Monday, November 7, 2016

DIY Hair Care Holiday Gift Set Tutorial

I combined all my hair care products and packaged them up really cute, so I thought I'd share this project with you. Except for my products, everything is from the Dollar Tree, so it's definitely budget friendly.

Ingredients:
Snowpeople lunchbox tin $1
Barrettes $1
Hair clips (only use 2) .66
Scrunchies 3 pack $1
Hair brush/mirror combo $1
Tissue paper pack (only using a couple) .25

1 oz dry shampoo/body powder
1.5 oz solid shampoo
2 oz hair conditioner
Bought as a Create Your Own Set with 10% discount $23.40

Grand total: $28.31

1. Cut a piece of light blue tissue paper into fourths, wrap up the dry shampoo and conditioner.

 2. Place in tin.
3. Cut a piece of green tissue paper into fourths, wrap the solid shampoo and brush.
4. Place in tin.
5. Cut a piece of red tissue paper into fourths and wrap scrunchies.
6. Cut a piece of blue tissue paper into fourths, remove the barrettes from the packaging and wrap them up.
7. Place in tin. Now there is no room for the hair clips, so I thought I'd use them to decorate the outside of the tin.
8. You can clip them on the handle.
9. Or grab a piece of ribbon, thread it through the clips and use them as a little bow.
Thanks for checking out my tutorial and I hope you liked it, if you have any questions, please feel free to comment!

Sue

DIY Natural Body Products Holiday Gift Set Tutorial

I took all my natural body product items and packaged them up really cute, so I thought I'd share this project with you. Except for my products, everything is from the Dollar Tree, so it's definitely budget friendly.

Ingredients:
Noel holiday tin $1
Pumice stone $1
Natural bath sponge $1
Compact pocket mirror $1
Sleep mask $1
Tissue paper pack (only using a couple) .25

1 oz body powder
1 oz massage oil
1/2 oz solid perfume
2 oz bath salts
All are natural products and bought as a Create Your Own Set with 10% discount $29.70

Grand total: $34.95

1. Cut a piece of red tissue paper in fourths, wrap up the body powder and bath salts.
2. Place in tin.
3. Cut a piece of green tissue paper in fourths, wrap up the solid perfume and massage oil.
4. Place in tin.
5. Use the green tissue paper to wrap up the pumice stone and mirror.
6. Place in tin.
7. Use one of the red tissue paper pieces to wrap up the folded sleep mask.
8. Place in tin.
9. Put the top on the tin and place the bath sponge on top.
10. I had some extra red mesh ribbon and a snowflake from different project (both from Dollar Tree), which I used to finish wrapping.
11. You can also tape the sponge to the lid or use any old ribbon or even natural twine to finish wrapping.
Thanks for checking out my tutorial and I hope you liked it, if you have any questions, please feel free to comment!

Sue

Thursday, October 6, 2016

DIY Nail Spa Gift Set Tutorial

I love adding my products to some fun set items and packaging it up really cute, so I thought I'd share one of my projects with you. Except for my products, everything is from the Dollar Tree, so it's definitely budget friendly.

Ingredients:
Glam Girl rectangle gift box $1
Fingernail file (just the small one) .50
Fingernail buffer/polisher $1
Purple nail polish $1
Tissue paper pack (only using a couple) .25

1/2 oz solid lotion/cuticle softener
2 - 1/8 oz perfume oil samples
Bought as a Create Your Own Set with 10% discount $19.80

Grand total: $23.55

1. Cut a green piece of tissue paper in half and wrap the solid lotion, place in box. Cut a piece of yellow tissue paper in half, place the perfumes in the box, next to the nail polish.
 2. Arrange everything in the box.
3. Close the lid and it's ready for giving.
Thanks for checking out my tutorial, if you have any questions, please feel free to comment!

Sue

Saturday, October 1, 2016

DIY Spa Pamper Time Gift Set Tutorial


I love adding my products to some fun spa set items and packaging it up really cute, so I thought I'd share one of my projects with you. Except for my products, everything is from the Dollar Tree, so it's definitely budget friendly.

Ingredients:
Round pink gift box $1
Purple travel brush/mirror combo $1
Pink shower sponge $1
Purple nail polish $1
Hair clip 3-pack (only using 1) .33
Tissue paper pack (only using a couple) .25

1 oz bubble bath
1 oz massage oil
2 oz tropical butter cream
Bought as a Create Your Own Set with 10% discount $21.60

Grand total: $26.18

1. Take a piece of yellow tissue paper and wrap the bubble bath and massage oil, put it in the bottom of the box.
2. Cut a piece of green tissue paper in half and wrap the polish with one half and the brush with the other half, add it to the box.
3. Cut a piece of blue tissue paper in half, wrap the tropical butter cream and tuck it into the box.
4. Take one of the clips and clip it to the hanging ribbon on the pink sponge. Place the clip in the box.
5. Put the lid on the box.
6. Flip the sponge to the top of the box and secure it to the lid with a pieced of tape. Instant spa night!!
Thanks for checking out my tutorial, if you have any questions, please feel free to comment!

Sue




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.
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