Changes — a post for clients in Winnipeg

Hello Winnipeg! This post is for you!

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In the past 24 hours, some things have changed. Some is bad news, and I’m sorry about that, but it has led to what I hope will be good news 😊

I am grateful for your online orders — it helps me make Just the Goods my full time occupation! However, in order to continue offering public wholesale prices, I need to allocate my energy as carefully as possible because overextending myself is not sustainable. As it turns out, the bicycle courier with whom I’ve been working since Natural Cycle Courier closed feels the same way.

😿 The bad news: I have had to cancel my participation at WEST Fall Market on November 5 *and* Ghost Rider Messenger informed me a few hours ago that it is no longer able to work with Just the Goods at current rates.

😺 The goods news: I will be offering free monthly pick ups at the lab on a trial basis until the end of the year 🙂

🌼Orders placed by Saturday, October 15 can be picked up at the lab on Saturday, October 22 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm

🌼 Orders placed October 16 – November 19 can be picked up at the lab on Saturday, November 26 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm

🌼Orders placed November 20 – December 10 can be picked up at the lab on Saturday, December 17.

🌟 Bonus: December 17 will be an open house event set up like a mini market with cider and vegan treats available for those in attendance 😊 More news about that is forthcoming!

🌟 + I will be attending Vegan Handmade Market on December 3 as a shopper, and I can absolutely bring orders with me for those who will also be there and want to meet up between 10:00 – 11:00 am. I’ll post news about that in November 😊

As Just the Goods, I’m committed to handmaking the healthiest possible skin, body, and hair care products, while also pricing them as affordably as possible. For details about I price, please visit: http://bit.do/JTGpricing. I can make quality products and I can make them affordable, but — at such intentionally low prices — I can not make them faster, nor can I maintain retail space / pay someone a living wage to answer the door for pick ups. And, since I’m reminded again and again why my original goal of offering affordable pricing for healtheir self care products is essential, my decisions always seek to align. With all that said, don’t forget: if you ever need Just the Goods products faster, you can always go to Generation Green at the Forks, which is open 7 days a week and carries the largest selection of JTG body basis apart from my website 😊 They’re wonderful and you’ll surely find other wonderful things you didn’t know you needed 😉

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding — I’m excited about continuing to handmake JTG for you! 💕

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Just The Goods Event Schedule

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With my first of three events coming up next weekend, it occurred to me that an “at a glance” schedule might be a good thing to share 😉 So, here it is!

✔ September 24: Etsy Made in Canada, 181 Higgins
✔ October 13 – 16: Etsy Boutique at Scattered Seeds, Red River Ex
✔ November 5: Winnipeg Etsy Street Team Fall Market, 290 Dubuc

To pre-order for pick up on September 24, please use coupon code “madeincanada2016” at http://www.justthegoods.net by September 18 😊

To pre-order for pick up on November 5 please use coupon code “fall2016” at http://www.justthegoods.net by October 30 😊

If there is enough demand, I might be able to offer a day of local ups at the lab on a Saturday in December … If this appeals to you, please let me know!

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

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

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

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

>> MadeinCanada2016 <<

Doing so will waive your shipping/local courier fee, and indicate to me that I should bring your order with me so you can pick it up at any time you wish during the official hours of the event. Super easy, and you’ll always get exactly what you want without having to worry about arriving in time. A great option, especially if you’re like me and prefer a late, leisurely breakfast 😉 *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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Winnipeg Etsy Street Team Market Spring 2016

I’m delighted to announce that Just the Goods will be participating in the Spring 2016 edition of WEST Etsy Market on Saturday, April 30! Yay! I’m looking forward to seeing you there! As always, I’ll try to bring as much as I possibly can, but with over 150 products available for skin, hair, and home spa, I find the best way to get what you need is to let me know in advance.

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To pre-order for pick up, please place your order by Sunday, April 24 at http://www.justthegoods.net using the coupon code WESTSpring2016 and I’ll meet you at the sale! Thanks so much and see you soon!

Sunday, April 30
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
St James Civic Centre – 2055 Ness Avenue, Winnipeg

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

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

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

I look forward to seeing you there!!

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Just the Goods Newsletter – Fall/Winter 2015

Upcoming events, upcoming temporary closures, new products, news from the Breast Cancer Fund’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, JTG in Barcelona, international shipping, and more!

Hello everyone,

I hope you’re all well have many great summer adventures in your memory, and fantastic autumn and winter plans ahead! No matter how many years pass since graduating, I always think of fall as “back to school” season, and a feeling of “getting serious” makes it way into my into my work vibe. Maybe you feel the same? Things definitely do become more busy this time of year, particularly as a range of holidays begin. So, whatever you’re up to this season, I hope it’s enjoyable!

I have so many things to share with you in this edition of my quarterly (or sometimes only thrice-annually) newsletter. Most significantly, the latest development in my relationship with US-based environmental NGO, Women’s Voices for the Earth. Upon joining them as a No Secrets business partner, I was invited to write a piece for their blog about 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. If you have ever been curious to know more about what I do and why, please feel welcome to read the article here: http://www.womensvoices.org/2015 /09/28/connecting-the-dots-between-a-healthy-body-healthy-body-image-a-healthy-planet/. 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!

On that note, thank as always for your awesome interest in Just the Goods – I love that you’ve given me the opportunity to handmake products you enjoy. It’s truly an honour and I look forward to keeping in touch!

With all best to you,
Milena


Upcoming Events

Great news! Just the Goods we be at two more markets before year end!

Winnipeg Etsy Street Team Handmade & Vintage Sale VIII
Saturday, November 7, 2015
290 Debuc Street
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pre-order at http://www.justthegoods.net with coupon code NOVEMBER7 by Monday, November 2 to waive shipping and pick up your selections at this event.

Robert A. Steen Community Centre Fall Sale
Saturday, November 21, 2015
980 Palmerston Ave
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pre-order with coupon code RASTEEN2015 by Monday, November 16 to pick up your order at this event.


Upcoming Temporary Closures

Just the Goods will be closed December 23, 2014 – January 2, 2105.
Orders placed on/before Friday, December 18 will be handmade and shipped by December 22.
Orders placed December 19 – January 2 will be handmade and beginning January 3 and shipped as quickly as possible. Apart from some year-end relaxation, I will be focused on paperwork and inventory, so I’ll attempt to check email and respond to messages as best as possible during this time.

Just the Goods will also be closed January 20 – February 8, 2015.
Orders placed on/before 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. I will be traveling for vacation during this period of time and don’t expect that I’ll have access to email, but I will do my best to reply to urgent messages when possible.

Thank you!


New Products

The two new hair care products I promised in the last newsletter are finally here!!

First, a different type of leave in conditioner that features lavender, which contributes to natural volume, while other ingredients deliver frizz-reducing benefits. It works in multiple ways: to detangle after washing, to help tame hair while blow drying, and/or to facilitate heat styling with a flat iron – just spray it lightly onto dry hair so infuse moisture and tame flyaways. Find it here: http://justthegoods.net/collections/hair-care/products/copy-of-vegan-leave-in-hair-conditioning-spray.

Next, a shine serum that also tames frizz through the silky, soft moisture of fractionated coconut oil and argan oil. I find it is best used when hair is almost dry, just before finishing with a blow dryer. It can also be applied — very lightly — to the palms of each hand to swipe away fly-aways as a finishing step on sleek hair styles. A little goes a long way! Find it here: http://justthegoods.net/collections/hair-care/products/vegan-anti-frizz-hair-serum


The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ Anti-Aging Secrets Exposed

I’ve got a thing against anti-aging products. I don’t like the way they prey on our self-esteem, and I don’t like their unscientific and unsubstantiated claims, either. Surely that is reason enough to avoid them, but it appears some anti-aging products contain harmful ingredients that go well beyond what is to be expected as far as artificial preservatives and fragrances are concerned.

As a member of the Safe Cosmetics Business Network, I’d like to share with your a report recently published by the Breast Cancer Fund’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which revealed that a toxic contaminant linked to cancer known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) were found in anti-aging products sold by popular brands Garnier and CoverGirl. PFOA is a contaminant of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), an ingredient used to create a smooth finish on personal care products and a non-stick surface on some pots and pans.

A short version of the story is that the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics sent products created by top multinational cosmetic companies to an independent laboratory to have them tested for the presence of toxic chemicals and one third of the products tested contained PFOA, including the following three anti-aging products. Yikes! If you’d like to read the complete report titled “Anti-Aging Secrets Exposed”, please click here: http://www.safecosmetics.org/PFOA-report. To demand L’Oreal remove this ingredient from their products, please visit: http://www.safecosmetics.org/PFOA-action.

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Just the Goods is [Even More Likely] Going to Barcelona… Wanna Come?

The work in progress announced in my last newsletter is slowly coming to fruition! So please keep in touch to find out more! But the quick summary is this… Katie Schmidt is a Switzerland-based Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (http://www.wholenourishment.net) who I’ve come to know over the past few years. Since we share many interests and values, we’ve decided to co-host a daytime workshop series in beautiful Barcelona on the topic of stress management, which will take place over the course of a 3-day long weekend and offer:

  • information about healthier skin and body care
  • cooking demonstrations
  • hands-on opportunities creating items to take home
  • discussions… and more!

The daily schedule will be carefully balanced to ensure participants still have a chance to enjoy other aspects of this wonderful city. So, keep your calendars open for a date in May or early June 2016 – we’re getting ready to make an announcement soon!


Technical Problems Affecting International Shipping Continue… *Sigh*

I mentioned in my previous newsletter that I’ve been experiencing problems with my shipping rate calculator since July 15. Sadly, I have no real developments to report, but at least Canada Post is working on my behalf to find a solution with my e-commerce provider, Shopify.

In the meantime — while my site is unable to calculate rates automatically and I’m using temporary solutions for orders within Canada and to the US — I kindly ask that anyone living in destinations farther away please contact me in person so I can calculate shipping manually =-) Thanks for your patience! I look forward to hearing from you!


Keep in touch!

Social media. There are so many options, but these are my favourite in order of how often I keep them up-to-date, so fell welcome to follow me here for JTG-related news and more … including a giveaway launching October 20!


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

Winnipeg Etsy Street Team Handmade & Vintage Sale November 7 2015

Hi everyone!

I’m happy to share that I will be at two more handmade sales this season!

First up, Winnipeg Etsy Street Team Handmade & Vintage Sale VIII on Saturday, November 7 at 290 Debuc St in St. Boniface ✨🙌✨

Since I offer well over 150 products, but can only bring what I happen to have in-stock the night before the event, I welcome pre-orders from http://www.justthegoods.net to ensure you can take home whatever you choose. Please use coupon code NOVEMBER7 at checkout by November 2 to pick up your order at this event anytime between 11 am – 5 pm

Thanks so much! I look forward to seeing you there!!

 

nov7saleflierI will also be at Robert A. Steen Community Centre (980 Palmerston Ave) on Saturday, November 21 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. To pre-order for this event, please use coupon code “RASTEEN2015” by Monday, November 16.

Cheers!
Milena =-)

Just the Goods Update – Summer/Fall 2015

Hello everyone,

Wherever you are in the world, I hope you’re having a beautiful summer involving lots of leisure time with great friends, delicious food, and opportunities to engage with nature!

I could hardly believe my eyes when I realized only three weeks of summer remain! With that in mind, it seemed like a good idea to prepare a newsletter that winds down vacation season, and gears up for that time of year when everyone becomes busy, busy, busy! In fact, I always think of September as the start of a new year. Perhaps this is lingering appreciation for that “back to school” feeling? In any case, I’m going to spend a portion of my remaining summer days venturing out of the lab and into the woods, so I want to be sure you’re aware of any scheduling issues that might affect your upcoming order plans 😉

Please find below details concerning my upcoming absence, but also information about events scheduled to take place in the fall and beyond. And, as always, please let me also take this opportunity to thank you very much for making Just the Goods everything that it is. I’m so happy you found me, and I look forward to keeping in touch. Please continue to enjoy!

With all best,
Milena

Upcoming Temporary Absence

I’ve convinced myself that a 10 year gap between camping trips is 10 years too long, so I’ll be joining a fabulous group of people heading out to Manitoba’s beautiful Birds Hill Park at the end of August. The trip is only 3 days, but I’d love time to gather equipment and prepare food, so I’m going to take a whole week off =-)

As such, please be aware that Just the Goods will be closed August 25 – September 1, 2015. Orders placed by August 22 will be handmade and mailed on August 25. Order placed between August 23 – September 1 will be handmade beginning on September 2 and mailed as quickly as possible thereafter. Thank you!!

New Partnerships

One of the best things about the Internet is that it helps like-minded folks come together. Over the past several months, I’ve had the honour of being approached by – or otherwise deepening my relationships with – four NGOs that do incredible work across Canada, the US, and other countries worldwide.

  • The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Business Network is a consortium led by the Breast Cancer Fund that works to eliminate harmful chemicals from personal care products. It supports efforts to protect the health of people and the environment by shifting the cosmetics market and public policy to ensure products are truly safe. The group is concerned primarily with legislation in the United States so – as a Canadian Citizen – I am careful to not involve myself in lobbying efforts, but since these issues affect all people worldwide, I am certainly able share information.

On that note… Are you between the ages of 14 – 24, or do you know someone that is?

It’s never too early to start thinking about ways to celebrate our bodies and keep them as healthy as we can, and that includes learning about potentially harmful chemicals in skin and body care products. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics wants to help teens access this information in the best way possible, so it has launched a survey to learn more about their current experiences with skincare products. The more people participate, the more comprehensive the data will be, ultimately leading to a more useful teen-focused program. To learn more about the survey, or to participate, please visit: http://www.surveymoz.com/s/productsurvey/

  • Humane Society International works on animal protection issues around the world. HSI’s campaign to end animal testing, #BeCrueltyFree, is pleased to announce the launch of The Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act to ban cosmetics animal testing in Canada. A parallel bill has also been introduced in the US called Humane Cosmetics Act, H.R.2858. This really is wonderful news and I hope each bill passes swiftly because we all know there are many ways to end cruelty against animals including scientific modelling and/or the even more simple option of making formulas using ingredients that are already proven to be safe.

  • Just Beautiful is a pledge program organized by Environmental Defence, a Toronto-based organization that works tirelessly to inform Canadians about toxic substances in personal care products, and to encourage industry and governments to find safer alternatives. Just Beautiful aims to help people make informed decisions about the products they buy, while also reminding manufacturers and retailers that it is possible to create great products without what are referred to as “Environmental Defence’s #ToxicTen Ingredients”. Just the Goods has taken the Just Beautiful pledge because I have never — and *will never* — use any of highlighted chemicals in any of my products. Instead, I’m committed to small batch, plant based options that are handmade and delivered fresh. For more information about Environmental Defence’s efforts to educate citizens about the health and ecological risks associated with cosmetics, please click here.

  • Women’s Voices for the Earth amplifies women’s voices to eliminate the toxic chemicals that harm our health and communities because it envisions a world where women lead to create a healthy environment without toxic chemicals in our workplaces, homes, and communities. I believe strongly in these efforts, which is why I’ve co-sponsored WVE’s annual buying guide for the past two years. Being asked to join WVE’s Business Network is an incredible honor, and an invitation I accepted with great enthusiasm. Learn more about WVE here.

Just the Goods is [Probably] Going to Barcelona… Wanna Come?
This idea is a work in progress, but I’m curious to know your initial thoughts…

Katie Schmidt is a Switzerland-based Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (http://www.wholenourishment.net/) who I have come to know over the past few years. We’ve discovered that we share many interests and values and, while in conversation, it crossed our minds that we’d really enjoy working together. Katie regularly hosts nutrition, lifestyle and cooking workshops, and she was interested in the facial skin care workshop I presented at Generation Green in Winnipeg last year, so we have decided to host a workshop together!

We’re interested in hosting a daytime workshop series on the topic of stress management that will take place over the course of a 3-day long weekend. It will offer: information about healthier skin and body care, cooking demonstrations, hands-on opportunities, discussions, and maybe an elective field trip! Meeting together during the day leaves participants time to enjoy city nights at their leisure… and, what gorgeous nights they’ll be since we’re thinking of hosting this event in Barcelona in May or early June 2016. Why Barcelona? Because it’s a warm, beautiful city with a major airport hub, plentiful accommodations, effective public transit, and a growing interest in mindful vegan lifestyle choices, as well as an overall welcoming spirit.

We’re currently investigating options for studio space, so our dates are yet to be confirmed. We’ll share further information as it becomes available; but, in the meantime, please feel welcome to get in touch if you would like to know more about this!


(Image: Barcelona North East by Flickr user: Xlibber. Used in accordance with
Creative Commons persmissions granted via this image)

 

Upcoming Events

Just the Goods will be present at two markets in the Fall/Winter season, with one more still to be confirmed:

Etsy Made in Canada: Manitoba
Saturday, September 26, 2015
181 Higgins Ave
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pre-order at http://www.justthegoods.net with coupon code ETSYMB2015 by Sunday, September 20 to pick up your selections at this event.

Robert A. Steen Community Centre Fall Sale
Saturday, November 21, 2015
980 Palmerston Ave
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pre-order at http://www.justthegoods.net with coupon code RASTEEN2015 by November 16, 2015 to pick up at this event.

The third possible event is scheduled to take place in early November, so please keep in touch via my various social media accounts for more information in the event I’m invited to be involved =-)

 

New Products

I typically like to synchronize new product releases with quarterly newsletters, but in this case, I’ll mention that two new hair care items are on the way. First up, a different type of leave in conditioner that contains lavender and is therefore volumizing, while other ingredients offer anti-frizz benefits. This item also helps to protect hair during occasional use of a curling iron or flat iron. The second items is a shine serum that also tames frizz with deep moisture. I find it is best used when hair is almost dry, just before finishing with a hair dryer. Preliminary reviews have been great, so folks can expect to see it online soon… ideally before Etsy Made in Canada =-)

Apart from this, after extensive research and testing of many brands, http://www.justthegoods.net is now carrying an assortment of shampoos and conditioners by The Green Beaver Company because they meet my strict criteria with respect to the brand being: plant-based, vegan, certified cruelty-free, labeled with ingredient transparency in mind, independently owned, affordable, open to all genders, and *not* wrapped up with making gimmicky claims.

All products manufactured by The Green Beaver Company are Eco-Cert certified and certified vegan and cruelty-free by PETA. I’m also very happy to report that The Green Beaver Company has also taken Environmental Defence’s Just Beautiful pledge. Find available options here.

New Just the Goods Affiliate Marketing Program

I’ve been asked about affiliate marketing repeatedly over the years, and I originally wasn’t sure how I felt about the concept, but I’ve since realized that many of my favourite blogs are funded this way. I love the content people have taken time to develop, and bloggers are an awesome point of access for new information and ideas, so this actually makes great sense.

The relevant technology has also changed so much since I was first introduced to the concept! I was pleased to discover a number of interesting service providers, and I decided to sign up with Refersion which automatically generates personalized URLs for new participants and provides them with complete login credentials so they can track their own activity for maximum transparency. Cool!

If you have a blog, vlog, or any other form of active social media account, and you’d like to learn more about partnering with Just the Goods, please visit:

I look forward to hearing from you!

Website Wonkiness *Sigh*

And… just as I was applauding *some* advancements in technology, I’d like to apologize for the current absence of a properly functioning shipping calculator on my website offering all the options you’ve come to expect including add-on tracking and service level upgrade.

On July 15, the order weight calculator stopped talking to the shipping rate calculator and things went for a slide. I’ve been in touch with 6 different Shopify technicians and feel like things might finally be on the right track. I certainly hope so… but I’m still waiting for a resolution.

If you’ve been unable to select the shipping add-ons you prefer, or if you’re from a location beyond Canada and/or the United States, please get in touch and I will happily calculate shipping options for you manually. Thanks!

Let’s Keep in Touch

Social media. There sure are a lot of options, huh? I do my best to keep up with the places you like to be, but I realize that some sites/interfaces are better suited for some things than others. Here is a list of my current faves. Let’s keep in touch!

Final Note

You are receiving this newsletter because — as per the conditions outlined by the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation that came into effect July 1, 2014 — you’ve been in touch with Just the Goods in the past either by making a purchase or requesting wholesale information within the last two years, or you have chosen to remain subscribed to this quarterly newsletter rather than choosing to click the unsubscribe link at the base of each newsletter. With that said, if you would prefer to no longer receive communications from Just the Goods, please let me know and I will remove your email address immediately. And of course, you may also unsubscribe using the MailChimp link below =-).

As always, thank you for your ongoing support! It is an absolute pleasure to handcraft natural skin and body care products, providing a healthier, small-scale alternative to the corporate “beauty industry”. I wouldn’t be able to do it without you!

With all my best,
Milena

Just the Goods (Winnipeg, MB)
handmade natural + affordable skin care for everyone

http://www.justthegoods.net
http://justthegoods.etsy.com

 
Just the Goods is certified cruelty-free by the Leaping Bunny program and is a Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Champion! Read more here: http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=913

Just the Goods Spring 2015 Update

Hello!

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

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

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

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

Just the Goods Turns 6!

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

Just the Goods was Featured in the Globe and Mail

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

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

 

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

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

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

New Products

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s Keep in Touch

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

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

Final Note

You are receiving this newsletter because — as per the conditions outlined by the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation that came into effect July 1, 2014 — you’ve been in touch with Just the Goods in the past either by making a purchase or requesting wholesale information within the last two years, or you have chosen to remain subscribed to this quarterly newsletter rather than choosing to click the unsubscribe link at the base of each newsletter. With that said, if you would prefer to no longer receive communications from Just the Goods, please let me know and I will remove your email address immediately. And of course, you may also unsubscribe using the MailChimp link below =-).

As always, thank you for your ongoing support! It is an absolute pleasure to handcraft natural skin and body care products, providing a healthier, small-scale alternative to the corporate “beauty industry”. I wouldn’t be able to do it without you!

With all my best,
Milena