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!! ❄♥

#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! 🐶🐶🐶

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

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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 😉 *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 🙂

Just the Goods Newsletter – Summer/Fall 2016

Exciting changes to US shipping, upcoming end-of-summer closure notice,
new limited edition product, and more!

Hello everyone,

Happy Summer! I hope you’re finding time to play in the sun, rest under trees, and watch plants and animals grow =-)

Summer/Fall 2016… Meep! No one wants to think about autumn quite yet, and it surely seems too soon for another newsletter, but I have *so* much to share and ultimately decided sending one extra communiqué this year will be worthwhile, especially for clients based in the US. Please read on for details…

Deepest thanks and best wishes always!
Milena

Shipping news for clients in the US

I am thrilled to announce that Just the Goods now ships to the US – from the US – via USPS, which means lower shipping rates for all US clients including access to flat rate shipping boxes (great for orders over 1 kg / 35 oz), and tracking + insurance automatically added to all parcels without additional cost or effort.

The first three weeks operating under this new procedure have been successful and, going forward, parcels will be driven from Winnipeg to Pembina (ND) every Thursday, excluding weeks when Just the Goods is closed, of course. Tracking numbers will be forwarded directly via USPS and shipping will now take an average of 1 – 4 days after mailing, instead of 10. Rush shipping from Canada (via Canada Post or UPS) is still available. Please enquire before making very time sensitive purchases.

This change has been a long time in the making – thank you for your patience while I assessed viability and found someone fully committed to driving three hours each week and clear customs at the border on my behalf 😉

Shipping news for local, national and other international clients

Those within Winnipeg who receive parcels via local courier will also experience a shipping-related change. Natural Cycle Courier closed operations after serving Winnipeg for 17 years, so I’ve worked out special rates with Ghost Rider Messenger, who is similarly able to deliver to all accessible locations within the Perimeter; however, delivery will now take place within 1 business day (most often on the same Thursday the parcel is picked up). The cost of local courier is now now $6.75 for any parcel under 1 kg to any address within the Perimeter with an accessible mailbox, safe drop location, or where someone is available during regular business hours to receive the parcel in person. Thank you!

Finally, shipping news for all other clients: Those in Canada may know that Canada Post has agreed to a 30 day extension on current labour negotiations, which means employees who work hard to maintain a well functioning, public network over such an expansive landmass will not fear being locked out of their jobs, nor will they need to take strike action at this time. As such, I am continuing to ship as usual to locations across Canada and around the world, with pleasure! Still, I have retained shipping by UPS as an available option on the website, for those who prefer it. Please be confident that I will not made arbitrary switches between carriers: if you choose Canada Post, I will ship with that method; likewise if you choose UPS. Thanks!

Upcoming Temporary Closure

My recent travels were fantastic – I came back invigorated and inspired, and I was blown away by the sheer volume of orders that arrived during my absence – thank you! In contrast, things quiet down a little in the summer, which I hope means that everyone is spending time outdoors having fun! And, knowing that things once again become wonderfully busy in September (and continue straight through until the end of May), I’ve learned that it’s a good idea to schedule rest and relaxation at the end of each summer.

As such, Just the Goods will be closed August 26 – September 3. Orders placed by Friday, August 19 will be mailed by August 25. Orders placed August 20 – September 3 will be handmade and shipped as quickly as possible thereafter. Orders involving in-stock items will be shipped on September 8 and all other orders will be shipped on September 15. I have decided to limit my access to email from August 27 to September 3 and will therefore reply to all messages when I return. Thanks!

New Product

It has been a while since I released a new product, and this one is unique in that I can only offer it as a very small batch, limited edition item.

Celebrating the height of summer, this facial mask features two of my favourite things: vibrant matcha and aromatic, home grown lavender!

Kaolin is a mild yet effective clay suitable for all skin types selected for its ability to absorb accumulated oil and dirt from pores without over-drying. Organic AOI matcha is prized as a high quality beverage — applied to skin, it promotes cellular regeneration and decreases sebum production making it beneficial to all skin types, particularly when weathehttps://justthegoods.net/products/limited-edition-vegan-matcha-lavender-jasmine-facial-mask-for-most-skin-typesr is hot and humid. Lavender also stimulates cellular regeneration while offering mild antibacterial support that leaves skin feeling fresh and clean. Jasmine is softening, mildly exfoliating, and promotes radiance, which is useful for all skin types, but especially great any time skin feels dull or dry and needs a boost.

This product is suitable for most skin types. It contains no essential oils, but does include a large quantity of recently dried and freshly ground lavender, so it is fragrant and thus potentially not suitable for those allergic to botanical ingredients.

There are only 6 tins available, and when they’re gone, they’re gone… until maybe next summer 😉

Find it here: https://justthegoods.net/products/limited-edition-vegan-matcha-lavender-jasmine-facial-mask-for-most-skin-types.

Product Packing Changes

When developing Just the Goods products, I carefully consider how packaging will promote both safety and affordability. Safety is reflected in my choice of heavy glass and/or BPA-free plastics; affordability comes into play by maintaining uniform bottle sizes and caps, thus limiting the range of things I need to order/ship so I can take advantage of volume-based discounts.

I recently learned the perfume bottles I’ve been using for the past few years have started to leak during shipping, especially in winter when the perfume freezes and expands while the packaging contracts and ultimately prevents effective sealing. I’ve chosen another type of perfume bottle – a more traditional vial without a roller-ball and I feel confident it will perform much better. I am in the process of switching over to those soon – please stay tuned!

I’ve also decided that it’s time to offer resealable pouches for body scrubs, which means less weight and a smaller carbon footprint for shipping, which also means lower shipping costs. The same packaging will now be used for bath salts, bath melts, and facial scrubs. I hope this decision will increase access to the body scrubs in particular, many of which have recently become EWG VERIFIED.

Upcoming Local Event

Those in Winnipeg may be interested to know that Just the Goods has been accepted to participate in Etsy Made in Canada 2016 on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the same location, Neeginan Centre (181 Higgins Ave). As always, I welcome pre-orders from http://www.justthegoods.net for pick up at this event – please use the coupon code MadeinCanada2016 by September 18, and I’ll meet you there with everything you choose!

Other events for the fall/winter season will be announced as they are confirmed – follow me on social media for the news as soon as it becomes available (*Hint: One of them includes Scattered Seeds!*)

Cooking + Home Spa Stress Management Retreat

The stress relieving cooking + home spa retreat co-hosted with integrative nutrition health coach Katie Schmidt of Whole Nourishment (http://www.wholenourishment.net) in St Gallen, Switzerland at the end of May was a fantastic success! We are thrilled so many people were able to join us for a packed day of discussion, making, and eating on a holiday long weekend, and we deeply appreciate all the wonderful feedback we received. At this time I would once again like to thank Mara from Urban Earth Teas (http://www.urbanearth.ca) and Angela of Ground Soap (http://www.groundsoap.com) for their kind contributions to the participant gift bags, which were greatly enjoyed!

Katie and are I definitely interested in co-hosting another event in the future that once again combines easy to prepare foods that help our bodies thrive with home spa self-care practices that promote comfort and rest, and we’re already mulling over possible dates and/or locations. Our principal criteria involves us being on the same continent at the same time, which will be North America next July (2017).

We established this time of year is not good for an event in Winnipeg due to all of the festivals taking place… but we’re wondering, what about other cities? Katie and I are both willing to travel within Canada and/or the US … Are you interested in helping us find the perfect event space + promote the event within the area? If so, please get in touch – we’d love to chat!

Just the Goods is EWG VERIFIED™

Just the Goods has partnered with Environmental Working Group to become EWG VERIFIED™

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.

As of today, 26 Just the Goods products have been accepted into the program, and I’m continuing to add as many others as I can, as quickly as possible. Twenty seven makers worldwide have now 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.

To quickly view which Just the Goods products are EWG VERIFIED™, please click here: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/search.php?query=just+the+goods&h=Search.

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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 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
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Just the Goods now ships parcels to the US from the US!

It’s official! Just The Goods now ships from the USA! This plan has been in the works for over a year, but I now have someone committed to driving from Winnipeg (Manitoba) to Pembina (North Dakota) every week! 🚚

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I 💓 Canada Post, but after 7 years of operation, I know that my clients in the United States need easier and more affordable access to their handmade vegan safe cosmetics. I’ve worked as hard as possible to offer public wholesale product pricing and real shipping costs, but I realize that sometimes creates confusion, since parcel tracking couldn’t be included in the lowest shipping rates 📦 📫 But that had all changed! Every parcel to the US will include tracking, and delivery will take 1 – 4 days after mailing instead of 10.

I am still working out USD vs CAD and imperial units vs metric, while also figuring out what *really* fits into flat rate shipping boxes, but things are looking great, so far!

Thank you to everyone who has been so patient with slow and sometimes pricey parcels all the way from Canada! I’m thrilled to finally give you what you have wanted for *years* 💕

Important information regarding shipping

Hi! This is an important message re shipping for all clients in Winnipeg, Canada + all international locations (especially the USA)

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🌾 To all in Winnipeg: With a heavy heart, I have learned the news that Natural Cycle Courier is closing and will no longer be delivering parcels after June 30. I am working to find an alternate carrier, and have made temporary arrangements for local orders over the next few weeks. After June 30, current delivery charges will remain in effect, but may rise depending on what sort of rates I can negotiate with another carrier. I will keep you posted 😃

🍁 To all in Canada: As you know, Canada Post employees are going to be locked out of work beginning on July 2. This means they will not likely be able to continue their jobs until the current labour struggle they are facing has been resolved. I have added delivery by UPS to my website, and you’re welcome to choose that if you need a parcel delivered during this dispute. Or, if you choose delivery by Canada Post, I’ll hold your parcel until service has resumed. For more information about the efforts of Canada Post employees to keep Canada Post relevant, vibrant and public, please visit: http://www.publicservices.ca 😃Thanks!

🌍 To all others worldwide: As described above, Canada Post employees are working to hard to ensure that our national postal system remains public, while also making it a more relevant part to the 21st century economy. If you choose shipping by Canada Post while the workers are locked out and unable to do their jobs, I’ll hold your parcel until it is once again possible to ship. Alternatively, you may choose shipping via UPS — I’ve made a range of service options available, and all are detailed for your convenience 😃

Thank you to everyone for your patience during this time. I realize that it is not the most convenient circumstances for anyone, and I look forward to doing my very best to serve you now and into the future

Warmly,
Milena

I’m back in Winnipeg, orders are on schedule, and I ❤️ Canada Post!

Hi everyone! I’m back in Winnipeg and yesterday I shipped 70 out of approximately 200 orders based on which ones required in-stock items only 🙂 Today I’ve starting production on the items needed to complete all the remaining orders, and they will be shipped out on June 21st. Given the volume of handmaking, packing and shipping required over the next several days, I won’t be online very much, but I definitely wanted to provide you with an update — everything is exactly on schedule! Yay! 🙂
 
In other news, our friends at Canada Post have provided additional news about their upcoming strike. They are working hard to prevent our national public service from being privatized, and I’m grateful to them for their efforts. The current CEO of Canada Post is formerly affiliated with Pitney Bowes and his goal over the past several years has been made very clear: increase rates, cut service, refuse to replace staff that have retired, and rack up profits while creating the myth that Canada Post doesn’t work so it will be easy for a private company (i.e. Pitney Bowes) to scoop up *our* Canada Post at pennies on the dollar. This is devastating! Their strike is about maintaining a national service that functions well enough to serve everyone equally across Canada, no matter where they live. The last strike was back in 2011 and things really went sideways when employees were locked out. Let’s hope the new government is better at understanding why an affordable public postal service essential for us all *fingers crossed*
 
In the meantime, while supporting our Posties and their amazing ideas for keeping Canada Post vibrant and vital, I’m working on contingency plans so people can continue to place and receive their orders. I will also be attending a public info session on Friday from 7 – 10 pm at Union Centre (275 Broadway, Winnipeg) (https://www.facebook.com/events/653192524834610/657054094448453/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity&notif_id=1466003942574839)

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And, for info about Canada Post employee’s commitment to delivering pension and social assistance cheques throughout the strike, and their commitment to protecting any animals that are being transported, please read the following news release: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/posties-pledge-to-deliver-pension-and-social-assistance-cheques-ensure-no-live-animals-are-trapped-in-the-mail-system-582950871.html
 
Thank you everyone for working with me, a small scale online handmaker 🙂 Just the Goods wouldn’t exist without you, nor would it exist without Canada Post. I have a fantastic relationship with my commercial account managers, depot manager, and the postal agents I see each week when they come to pick up bins filled with your orders. I know how committed they are to doing the very best job they possibly can, and I really wanted to share with you my support for them 🙂
 
Thanks again!!
Milena

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.

Canada Joins Global #BeCrueltyFree Movement with Introduction of Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act

Humane Society International/Canada and Animal Alliance of Canada call on Senators and Parliamentarians for support

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Canada took another progressive step toward ending the suffering of animals used in cosmetics testing with the introduction of the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. Senate bill S-214 would prohibit cosmetic animal testing in Canada as well as the sale of cosmetic products or ingredients that have been newly animal tested elsewhere in the world. The legislation was spearheaded by Sen. Carolyn Stewart Olsen in consultation with Humane Society International/Canada and Animal Alliance of Canada as part of the largest campaign in history to end cosmetics animal testing and trade globally: #BeCrueltyFree.

Sen. Stewart Olsen stated: “I am so happy to see such an important bill so close to becoming legislation. It’s inspiring, in that there’s nothing partisan about trying to prevent needless animal suffering in the name of beauty. It’s my hope that the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act will transcend partisan politics and receive the support it deserves.”

Troy Seidle, HSI’s director of research and toxicology, said: “This is a landmark day for animals in Canada and for our global #BeCrueltyFree campaign thanks to Senator Stewart Olsen’s leadership in championing this progressive legislation. We look forward to working with Senators and our newly elected Parliament to see Canada join other nations in taking a stand against cruel cosmetics by enacting the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act.”

Help Ban Animal Testing of Cosmetics in Canada!

Liz White, director of Animal Alliance of Canada, said: “Thanks to Senator Stewart Olsen, Canada is set to join the #BeCrueltyFree global movement that will bring an end to the cruel use of animals in cosmetic testing. We hope to work with Senator Stewart Olsen, the Senate and Parliament to make the legislation a reality.”

Facts:

  • The Food and Drugs Act requires that all cosmetics sold in Canada be safe when used as intended, but does not specifically require animal testing to substantiate safety.
  • The world’s largest beauty products market, the European Union, together with Norway, Israel, India, New Zealand, Turkey and several states in Brazil, have enacted full or partial bans on animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients. Similar legislation is currently pending in the United States, South Korea, Brazil, Taiwan, Australia, Argentina and elsewhere under the leadership of #BeCrueltyFree campaign teams in these countries.
  • According to polling by the Strategic Counsel of behalf of Animal Alliance and HSI, 88 percent of Canadians agree that testing new cosmetics is not worth animal suffering, and 81 percent of Canadians support a national ban on animal testing of cosmetics and their ingredients.
  • Nearly 90,000 Canadians have signed to #BeCrueltyFree petition to date.
  • More than 500 cosmetic companies are certified “cruelty-free” in North America, avoiding animal testing by relying on thousands of existing ingredients already established as safe, combined with available state-of-the-art non-animal test methods.
  • An ever-growing number of alternatives to animal testing have been developed with financial support from governments and industry, and accepted by regulatory authorities. Examples include human cell-based models for skin and eye irritation, skin allergy, skin absorption, genetic toxicity and sunlight-induced “phototoxicity”.

Media Contacts:

HSI/Canada: Christopher Paré, 514 395-2914, cpare@hsi.org
Animal Alliance: Liz White – office: 416-462-9541 x 23 / cell: 416-809-4371

See original post here: http://www.hsi.org/world/canada/news/releases/2015/12/canada-cruelty-free-cosmetics-act-121015.html