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 

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

Just the Goods Newsletter – Winter/Spring 2017

Happy New Year!

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

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

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

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

Warmly,
Milena

Fundraising for Standing Rock

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Temporary Closure

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

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

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

 

Keep in Touch!

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

 

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

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
http://www.justthegoods.net

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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.

Updated event… Join Just the Goods in St. Gallen, Switzerland!

Yes, it’s true. When I first announced that Just the Goods would be co-hosting a Stress Relieving Cooking + Home Spa Retreat with Switzerland-based Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Katie Schmidt of Whole Nourishment (http://www.wholenourishment.net) May 27 – 29, I did say that it would take place in Barcelona. Since that time, Katie and I have had an opportunity to re-think our plans, ultimately deciding that we will be able to offer a better event if hosted in St Gallen. And, given that most of our registrants booked to date are from that general area, it seemed like natural choice.

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For those still deciding to attend, I’m confident this change will be enjoyed as I have – by great coincidence – already visited St. Gallen back in 2008 when I was still a curator of contemporary art, and Just the Goods had not yet entered my imagination. I remember being captured by its gorgeous landscape, elegant architecture, and abundant arts and culture, including a large-scale and literally vibrant public artwork, Roter Platz, by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist.

St. Gallen is located only one hour away from Zürich by train, which gives participants the opportunity to either stay in small and beautiful St. Gallen, or cosmopolitan Zürich, whichever they prefer. We hope you’ll join us!

 

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Workshop details…

Stress depletes body and mind, but with the right tools and strategies, taking time for ourselves to recharge at home could not be easier or more beneficial. At this retreat, we’ll share gentle and effective approaches to ease anxiety, soothe irritated dry skin, boost energy and alertness, and replenish depleted nutrients through simple and nourishing at-home cooking and skincare rituals to unlock your potential to feel good in your body and thrive during times of stress.

Join us for..

  • 8 cooking and skincare demonstrations
  • Custom-made body scrubs and facial masks to take home
  • Handouts on relevant nutrition topics, cooking formulas, recipes, and meal prep strategies
  • Enriching conversation on self-care, comfort food, and stress management
  • Meals and snacks throughout the retreat
  • Gift bag for each participant

Registration is now open, so visit http://www.wholenourishment.net/retreat-2016-overview to learn more and get involved! See you soon!

Please note… Just the Goods will be closed while I’m in Europe for this event and related travel. I welcome you to keep in touch with me via social media for details on my production schedule prior to my departure. Thanks!

Whole Nutrition and Just the Goods to Co-Host 3-day Springtime Stress Relieving Cooking + Home Spa Retreat in Barcelona

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For Immediate Release: January 15, 2016

GALLEN (Switzerland) & WINNIPEG (Canada) – Katie Schmidt of Whole Nourishment and Milena Placentile of Just the Goods will team up to deliver a three-day cooking and skincare daytime retreat in Barcelona (Spain) from May 27 – 29, 2016 designed to help participants overcome the adverse effects of accumulated daily stress.

Stress depletes body and mind, but with the right tools and strategies, taking time for ourselves to recharge at home could not be easier or more beneficial.  When stressed, individuals often wish they had gentle and effective approaches to ease anxiety, sooth irritated and dry skin, boost energy and alertness, and replenish depleted nutrients. Over the course of this retreat, the hosts will share their top secrets for simple and nourishing at-home cooking and skincare rituals that will unlock potential to feel good and thrive during times of stress.

Highlights of this retreat

Katie Schmidt of Whole Nourishment will be in the kitchen:

  • cooking up simple and tasty plant-based meals that ease anxiety and provide lasting energy
  • sharing cooking formulas for effortless weekday meal planning and cooking
  • revealing daily rituals to optimize the healing and nourishing power of plant-based foods
  • sharing simple strategies to support gut health and improve digestion and mood

Milena Placentile of Just the Goods will show you how to create a home spa environment and:

  • identify positive features of healthier skin care products while highlighting ingredients to avoid
  • explore the multiple ways adequate, healthy moisture contributes to skin and body wellness
  • share tips for creating the perfect all-sensory spa getaway at home
  • welcome participants to create custom body scrubs and facial masks to take home, use and enjoy

Schmidt and Placentile chose Barcelona as the site for this retreat owing to their mutual love for the city developed over past independent traveling experiences over the years. Placentile points out that, “in addition to being a beautiful city with great weather and a welcoming energy, Barcelona also features a major airport hub, plentiful accommodations, effective public transit, and — most pleasantly — a growing interest in mindful plant-based / vegan lifestyle choices”.

On the topic of a plant-based cooking, Schmidt notes “today’s Western diet has moved us away from cooking and eating plant-based whole foods. We are an overfed and undernourished society that has lost touch with the healing nature of real food. No matter the diet we follow – paleo, vegan, or another – the best gift we can give ourselves, especially during stressful times, is acquiring the skills and confidence to cook fresh, nutritious, plant-centered meals at home.”

Retreat Details

When: May 27-29, 2016

Where: La Salsamenta Cooking Studio (c/ Escorial 191, 08024 Barcelona, Spain)

What’s Included:

  • 8 cooking and skincare demonstrations, ranging from 60-90 minutes
  • Custom-made body scrubs and facial masks to take home
  • Handouts on relevant nutrition topics, cooking formulas, recipes, and meal prep strategies
  • Enriching conversation on unique solutions for stress management, nourishing comfort food, natural skin care, and self-care
  • Inspired meals and snacks throughout the retreat
  • Gift bag with handmade skincare products and edible goodies for each participant

Cost: 475€

 

Space is limited. For more detailed information including the retreat schedule, and to register, please visit: http://www.wholenourishment.net/retreat-2016-overview/

 

La Salsamenta, Barcelona, Spain

Whole Nourishment celebrates the beauty and healing nature of plant-based whole foods, mindful self-care, and wellness as a lifestyle. Founder, Katie Schmidt, expresses her mission as a desire to share satisfyingly healthy and approachable recipes and her Whole Nourishment philosophy in order to equip others with everyday solutions to achieve wellness in the kitchen and beyond. This is accomplished with regular food and wellness posts for blog followers, local plant-based nutrition and cooking workshops, and 1:1 Health Coaching work with clients seeking to make positive, sustainable changes to their diet and lifestyle. Schmidt holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Health Education and Spanish (2006) and a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory University (2008). She became a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach through the New York-based Institute for Integrative Nutrition (2014). There she learned from the world’s top health and wellness experts, studying over 100 dietary theories that drew from ancient traditions of Eastern medicine and modern nutrition for leading a more balanced, nourishing, and mindful lifestyle. Visit: http://www.wholenourishment.net

As a former curator of contemporary art, Just the Goods founder, Milena Placentile, has taken 15 years experience working in non-profit / educational contexts and applied it to her current practice as a handmaker of plant and mineral-based skin and body care products. Just the Goods is focused on self-care rather than the narrow framework of “beauty”, and prioritizes safe ingredients, transparent labelling, and accessible pricing. Just the Goods has served clients worldwide for over 6 years operating on the belief that every day indulgences shouldn’t cost the earth or our health. Granted Champion status by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Just the Goods demonstrates that it is both possible and affordable to look and feel great without unnecessary exposure to petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial fragrances, dyes, and flavours. Everything handcrafted by Just the Goods features vegan ingredients certified cruelty-free by the Leaping Bunny Program. Just the Goods is also an official partner of Humane Society International, and is a Women’s Voices for the Earth No Secrets Business Partner. Visit: http://www.justthegoods.net

La Salsamenta takes a passion for food and manifests it as a professional cooking and workshop space set in a charming domestic environment centrally located in Barcelona’s popular Gracia neighborhood adjacent to Park Güell, a notable destination to view works by famed architect, Antonio Gaudí. Also popular for its outdoor space, La Salsamenta’s hidden garden ensures for a relaxing escape from the bustle of an active and spirited city, and provides the perfect environment to both unwind and learn at a comfortable pace. Visit: http://www.lasalsamenta.com

Just the Goods Newsletter – Winter/Spring 2016

Stress management retreat in Barcelona, upcoming temporary closure, new product, shipping news, and more!
Hello everyone,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a relaxing holiday season, and that 2016 is already revealing fantastic moments, with many more ahead!

As for me, I’m still glowing from the past few months because I’m so grateful to you for motivating me with kind messages and Instagram pics, and for keeping me busy with enthusiastic orders. Wow… THANK YOU! I took a few days off during the holiday to rest and be social, and I leisurely caught up on year-end matters such as paperwork, materials inventory, and planning, as well. I’d like to say another thank you to those of you who submitted orders during this temporary closure – I’ve already started working on them, and I look forward to mailing the first batch of parcels for the year on Tuesday, January 12, which resumes a once-weekly shipping schedule. And, as if that all wasn’t enough to be excited about, I can tell you that I’m feeling even more bubbly about the things still in store… read on to find out what I mean 😉

With all best to you,
Milena

Upcoming Events… Join Just the Goods in Barcelona!

I am delighted to formally announce that Just the Goods will be co-hosting a Stress Relieving Cooking + Home Spa Retreat with Switzerland-based Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Katie Schmidt of Whole Nourishment, from May 27 – 29 at La Salsamenta Cooking Studio in Barcelona, Spain!

We all know that stress depletes body and mind, but with the right tools and strategies, taking time for ourselves to recharge at home could not be easier or more beneficial. We’ll share gentle and effective approaches to ease anxiety, soothe irritated dry skin, boost energy and alertness, and replenish depleted nutrients through simple and nourishing at-home cooking and skincare rituals to unlock your potential to feel good in your body and thrive during times of stress.

Join us for..

  • 8 cooking and skincare demonstrations
  • Custom-made body scrubs and facial masks to take home
  • Handouts on relevant nutrition topics, cooking formulas, recipes, and meal prep strategies
  • Enriching conversation on self-care, comfort food, and stress management
  • Meals and snacks throughout the retreat
  • Gift bag for each participant

Registration is now open, so visit http://justthegoods.net/pages/events to learn more and get involved! See you soon!

 

Upcoming Temporary Closure

Just the Goods will be closed January 20 – February 8, 2015 for a winter vacation. Orders placed by Saturday, January 16 will be handmade and shipped by January 19. Orders placed January 17 – February 8 will be handmade beginning February 9 and shipped as quickly as possible thereafter. I don’t anticipate that I’ll have regular internet access during this absence, but I will try my best to respond to urgent messages. Thank you!
 

New Product

Toothpaste was among the first formulas I created for Just the Goods. More accurately, it was the second thing I ever made, shortly after shaving cream. It has become incredibly popular over the past 6.5 years, but what you might not know is that since I always strive to create new possibilities, I’ve long been considering alternatives to support a wider range of interests and preferences. One of the things I was looking at quite closely was a clay-based tooth powder, but I was unable to lock down a consistent source for the clay I had in mind. However, something else peaked my interest in the meantime: tooth oil!


Combining the popular Ayurvedic principle of oil pulling with the helpful practice of conventional tooth brushing to lift and remove plaque, this product (like Just the Goods’ alcohol-free vegan mouthwash) includes further benefit in the form of three essential oils: peppermint, which controls bacteria while also providing a pleasant taste and delivering fresh breath; clove, which is commonly used in dental care around the world to disinfect the mouth, control harmful bacteria, and relieve pain; and myrrh, which encourages healthy tissue in that it can help to heal gums and some mouth ulcers. Coconut oil is the perfect base for this tooth oil, an ingredient which itself contains lauric acid known to help reduce the presence of some bacteria, viruses, and/or fungi.

Two to four drops is all you need for your toothbrush to glide with far less abrasivity than toothpaste that contains baking soda, calcium carbonate, clay, silica and/or mica. Those seeking to avoid vegetable glycerine for any reason can also enjoy this item made without. I hope it goes without saying, this item is free from artificial preservatives, artificial flavours, sweeteners and/or colourants.

Just the Goods’ new tooth oil is available in two formats: a refillable 1 oz / 30 ml glass bottle with a dropper, and a 1 oz / 30 ml HDPE refill. Find them here: http://justthegoods.net/products/vegan-tooth-oil.

 

Good Shipping News for a Change… Whooo!

After 4.5 months without a properly functioning shipping calculator, I’m happy to confirm that everything is working again with deepest thanks to an amazing e-commerce technician at Canada Post who helped me pick through Shopify’s shipping app weirdness. Without his assistance, I’m pretty sure I’d still be in a pickle, which would in turn be furthering inconvenience for all of you. So, whew… what a relief!

And, I have some great news for local clients in Winnipeg, too! The base rate of $4.00 for delivery by Natural Cycle Courier now covers parcels up to 2 kg, which means you can get more for less than before! Yippee!! I’ve also increased the allowable maximum for this shipping method, which means you can use it for parcels up to 4 kg! W00t!

Just the Goods Partners with Waterfront Massage Therapy

Also in fantastic local news, I’m so happy to share that Just the Goods has partnered with Waterfront Massage Therapy to become their central provider for massage oil, lotion, body butter, and other products used for therapeutic massage that facilitates the body’s optimal healing and capacity for renewal. Visit their beautiful clinic located at 270 Waterfront Drive, Winnipeg MB, to care for your aching muscles and to reduce stress affecting both the body and mind.


 

Shout Outs and Reviews… Thank you!!

 
In case you missed it…

I am honoured to be affiliated with US-based environmental NGO, Women’s Voices for the Earth, in the context of their No Secrets Business Partners program. Upon joining, they kindly invited me to write a piece for their blog, which was published last fall. The piece summarizes my personal journey from being wrapped up in the promises of the beauty industry to learning to see right through them, and from being frustrated with the fact that I couldn’t afford healthier skin care options, to leaving my career in the arts and make those skin care options. As mentioned when I shared this link in my last newsletter, if you’ve ever been curious to know more about what I do and why, this piece tells all! I hope you find it interesting and, of course, if you have any questions or comments, please do feel welcome to post them at the blog, or write to me in person – it would be my pleasure to chat! Click here to read: http://www.womensvoices.org/2015 /09/28/connecting-the-dots-between-a-healthy-body-healthy-body-image-a-healthy-planet.

Keep in touch!

I like to share a newsletter approximately three or four times per year, but if you prefer to access news and other tidbits as it happens, please join me on social media!

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
http://www.justthegoods.net

As the year comes to a close…

Thank you, thank you, and a thousand times more, thank you for another exciting year of making and sharing! I don't think I will ever stop being delighted by the kind interest and generous enthusiasm that so many of you keep sending my way, from all over the world 🌎 I am grateful for this opportunity to continue working in ways that intersect advocacy for kindness — to our bodies, to our earth, and to all the creatures with whom we share this space🐇 And I'm thrilled to partner with so many great people, groups and organisations – I look forward to deepening those relationships in the years to come. Thank you 💕 Today is my last day in the lab before a wee break from production and shipping — that means focusing on sleeping, eating and socialising, but also tending to necessary planning and paperwork so 2016 bounces to a great start 😉 The last local parcels are being picked up today by @naturalcyclecourier, the last parcels going out to places farther afield will be picked up by Canada Post, and I have one more order to drop off at @generationgreenwpg 🙌 I'll be back at it on January 3, so any orders placed between Dec 17 and Jan 2 will be handmade and shipped as quickly as possible starting that day. But, if you're local and need something super fast, please know you can visit: @generationgreenwpg, Neechie Niche at @neechicommonswinnipeg, @taradavisboutique , @organic.planet.worker.coop , @naturedoctors, @greenwoodnaturals and At the Root on Sherburn 😊 Thanks again, everyone! Whatever you're doing during these last days of the year, I hope you find it relaxing and filled with all your favourite people 💓 #vegan #skincare #safecosmetics #crueltyfree #becrueltyfree #nontoxic #spa #winnipeg #Manitoba #canada #plantpower #vegansofig #veganshare #winter #holiday #thankyou #justthegoods

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Thank you, thank you, and a thousand times more, thank you for another exciting year of making and sharing! I don’t think I will ever stop being delighted by the kind interest and generous enthusiasm that so many of you keep sending my way, from all over the world 🌎 I am grateful for this opportunity to continue working in ways that intersect advocacy for kindness — to our bodies, to our earth, and to all the creatures with whom we share this space🐇 And I’m thrilled to partner with so many great people, groups and organisations – I look forward to deepening those relationships in the years to come 💕

Today is my last day in the lab before a wee break from production and shipping that means focusing on sleeping, eating and socialising, but also tending to necessary planning and paperwork so 2016 bounces to a great start 😉 The last local parcels are being picked up today by Natural Cycle Courier, the last parcels going out to places farther afield will be picked up by Canada Post, and I have one more order to drop off at Generation Green at the Forks 🙌

I’ll be back at it on January 3, so any orders placed between Dec 17 and Jan 2 will be handmade and shipped as quickly as possible starting that day. But, if you’re local and need something super fast, please know you can visit: Generation Green, Neechie Niche at Neechie Commons, Tara Davis Studio Boutique , Organic PLanet , Nature Doctors, Greenwood Naturals and At the Root on Sherburn 😊

Thanks again, everyone! Whatever you’re doing during these last days of the year, I hope you find it relaxing and filled with all your favourite people 💓

Celebrating 20 years of Women’s Voices for the Earth Action

I'm honoured to partner with a variety of fantastic #environmental and #health -focused organisations, each committed to #empowering folks through access to information and opportunities to stand up against major corporations that have big money to lobby for/against legislation as it serves them best. @womensvoices is one such organisation, and this opening paragraph of their recent donations appeal really struck a chord with me because I think it perfectly captures everything that makes me admire them/their work so very much. 🌿✨🌎 ALL genders, All races, ALL religions, ALL economic backgrounds, ALL sexual orientations, and surely ALL abilities, too. We *all* need #cleanair and #water, safe foods, non-toxic body care products, and the right to be counted as people with voices that matter. Read the full text here — http://bit.do/wve — and, if you can, please consider making a donation so they can continue advocating for another 20 years 💓 #safecosmetics #detoxthebox #nosecrets #nontoxic #skincare #cleaningproducts #eco #feminism #activism

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I’m honoured to partner with a variety of fantastic #environmental and #health -focused organisations, each committed to #empowering folks through access to information and opportunities to stand up against major corporations that have big money to lobby for/against the legislation that serves them best.  Women’s Voices for the Earth s is one such organisation, and this opening paragraph of their recent donations appeal really struck a chord with me because I think it perfectly captures everything that makes me admire them/their work so very much. 🌿✨🌎 ALL genders, All races, ALL religions, ALL economic backgrounds, ALL sexual orientations, and surely ALL abilities, too. We *all* need clean air and water, safe foods and body care products, and the right to be counted as people with voices that matter.

Read the full here — http://www.womensvoices.org/2015/12/02/for-your-best-friend-for-your-daughter-for-your-own-peace-of-mind/ — and, if you can, please consider making a donation so they can continue advocating for another 20 years 💓