Just the Goods Summer 2017 Newsletter

Hello everyone,

Happy Summer Solstice! And, to friends south of the equator, Happy Winter Solstice!  I hope the sun shines brightest for you today, literally and metaphorically.

As you might already know, I like to send newsletters three or four times per year when I have something new and/or notable to share. Today’s newsletter is marked by a particularly exciting event: Just the Goods is hiring!

That’s right – after eight years of working solo, I’ve decided to invite someone to join me in a full-time capacity. The position will, ideally, begin mid-August so in the meantime I’ll be making changes to ensure a smooth transition for all involved, some of which are outlined below.

For this, and information about a delicious giveaway launching soon, please read on…

Thank you for being part of Just the Goods’ adventures!

Warmly,
Milena

Just the Goods is hiring!

After eight years of working independently, I’m taking the leap and inviting someone to join me in the lab on a full-time basis! As per the job description available at http://tinyurl.com/JTGHiring, I am seeking someone to fill the role of Shipper + Production Assistant. The successful candidate will ideally begin mid-August, so I’m welcoming resumes now until July 15. If you live in Winnipeg and would like to help Just the Goods continue serving clients worldwide, please view click the link above for details, including qualifications and application procedure. Thank you!

New Shipping Schedule

To better facilitate two people working together at Just the Goods, I’m making changes to the weekly production and shipping cycle to achieve more normal Monday – Friday business hours, instead of the currently 7-day work week.

Beginning in July, the weekly deadline for orders will be Fridays allowing for products to be made and shipped by the following Friday. For example, if you place an order between Monday January 1 – Friday January 5, your order will ship on Friday January 12. If your order reaches me on Saturday January 6, your order will ship on Friday January 16. If there is a statutory holiday on a Friday, parcels will be mailed out on the next business day.

As larger batches begin to be handmade, we can begin establishing a small rotating inventory of products that will ultimately assure faster shipping over time. In that case, if an order placed on Monday needs only items that are already in-stock, that order could be mailed later that same week. Depending how production flows under the new arrangements, we may even begin to offer twice weekly shipping!

Thanks for your patience during this transition. I do believe that, in the long run, it will serve everyone far better.

Upcoming Temporary Closure

With big changes ahead in the lab, as well as a few milestone occasions in my personal life, I’ve decided to take a week off in August to rest, celebrate, prepare, and power up.

The lab will undergo a few small renovations in August to improve circumstances for two people working together. And ultimately, I hope all the new approaches will make the traditionally whirlwind months of September – December far more manageable than they have been in the past.

Just the Goods will be closed August 4 – 10. As such, the last day to place an order before I leave will be July 28 for shipping on August 4. Orders placed July 29 – August 10 will be handmade beginning August 11 for shipping starting on August 18. Thereafter, Just the Goods will remain open shipping weekly until December 22.

Thank you!!

New Product: Litha/Summer Solstice Ritual Bath and Lotion Set


The second ritual bath set in the solstice/equinox series for 2017 is now available, Litha/Summer Solstice!

The longest day of the year, Litha (also known as Midsummer), is an opportunity to celebrate the power of the sun that sustains us, and invite it to recharge our hearts and minds. We can rid ourselves of what no longer serves us and fill that space with the heat we need to thrive. It is a reminder to make the most of each day.

Litha sea salt soak features purifying and healing lemon zest, mint leaves and essential oil to promote energy, communication and vitality, and lavender petals and essential oil to encourage love, protection, healing, and peace. The Litha hand/body lotion features sweet orange essential oil to cultivate love and happiness and lavender essential oil for the reasons described above.

Responding to popular demand, these items can be selected as a two-piece set, or enjoyed separately – the choice is yours. These items will be available until Lughnasadh (Aug 1), when I’ll begin finalizing plans for the autumn equinox set. Please find details here: https://justthegoods.net/products/summer-solstice-litha-bath-and-lotion-set

Giveaway with Urban Earth Teas


Recently Mara of Urban Earth Teas sent me a box of the most beautiful solstice and equinox inspired tea I have ever seen!! I was so touched by her generosity that I proposed the idea of paying it forward and sharing. But how? Together we agreed on an Instagram giveaway and we’ll launch it tomorrow — Thursday June 22 — so visit us at @just.the.goods and @urbanearthteas to find out how to enter ❤

Update:  The Humane Cosmetics Act
Good news!  The Humane Cosmetics Act was reintroduced in the US House of Representatives earlier this month. This important legislation, endorsed by Just the Goods among other makers of cruelty-free skin care products, will prohibit the use of animals to test cosmetic products and ingredients as well as end the sale of animal-tested cosmetics.

Animals in the U.S. continue to suffer and die in experiments to test cosmetics like lipstick, deodorant and shampoo. The Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2790), sponsored by U.S. Reps. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA), Ed Royce (R-CA), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Paul D. Tonko (D-NY), will end this unnecessary cruelty by prohibiting animal testing for all cosmetic products manufactured or sold in the U.S.

Alternatives to animal testing already exist: Humane and safe cosmetics can be made using thousands of existing ingredients, and several non-animal safety tests are already available for new ingredients. These non-animal alternatives are often cheaper, faster and more relevant to humans, and therefore more reliable predictors of safety.

In recent years, 37 countries have passed laws to ban or limit animal testing for cosmetics. The Be Cruelty-Free USA campaign, led by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund, needs your help to make the United States the next cruelty-free marketplace.

TAKE ACTION
If you live in the United States, please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative and urge support for the Humane Cosmetics Act. Look up your legislator’s phone number. You can say, “I’m a constituent, and I urge you to cosponsor the Humane Cosmetics Act, if you haven’t already done so. This bill would prohibit animal testing for cosmetics manufactured or sold in the U.S.”After making your phone call (please do not skip that crucial step!), fill in and submit the form below located at http://bit.ly/1HCA554 to automatically send a follow-up message. Humane Society of the United States encourage you to add your own thoughts or comments in the editable portion so your representative knows how important this issue is to you.

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 🙂

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 =-).

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,
Milena

Just the Goods (Winnipeg, MB)
handmade natural + affordable skincare for everyone
http://www.justthegoods.net 

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Just the Goods Newsletter – Spring 2017

Hello everyone,

I hope you are enjoying signs of spring wherever you are, and that you’re finding fun in scheduling summer plans!

As you might already know, I like to send newsletters three or four times per year when I have something new and/or notable to share.

The first piece of news is that – in a few short days – Just the Goods will be 8 years old, and I can hardly believe it! From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for being part of this thrilling journey, which is forever taking new and exciting turns. Evolving from a hobby, to a part-time endeavour, to a full-fledged creation with its very own life force, I can’t help being caught aback given that I’ve generally made decisions about JTG quite spontaneously. I’m not entirely sure what direction Just the Goods will take in the future, but being someone who has never lasted longer than 14 months in any job I’ve ever held (*lol*) it strikes me that – for the first time – it’s important to start making plans. It is no longer possible for one person to keep up with all of the orders received each hour of each day, but I want to retain my commitment to handmaking on a human scale, so it’s time to start thinking about how to ensure this without slowing production/shipping time. Thank you for presenting me with this fascinating challenge – I am eager to take it on as Just the Goods moves towards the next 8 years, and beyond.

Apart from this big news, today’s message will be brief in that I mostly want to let you know I’ll be taking a week away at the end of May to recharge my batteries, and to give you an update on recent fundraising efforts and a new collaboration. Please find details below =-)

Warmly,
Milena

Upcoming Temporary Closure

Although I’ve managed to sneak a few days off since the end of February, 12+ hour days are making me sleeeeeepy *lol*. In order to recharge my batteries a little, Just the Goods will be closed May 26 – June 1. Orders placed by May 19 will be shipped by May 26. Orders placed May 20 – June 2 will begin shipping June 7 – 9, with additional batches shipping the following week as quickly as I can manage. I won’t be online during this absence but look forward to replying to any messages when I return. Thanks!

Fundraising for Standing Rock a Success!

Liz of The Granola Goat and I would like to thank you for making our collaborative fundraising effort to support the Water Protectors at Sacred Stone Camp a success – with your interest in Forest Spirit, we were able to raise a total of $534 USD (~$729 CAD). The encampment was terminated in February, but the Indigenous Coalition at Standing Rock continues fighting for all the water, earth, air, and all living things and is calling for global intersectional resistance to fossil fuels and fascism through long-term movement building. I absolutely agree that this is a fight for the long haul, and I’m so grateful to all of you that we could make this modest contribution together as part of the many other actions I imagine many of us are undertaking at other levels. That being said, if you can give more, please do by visiting sacredstonecamp.org, or contributing to other Indigenous led resistance movements in your area.

The image below is of a print by Nicolas Lampert, which is available for sale at Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, a decentralized network of 30 artists committed to social, environmental, and political engagement. It’s pretty awesome and I thought I’d share it with you ❤

 

Liz and I are looking forward to collaborating on future fundraising projects, and are already concocting something we hope to release in June. Please keep in touch with us via social media to find out more.

Say Hello to Fat Lye Soap Co.!

I love collaborating with other handmakers by offering their awesome work at justthegoods.net. Over the past year, I’ve gotten to know Jennifer Chung of Fat Lye Soap Co., based in Winnipeg and we finally took our Instagram friendship to the next level and hung out in real life. That was super fun on its own, but imagine my smile when I opened a great big box of beautiful handmade soap that I can now share with you. Fat Lye Soap Co., features a range of nourishing plant-based oils and beautiful botanical additives to create a soft, spa-like lather. Every detail is carefully considered, including eco-friendy packaging made from plantable seed paper! Just the Goods is currently offering 4 unique varieties, with a few more on the way. Check it out here.

New Product: Litha/Summer Solstice Ritual Bath and Lotion Set

​In February I co-launched a springtime themed bath salt and lotion set with Canadian online retailer, Tiroir-Noir, designed to welcome the lighter half of the year by gathering our energies and bringing forth new passion and ideas into the world. The soak features dried strawberry, dried jasmine buds, chamomile essential oil and a drop of sunflower seed oil to bring in the light. The lotion features gentle honeysuckle attar. But, as the wheel of the year turns we’re moving toward summer and I’m excited about the plans I’ve been developing for Litha/Summer Solstice! The Ostara set will be available for only a few more days and I’ll be launching the Litha set soon! Stay tuned to Instagram and Facebook for details =-)

 

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 =-)

 

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 =-).

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,
Milena

Just the Goods (Winnipeg, MB)
handmade natural + affordable skincare for everyone
http://www.justthegoods.net

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!! ❄♥

Just the Goods is now EWG VERIFIED™

It is my honour to announce that Just the Goods has partnered with Environmental Working Group to become EWG VERIFIED™

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Environmental Working Group is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. It’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment, and it does this with breakthrough research and education to drive consumer choice and civic action. Just the Goods is grateful for it’s commitment to rigorous scientific inquiry and unwavering standards.

Just the Goods has currently received certification for three products, and I will be submitting many more for consideration over the weeks and months to come. EWG announced Just the Goods’ inclusion into its groundbreaking new program on Saturday, but I thought I’d wait until the long weekend was over before sharing the news 😉 As of today, 12 makers worldwide have accepted and met EWG’s challenge to offer only the safest cosmetics and personal care products. The standards are high — as the should well be — and I will continue to emphasize the importance of being not only vegan and cruelty-free, but wholly committed to safety at the same time.

JTG is available directly from http://www.justthegoodsthegoods.net or through a selection of great retailers across Canada including Perceptive Health in British Columbia, Generation Green at the Forks in Manitoba and V Word Market in Ontario.

Don’t forget :) The Last day to pre-order for pick up at WEST Sale VIII is November 2

Hi everyone! I case you didn’t already know, I’ll be at Winnipeg Etsy Street Team’s Handmade and Vintage Market VIII at 290 Debuc St (Winnipeg) on Saturday November 7. If you live in (or traveling to the area) and would like pick up an order from Just the Goods in person, this *is* possible! ✨

To make arrangements, please visit http://www.JustTheGoods.net and use the coupon code NOVEMBER7 by November 2 to waive shipping and pick up your order anytime between 11 am – 5 pm at this event. 🌿

I look forward to seeing you there!!

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#plantpower #vegan #skincare #selfcare #safecosmetics #homespa #bodycare #gifts #haircare #veganshare #vegansofig #nontoxic

Shake Sweaty Summer Heat …

Shake sweaty summer heat with a cooling aromatherapeutic bath. No tub? No problem! It’s incredible how quickly a foot bath can make your home feel like a spa getaway 🌺🌞 🛀

Self Care is Non Binary

Body care is about many things to many people. Whether it's a matter of basic personal hygiene, or preparing to take on a new day; whether it's carving out a few moments of quiet time, or adding some shine to an already special occasion, our bodies are ours to love and present in whatever way we see fit. Different #cultures throughout history have engaged in a variety of #customs and/or #rituals involving #bathing and #spa, #fragrance, and #cosmetics. Apart from these interests, #skincare is also a necessary consideration when dealing with the #natural world as it can help our #bodies mediate the effects of weather and climate. As irrelevant as traditional definitions of #gender ought to be when a #person wants to prevent the discomfort of #dryskin or #chappedlips; traditional definitions should likewise not prevent someone from being able to enjoy a quick and #refreshing #shower, or a long and #relaxing #bath. And where skin care and spa are concerned, anyone should feel welcome to experience any type of product or range of aromas they wish. We are all far more #complicated than a list of products marked "His" or "Hers". Since our lives and bodies can be whatever we want, we should likewise be able to take care of them in whatever way we please. #selfcare #selfidentity #nonbinary #genderisfluid

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Just the Goods Spring 2015 Update

Hello!

I hope this message finds you having a fantastic day, and that you’re enjoying beautiful blue skies, wherever you might be! It’s great to be in touch with you again — as I like to do three or four times a year — because there is always so much going on with Just the Goods, and I want to be sure you don’t miss a thing!

Having said that, thank you one and all for being so patient during my extended absence in March when I combined work and play to visit ExpoWest, and to explore cities including Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle among others. I posted some pics on Instagram, so if you’re curious about where I went and (and the delicious food I ate, *lol*), please visit http://www.instagram.com/just.the.goods.

The work part of my travels involved all kinds of research, so I’ll mention that I’m close to confirming a relationship with a producer of safe, vegan, and cruelty-free, shampoo that improves upon what I am currently offering. I looked into so many options, and tried more than I can even recall at the moment. That said, choosing comes down to not only the points listed above, but also defining a reasonable intersection between quality, price, good ownership and marketing practices. In other words, all of the things you’ve come to expect from Just the Goods because, if I’m going to endorse something for your use, I want to feel sure that it’s a positive extension.

My research also helped me encounter new potential suppliers of raw materials, new approaches to labels/packaging, and maybe even shipping, too! So, all in all, it was a very productive experience and I hope to turn ideas into awesomeness before too long.

Just the Goods Turns 6!

Speaking of long… I can’t believe it, but Just the Goods will be 6 years old on May 1st! Okay, it’s true… I never seem to believe milestones like this, because I still can’t believe this is what I get to do every day. I love handmaking safer skin care products that help people break away from mass produced toxins, as well as toxic “beauty-focused” marketing, and I know I could never do it without your interest and enthusiasm. Thank you for helping Just the Goods become what it is today, and thank you for giving me opportunities to make it better and better all the time. I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without you. You’re THE BEST! Thank you! ❤

Just the Goods was Featured in the Globe and Mail

It really is the generous interest and support of Just the Goods users that keep things moving in an upward trajectory. Longtime Winnipeg-based client, Angie, kindly connected Jacob Serebrin of The Globe and Mail with me because he mentioned a series concept he was working on that would look at people who transformed their hobby into an occupation. I had a great conversation with Jacob by telephone, all the while not realizing that he was envisioning an article focused entirely on Just the Goods. So, when it was published on January 20, you can believe I was as surprised as anyone else. WOW! What an incredible honour! So greatest thanks to Jacob and Angie for this wonderful opportunity. And I’d like to thank another longtime Winnipeg-based client, Kelly Bik, for generously sharing the photos that appeared in the article. She took them a few years ago to share as part of her professional photography blog (http://kellybikphotography.com/), and they were so great to have for this purpose, as well.

The final result is really great — please feel welcome to check out “It’s not about the packaging for vegan beauty products maker” right here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-growth/day-to-day/its-not-about-the-packaging-for-vegan-beauty-products-maker/article22682668/

 

Upcoming Event
My next in-person event is less than one week away!

Just the Goods is ever so happy to be part of the Winnipeg Etsy Street Team’s upcoming Spring sale on May 2 at Palmerson Avenue (R.A. Steen Community Centre) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is a fanatic selection of handmade and vintage vendors, as well as some great providers of delicious food and drink, so be sure to join us!

As always, you’re most welcome to pre-order for local pick up! Please visit http://www.justthegoods.net and choose anything you wish to receive in-hand by entering coupon code WESTSALEVII at checkout. The deadline for pre-ordering was April 27, but since this newsletter came out later than I had hoped, I can extend the deadline to April 28. I hope this is useful =-) Thanks and see you soon!

New Products

After months of ongoing experimentation, fueled by the promise of something even better, Just the Good’s new lip balm is finally here! I came up with innumerable possibilities over the past few years, but it was only when I made the switch from shea butter to cocoa butter that things really started to fall into place.

This new and improved vegan lip balm formula is creamier, more moisturizing, and longer lasting both on lips *and* in storage, so whereas the old formula would sometimes start to feel grainy over time, this is no longer a concern. In addition to switching from a nut-based butter to cocoa butter, I’ve also added jojoba and castor oil, both of which contribute to a new level of richness. Some may be interested to know that I’ve also removed the rosemary essential oil, which ultimately contributes to lighter, sweeter flavour. All in all, I think this is the lip balm champion I’ve been looking for, and I hope you enjoy it!


Just the Goods’ new vegan mouthwash has become a fast favourite among testers, and I honestly can’t do without it. Apart from the obvious highlights that this products contains no artificial colour/flavour, no sweeteners, no alcohol, no artificial preservatives, and no fluoride, let’s take a look at what it does include and why….

  • Aloe vera gel juice is a natural anti-fungal and antibacterial, so it helps protect sensitive tissue in the mouth by controlling harmful bacteria, which furthermore assists in the fight against tooth decay. Aloe vera gel juice is also said to assist the body in the creation of collagen, which can help to strengthen weak and swollen gums.
  • Alcohol-free witch hazel is known to help reduce pain and swelling, so it is helps to care for irritated or infected gums.
  • Baking soda can be too abrasive for daily tooth brushing, but included as part of a rinse, it can help to control bad breath, discourage plaque, and assist in the healing of gums or other sores.

This mouthwash also includes three essential oils: clove is commonly used in dental care around the world to disinfect the mouth, control harmful bacteria, and relieve pain; peppermint controls bacteria while also providing a pleasant taste and delivering fresh breath; myrrh encourages healthy tissue in that it can heal gums and some mouth ulcers.

This item is available in 235 ml / 8 oz HDPE bottles or glass bottles (when the weather is warm enough to ensure the product won’t freeze and shatter the glass). It is also available in concentrated form packed in a 25 ml / 1 oz bottle in order to reduce shipping weight and related costs – just pour it into a 235 ml / 8 bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water and shake well before each use.

This next item isn’t as much new as it is something that I would like to share more widely – an extra rich moisturizing lotion that was originally developed for someone truly lovely who shared information with me about the very uncomfortable side-effects of chemotherapy treatments. She looked into some of the lotions recommended by doctors to soothe her skin, but was unhappy to see the number of petrochemicals, drying alcohols, and artificial preservatives they contained. I was prompted to do further research into the topic and learned that squalene was a particularly popular ingredient for rapidly restoring moisture to skin. However, I was bothered to see most commercial sources were animal-based (shark liver) despite it being readily available in plant form, including argan and olive oil. So these oils, combined with soothing calendula, are featured in this extra rich moisturizing lotion, which is ultimately helpful for anyone experiencing extreme dryness, whether health and/or climate related.

This product is currently available in 118 ml / 4 oz and 235 / 8 oz bottles because I will be making each bottle to to order, rather than as part of a batch as I do for products that are ordered daily such as hand/body lotion and facial moisturizer. If it becomes very popular, I can start keeping smaller sample sizes on hand.

Also in the product category, I want to let you know that I’m dropping cornstarch from my raw materials inventory! Effective immediately, bath melts will be made with tapioca starch, and the new batches of body butter will also be made with this gluten-free alternative =-) It took a while to figure out the exact ratio but, as soon as I did, I realized it was perfect! Thanks to everyone who encouraged this change – I’m thrilled I could respond.

A final note, now that there is no longer a risk of temperatures hovering below freezing in Winnipeg, I am once again able to ship hand and body lotion in glass bottles, so the 235 ml / 8 oz option has now been restored to the website.
Latest Reviews

It is always an honour to see people sharing their interest in Just the Goods. I know this takes a great deal of time and energy, so please know that I’m truly grateful! Thank you very much to Kirsten, Gemma, Ellona, MeShell, Sunny, and Anda for creating these links online!

  • Kirsten Mitchell, a contributor to Sexy Fit Vegan, shared her positive experience with Just the Goods as part of a post on April 18, 2015, called “Buying Cruelty Free Made Easy”, which shared information about an app called Cruelty-Cutter, in support of Beagle Freedom Project. To read Kirsten’s thoughts about Just the Goods, and to learn more about Cruelty-Cutter, click here: http://www.sexyfitvegan.com/cruelty-free-made-easy
  • Gemma of A Cruelty Free Life has tried a number of Just the Goods products from toothpaste and lip balm to facial care and home spa, and has covered her impression in detail over the course of various posts between November 20, 2014 – April 20, 2015. Visit this link to read more: http://acrueltyfreelife.tumblr.com
  • Aw, check out this very kind shout out from Ellonavi.com on April 9, 2015. Check it out here: http://www.ellonavi.com/new-blog-1/2015/4/9/just-the-goods
  • Fabulous vegan blogger, MeShell, drew together a fantastic collection of vegan gift items perfect for the holidays and, although the list emphasizing creations made in Toronto, she enthusiastically mentioned Just the Goods’ wholly unique approach as worth including, despite being made in Winnipeg. Aw, thanks!!! Read more about great gift ideas posted on December 6, 2014 at http://meshell.ca/blog/toronto-vegan-gift-guide-2014
  • What a delight to discover a shout out from Sunny of Vegan Beauty Review in her November 11, 2014 post, “List of 100% Vegan Beauty Brands”. Very cool =-) Thank you! http://www.veganbeautyreview.com/2014/11/list-100-vegan-beauty-brands.html
  • Anda Bailey shared the details of her recent addiction to handmade botanical bath salts and gave a shout-out to Just the Goods in a post titled “9 luxurious bath salts on etsy that will have your body thank you… “. Take a look at this link at allwomenstalk.com: http://beauty.allwomenstalk.com/luxurious-bath-salts-on-etsy-that-will-have-your-body-thank-you/7 (Date unknown)

Let’s Keep in Touch

Social media. There sure are a lot of options, huh? I do my best to keep up with the places you like to be, but I realize that some sites/interfaces are better suited for some things than others.

  • Facebook is super fun, and just about everyone has a profile, but Facebook’s policy makes it difficult to reach each person who has liked your page unless you pay considerably to “boost” exposure. If you prefer to keep in touch by Facebook, please consider adding Just the Goods to the pages you actively follow to be sure you don’t miss anything: http://www.facebook.com/justthegoods
  • Twitter is packed with great information but, even with lists, it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. Still, I can’t help sharing interesting articles and action items there. If you’re interested, check out @justthegoods -or-  http://www.twitter.com/justthegoods
  • Pinterest is great when I want a break to think about the food I want to eat, the gardens I’d love to see, or the dreamy architectural spaces I’d like to visit, but I can’t spend too much time there or I’ll get swept away and not get anything handmade or shipped! *Ha ha* Follow me, and the things I like, at: https://www.pinterest.com/justthegood0229/
But of all these platforms, Instagram has quickly become my favourite! I enjoy sharing a little bit of “behind the scenes” details including vegan food I’m noshing, and bits and pieces of what I’m doing while not in the lab. If images speak a thousand words, this is definitely your best place to find updates galore! Join me: @just.the.goods -or- http://www/instagram.com/just.the.goods

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 newsletter. 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 MailChimp link below =-).

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,
Milena

The giveaway starts today! Whoooohoooo!

I’m very excited to say that the super awesome collaboration with This Rawsome Vegan Life has stared… a giveaway whereby you have the chance to win 1 of 3 $50.00 CAD gift certificates for anything you want at at http://www.justthegoods.net/! The giveaway runs for 5 days and there are multiple ways to enter. This opportunity is open to residents of Canada and the US only at this time… hopefully one day I’ll be able to do something worldwide <=-) Click below to find out more!!

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Just the Goods Update – Fall 2014

Hi everyone! Happy Autumn!

Temperatures are dropping in the Northern hemisphere and it’s time to pull on sweaters and boots, so I hope all of you in Australia are reveling in quite the opposite 😉 And to those of you living in places that are warm and sunny year ’round: are you looking for a roommate? *lol* But classic Canadian weather conversation aside, I hope all is well with each and everyone of you, and that you’re enjoying a new season back to school, work, etc.

I’m getting in touch today — as I like to do three or four times a year — to say hello and provide the latest news from Just the Goods. As always, I’m happy to say that there is a lot to share!

For example, JTG’s participation in Vegan Cut’s July Beauty Box was an amazing adventure! From preparing 4400 samples of hand and body lotion to watching unboxing videos and then reviews, it was an unprecedented opportunity to share Just the Goods far and wide. I loved stumbling on Instagram posts, and delighted in chatting with new people through Twitter! If you’re interested, I’ve posted links to a few of my favourite videos in the recent reviews section toward the end of this newsletter =-)

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pics by alivegan, clementnine, hazeleyedvegan, mirrormarie_, missdmadigan and redemmie – thank you!!

New Products

Months in the making, I’m thrilled to announce an epic collaboration with three marvelous handmakers in the form of four care packs/gift boxes lovingly assembled to nurture a variety of needs.

Each set includes artisan organic herbal tea blended by Urban Earth Teas from Powell River (British Columbia), aromatherapeutic soy wax candles by Aboriginal collective Mother Earth Essentials from Edmonton (Alberta), aromatherapeutic soap handcrafted by Wild ReLeaf from Sault Ste-Marie (Ontario), and aromatherapeutic bath melts and aromatherapeutic oil roll-ons created by yours truly 😉

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  • Get Well offers items to boost the immune system and foster recovery from cold/flu
  • Take Care features scents and flavours to bring relaxed calm and relief from stress
  • Be Vibrant is the perfect study buddy – each item helps to clear the mind and cultivate creative focus
  • Moontime cultivates balance when experiencing PMS, mensturation and/or menopause

Click here to view each set in detail

Mother Earth Essential candles are available as individual items here and Wild ReLeaf soaps are available here. Urban Earth Teas and my new range of aromatherapeutic oils are forthcoming!

Speaking of collaborations, Kim of Winnipeg-based pickle and jam superstardom, flora & farmer, has agreed to re-issue the body butter and jam gift sets that were so popular last year =-) She is in the process of finalizing her offerings for the season, so stay tuned — we’ll have more details for you asap!

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Returning to what is available now, Just the Goods now carries compostable hemp paper facial oil blotting sheets made in Japan! I realize these are more handy to have during hot, humid months, but they took quite a lil’ while longer to receive in the mail than I expected 😉 Click here for details.

And yes, I’m still working on that dry shampoo I’ve been promising 😉 Tooth powder — an alternative to toothpaste — is also oh-so-close to completion! Thanks to popular demand, beard oil will soon be available and that cuticle balm I’ve been talking about is coming along, too!

Group Shipping Now Available to Toronto and Boston; Group Shipping to Montreal has sunset

I have exciting news for everyone based in Boston Massachusetts… regional group ordering is now available to you thanks to the efforts of Laurie, who has expressed interested in coordinating for your shared region!

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To share and thus reduce the cost of shipping, enter the coupon code “boston” at checkout and orders placed at any time throughout the month of September will be mailed as part of one big box the first week of October. This is especially handy for smaller orders, so it’s a great way to try new items or keep your cabinet well stocked =-)

Please click here for more information about regional group ordering

Also, please note that regional group ordering to Montreal has concluded at this time. After a 6 month trial period, we discovered that people overwhelmingly preferred to have their orders shipped directly. Thanks to everyone who gave the program a try! It was nice to meet so many new people through it while it lasted! And, most of all, thanks to Rebecca Woodmass for coordinating!!

The regional group shipping code “toronto” is still active =-)

Local Events – A Workshop, A Pop-Up & A Craft Sale

Fellow Winnipeggers! Remember that time I offered a DIY home spa facial mask workshop at Generation Green at The Forks and people were reeeeeally excited, and some people wanted to attend but couldn’t due to scheduling issues? Well, Sherry and I have just decided to offer it again!

I hope you’ll be able to join us on Wednesday October 1 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at 1 Forks Market Road! The last one was *SO MUCH FUN* so I’m well convinced that this one will be, too. Please contact generationgreenwpg@gmail.com to register. The cost of participation is $15.00 per person and included in that price is a custom face mask to bring home and try as your leisure =-)

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As the season would have it, craft sales are back on my radar, whoo! What is particularly interesting is that I’ll be mixing things up a little this year by participating in an exciting new Etsy Pop Up shop managed by local handmade powerhouse, Kat, the talented metal smith behind Aelios Design.

The shop is called FLASH Handmade + Vintage Boutique and will be located at 438 Graham Ave, right on the corner of Graham & Vaughn, directly behind The Bay downtown. It will be open Monday – Saturday beginning on October 2 with an opening reception on October 1. Yes, it’s the same date as my workshop at Generation Green … I’ll be running over right after 😉 Please like FLASH on Facebook to find out more, or stay tuned through me via Facebook and/or Twitter.

Apart from that, I’ve confirmed that I will be participating in the R.A. Steen Fall Craft Sale at 980 Palmerston Avenue from 10 a.m – 4 p.m. on Saturday November 22.

There might be one more sale taking place on November 8, and possibly a home-based skip the mall event in December… I’ll keep you posted!

New Website Forthcoming

Following much deliberation, I’ve decided to switch from a shop on my own server to Shopify. Their new and improved approach to pricing will allow me to continue offering the lowest possible product prices while offering a number of significant advantages. For example, their credit card processing will ordering easier for anyone who has ever experienced a glitch or confusion with PayPal as my primary payment gateway. Beyond that, even their most simple templates look so much nicer than the one I had to start using when my behind the scenes tech maintenance became too cumbersome <=-).

I’m still building the new site – I’m doing a little bit each day – but don’t worry! http://www.justthegoods.net will still be my go-to URL, and I might even keep both sites running in tandem for a few months while working out any potential bugs. When I’m ready to make the new site the one and only, http://www.justthegoods.net will re-direct automatically =-)

Thanks for your patience with these behind the scenes activities, and biggest thanks to those still in touch from the days when my website was little more than a list of products and ordering was done entirely via email 😉 Wow… sometimes I can hardly believe how much has changed in 5 years!

Latest Reviews

It is always an honour to discover how much people enjoy using Just the Goods, and reading reviews always makes my heart do little somersaults. Thank you so much to Shaylee, Jennifer, Sara, Sunny, and Phoebe for sharing so much *awesome* enthusiasm!

  • Shaylee Anne of Cosmetically Curious received her “Vegan Cuts Beauty Box July 2014″ and reviewed each item on July 29, 2014. She had lovely things to say about JTG’s hand and body lotion. Read more here.
  • Jennifer of A Vintage Vanity documented her July Vegan Cuts Beauty Box unboxing and also got a kick out of JTG’s hand and body lotion. Watch the video here.
  • Sara Deschamps of The Compassionate Glutton discussed her experience with JTG’s facial care line for acne prone skin in “Breakouts are so 10 years ago” on July 30, 2014. View the complete post here.
  • Sunny Subramanian of Vegan Beauty Review co-curated the July Vegan Cuts Beauty Box and, on August 6, 2014, she shared her personal thoughts about each of the items included including Just the Goods’ hand and body lotion. Check it out here. A video accompanies this post and can be viewed here.
  • And this Vine posted by Phoebe Dykstra is just so totes adorbs! I can’t help but share it yet again =-) Click for a giggle

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Upcoming Temporary Lab Closure

Please note that the lab will be closed December 23, 2104 – January 4, 2015. The last day to place and/or pick up orders will be December 19, 2014. The last batch of orders for the season will be shipped on December 22. Orders placed between December 20 – January 4 will be handmade and shipped as quickly as possible beginning January 5.

Planning ahead, please note that the lab will also be closed March 3 – 19, 2015, but I’ll have more details about that later in the new year =-)

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 unsubscribe. 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. You may also unsubscribe using the MailChimp link below =-).

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!

All bests to you!
— Milena

Just the Goods, Winnipeg MB
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