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.

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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™₯

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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

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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.

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

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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
priority!
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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!

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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

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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. 🐭🐭🐭

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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! 🐢🐢🐢

Build a business on your own terms — Sept 15 from 6 – 8 pm at 55 Arthur Street, Winnipeg

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Just the Goods has always been a lil’ bit contrarian. I know growth relies on factoring wholesale and distribution pricing, but I’m less interested in growth than in sustainability. I know people like sales (ie. Black Friday) and don’t like to pay for shipping, but I’m troubled by inflated pricing that frames the illusion of discounts + conceals real shipping costs, so I’d rather be transparent and offer public wholesale pricing year ’round and charge the real cost of shipping for sake of honestly (and to not erase the labour of postal workers). I’m not into lifestyle branding, and politely say no thanks to buying celebrity endorsements or space in Oscars/Emmys bags + major fashion magazines. I’ve received tons of unsolicited opinion calling me foolish over the past 7 years 😊

I’m delighted to participate in “Build a Business on your own Terms”, an event presented by @EtsyCA and Entrepreneurship Manitoba (@mbgovbusiness) taking place on September 15 from 6 – 8 pm at 55 Arthur Street (Winnipeg). All are welcome to join free of charge, but it is kindly requested that you RSVP at http://bit.do/Sept15, which not only helps the event organisers plan for your attendance, but more interestingly gives you the chance to win $500 toward the development of your own indie project.

“Join Etsy and Entrepreneurship Manitoba for a panel discussion and workshop around building a business on your own terms […] From re-defining success to managing business growth in unconventional ways, this talk will challenge the way you think about building your small business.

Hear from a panel of local makers and entrepreneurs including Danika Bock (shop owner at Tiny Feast), Lindsay Dandeneau (Business Consultant for Entrepreneurship Manitoba), Milena Lye (Just the Goods), Nick Danzinger (owner of @polargrinders). You’ll leave this event with key strategies to run a creative business and have the opportunity to speak 1 on 1 with panel guests, Etsy admin and successful sellers about branding, the ins and outs of running an online shop, getting ready for wholesale, and more.”

This event is presented in conjunction with Winnipeg Design Festival — see you there!

See you at Etsy Made in Canada Manitoba Edition on Saturday, September 24!

I’m delighted to announce that Just The Goods will be participating in this year’s Etsy Made in Canada – Manitoba Edition 2016 on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Neeginan Centre Inc. (181 Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg). Whoo!

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I’m planning to be at only two sales this year — and this is one of them — so it’ll be a great opportunity for us to meet in person!

I’ll attempt to bring as much as I can of my 150+ product catalogue, but since that’s awfully difficult to do, I readily welcome you to pre-order at http://www.justthegoods.net by September 18 using the coupon code

>> MadeinCanada2016 <<

Doing so will waive your shipping/local courier fee, and indicate to me that I should bring your order with me so you can pick it up at any time you wish during the official hours of the event. Super easy, and you’ll always get exactly what you want without having to worry about arriving in time. A great option, especially if you’re like me and prefer a late, leisurely breakfast πŸ˜‰ *lol*

I’m looking forward to seeing you at this event! If it’s anything like last year’s inaugural event, this is going to be fantastic!!

ps. The graphic reads 11 – 4, but it’s definitely 10 – 4 πŸ™‚