Handmade on a human scale

Hi everyone! Thank you so very much for all the orders that continue to flow in every hour of every day — I’m truly grateful for your enthusiastic interest!! ❀ ❀ ❀ I must admit, however, that this enthusiastic interest has become a lil’ bit overwhelming πŸ˜‰

Just the Goods was formed almost 8 years ago as a part-time side-project to share the results of my personal research into safer plant-based and cruelty-free skin care. When I decided to launch beyond my circle of friends, I intentionally established public wholesale rates because I wanted to provide an affordable alternative to what I still perceive as unreasonable luxury branding in the world of natural skin care and cosmetics. I did the math and realized that yes, I could still make a modest living, and thus began my one-person eco-feminist anti-capitalist operation. Late 2013, I realized Just the Goods was becoming more popular than anticipated, so I decided to follow that excitement and make it my full time occupation. Since then JTG has continued to grow, particularly now that I am able to offer US clients more affordable shipping via USPS instead of international shipping via Canada Post.

Over the course of the past 3-4 months, orders have increased at a rather staggering rate. If I work 80 – 90 hours per week, I’m able to handmake enough product to ship anywhere from 150 – 200 orders on a weekly rotation, and I’ve been doing that quite consistently since September, but my body is really starting to protest. And, having reached the 200+ orders per week mark, I know I need to make some changes.

Yes, I have explored hiring someone to work with me, but I’ve discovered that the time it takes to find, train, and coordinate with someone is actually time I don’t have. So, for now, I think the best option is to continue working alone, but to reinforce that Just the Goods is a one-person — I dare say “artesinal” — project committed to staying small and operating on a human scale. This means that I will continue to work as quickly as I can, but that I will also acknowledge my need to sleep, eat, and spend personal time with people I care about for the sake of my physical and emotional health, both of which are currently in decline.

If I decide that I have no option but to hire someone, please know that I will be obliged to raise prices, which is something I’ve worked *very hard* to avoid over the past 8 years, especially when the Canadian Dollar dropped in relation to the US Dollar. In the interim, I’ll be taking these steps:

  • Most orders will continue to be shipped within 5 – 7 business days, but some may take as long as 2 weeks to ship… hopefully not, but it could happen, so please accept my apologies in advance
  • I will not be able to resume local pick up services
  • I will not be able to undertake any custom orders, which includes modifying existing formulas
  • I will no longer be able to manually calculate alternative shipping rates as the rates on the website are very accurate and the best available for the service speeds they offer
  • I will sadly not be able to reply to all email messages (especially not those requesting free samples and/or coupon codes)
  • My response time to other messages will inevitably become much slower than it has in the past
  • I may start to remove some products/format variants from my catalogue of 150+ products

Since I currently work 7 days per week, every week, I’m going to do my best to take Thursdays off for sleep, exercise, friends, etc., as I’ve realized that the only way I can legitimately facilitate self-care for others is to ensure I take care of myself, too.

Thank you for making Just the Goods possible, and thank you in advance for your understanding. Please know that it has taken me a very long time to not only share my experiences, but to recognize how important it is to make these and other changes. I don’t take these decisions lightly and I offer this behind-the-scenes look because I’m learning that acknowledging vulnerability is not only healthy and healing, but an important challenge to the normative self-exploitation of capitalism.


Just the Goods Newsletter – Winter/Spring 2017

Happy New Year!

However you decided to ring in the start of this new calendar year – surrounded by friends, or peacefully focused on quiet self-care – I hope it was exactly as you wished!

The past few months have been quite an exciting whirlwind for me, and I want to thank all of you for giving me amazing opportunities to meet you online or in person, and to provide you with handmade, cruelty-free, safe cosmetics. I’m so grateful for your interest and I look forward to keeping in touch with you as part of another wonderful year!

To those of you who placed orders while the lab was closed for year end, thank you! I will be working on those this week – the first batch of parcels requiring in-stock items only will ship out on January 4, and all other orders placed during the temporary closure will be handmade fresh this week and shipped out on January 11. Please enjoy!

As you might know, I like to send newsletters three or four times per year when I have something new and/or notable to share. Today’s message is short and sweet in that it seeks to mention two things: First, a heartfelt collaboration with another vegan skin care maker, The Granola Goat. Second, a quick head’s up about an upcoming temporary closure in February… please find details about both contained within.


Fundraising for Standing Rock

To support the valiant efforts of the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, Just The Goods and The Granola Goat have created Forest Spirit, a special and limited edition face mask combining the herbal and cultural value of yarrow and cedar. Water is life and we acknowledge that the struggle continues to protect all living creatures relying on fresh, clean water for survival. This is an important time of transition and allyship is needed as much now as ever.

We are donating all proceeds from the sale of Forest Spirit to Sacred Stone Camp knowing they will allocate to the fund with the most need: http://sacredstonecamp.org/donate/. With the recent approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain and Enbridge’s Line 3 expansions in Canada, please note deeper resistance is needed here as well. Please visit Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion’s website for more information: http://www.treatyalliance.org/. Just the Goods will donate $13.25 CAD per jar of Forest Spirit sold.

Micmac people, as well as ancient Greeks, regard yarrow for its ability to treat sprains by reducing bruising and swelling. In China, it is used to brighten the eyes and promote intelligence. Ancient Roman tradition believes yarrow is ruled by Venus and the element of water. Throughout Europe, yarrow continues to drive away negativity and represent love. The Navajo people consider it a sacred Life Medicine and Anishinaabe people value it for purification. The Teton Lakota people call yarrow β€œmedicine for the wounded.” In the Victorian language of flowers, yarrow represents both war and healing. From the perspective of herbal medicine, it is known worldwide to rid the body of toxins through the provision of anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and tonic benefits, and it can soothe irritated skin.

In many cultures worldwide spanning from Cherokee to Ojibwe to Druids to Norse, cedar is connected with ancestors so it is used to drive away negative influences, cleanse, heal, and protect. It can also promote confidence and strength. From a skincare perspective, cedarwood essential oil it is an astringent and can reduce irritation through anti-inflammatory and antiseptic benefits, making it a positive complement to yarrow, and a wonderful choice for oily or problem skin.

Forest Spirit
In a base of kaolin clay, this mask is soothing, clarifying, and exfoliating. Each tin contains 28 g / approx 10-12 applications. Visit: https://justthegoods.net/products/forest-spirit-facial-mask-in-support-of-the-water-protectors-at-standing-rock for details!

Upcoming Temporary Closure

Just the Goods will be closed February 9 – 25, 2017.

The last day to place orders will be Friday, February 3

for parcels shipped to all destinations on Wednesday, February 8. Orders placed February 4 – 25 requiring in-stock items only will ship on March 1, and orders involving items that need to be handmade upon my return to the lab will ship on March 8. Please note that I will not be checking email during this absence. Thank you! Future temporary closures may take place in May and/or August, but details are not yet confirmed. Please note that I’ll also be trying a different production schedule at the end of 2017 – the last day to order for the year will be November 30 to ensure no one has to worry about late holiday-related parcels πŸ™‚ I will continue to work on orders for retailers and clinicians throughout December. Thanks!


Keep in Touch!

Don’t forget, the best way to keep in touch for the latest Just the Goods news – especially deadline reminders relating to temporary lab closures – is via social media. Find me on Instagram @just.the.goods or on Facebook @justthegoods πŸ™‚


Final Note
You are receiving this newsletter because — as per the conditions outlined by the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation that came into effect July 1, 2014 — you’ve been in touch with Just the Goods in the past either by making a purchase or requesting wholesale information within the last two years, or you have chosen to remain subscribed to this quarterly newsletter rather than choosing to click the unsubscribe link at the base of each of each one. With that said, if you would prefer to no longer receive communications from Just the Goods, please let me know and I will remove your email address immediately. And of course, you may also unsubscribe using the link below πŸ™‚

As always, thank you for your ongoing support! It is an absolute pleasure to handcraft natural skin and body care products, providing a healthier, small-scale alternative to the corporate “beauty industry”. I wouldn’t be able to do it without you!

With all my best,

Just the Goods (Winnipeg, MB)
handmade natural + affordable skincare for everyone

End-of-Year Production and Temporary Lab Closure News

Hello!! In case you were wondering, Just the Goods will be closed from December 18 – January 2 this year, which makes ✨ December 9 ✨ the last day to order for shipment in 2016.


Orders received by this date will be mailed December 14 (USA), December 15 (Canada/International), or may be picked up at the lab on December 17 between 12 – 4 pm during a lil ‘open house with vegan treats prepared by Organic Planet Worker Co-Op 😊

Orders placed December 10 – January 2 will be handmade as quickly as possible upon my return 😊 Thank you!! ❄β™₯

Nope. No black friday or cyber monday sale. Find out why…

You may have noticed that Just the Goods products never go on sale. Why is that? Because I do something a little unusual — I offer public wholesale pricing year ’round. This means these handmade vegan + cruelty-free ski care products are always priced are as low as they can be while still sustainable for a one person operation. This furthermore means you never have to wait or plan your purchases around anything other your own schedule/needs.

Since the day I launched JTG 7.5 years ago, it has been my goal to make natural skin care as affordable as possible because I’m uncomfortable with the excessive profit margins associated with so-called luxury lifestyle products, and I want people to know they really do have a choice for healthier skincare, free from any marketing gimmicks πŸ˜‰. For a summary of how JTG products are priced, please visit: https://justthegoods.net/…/how-are-just-the-goods-products-… 😊

Thank you to everyone who has asked about sale pricing and/or coupon codes this past week — I appreciate your interest and diligence, but I’ve got your back all the time, not just this weekend πŸ˜‰

Ps. Folks in the United States may be interested to know that since the Canadian dollar is worth approximately 25% less than the US dollar, you are already automatically getting 25% off the published rates, so that’s a pretty good sale right there, too 😁 *lol*

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Soul Unexpected Podcast

I think many of us are still finding it hard to make sense of things “the day after the day after”, even those of us North of the border. I spent most of yesterday feeling somewhat frozen. Full of thought, but challenged to get anything done because – in this kind of aftermath – it felt hard knowing what mattered. Later in the afternoon I saw that Adeline Bird posted the latest episode of her awesome podcast, Soul Unexpected. We recorded the episode only a few days earlier, but I listened to our conversation with fresh ears and appreciated hearing us having such a great time, talking punctuated by lots of laughter,Β  I’m grateful to Adeline for bringing together so many people who are trying to do things differently, and I’m honoured she considers me someone qualified to participate in this ongoing conversation.

When the larger system is intent on stifling every form of difference, I want to believe that every form of resistance becomes even more meaningful. Each one alone might not feel like much, but all together they can change things for our communities and ourselves. I’ve been very fortunate to spend the past 7.5 years handmaking cruelty-free vegan safe cosmetics that are non-binary / gender neutral in an effort to challenge the language and power of the so-called beauty industry. Healthy self-care is for everyone.

I don’t identify as an entrepreneur, but rather as an anti-capitalist handmaker and as an intersectional feminist, and I try to make these things real every day. These are among the many topics we addressed. If you would like to listen to our discussion, please visit http://adelinebird.com and navigate to the latest podcast


I had not seen this photo in a while — it was taken a few years ago by Kelly Bik Photography and in it I am channeling peak Just The Goods nerdy realness πŸ€“πŸ˜‰ *teehee* Thanks for taking this pic, Kelly! And thanks again, Adeline for inviting me to speak you πŸ’•

Pretty scary… A disturbing report on the toxins lurking in makeup designed for children!

A shocking new report released by the Breast Cancer Fund’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics revealed the
widespread presence of toxic chemicals in children’s shampoos, lip balms, makeup, nail products and
face paints.


  • Labels revealed hormone disrupting parabens and preservatives that release the carcinogen
  • Laboratory testing unmasked lead, a neurotoxicant, and cadmium, a hormone disruptor, in face
  • Laboratory testing also revealed developmental toxicants like toluene and possible carcinogens, such as ethylbenzene and vinyl acetate in fragranced products.


The presence of toxic chemicals in products marketed to children is of serious concern because kids are
especially vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemical exposures during critical windows of development.
Toxic chemicals don’t belong in kid’s makeup and face paint, especially when more and more science is
linking childhood exposures to cancer-causing chemicals and endocrine disrupting compounds to later in
life breast cancer or other diseases. Tell Congress to act now to make children’s health and safety a
Click here to read the report: http://www.safecosmetics.org/prettyscary

Urge your U.S. Senators to support meaningful, health-protective federal cosmetic safety policy reform that protects children and other vulnerable populations.

We don’t have an active campaign like this going on in Canada right now, but your MP, MPP, and/or MLA needs to know about this issue. It’s a perfect time to contact them, as well sharing the information compiled by Breast Cancer Fund as it is still wholly relevant to everyone on this side of the border, too.

Changes — a post for clients in Winnipeg

Hello Winnipeg! This post is for you!


In the past 24 hours, some things have changed. Some is bad news, and I’m sorry about that, but it has led to what I hope will be good news 😊

I am grateful for your online orders — it helps me make Just the Goods my full time occupation! However, in order to continue offering public wholesale prices, I need to allocate my energy as carefully as possible because overextending myself is not sustainable. As it turns out, the bicycle courier with whom I’ve been working since Natural Cycle Courier closed feels the same way.

😿 The bad news: I have had to cancel my participation at WEST Fall Market on November 5 *and* Ghost Rider Messenger informed me a few hours ago that it is no longer able to work with Just the Goods at current rates.

😺 The goods news: I will be offering free monthly pick ups at the lab on a trial basis until the end of the year πŸ™‚

🌼Orders placed by Saturday, October 15 can be picked up at the lab on Saturday, October 22 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm

🌼 Orders placed October 16 – November 19 can be picked up at the lab on Saturday, November 26 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm

🌼Orders placed November 20 – December 10 can be picked up at the lab on Saturday, December 17.

🌟 Bonus: December 17 will be an open house event set up like a mini market with cider and vegan treats available for those in attendance 😊 More news about that is forthcoming!

🌟 + I will be attending Vegan Handmade Market on December 3 as a shopper, and I can absolutely bring orders with me for those who will also be there and want to meet up between 10:00 – 11:00 am. I’ll post news about that in November 😊

As Just the Goods, I’m committed to handmaking the healthiest possible skin, body, and hair care products, while also pricing them as affordably as possible. For details about I price, please visit: http://bit.do/JTGpricing. I can make quality products and I can make them affordable, but — at such intentionally low prices — I can not make them faster, nor can I maintain retail space / pay someone a living wage to answer the door for pick ups. And, since I’m reminded again and again why my original goal of offering affordable pricing for healtheir self care products is essential, my decisions always seek to align. With all that said, don’t forget: if you ever need Just the Goods products faster, you can always go to Generation Green at the Forks, which is open 7 days a week and carries the largest selection of JTG body basis apart from my website 😊 They’re wonderful and you’ll surely find other wonderful things you didn’t know you needed πŸ˜‰

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding — I’m excited about continuing to handmake JTG for you! πŸ’•

Just The Goods Event Schedule


With my first of three events coming up next weekend, it occurred to me that an “at a glance” schedule might be a good thing to share πŸ˜‰ So, here it is!

βœ” September 24: Etsy Made in Canada, 181 Higgins
βœ” October 13 – 16: Etsy Boutique at Scattered Seeds, Red River Ex
βœ” November 5: Winnipeg Etsy Street Team Fall Market, 290 Dubuc

To pre-order for pick up on September 24, please use coupon code “madeincanada2016” at http://www.justthegoods.net by September 18 😊

To pre-order for pick up on November 5 please use coupon code “fall2016” at http://www.justthegoods.net by October 30 😊

If there is enough demand, I might be able to offer a day of local ups at the lab on a Saturday in December … If this appeals to you, please let me know!

#BeCrueltyFree #DayofAction #Canada

No one should suffer to be #beautiful, least of all the many rabbits, mice, rats and guinea pigs subjected to cruel, painful, and often outmoded/irrelevant forms of laboratory testing for the sake of #cosmetics. Well, today’s the day we can end animal testing in #Canada for good! @hsiglobal (#HumaneSociety international) and #animalallianceofcanada have declared a national #DayOfAction for #Canadians so we can #BeCrueltyFree. 🐭🐭🐭


Did you know, more than 34 countries that have already outlawed cosmetics cruelty, including Israel, India and all the countries making up the European Union? Canada’s Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (S-214) is our chance to catch up, and the legislation is about to undergo examination in the Senate before making its way to the House of Commons, so we’re close but still need a big push from citizens to demonstrate widespread support. 🐰🐰🐰

Be a voice for the voiceless and visit http://becrueltyfree.ca

Let the world know that Canada is forward thinking and kind. And, if you’d like to do more, please share news about this campaign on facebook, twitter, instagram and all of your other social media channels — tag Justin Trudeau and say, let’s #BeCrueltyFree #BecauseIts2016! 🐢🐢🐢