.

Benzophenone 4  - Hazard Score Key:3
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706390/SULISOBENZONE/

Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate - Hazard Score Key:4
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703111/IODOPROPYNYL_BUTYLCARBAMATE/

I hope this helps you make good choices about your skin care. What you put on your body is as important as what you put into your body. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ingredients Deep Dive into my Tropical Butter Cream via EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

http://www.somethinspecial.com/product-p/tbcream.htm

Today we are deep diving into the ingredients in my Tropical Butter Cream, 99% Natural. Full disclosure, I do not make any of my lotion bases, instead I research samples from many, many different companies and then I choose the best ones. You will NEVER receive a runny, watery lotion from me.

In case you were wondering who EWG Skin Deep is, it is my go to resource if I have any questions about an ingredient, with the 2nd being Wikipedia. They use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. Their database gives you practical information to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals. They have an easy to understand rating system:

And also understand, when listing ingredients, it is done by quantity. So the first few ingredients make up most of the product, while the last few are in the smallest percentages.

Here's a deep dive of each individual ingredient in my 99% natural vegan tropical butter cream. I remember when I first got this sample, I was really, really excited to add it to my product line. It has been a top seller from the 1st day. And every ingredient is all-natural and plant based, except for the preservative Optiphen.

Deionized Water - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706945/WATER/

Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706517/THEOBROMA_CACAO_%28CACAO%29_SEED_BUTTER/

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700875/BUTYROSPERMUM_PARKII_%28SHEA_BUTTER%29/

Emulsifying Wax NF - Hazard Score Key: 4
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702249/EMULSIFYING_WAX/

Stearic Acid - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706311/STEARIC_ACID/

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701056/CAPRYLIC%3B%3B_CAPRIC_TRIGLYCERIDE/

Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706915/VITIS_VINIFERA_%28GRAPE%29/

Glyceryl Stearate - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702658/GLYCERYL_STEARATE_SE/

Camellia Sinensis (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701023/CAMELLIA_SINENSIS_%28GREEN_TEA%29/

Tocopherol (Vitamin E) - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706564/TOCOPHEROL/

Allantoin - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700244/ALLANTOIN/

Phenoxyethanol - Hazard Score Key: 4
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/704811/PHENOXYETHANOL/

Caprylyl Glycol (Optiphen®) - Hazard Score Key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701067/CAPRYLYL_GLYCOL/

I hope this helps you make good choices about your skin care. What you put on your body is as important as what you put into your body.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ingredients Deep Dive into my 99% Natural Body Butter via EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

http://www.somethinspecial.com/product-p/98natural.htm
 
Since my business inception, I've been a stickler for trying to use the least amount of chemicals, additives and colors in my products but supplying the best scented items. It's a balancing act, to say the least. I've always been a cruelty free company, but I've never been an all-natural company. There are some chemicals and synthetics that I find are necessary to produce fine quality fragrances and body care products. But I still try to avoid as many as possible, hence why none of my products are colored. Just one more chemical I really want to avoid, even if it does make it look pretty.

I do not make any of my lotion bases, instead I research samples from many, many different companies and then I choose the best ones based on the above criteria. You will NEVER receive a runny, watery lotion from me.


In case you were wondering who EWG Skin Deep is, it is my go to resource if I have any questions about an ingredient, with the 2nd being Wikipedia. They use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. Their database gives you practical information to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals. They have an easy to understand rating system:
And also understand, when listing ingredients, it is done by quantity. So the first few ingredients make up most of the product, while the last few are in the smallest percentages.

Here's a deep dive of each individual ingredient in my 99% natural body butter. I remember when I first got this sample, I was really, really excited to add it to my product line. Even though it's not vegan (due to the beeswax), it has been a top seller from the 1st day. And every ingredient is all-natural and plant based, except for the preservative Optiphen.

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil - Hazard score key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702803/HELIANTHUS_ANNUUS_%28SUNFLOWER%29/

Soja Hispida (Soybean) Oil - Hazard score key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702679/GLYCINE_SOJA_%28SOYBEAN%29_OIL/

Deionized Water - Hazard score key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706945/WATER/

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil - Hazard score key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/705957/SIMMONDSIA_CHINENSIS_%28JOJOBA%29/

Emulsifying Wax NF - Hazard score key:4
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702249/EMULSIFYING_WAX/

Sodium Cerotate (Saponified Beeswax) - Hazard score key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700643/BEESWAX/

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice - Hazard score key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700269/ALOE_BARBADENSIS_%28ALOE_VERA%29_GEL/

Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile) - Hazard score key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701291/CHAMOMILLA_RECUTITA_%28MATRICARIA%29/

Phenoxyethanol - Hazard score key: 4
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/704811/PHENOXYETHANOL/

Caprylyl Glycol (Optiphen®) - Hazard score key: 1
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701067/CAPRYLYL_GLYCOL/

I hope this helps you make good choices about your skin care. What you put on your body is as important as what you put into your body.

Monday, January 16, 2017

DIY Valentines Day Nail Care Set Tutorial

I've become quite the Dollar Tree gift set making monster and Valentines Day is no exception. Dollar Tree has a ton of cute tins to choose from, I liked this one the best (better pic below).

Ingredients:
Valentines Day square tin $1
Pink LA Colors nail polish $1
Pair of heart light up rings $1
4 piece manicure set $1
Pumice stone $1

Mini nail files $1
Bag of red crinkle paper fill $1

.5 oz Solid Perfume (makes an excellent cuticle cream & heel cream)
2 oz 99% Natural Body Butter (will soften any skin, anywhere, especially hands & feet)
Bought as a Create Your Own Set with 10% discount $22.50

Grand Total: $29.50

1. Place the nail files, pumice stone and manicure set in the tin:
2. Open crinkle fill and lay down a layer, then add in the rest of the items:
3. Cover everything with the crinkle fill:
4. Done!! Add a cute Valentines Day card and give to your sweetie!
Thanks for checking out my tutorial and I hope you liked it, if you have any questions, please feel free to comment!

Sue



Friday, December 30, 2016

Price increases for 2017


I got hit pretty hard with prices increases in 2016, I'm sure you are all getting a taste of this as well in your personal lives. My credit card processor adds a few percentage points, then USPS and FedEx increase their prices. Not only do my outgoing packages cost more to ship, I get hit with higher shipping charges on my incoming packages, so my raw materials costs go up.

So, based on all these factors, I'll be increasing my prices in January 2017. It will be about 5-20% increase, with some staying the same and some going up 20%.

The biggest hit will be the sample size oils, which are the best sellers, but the area I've gotten the highest price increases. Luckily, I've created a new pricing system that will reduce your cost per sample if you buy a few more. So if you buy 1, you can add another oil for $1 (for the 5/8 drams) or $2 (for the 1 drams).

And, as I've said before, I do not pay for any advertising (relying on word of mouth and social media shares), so any money I save in buying surplus, specials and closeouts oils and materials, I will pass on to you in the form of more free samples with orders, the RAOK event, giveaways, free sniffies, no risk sample set and sale specials. I also will not inflate your prices to compensate for an advertising budget, I'd rather just give it straight to you, my loyal fragrance fans.

This is also another reason I do not sell wholesale, I'd have to double my prices to give the resellers a profit incentive. And once it leaves my hands, I cannot guarantee freshness, sterility and no product tampering (adding cheaper oils, tampering, such as dipping unclean fingers into lotions, etc.). I recently ran across this graphic, which is sad, but true:
One thing that will help keep my costs down and my ability to offer more deals, is if you can please use my Amazon link for all your Amazon purchases. Just bookmark this link and you never have to worry about looking up my link before you buy (and who's got time for that, when you go on Amazon, you want it now!!):

http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&tag=somethinspeci-20&linkId=DYQ7FOJ3ZRHXAWAE 

As always, your feedback and input is critically valuable to me. Please email me at sales@somethinspecial.com with any suggestions, concerns or if you just want to complain with me :)

Thanks,
Sue 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

It's time for the annual RAOK - Random Act Of Kindness Event

Do you know someone who is struggling this holiday season and could use a little surprise gift to cheer them up?

If you can supply their name and address, I'd be happy to send them out one of these 5 different holiday stocking gift sets. Stocking color may vary. Click this link to check them out:

Five different stocking sets
You can choose which one and which fragrances they may like or I can choose for you. The gift tag can be signed with your name or just "someone who cares" (anonymously).

Please email me your requests at sales@somethinspecial.com. This is first-come first-serve. All gift sets must be sent to someone else, not yourself. Only available in the 50 United States, sorry, no international addresses.

If someone has recently extended a random act of kindness towards you or you've done it for someone else, please comment below, I'd love to hear from you! It's always great to hear happy stories around the holidays.
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