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.

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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

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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!

Upcoming temporary lab closure

Hello! I am going to be out of the lab May 18 – June 9, so I want to let you know that the last day to place orders before I go will be May 13 🙂
 
Any orders placed by May 13 will be handmade and shipped by May 17 🌱 Orders placed between May 14 and June 9 will be handmade and shipped as quickly as possible upon my return 🌷 Please visit: http://www.justthegoods.net ✨ Thank you!!
 

Just the Goods is now EWG VERIFIED™

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shake Sweaty Summer Heat …

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

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