Today is May Day, an opportunity to recognize the value of our collective labour and to remind ourselves of the importance of work/life balance. Today is also Beltane, the festival that confirms Spring has sprung and anticipates the hot days of summer with a celebration of fire, flowers, and more. It is in the intersection of these two meaningful occasions that Just the Goods was created 9 years ago. I know I write this every year, but I still can’t – honestly and truly – believe that I get to independently handcraft skin and body care products each day! It is thanks to your ongoing interest that I can do this, and I appreciate that so very much ❤
If you follow Just the Goods on social media, you may already know about some of the news contained within. However, in the event that you don’t, please read on for news about a fun giveaway, new products, and an international shipping update =-)
Thank you as always for making Just the Goods what it is! I love handmaking skin care products for you, and always appreciate keeping in touch!
#justthegoods turns 9 today… Let’s have a giveaway!
As noted above, today marks 9 years of handmaking plant-based cruelty-free skin and body care products as Just the Goods. Some elements of JTG such as a commitment to non-binary and gimmick-free safe cosmetics offered at public wholesale rates has remained steadfast all this time; however, some things have changed including, for example, shiny new product labels!
To celebrate 9 years of Just the Goods, it’s new look, and the fact that I love seeing photos of your orders on Instagram, I’m hosting a giveaway open to all clients.
Enter to win one of three $25 CAD gift certificates by sharing a photo of your past, current, or future order on Instagram with the hashtag #justthegoods. If your account is private, please tag @just.the.goods so I can see and include your entry.
One image from all of the photos shared within the month of May will be selected by random drawn on June 1, 2018. One image from all photos shared in June will be drawn on July 1, and one image from all photos shared within the month of July will be drawn on August 1.
Each of the three randomly selected winners will be contacted via Instagram and will be awarded a $25 CAD gift certificate to be used at justthegoods.net toward their choice of JTG products and/or shipping. Please visit https://tinyurl.com/JTG-IG-Giveaway for full details… including how to enter if you’re not on Instagram.
I think this will be a fun way to keep in touch, and I hope you enjoy participating! Thank you helping to make Just the Goods what it is today — it is always a pleasure to handmake your orders, and I look forward to doing so for many more years to come ❤
Limited Edition Four Elements Conditioning Hair Rinse
This unique item was created while studying herbal correspondents to the four elements — I noticed that my four lists each included a herb I already knew to be fabulous for use in hair care, so I mixed one part of one each, let it infuse into cold water overnight, and used it as a hair rinse the next morning. Oh wow!! The results were fantastic — soft and shining hair that was easy to comb *and* it gave me a tangible example of herbal balance in action ❤
This blend features USDA Organic and EcoCert ingredients as well as one home garden grown 😊
- Slippery elm – earth – detangles while promoting smooth texture and shine
- Lavender – air – contributes volume
- Rosemary – fire – stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, which can contribute to hair growth, while also moisturizing scalp and adding shine
- Catnip – water – moisturizes and conditions
In case you’re curious, no, your cat will not likely be attracted to this blend because the catnip is mixed with so many other things. Mine wasn’t, anyway 😉 Oooh, and please note that this product is probably not suitable for chemically lightened hair because rosemary may potentially cause it to darken.
I had enough slippery elm on hand to make 10 jars, and have noticed that one is already spoken for, so there are 9 remaining at the time of this post ❤ If there is enough demand, I’ll order more slippery elm and make more ❤ Enjoy!!
Exciting new range coming soon
Cleansing grains, toner, facial steam, mask and serum… These new formulas are just about finished, the packaging has been selected, the graphic designer has started on the new look, and I can barely contain my excitement. Something very special for Just the Goods is aiming to launch at the end of Summer and I can’t wait to share all the details! Stay tuned!
Reminder regarding international shipping… Plus a little more info…
As mentioned in February, Canada Post rates have risen again and, while clients in the US can still take advantage of delivery via USPS domestic mail, it is more challenging for folks abroad.
The good news, however, is that clients in Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Romania, and Quatar have successfully received their orders through re-shipping through consolidators such as ViaBox and Borderlinx!
What do re-shippers do? They…
- provide you with a US mailing address that you can use when ordering online
- receive parcels at that address on your behalf
- ship your order together with other orders to their warehouse in your region
- re-ship your parcel to you from their warehouse
And yes, since it is far more affordable for me to ship to addresses in the US than it is to ship within Canada thanks to USPS offering light packet rates, this can make a huge difference for clients in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America to ship to the US and let a re-shipper take care of the rest.
Indeed, re-shipping is far more affordable than shipping parcels individually, and it’s better for the environment, too! I encourage you to find which service best serves your region.
I hoped to integrate this into my website but companies like Borderlinx would need me to guarantee a minimum of 150-200 international parcels per month, but that is not currently attainable. Instead I encourage folks to let me know how things go with the re-shipper of their choice – when you have a good experience with a company that primarily serves your region, please do let me know and I can include your recommendations on my website for the benefit of others =-)
The newest information about this topic is that I’m looking into offering international shipping via USPS instead of Canada Post so you can get lower rates *AND TRACKING* with every order at no extra charge. Currently Amanda checks both sets of rates before shipping orders and, in cases where USPS is more affordable, we automatically make the switch and refund the difference. What I am working on is having USPS rates appear to you at checkout so you can compare Canada Post with USPS and UPS and make your choice accordingly. I have found a provider, and now need to do some work behind the scenes to make my web store compatible with their app… I hope it works and I’ll keep you posted!!
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 =-)
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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