Just the Goods Newsletter – Spring 2018

Hello!

Today is May Day, an opportunity to recognize the value of our collective labour and to remind ourselves of the importance of work/life balance. Today is also Beltane, the festival that confirms Spring has sprung and anticipates the hot days of summer with a celebration of fire, flowers, and more. It is in the intersection of these two meaningful occasions that Just the Goods was created 9 years ago. I know I write this every year, but I still can’t – honestly and truly – believe that I get to independently handcraft skin and body care products each day! It is thanks to your ongoing interest that I can do this, and I appreciate that so very much ❤

If you follow Just the Goods on social media, you may already know about some of the news contained within. However, in the event that you don’t, please read on for news about a fun giveaway, new products, and an international shipping update =-)

Thank you as always for making Just the Goods what it is! I love handmaking skin care products for you, and always appreciate keeping in touch!

Warmly,
Milena

 

#justthegoods turns 9 today… Let’s have a giveaway!

As noted above, today marks 9 years of handmaking plant-based cruelty-free skin and body care products as Just the Goods. Some elements of JTG such as a commitment to non-binary and gimmick-free safe cosmetics offered at public wholesale rates has remained steadfast all this time; however, some things have changed including, for example, shiny new product labels!

To celebrate 9 years of Just the Goods, it’s new look, and the fact that I love seeing photos of your orders on Instagram, I’m hosting a giveaway open to all clients.

Enter to win one of three $25 CAD gift certificates by sharing a photo of your past, current, or future order on Instagram with the hashtag #justthegoods. If your account is private, please tag @just.the.goods so I can see and include your entry.

One image from all of the photos shared within the month of May will be selected by random drawn on June 1, 2018. One image from all photos shared in June will be drawn on July 1, and one image from all photos shared within the month of July will be drawn on August 1.

Each of the three randomly selected winners will be contacted via Instagram and will be awarded a $25 CAD gift certificate to be used at justthegoods.net toward their choice of JTG products and/or shipping. Please visit https://tinyurl.com/JTG-IG-Giveaway for full details… including how to enter if you’re not on Instagram.

I think this will be a fun way to keep in touch, and I hope you enjoy participating! Thank you helping to make Just the Goods what it is today — it is always a pleasure to handmake your orders, and I look forward to doing so for many more years to come ❤

 

Limited Edition Four Elements Conditioning Hair Rinse

This unique item was created while studying herbal correspondents to the four elements — I noticed that my four lists each included a herb I already knew to be fabulous for use in hair care, so I mixed one part of one each, let it infuse into cold water overnight, and used it as a hair rinse the next morning. Oh wow!! The results were fantastic — soft and shining hair that was easy to comb *and* it gave me a tangible example of herbal balance in action ❤

This blend features USDA Organic and EcoCert ingredients as well as one home garden grown 😊

  • Slippery elm – earth – detangles while promoting smooth texture and shine
  • Lavender – air – contributes volume
  • Rosemary – fire – stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, which can contribute to hair growth, while also moisturizing scalp and adding shine
  • Catnip – water – moisturizes and conditions

In case you’re curious, no, your cat will not likely be attracted to this blend because the catnip is mixed with so many other things. Mine wasn’t, anyway 😉 Oooh, and please note that this product is probably not suitable for chemically lightened hair because rosemary may potentially cause it to darken.

I had enough slippery elm on hand to make 10 jars, and have noticed that one is already spoken for, so there are 9 remaining at the time of this post ❤ If there is enough demand, I’ll order more slippery elm and make more ❤ Enjoy!!

 

Exciting new range coming soon

Cleansing grains, toner, facial steam, mask and serum… These new formulas are just about finished, the packaging has been selected, the graphic designer has started on the new look, and I can barely contain my excitement. Something very special for Just the Goods is aiming to launch at the end of Summer and I can’t wait to share all the details! Stay tuned!

 

Reminder regarding international shipping… Plus a little more info…

As mentioned in February, Canada Post rates have risen again and, while clients in the US can still take advantage of delivery via USPS domestic mail, it is more challenging for folks abroad.

The good news, however, is that clients in Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Romania, and Quatar have successfully received their orders through re-shipping through consolidators such as ViaBox and Borderlinx!

What do re-shippers do? They…

  • provide you with a US mailing address that you can use when ordering online
  • receive parcels at that address on your behalf
  • ship your order together with other orders to their warehouse in your region
  • re-ship your parcel to you from their warehouse

And yes, since it is far more affordable for me to ship to addresses in the US than it is to ship within Canada thanks to USPS offering light packet rates, this can make a huge difference for clients in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America to ship to the US and let a re-shipper take care of the rest.

Indeed, re-shipping is far more affordable than shipping parcels individually, and it’s better for the environment, too! I encourage you to find which service best serves your region.

I hoped to integrate this into my website but companies like Borderlinx would need me to guarantee a minimum of 150-200 international parcels per month, but that is not currently attainable. Instead I encourage folks to let me know how things go with the re-shipper of their choice – when you have a good experience with a company that primarily serves your region, please do let me know and I can include your recommendations on my website for the benefit of others =-)

The newest information about this topic is that I’m looking into offering international shipping via USPS instead of Canada Post so you can get lower rates *AND TRACKING* with every order at no extra charge. Currently Amanda checks both sets of rates before shipping orders and, in cases where USPS is more affordable, we automatically make the switch and refund the difference. What I am working on is having USPS rates appear to you at checkout so you can compare Canada Post with USPS and UPS and make your choice accordingly. I have found a provider, and now need to do some work behind the scenes to make my web store compatible with their app… I hope it works and I’ll keep you posted!!

 

Keep in Touch!

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

 

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 Newsletter – Winter/Spring 2018

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is proving to be all kinds of wonderful, so far!

I intended to send this newsletter earlier, but got caught up with a wonderfully busy production schedule – thank you so much for your orders! Wow! ❤

If you follow Just the Goods on social media, you may already know about some of the news contained within. However, in the event that you don’t, please read on for new product news and more including a new approach to those times when I’m away from the lab… I think you’ll like it!

Thank you as always for making Just the Goods what it is! I love handmaking skin care products for you, and it means so much to me that we’re on the same page caring about community, plants, and animals — all the things that matter without extra bells and whistles 😉 Thank you!!

Warmly,
Milena

I’ll be away March 2 – 9, but Just the Goods will still be open!

In the past, when I worked alone, Just the Goods was closed  any time I was away. However, now that JTG involves two people, most orders will continue to ship even in my absence. Whoo hooo!

It will work like this: I will build up extra stock of the most popular items before I leave to facilitate smoothest possible order flow while I’m away and, upon my return, I’ll handmake any items that ran out or were otherwise unavailable. So, if your order contains items that are in-stock, Amanda will be able to ship them for you exactly as normal; but, if your order requires items that are no longer in stock, your order will be made and shipped when I return.

If you need something immediately the first week of March, please place your order before February 23 and I’ll make it for you before I go. But, if you’re okay with potentially waiting a few extra days for your order to arrive, then no need to pay attention to this date at all 😉

This is a completely new scenario for Just the Goods – Amanda and I are feeling positive about it, and we hope you’ll enjoy the convenience of this, as well =-)

Ooh! And I should mention that I won’t have WiFi while I’m away, so I look forward to responding to your messages as soon as I get back. Thank you!

New Product: Facial Steam for Oily and Congested Skin


For those with oily and easily congested skin — a type prone to blackheads, impacted sebaceous glands/sebaceous cysts, and acne — the value of a nutritive facial steam to open and gently cleanse pores can not be overstated. Used after washing, it can help to make toner more effective; used before a face mask, it can help clay reach deeper to pull out unwanted elements such as bacteria, sebum, sweat, and makeup. Facial steaming can also prolong the the duration of a mask making it possible to derive maximum benefit.  Soothing, aromatherapy is also a positive benefit turning home skin care into a spa-like experience.

  • Organic parsley helps balance sebum production while also providing antibacterial and anti-fungal protection, making it helpful for treating acne among other minor skin infections. It is also high in antioxidants, which can help reduce the amount of free radicals which can be responsible for skin damage. High in Vitamin C, parsley helps to stimulate collagen production and ultimately the renewal of skin cells overall.
  • Organic lavender offers anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can reduce incidences of acne and inflammation. Lavender features antioxidants that can temper the effects of pollutants on skin by boosting the renewal process. And, by adding moisture, it can help to relieve itching as well as reduce the symptoms associated with excessive dryness such as eczema.
  • Juniper berries, like parsley, can help balance sebum production, which contributes to clear, matte skin. High in flavonoids and antioxidants, it can to resist damage to skin by free radicals. And, in dried berry form, not a concentrated essential oil, it offers mild antibacterial and antimicrobial support for skin while also offering uplifting aromatherapeutic benefits.
This product is not recommended for sensitive skin. Please find it here: https://justthegoods.net/products/just-the-goods-facial-steam-for-oily-skin

New Product: Face Mask for Oily and Congested Skin


Did you know that the most common skin type in the world is oily? That’s right! So, in a sense, it should actually be the skin type known as “normal”, *lol* While it is the most common, it can also be the most frustrating to maintain because excess sebum production in skin can contribute to clogged pores, which in turn leads to blackheads, impacted sebaceous glands/sebaceous cysts, and acne. This mask is designed to help; weekly use is recommended.

  • Licorice root powder contains licochalcone, which helps to regulate the skin’s oil production to calm over-active glands. It also contains glycyrrhizin, a helpful anti-inflammatory, and glabridin, which is believed to benefit the connective tissue of skin. High in antioxidants, liquorice can fight skin-damaging free radicals. Well blended with clay, the licorice scent is barely noticeable when dry, and only very faintly when wet. So, if you’re not a fan of licorice flavour, feel confident that this is not the same. Samples in limited availability made from batch ends are available to try; select them using the drop down menu.
  • Australian olive green clay, packed with a wide array of minerals, is the strongest of all clays used in facial care restoring balance to acne-prone and oily skin through the absorption of dirt and oil. Some say it is revitalizing enough to help reduce the appearance of scars.
  • 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 and has been included to mediate the green clay.
This product is best suited for oily and congested skin types. This product is not recommended for sensitive skin. Find it here: https://justthegoods.net/products/just-the-goods-vegan-licorice-and-olive-green-clay-mask-for-oily-congested-skin

Limited Edition Meditation Enhancing Hair Perfume is back in stock!


Responding to popular demand, I have made another batch of Hair Perfume and there are currently 4 bottles remaining.  This item is offered on limited release because it takes several weeks to make, and because it’s really just something personal that I make for myself, but decided to share – an aromatherapeutic scent to facilitate quiet, generative meditation that helps mark the self-care time I need to manage chronic illness.

I don’t use a diffuser but do sometimes want to be enveloped with scent rather than simply place it on my pulse points, so I created a hair perfume to settle my mind and focus my thinking. I also enjoy how it lingers with me in the most lovely way for several hours later – the initial notes are fresh, spicy, and cardamom forward, which then give way to the soft warmth of sweet vanilla-like benzoin.  The base of this perfume is rosewater, which doubles as a gentle conditioner since multi-function creations are always fun to make 😉

Each element in this hair perfume was selected according to their aromatherapeutic values:

  • Geranium and lavender are centring
  • Cardamom is centring and focusing
  • Rosewater and neroli are both centring and uplifting
Beyond this…
  • Vetiver helps us connect to our roots so that we may ground and become present
  • Benzoin is widely regarded as helpful for meditation, but also encourages dreaming
  • Petitgrain clears the mind while also alleviating emotions such as anger, shock, and fear
Each 65 ml / 2.19 fl oz bottle comes in a white organza gift bag with 4 gemstones to hold or ponder as desired:
  • Amethyst chevron enhances relaxation to facilitate self-discovery and peace of mind
  • rose quartz opens the heart, increases self acceptance and the ability to love others
  • Moonstone provides the patience needed for inner work and grows intuition
  • Lapis lazuli clears the mind and is said to be a powerful thought amplifier. It furthermore is said to helps access the universal knowledge and cultivate the wisdom needed to understand it
Find it here: https://justthegoods.net/products/limited-edition-hair-perfume-meditation

New Labels… and something fun, coming soon!


Years in the making, and new Just the Goods product labels are here! Well, most of them, anyway… with approximately JTG 150 products, some in multiple sizes, it will still take a few weeks before everything goes to/returns from the printer, but chances are that many of you have already started receiving them =-) I’m thrilled because they are smudge-proof and easier to read, but also because they are easier to apply behind-the-scenes and make packing and shipping easier, too!

This picture was shared by @argoodnough on Instagram — I love it!! And, it’s the perfect pic to hint at a fun idea I have… coming soon… stay tuned via social media, or take note of a small info card that will be added to orders when the time comes 😉

Thanks to @imageinn for creating these label templates!

International shipping


Well, it looks like Canada Post rates have risen again, and while clients in the US can still take advantage of delivery via USPS domestic mail, it seems to have become harder than ever to receive Just the Goods elsewhere. At least, this is what I have discovered through recent emails from the UK and Romania =-( … But, I have a solution, which has been used successfully by clients in Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and Qatar… =-) Re-shipping through consolidators such as ViaBox and Borderlinx!

What they do is create US mailing addresses for folks worldwide, receive parcels on your behalf, then ship them out in boxes with other orders to your region, where they are then mailed locally. And yes, since it is far more affordable for me to ship to addresses int the US than it is to ship within Canada thanks to USPS offering light packet rates, it is better for clients in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America to ship to the US, then onward to their address abroad.

This is far, far more affordable than shipping parcels individually, and better for the environment, too!  I encourage you to find which service best serves your region and, over the next few months, I will also conduct research into preferred providers and hopefully find a way to integrate this information in to my website =-) I hope this helps! ❤

Keep in Touch!

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

Final Note

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

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

With all my best,
Milena

Just the Goods (Winnipeg, MB)
handmade natural + affordable skincare for everyone
http://www.justthegoods.net

Just the Goods Newsletter – Winter 2017

Hello everyone!

Heavy snowfall and bracing winds in Winnipeg on Friday means that – without a doubt – it is officially winter! I haven’t had much chance to get out there and breathe in the crisp air, but I’m looking forward to embracing winter a little more this year than I have in the past thanks to the magic of a little more time 😉

Actually, scrolling down to review what I’ve written below, reveling in an increased availability of time since hiring in August seems to be a recurring theme in news about limited edition products, exciting shipping changes, and even advance notice regarding a few dates I’ll be away. It seems to be a bonus that keeps on bonusing… or something like that *lol* Please check it out!

Thank you everyone for your support as Just the Goods has shifted from a teeny tiny one person side-project [while I was still focusing on another full-time career, no less!] to what it has become today. I remain forever grateful to all of you over these past 8.5 years. Best wishes for a fabulous winter and happy new year, too!

Warmly,
Milena

Faster Shipping to the USA

Some of you may have already noticed that Just the Goods has been shipping parcels to the US via Runnin’ Red twice per week. We’re doing this on a trial basis throughout the months of November and December and, if all goes smoothly on our end, we’ll continue to do this into the new year. Which is to say that after approximately 3 months of Just the Goods being a two-person project, we’re starting to hit our stride — I’m able to focus on making larger batches and Amanda is packing and shipping and looking after so many other things like a star, whooo!

Some of you in other regions may have also noticed shorter turn around time, as well. This is because — whenever possible — we’re pulling orders forward from future production/shipping cycles into the current cycle, which is of course another benefit of handmaking larger batches. Behind the scenes tweaking and adjusting and rethinking of everything from raw materials procurement to paperwork processes has been a bit of an adventure, but it seems to be working out and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I hope it’s working out nicely for you, too!!

New Seasonal Product: Winter Solstice/Yule Ritual Bath and Lotion Set

The Wheel of the Year is almost finished yet another turn and with it – this – the fourth and final ritual bath and lotion set.

Winter solstice marks the longest night of the year after which the days slowly become longer. Festivities during this time celebrate the rebirth of the sun and honour the horned/antlered god, a symbol of natural wilderness and the cycle of life — when the two are paired in harmony, a bountiful spring will arise. Yule is therefore the perfect time to both indulge in much needed rest and spark new ideas with those closet to you to keep you going through the remaining cold months and to be ready to hop into action when the Earth re-emerges from slumber.

The bath salts and lotion to celebrate this season are both fresh, bright, zesty and invigorating like a deep breath of crisp fresh air.

Yule sea salt soak (270 g) features:

  • Cedar tips bring confidence, strength, protection, healing, and purification
  • Rose petals and rose otto cultivate love and friendship, and promote domestic peace/happiness, and lasting relationships, all of which are especially helpful as we spend more time together indoors
  • White spruce essential oil encourages adaptability, balance, clarity, enlightenment, intuition, and memory

Yule hand/body lotion (118 ml) features:

  • Blood orange inspires creativity and imagination as well as courage and strength. Requiring the cool of the night to develop and ripen, they are a perfect metaphor for the way we ourselves can blossom during the winter months
  • Juniper attracts healthy energies and love. It is also calming and grounding while fostering strength and transformation through learning, harmony and community

Find it here: https://justthegoods.net/products/winter-solstice-yule-bath-and-lotion-set

New Limited Edition Product: Meditation Enhancing Hair Perfume

Once I’ve established a formula, making new batches of it each week easily becomes part of my routine; however, there are a few things I’ve created for my own use that tend to feel quite personal. This is one case in point – an aromatherapeutic scent to facilitate quiet, generative meditation that helps mark the self-care time I need to manage chronic illness.

I don’t have a diffuser and sometimes want to be enveloped with scent rather than simply place it on my pulse points, so I created a hair perfume to settle my mind and focus my thinking. I also enjoy how it lingers with me in the most lovely way for several hours later – the initial notes are fresh, spicy, and cardamom forward, which then give way to the soft warmth of sweet vanilla-like benzoin.  The base of this perfume is rosewater, which doubles as a gentle conditioner cuz you know I love those multi-function creations 😉

Each element in this hair perfume was selected according to their aromatherapeutic values:

  • Geranium and lavender are centring
  • Cardamom is centring and focusing
  • Rosewater and neroli are both centring and uplifting

Beyond this…

  • Vetiver helps us connect to our roots so that we may ground and become present
  • Benzoin is widely regarded as helpful for meditation, but also encourages dreaming
  • Petitgrain clears the mind while also alleviating emotions such as anger, shock, and fear

Each 65 ml / 2.19 fl oz bottle comes in a white organza gift bag with 4 gemstones to hold or ponder as desired:

  • Amethyst chevron enhances relaxation to facilitate self-discovery and peace of mind
  • rose quartz opens the heart, increases self acceptance and the ability to love others
  • Moonstone provides the patience needed for inner work and grows intuition
  • Lapis lazuli clears the mind and is said to be a powerful thought amplifier. It furthermore is said to helps access the universal knowledge and cultivate the wisdom needed to understand it

Find it here: https://justthegoods.net/products/limited-edition-hair-perfume-meditation

Renewed Limited Edition Product: Matcha, Lavender + Jasmine Face Mask


Since you asked, yes, I have made some more matcha, lavender and jasmine face mask using organic matcha from AOI Matcha organic lavender from WestPoint Naturals in British Columbia ❤ It’s online now! There were 20 containers available and that the type of typing this newsletter, there were 19 😉  … I think I have enough matcha on hand to make 10 more this year, just in case 😉

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

Local Pick Up Continues

Great news! Parcel pick up at Organic Planet Worker’s Co-Op (877 Westminster Avenue – Wolseley, Winnipeg) continues to go well and will be available for the foreseeable future. As a gentle reminder, the pick up start date for you order is noted at check out, so before you complete your order, be sure to put that date into your calendar. The automated message indicating when orders are en route serve people in as many as 45 countries and I have to create a message that serves everyone in all circumstances, so when it says your order is ready to be shipped, locally that means orders will be ready for collection at OP anytime during their open hours within 4 weeks after the pick up date selected at check out. I hope this help =-) Thank you so much!

Upcoming Temporary Closure: December 23 – January 1

Since I’ve recently discovered the joys of evenings and occasional weekends for rest and personal time, I’m happy to announce that Just the Goods will be taking only one week away from the lab at the end of the year instead of the two weeks which as become customary. This will mean shorter turn around time for any orders placed mid-December to early-January.

Just the Goods will be closed Sat Dec 23 – Mon Jan 1

To ensure smooth production, Wednesday, December 13 will be the last day to place orders for shipping by Friday, December 22.  

In the case of local orders, December 13 will be the last day to place orders for pick up at Organic Planet beginning on December 23.

In both cases, orders placed December 14 – 29 will be handmade beginning on Jan 2 and ship as quickly as possible thereafter. JTG’s regular production/shipping cycle resumes with orders placed December 30 – January 5 shipping on January 12. Thank you!

We will be unable to check email during this holiday closure and look forward to responding to everyone upon our return.  Thank you!

Head’s Up: March 2 – 9

Additionally, please note that I will be away March 2 – 9, 2018 and that, in my absence, Amanda will continue to ship orders involving in-stock items. I will build up extra stock of the most popular items before I leave to facilitate smoothest possible order flow while I’m away and, upon my return, I’ll handmake any items that may have ran out or were otherwise unavailable. This is a completely new and different situation for Just the Goods – Amanda and I are feeling positive about it, and we hope you’ll enjoy the convenience of this, as well =-)

Ooh! I should say – I won’t have WiFi while I’m away, so I’ll look forward to responding to your messages as soon as I get back to work. Thank you!

Keep in Touch!

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

Final Note

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

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

With all my best,
Milena

Just the Goods (Winnipeg, MB)
handmade natural + affordable skincare for everyone
http://www.justthegoods.net

Just the Goods Newsletter – Autumn 2017

Hello everyone!

I hope you have been enjoying your first week back to school and/or work as the case may be, and otherwise settling nicely into Fall 🙂

This is my favourite time of year. I always loved back to school season and later – in my former career – I enjoyed what was the start of the new gallery programming season. To this day, I still associate September with new beginnings, and this is especially true after August being so full with exciting changes!

If you follow Just the Goods on social media, you may have noticed that – in addition to a fantastic new person joining JTG on a full-time basis, and another person starting part-time next week – we completed a great renovation to make the shipping/storage room more productive. And, if that wasn’t enough, JTG has new product labels on the way, as well! Each week has been busy with orders coming in at an increasing pace so much that – to be honest — I was really caught by surprise, but it’s thrilling to know changes made to shipping last year has helped Just the Goods become more accessible than ever. I’m so happy it’s working out!

If you are curious, a short video tour of the new shipping/storage room is available here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BYOYi4UB1ZT/

And, for a preview of the new product labels forthcoming, please click here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BYYh6_ghz09

In this newsletter you’ll find information about new and limited edition products, as well as advance notice regarding a temporary lab closure at the end of the year. There’s also great news for folks in Winnipeg, if they haven’t already spotted it at justthegoods.net 😉

Please read on for details but, before you do, please let me thank you for your ongoing interest in Just the Goods because it wouldn’t exist without you!

Warmly,
Milena

New Product: Autumnal Equinox/Mabon Ritual Bath and Lotion Set

The third ritual bath set in the solstice/equinox series for 2017 is now available! Marking the end of summer, Mabon reminds us that we reap what we sow and thus encourages us to be grateful for everything provided by the sun and soil while prompting us to wrap up incomplete projects because winter’s cold will soon demand that we turn all energy inward. Mabon is also the time of year when day and night become equal, so it’s an opportunity to find balance before the earth falls quiet with the symbolic death of winter.  This bath salt and lotion set features ingredients such as calendula, oak moss, sweetgrass and patchouli to create smoldering, earthy relaxation vibes.

Find it here: https://justthegoods.net/products/autumn-equinox-mabon-bath-and-lotion-set



 
Two New Limited Edition Products

Earlier this week I launched two limited edition items, each using ingredients that I came across rather serendipitously.

The first is a face mask using dehydrated organic strawberries from our greenhouse, which we weren’t expecting to harvest since wildlife enjoyed everything that sprouted earlier in the season. The total strawberry powder available after dehydrating and grinding was 17 g, which allowed me to make twelve 10 g jars. I hope to have even more luck with strawberries next year, but we’ll have to wait until then to find out! A few jars of this unanticipated offering remain and can be found here: https://justthegoods.net/products/limited-edition-vegan-strawberry-chamomile-mask-for-most-skin-types

The second item is, unfortunately, already sold out but – due to popular demand — I will be making a few more jars with the raw material that remains: coffee scented body butter! I’m not sure when I’ll be able to do this, but hopefully within the next few weeks. Please follow Just the Goods on Instagram for news as it becomes available. And, for more information about the product now, please visit: https://justthegoods.net/products/limited-edition-coffee-body-butter-fat-lye-soap-brew-duo

Local Pick Up Continues

Folks ordering from within Manitoba may have already noticed the option to select parcel pick up at Organic Planet Worker’s Co-Op throughout the month of August. Following a successful 4-week trial run, I’m delighted to announce that OP has agreed to continue this collaboration making it possible to pick up orders at 877 Westminster Avenue (Wolseley, Winnipeg).

If you have not already tried this option, please feel welcome to do so by selecting this at check out. The $4.00 charge associated with this options covers the cost of parcel packing and delivery to Organic Planet, as well as an honorarium for the awesome folks at the shop.

Orders will continue to be handmade/packed as part of a weekly cycle. When your order is complete, you’ll receive an automated message via email from justthegoods.net indicating that your order may be picked up at OP beginning the next day (that is, the same day noted at checkout). Since Organic Planet is a very small shop and is already packed full of fantastic organic and local products, I kindly ask that orders be picked up within 4 weeks. Orders can not be held longer than 4 weeks.

Thank you to everyone for their patience during the past few years as I explored a whole spectrum of pick up options at the lab, delivery by local bicycle courier, etc. I’m absolutely thrilled to be partnering with OP ❤

Upcoming Temporary Closure

I’m happy to announce that since I’ve very recently discovered the joys of evenings and occasional weekends for rest and personal time, Just the Goods will be taking only one week away from the lab at the end of the year instead of the two weeks which as been customary. This will mean shorter turn around time for any orders placed mid-December to mid-January.

Just the Goods will be closed Saturday December 23, 2017 – Monday January 1, 2018 inclusive. To ensure smooth production, Wednesday, December 13 will be the last day to place orders for shipping by Friday, December 22.

In the case of local orders, December 13 will be the last day to place orders for pick up at Organic Planet beginning on December 23.

In both cases, all orders placed December 14 – January 1 will be handmade beginning January 2 and be shipped January 5 or 12 depending on available inventory and ready for pick up at Organic Planet on January 13.

Thank you!

Keep in Touch!

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

 

Final Note

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

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

With all my best,
Milena

Just the Goods (Winnipeg, MB)
handmade natural + affordable skincare for everyone
http://www.justthegoods.net 

Just the Goods Newsletter – Spring 2017

Hello everyone,

I hope you are enjoying signs of spring wherever you are, and that you’re finding fun in scheduling summer plans!

As you might already know, I like to send newsletters three or four times per year when I have something new and/or notable to share.

The first piece of news is that – in a few short days – Just the Goods will be 8 years old, and I can hardly believe it! From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for being part of this thrilling journey, which is forever taking new and exciting turns. Evolving from a hobby, to a part-time endeavour, to a full-fledged creation with its very own life force, I can’t help being caught aback given that I’ve generally made decisions about JTG quite spontaneously. I’m not entirely sure what direction Just the Goods will take in the future, but being someone who has never lasted longer than 14 months in any job I’ve ever held (*lol*) it strikes me that – for the first time – it’s important to start making plans. It is no longer possible for one person to keep up with all of the orders received each hour of each day, but I want to retain my commitment to handmaking on a human scale, so it’s time to start thinking about how to ensure this without slowing production/shipping time. Thank you for presenting me with this fascinating challenge – I am eager to take it on as Just the Goods moves towards the next 8 years, and beyond.

Apart from this big news, today’s message will be brief in that I mostly want to let you know I’ll be taking a week away at the end of May to recharge my batteries, and to give you an update on recent fundraising efforts and a new collaboration. Please find details below =-)

Warmly,
Milena

Upcoming Temporary Closure

Although I’ve managed to sneak a few days off since the end of February, 12+ hour days are making me sleeeeeepy *lol*. In order to recharge my batteries a little, Just the Goods will be closed May 26 – June 1. Orders placed by May 19 will be shipped by May 26. Orders placed May 20 – June 2 will begin shipping June 7 – 9, with additional batches shipping the following week as quickly as I can manage. I won’t be online during this absence but look forward to replying to any messages when I return. Thanks!

Fundraising for Standing Rock a Success!

Liz of The Granola Goat and I would like to thank you for making our collaborative fundraising effort to support the Water Protectors at Sacred Stone Camp a success – with your interest in Forest Spirit, we were able to raise a total of $534 USD (~$729 CAD). The encampment was terminated in February, but the Indigenous Coalition at Standing Rock continues fighting for all the water, earth, air, and all living things and is calling for global intersectional resistance to fossil fuels and fascism through long-term movement building. I absolutely agree that this is a fight for the long haul, and I’m so grateful to all of you that we could make this modest contribution together as part of the many other actions I imagine many of us are undertaking at other levels. That being said, if you can give more, please do by visiting sacredstonecamp.org, or contributing to other Indigenous led resistance movements in your area.

The image below is of a print by Nicolas Lampert, which is available for sale at Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, a decentralized network of 30 artists committed to social, environmental, and political engagement. It’s pretty awesome and I thought I’d share it with you ❤

 

Liz and I are looking forward to collaborating on future fundraising projects, and are already concocting something we hope to release in June. Please keep in touch with us via social media to find out more.

Say Hello to Fat Lye Soap Co.!

I love collaborating with other handmakers by offering their awesome work at justthegoods.net. Over the past year, I’ve gotten to know Jennifer Chung of Fat Lye Soap Co., based in Winnipeg and we finally took our Instagram friendship to the next level and hung out in real life. That was super fun on its own, but imagine my smile when I opened a great big box of beautiful handmade soap that I can now share with you. Fat Lye Soap Co., features a range of nourishing plant-based oils and beautiful botanical additives to create a soft, spa-like lather. Every detail is carefully considered, including eco-friendy packaging made from plantable seed paper! Just the Goods is currently offering 4 unique varieties, with a few more on the way. Check it out here.

New Product: Litha/Summer Solstice Ritual Bath and Lotion Set

​In February I co-launched a springtime themed bath salt and lotion set with Canadian online retailer, Tiroir-Noir, designed to welcome the lighter half of the year by gathering our energies and bringing forth new passion and ideas into the world. The soak features dried strawberry, dried jasmine buds, chamomile essential oil and a drop of sunflower seed oil to bring in the light. The lotion features gentle honeysuckle attar. But, as the wheel of the year turns we’re moving toward summer and I’m excited about the plans I’ve been developing for Litha/Summer Solstice! The Ostara set will be available for only a few more days and I’ll be launching the Litha set soon! Stay tuned to Instagram and Facebook for details =-)

 

Keep in Touch!

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

 

Final Note

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

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

With all my best,
Milena

Just the Goods (Winnipeg, MB)
handmade natural + affordable skincare for everyone
http://www.justthegoods.net

Just the Goods Newsletter – Winter/Spring 2017

Happy New Year!

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

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

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

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

Warmly,
Milena

Fundraising for Standing Rock

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Temporary Closure

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

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

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

 

Keep in Touch!

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

 

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

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

With all my best,
Milena

Just the Goods (Winnipeg, MB)
handmade natural + affordable skincare for everyone
http://www.justthegoods.net

Just the Goods Newsletter – Summer/Fall 2016

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

Hello everyone,

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

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

Deepest thanks and best wishes always!
Milena

Shipping news for clients in the US

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

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

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

Shipping news for local, national and other international clients

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

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

Upcoming Temporary Closure

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

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

New Product

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

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

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

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

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

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

Product Packing Changes

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

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

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

Upcoming Local Event

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

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

Cooking + Home Spa Stress Management Retreat

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

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

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

Just the Goods is EWG VERIFIED™

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

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

As of today, 26 Just the Goods products have been accepted into the program, and I’m continuing to add as many others as I can, as quickly as possible. Twenty seven makers worldwide have now accepted and met EWG’s challenge to offer only the safest cosmetics and personal care products. The standards are high — as the should well be — and I will continue to emphasize the importance of being not only vegan and cruelty-free, but wholly committed to safety at the same time.

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

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Final Note

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

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

With all my best,
Milena

Just the Goods (Winnipeg, MB)
handmade natural + affordable skincare for everyone
http://www.justthegoods.net

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Just the Goods Newsletter – Winter/Spring 2016

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

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

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

With all best to you,
Milena

Upcoming Events… Join Just the Goods in Barcelona!

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

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

Join us for..

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

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

 

Upcoming Temporary Closure

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

New Product

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


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

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

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

 

Good Shipping News for a Change… Whooo!

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

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

Just the Goods Partners with Waterfront Massage Therapy

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


 

Shout Outs and Reviews… Thank you!!

 
In case you missed it…

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

Keep in touch!

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

Final Note

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

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

With all my best,
Milena

Just the Goods (Winnipeg, MB)
handmade natural + affordable skincare for everyone
http://www.justthegoods.net

As the year comes to a close…

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

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

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

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

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

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