Handmade on a human scale

Hi everyone! Thank you so very much for all the orders that continue to flow in every hour of every day — I’m truly grateful for your enthusiastic interest!! ❤ ❤ ❤ I must admit, however, that this enthusiastic interest has become a lil’ bit overwhelming 😉

Just the Goods was formed almost 8 years ago as a part-time side-project to share the results of my personal research into safer plant-based and cruelty-free skin care. When I decided to launch beyond my circle of friends, I intentionally established public wholesale rates because I wanted to provide an affordable alternative to what I still perceive as unreasonable luxury branding in the world of natural skin care and cosmetics. I did the math and realized that yes, I could still make a modest living, and thus began my one-person eco-feminist anti-capitalist operation. Late 2013, I realized Just the Goods was becoming more popular than anticipated, so I decided to follow that excitement and make it my full time occupation. Since then JTG has continued to grow, particularly now that I am able to offer US clients more affordable shipping via USPS instead of international shipping via Canada Post.

Over the course of the past 3-4 months, orders have increased at a rather staggering rate. If I work 80 – 90 hours per week, I’m able to handmake enough product to ship anywhere from 150 – 200 orders on a weekly rotation, and I’ve been doing that quite consistently since September, but my body is really starting to protest. And, having reached the 200+ orders per week mark, I know I need to make some changes.

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Yes, I have explored hiring someone to work with me, but I’ve discovered that the time it takes to find, train, and coordinate with someone is actually time I don’t have. So, for now, I think the best option is to continue working alone, but to reinforce that Just the Goods is a one-person — I dare say “artesinal” — project committed to staying small and operating on a human scale. This means that I will continue to work as quickly as I can, but that I will also acknowledge my need to sleep, eat, and spend personal time with people I care about for the sake of my physical and emotional health, both of which are currently in decline.

If I decide that I have no option but to hire someone, please know that I will be obliged to raise prices, which is something I’ve worked *very hard* to avoid over the past 8 years, especially when the Canadian Dollar dropped in relation to the US Dollar. In the interim, I’ll be taking these steps:

  • Most orders will continue to be shipped within 5 – 7 business days, but some may take as long as 2 weeks to ship… hopefully not, but it could happen, so please accept my apologies in advance
  • I will not be able to resume local pick up services
  • I will not be able to undertake any custom orders, which includes modifying existing formulas
  • I will no longer be able to manually calculate alternative shipping rates as the rates on the website are very accurate and the best available for the service speeds they offer
  • I will sadly not be able to reply to all email messages (especially not those requesting free samples and/or coupon codes)
  • My response time to other messages will inevitably become much slower than it has in the past
  • I may start to remove some products/format variants from my catalogue of 150+ products

Since I currently work 7 days per week, every week, I’m going to do my best to take Thursdays off for sleep, exercise, friends, etc., as I’ve realized that the only way I can legitimately facilitate self-care for others is to ensure I take care of myself, too.

Thank you for making Just the Goods possible, and thank you in advance for your understanding. Please know that it has taken me a very long time to not only share my experiences, but to recognize how important it is to make these and other changes. I don’t take these decisions lightly and I offer this behind-the-scenes look because I’m learning that acknowledging vulnerability is not only healthy and healing, but an important challenge to the normative self-exploitation of capitalism.

xo
Milena

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Changes — a post for clients in Winnipeg

Hello Winnipeg! This post is for you!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just The Goods Event Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>> MadeinCanada2016 <<

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

I’m looking forward to seeing you at this event! If it’s anything like last year’s inaugural event, this is going to be fantastic!!

ps. The graphic reads 11 – 4, but it’s definitely 10 – 4 🙂

Just the Goods Newsletter – Summer/Fall 2016

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

Hello everyone,

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

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

Deepest thanks and best wishes always!
Milena

Shipping news for clients in the US

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

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

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

Shipping news for local, national and other international clients

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

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

Upcoming Temporary Closure

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

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

New Product

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

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

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

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

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

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

Product Packing Changes

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

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

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

Upcoming Local Event

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

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

Cooking + Home Spa Stress Management Retreat

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

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

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

Just the Goods is EWG VERIFIED™

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

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

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

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

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Final Note

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

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

With all my best,
Milena

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

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Just the Goods Update – Summer/Fall 2015

Hello everyone,

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

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

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

With all best,
Milena

Upcoming Temporary Absence

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

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

New Partnerships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New Products

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

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

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

New Just the Goods Affiliate Marketing Program

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

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

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

I look forward to hearing from you!

Website Wonkiness *Sigh*

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

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

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

Let’s Keep in Touch

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

Final Note

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

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

With all my best,
Milena

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

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

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

Just the Goods Update – Winter/Spring 2015

Just the Goods’ latest newsletter has just been published, and you can read it online here: http://eepurl.com/bc0tXX

What’s inside?

  • Point Douglas is Still for Lovers – Feb 7 (pre-order until Feb 3)
  • Upcoming Lab Closure (order until Feb 25 for shipping on/before Feb 27)
  • Follow me on Instagram! @just.the.goods
  • 2 new products! Beard and cuticle oil + organic home spa facial steam
  • Ongoing partnership with Natural Cycle Courier
  • Giveaway winners
  • Latest media coverage

More about the two new products…

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Just the Goods’ vegan conditioning oil for beards + cuticles is finally here!

Argan, jojoba, and grapeseed oil deliver essential nutrients to keep
skin and hair in top shape, vitamin e promotes repair, and a subtle
blend of lemon and Japanese peppermint essential oil offer mild
antibacterial support to prevent itchy, flaking skin.

This item can be made unscented/without essential oils on request.

facialsteam-mostsmallerUrban Earth Teas + Just the Good’s vegan facial steam for most skin types

Organic chamomile, lemon balm, borage, lavender and rose … combined, this variety of flowers and herbs does a little of everything to support clean, glowing skin for all skin types.

For more from the newsletter, click here: http://eepurl.com/bc0tXX

Important Change Affecting Local Orders

Hi everyone!! I hope you’re having a great week 😺

I want to announce that I’m — very sadly — compelled to discontinue local pick-up service until January at least, but possibly longer.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but I have (over the past 6 – 8 months) been struck by the number of appointment no-shows. If I charged double for my products, I would be able to pay an assistant an ethical/living wage to greet clients at the door. However–since it’s just me here–and due to the time and temperature sensitive nature of my handmade work, I am unable to produce when waiting for appointments, and that has led to far more extremely late work nights/all-nighters than I can comfortably sustain. I need to look after my health by ensuring I get enough sleep, and sadly I can’t do that working approx 12+ hrs a day, most often 7 days a week. 🙀

🌸🌸BUT🌸🌸 please know that there are very accessible shipping/delivery options available to you. 🌸🌸Overnight delivery within Winnipeg via Canada Post is usually only $8.00 for the average size order and 1 – 5 day delivery by Natural Cycle Courier is only $4.00 (Note: Natural Cycle Courier is able to deposit orders in your mailbox/on your porch, so you don’t have to be home to receive your order. Alternatively, they can deliver it to your workplace, if you like) 🌸🌸

Please know that I reached this decision only after months of deliberation and, more recently, working 50 hours in three days. And, I truly do hope you know — from the bottom of my heart — that this decision was made in order to keep my product prices as affordable as possible. I am deeply committed to offering public wholesale rates for all Just the Goods clients worldwide, and if there was another way to maintain quality and affordability, while still being able to take care of myself in the process, I would definitely explore those options.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

xo!
Milena

Ps Any orders already placed/currently in queue will not be affected. 🐼

The end of an era… thank you for everything, Sew Dandee!

It’s the end of an era!! The marvelous Andee of the fantastic Sew Dandee has decided to wrap up 8 years of handmade vim & vigour with a blow out celebration. There are all kinds of deals to be had, so if you want to scoop up some Just the Goods [among other things] while it is still so conveniently located, I most certainly encourage you to do so.

But, more than that, go in and let Andee know how much her hard work for almost a decade has meant to you =-) We all know what a force for good she has been in our city, and I honestly can’t tell you how happy I am to have had this opportunity to both work with her *and* get to know her as a friend, as well =-)

Three cheers for Andee… she’s sew very dandee!! =-)

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Sew Dandee
105 Osborne St., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 1Y4
22 September – 26 September, 2014

Sunday    12:00 – 5:00 pm
Monday    10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday    10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday    10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday    10:00 am – 6:00 pm

5 Year Anniversary 5 Day Shipping Sale!

When I started handcrafting skin care formulas for personal use, I didn’t imagine for one moment that I would begin sharing my work with others two years later, let alone transform an interest into a full-time occupation only a few years after that. But time flies and, to my honest amazement, Just the Goods is now 5 years old and thriving with deepest thanks to you!

 

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Just the Goods is committed to making healthier skin, body, and hair care options as affordable as possible and therefore offers a wide range of products at the lowest possible public wholesale price every single day. As a result, Just the Goods products never go on sale. However, I’m eager to thank you for 5 exciting years, and I want to celebrate with Just the Goods’ very first sale… a shipping sale, which will last for 5 days only.

>>> In Canada: All orders over $50.00 will ship for only $5.00! Enter coupon code “birthdaycanada” at checkout
>>> Everywhere else: Get $5.00 off all orders over $50.00. Enter coupon code “birthday” at checkout

This shipping sale begins on May 1, 2014 and continues until midnight on May 5, 2014. This sale applies only to purchases made at this time and is not transferable to past or future purchases. This sale is also limited to purchases made at http://www.justthegoods.net and applies only to purchases using the coupon code at the time of purchase. I’m sure there are a whole bunch of other limitations that I should assert right now, but let’s just say that I’m reasonable and I trust that others are as well, so I’ll exercise my best judgement on a case by case basis for any unexpected scenarios that might arise 😉

With that, I’d just like to say thank you one more time — I’m overwhelmed by the many messages I receive from people informing me that Just the Goods has improved their quality of life, and I’d like to share how grateful I am that my quality of life has likewise improved. I’m honoured to continue developing and handmaking Just the Goods, and I’m eager to do so for years and years to come!

xo!
Milena