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Just the Goods Update – Fall 2014

Hi everyone! Happy Autumn!

Temperatures are dropping in the Northern hemisphere and it’s time to pull on sweaters and boots, so I hope all of you in Australia are reveling in quite the opposite ;-) And to those of you living in places that are warm and sunny year ’round: are you looking for a roommate? *lol* But classic Canadian weather conversation aside, I hope all is well with each and everyone of you, and that you’re enjoying a new season back to school, work, etc.

I’m getting in touch today — as I like to do three or four times a year — to say hello and provide the latest news from Just the Goods. As always, I’m happy to say that there is a lot to share!

For example, JTG’s participation in Vegan Cut’s July Beauty Box was an amazing adventure! From preparing 4400 samples of hand and body lotion to watching unboxing videos and then reviews, it was an unprecedented opportunity to share Just the Goods far and wide. I loved stumbling on Instagram posts, and delighted in chatting with new people through Twitter! If you’re interested, I’ve posted links to a few of my favourite videos in the recent reviews section toward the end of this newsletter =-)


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New Products

Months in the making, I’m thrilled to announce an epic collaboration with three marvelous handmakers in the form of four care packs/gift boxes lovingly assembled to nurture a variety of needs.

Each set includes artisan organic herbal tea blended by Urban Earth Teas from Powell River (British Columbia), aromatherapeutic soy wax candles by Aboriginal collective Mother Earth Essentials from Edmonton (Alberta), aromatherapeutic soap handcrafted by Wild ReLeaf from Sault Ste-Marie (Ontario), and aromatherapeutic bath melts and aromatherapeutic oil roll-ons created by yours truly ;-)

  • Get Well offers items to boost the immune system and foster recovery from cold/flu

  • Take Care features scents and flavours to bring relaxed calm and relief from stress

  • Be Vibrant is the perfect study buddy – each item helps to clear the mind and cultivate creative focus

  • Moontime cultivates balance when experiencing PMS, menstruation and/or menopause

Click here to view each set in detail

Mother Earth Essential candles are available as individual items here and Wild ReLeaf soaps are available here. Urban Earth Teas and my new range of aromatherapeutic oils are forthcoming!

Speaking of collaborations, Kim of Winnipeg-based pickle and jam superstardom, flora & farmer, has agreed to re-issue the body butter and jam gift sets that were so popular last year =-) She is in the process of finalizing her offerings for the season, so stay tuned — we’ll have more details for you asap!

Returning to what is available now, Just the Goods now carries compostable hemp paper facial oil blotting sheets made in Japan! I realize these are more handy to have during hot, humid months, but they took quite a lil’ while longer to receive in the mail than I expected ;-) Click here for details.

And yes, I’m still working on that dry shampoo I’ve been promising ;-) Tooth powder — an alternative to toothpaste — is also oh-so-close to completion! Thanks to popular demand, beard oil will soon be available and that cuticle balm I’ve been talking about is coming along, too!

Group Shipping Now Available to Toronto and Boston; Group Shipping to Montreal has sunset

I have exciting news for everyone based in Boston Massachusetts… regional group ordering is now available to you thanks to the efforts of Laurie, who has expressed interested in coordinating for your shared region!

To share and thus reduce the cost of shipping, enter the coupon code “boston” at checkout and orders placed at any time throughout the month of September will be mailed as part of one big box the first week of October. This is especially handy for smaller orders, so it’s a great way to try new items or keep your cabinet well stocked =-)

Please click here for more information about regional group ordering

Also, please note that regional group ordering to Montreal has concluded at this time. After a 6 month trial period, we discovered that people overwhelmingly preferred to have their orders shipped directly. Thanks to everyone who gave the program a try! It was nice to meet so many new people through it while it lasted! And, most of all, thanks to Rebecca Woodmass for coordinating!!

The regional group shipping code “toronto” is still active =-)

Local Events – A Workshop, A Pop-Up & A Craft Sale

Fellow Winnipeggers! Remember that time I offered a DIY home spa facial mask workshop at Generation Green at The Forks and people were reeeeeally excited, and some people wanted to attend but couldn’t due to scheduling issues? Well, Sherry and I have just decided to offer it again!

I hope you’ll be able to join us on Wednesday October 1 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at 1 Forks Market Road! The last one was *SO MUCH FUN* so I’m well convinced that this one will be, too. Please contact generationgreenwpg@gmail.com to register. The cost of participation is $15.00 per person and included in that price is a custom face mask to bring home and try as your leisure =-)

As the season would have it, craft sales are back on my radar, whoo! What is particularly interesting is that I’ll be mixing things up a little this year by participating in an exciting new Etsy Pop Up shop managed by local handmade powerhouse, Kat, the talented metal smith behind Aelios Design.

The shop is called FLASH Handmade + Vintage Boutique and will be located at 438 Graham Ave, right on the corner of Graham & Vaughn, directly behind The Bay downtown. It will be open Monday – Saturday beginning on October 2 with an opening reception on October 1. Yes, it’s the same date as my workshop at Generation Green … I’ll be running over right after ;-) Please like FLASH on Facebook to find out more, or stay tuned through me via Facebook and/or Twitter.

Apart from that, I’ve confirmed that I will be participating in the R.A. Steen Fall Craft Sale at 980 Palmerston Avenue from 10 a.m – 4 p.m. on Saturday November 22.

There might be one more sale taking place on November 8, and possibly a home-based skip the mall event in December… I’ll keep you posted!

New Website Forthcoming

Following much deliberation, I’ve decided to switch from a shop on my own server to Shopify. Their new and improved approach to pricing will allow me to continue offering the lowest possible product prices while offering a number of significant advantages. For example, their credit card processing will ordering easier for anyone who has ever experienced a glitch or confusion with PayPal as my primary payment gateway. Beyond that, even their most simple templates look so much nicer than the one I had to start using when my behind the scenes tech maintenance became too cumbersome <=-).

I’m still building the new site – I’m doing a little bit each day – but don’t worry! http://www.justthegoods.net will still be my go-to URL, and I might even keep both sites running in tandem for a few months while working out any potential bugs. When I’m ready to make the new site the one and only, http://www.justthegoods.net will re-direct automatically =-)

Thanks for your patience with these behind the scenes activities, and biggest thanks to those still in touch from the days when my website was little more than a list of products and ordering was done entirely via email ;-) Wow… sometimes I can hardly believe how much has changed in 5 years!

Latest Reviews

It is always an honour to discover how much people enjoy using Just the Goods, and reading reviews always makes my heart do little somersaults. Thank you so much to Shaylee, Jennifer, Sara, Sunny, and Phoebe for sharing so much *awesome* enthusiasm!

  • Shaylee Anne of Cosmetically Curious received her “Vegan Cuts Beauty Box July 2014″ and reviewed each item on July 29, 2014. She had lovely things to say about JTG’s hand and body lotion. Read more here.

  • Jennifer of A Vintage Vanity documented her July Vegan Cuts Beauty Box unboxing and also got a kick out of JTG’s hand and body lotion. Watch the video here.

  • Sara Deschamps of The Compassionate Glutton discussed her experience with JTG’s facial care line for acne prone skin in “Breakouts are so 10 years ago” on July 30, 2014. View the complete post here.

  • Sunny Subramanian of Vegan Beauty Review co-curated the July Vegan Cuts Beauty Box and, on August 6, 2014, she shared her personal thoughts about each of the items included including Just the Goods’ hand and body lotion. Check it out here. A video accompanies this post and can be viewed here.

  • And this Vine posted by Phoebe Dykstra is just so totes adorbs! I can’t help but share it yet again =-) Click for a giggle

Upcoming Temporary Lab Closure

Please note that the lab will be closed December 23, 2104 – January 4, 2015. The last day to place and/or pick up orders will be December 19, 2014. The last batch of orders for the season will be shipped on December 22. Orders placed between December 20 – January 4 will be handmade and shipped as quickly as possible beginning January 5.

Planning ahead, please note that the lab will also be closed March 3 – 19, 2015, but I’ll have more details about that later in the new year =-)

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 unsubscribe. 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. 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!

All bests to you!
– Milena

Just the Goods, Winnipeg MB
Handmade natural and affordable skin care for everyone…
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Just the Goods is certified cruelty-free by the Leaping Bunny Program and a
Compact for Safe Cosmetics CHAMPION!
Read more here: http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=913

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Regional group ordering is now available in Boston!

Exciting news for everyone based in Boston Massachusetts … Regional group ordering is now available to you! Whooo hoo!

Thanks to the efforts of Laurie, who has expressed interested in coordinating for her region, Bostonians can now choose to have their orders packed as part of one big box mailed monthly to share and thus reduce the cost of shipping. This is especially handy for smaller orders, so it’s a great way to try new items or keep your cabinet well stocked =-)

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Enter the coupon code “boston” at checkout and your order placed anytime throughout September will be mailed as part of the group in October =-)

Please click here for more information: http://shop.justthegoods.net/ways-to-shop/regional-group-ordering/

PS. Please note that regional group ordering to Montreal has concluded at this time =-) After a 6 month trial period, we discovered that people overwhelmingly preferred to have their orders shipped directly. Thanks to everyone who gave this program a try! It was nice to meet so many new people through it while it lasted! And, most of all, thanks to Rebecca Woodmass for coordinating!! <3

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Skin Type & DIY Home Spa Face Mask Workshop at Generation Green October 1, 2014

Hey everyone!

So, remember that time I offered a make your own home spa face mask workshop at Generation Green at The Forks and people were reeeeeeeeeally excited and some people wanted to attend but couldn’t due to scheduling issues?

Well, Sherry and I have just decided to offer it again! Whoo! I hope you’ll be able to join us on Wednesday October 1 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at 1 Forks Market Road!

The last one was *SO MUCH FUN* so I’m well convinced that this one will be, too

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Contact generationgreenwpg@gmail.com to register! And, see you in a few weeks =-)

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Enjoy $5.00 off any product purchase of $50.00 or more =-)

Oh wow! I didn’t even realize the July VeganCuts beauty boxes had shipped out yet, never mind that they were already starting to arrive into your hands! So exciting! :bounce:

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If you’re visiting this site thanks to VeganCuts, hello!! *smiles and waves*  So nice to meet you =-)  But even if you’ve been here before, or if you are visiting for any other reason, I’d love to extend a warm welcome to all with a lil’ giftie…

Just the Goods handmade skin care products are always priced at the lowest rates possible, so they never go on sale, but I’d love to celebrate my collaboration with VeganCuts by offering a coupon.

Enter vegancuts0714 at checkout to receive $5.00 off any purchase of products totaling $50.00 or more before shipping! The coupon will be available until August 15, 2014 and it may be used once per person =-) It can be used at this website only, not on Etsy. Thanks for your understanding =-)


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Thanks again for visiting! And thanks to @Jess_Giglio and @VeggieTart for sharing their enthusiasm and pics on Twitter! xo!

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Upcoming Temporary Lab Closure and Regional Group Shipping Deadline

Hi everyone! Please note that Just the Goods will be closed July 1 – 9 for paperwork and inventory. Orders placed on or before June 30 will be mailed on or before July 3. Orders received between July 1 – 9 will be handmade and mailed beginning on July 10.

Also, if you’d like to participate in group shipping to Montreal or Toronto, please note that the deadline this month is the same — June 30. Thank you so much!

For more information about the benefits of group shipping and how it works, please click here: http://shop.justthegoods.net/?page_id=3704

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Just the Goods Update – Summer 2014

Happy Summer!

I hope you’re enjoying the most of the season in whatever way you like best =-)

I’m getting in touch today — as I like to do three or four times a year — to say hello and provide the latest news from Just the Goods. My last newsletter noted a number of recent accomplishments, and in this one I’d like to mention what feels like the largest yet… Just the Goods celebrated 5 years of making and sharing this past May!

I know I write this often, but I honestly and truly can’t believe how much JTG has flourished from a kernel of an idea to a part-time project to something that is on its way to becoming “all growed up”. I have many ideas yet to explore, and with that are many new challenges, but this is all very exciting and I want to thank you for finding Just the Goods and growing with me.

On a related note, some more — and very big — “all growed up” news: Just the Goods has been accepted for inclusion in the next Vegan Cuts beauty box. Yes, JTG is all about prioritizing self-care rather than “beauty”, but if there was ever a beauty thing that felt good, it’s this because Vegan Cuts’ subscription box is a fun way for both new and long-time vegans to discover a wide range of items that make kinder living even easier to embrace =-) I’ve been keen to participate for several months, and now the time is here! To learn more about Vegan Cuts, including how to subscribe to these fabulous treasure chests, please visit http://bit.ly/VeganCutsBeauty Whooooo!!!

New Shipping Calculator…

If you’ve visited http://www.justthegoods.net these past few weeks, you might have noticed that it looks quite different. This is because I’ve taken steps to ensure that the ideal shipping calculator works correctly, and I’m happy to say that it finally does!! At long last, I have the Canada Post plugin that carefully estimates the cubic weight of a parcel and offers clients the opportunity to choose their preferred shipping method for any destination worldwide. This will not only generate more accurate rates, but take the guesswork out of how a parcel will travel, too! Please feel free to check it out, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask =-)

Group shipping now available to Montreal *AND* Toronto

When the idea of regional group shipping to Montreal was launched, it was only a matter of days before Torontonians were able to get in on the action, too! Thanks to two fabulous regional coordinators, Rebecca and MeShell, anyone in either city is invited to have their order shipped to a central location allowing pick ups in person.

To take advantage of this opportunity, place your order at http://www.justthegoods.net as you would normally, then enter the coupon code “montreal” or “toronto” to have your order sent as part of one big box to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Shipping costs will be divided between the number of people participating that month and a regional distribution coordinator will be in touch by email to schedule a pickup date and time with you.

The deadline to be included in the next round of orders is Monday, June 30. For more information, please visit: http://shop.justthegoods.net/?page_id=3704.

PS. Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to coordinate group shipping to your city!

Meet the Maker

When I visited Toronto in January, I had the opportunity to connect with Marsha and Ian of GoodRoots.ca, a fabulous retail website that makes it easier to choose safe cosmetics through rigorous standards, clear classification symbols, and an educational component hosted on their companion website, GoodReport.tv.  As part of my visit, we shot a video that is the third in their series called, Meet the Maker, and in it I discuss some of the things that motivate Just the Goods. If you’ve ever been curious to know more about what I do and why, here’s your chance to find out =-)

Latest reviews and interviews

It is an honour to discover how much people enjoy using Just the Goods, and reading reviews always makes my heart glow. Thank you so much to Emily, Stephanie, Nicole and Andrea for their lovely words…

  • Emily von Euw, the spirited creative force behind This Rawesome Vegan Life, reviewed a few Just the Goods items on April 22, 2014 and had so many lovely things to say. Thank you!! I’m still blushin’ =-) Check it out here!
  • Stephanie of Une Fox had lovely things to share about “Just The Goods Facial Moisturizer” on May 23, 2014. Read more!
  • Nicole of Vegarawatarian tried Just the Goods’ facial care products for acne prone skin and was very pleased. Read more here in “Product Review: Just the Goods” published on June 5, 2014. Check it out!
  • Andrea reviewed a range of products in an article titled “(not) TEST(ed on animals): Vegane Kosmetik von “just the goods” aus Kanada” at KinderyogaBerlin.com on June 16, 2014. It is in German, but easily translated with various free services online. Please find the article here…

Upcoming Temporary Lab Closure

Please note that the lab will be closed July 1 – 9 so I can catch up on paperwork and inventory. Orders placed on or before June 30 will be mailed on or before July 3. Orders received between July 1 – 9 will be handmade and mailed beginning on July 10.

I might take a few days away from production at the beginning of September if possible but, apart from that, the lab will remain open until late December =-). Please feel free to follow me on Facebook or Twitter for updates. Thank you!

Final Note

You are receiving this newsletter because you’ve been in touch with Just the Goods in the past. If you would prefer to not receive communications from Just the Goods, please let me know and I will remove your email address immediately. You may also unsubscribe using the links below – I won’t take it personally =-)

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 and affordable skin care for everyone…
http://www.justthegoods.net
http://justthegoods.etsy.com
http://www.facebook.com/justthegoods
http://www.twitter.com/justthegoods
http://justthegoods.wordpress.com
http://www.pinterest.com/justthegoods
http://www.wanelo.com/justthegoods

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

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International shipping is now easier and more flexible than ever!

After almost two years of technical trouble-shooting on my end, I’m delighted to announce a partnership between Canada Post and WooCommerce that has completely transformed this website…

Just the Goods now has a shipping calculator that will give US and other international customers more accurate rates for a wide range of shipping options, whoo hoo!! There is a small chance that errors/typos in the product database might lead to accidental overcharges — and I will always fix these as soon as they are discovered — but with respect to possible accidental overcharges, I will always refund the difference on the day the parcel is ready to ship.

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Customers within Canada will continue to be charged a flat rate for shipping so I can access deeply discounted bulk shipping rates via PayPal. This means that while shipping will never exceed $15.00 for any order within Canada, rates may actually be as low as $8.00 within Manitoba, $11.00 to Quebec, or $14.00 to the Maritime provinces. Shipping rates vary based on the weight of your order versus distance and population density, but please be assured that any difference in your favour will always be refunded =-)

If you would like to confirm the cost of shipping for your order before completing your transaction, please get in touch by email: contact@justthegoods.net — I’m always happy to help!

Thank you so much and all bests!
Milena

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Exciting news…

Just the Goods is all about embracing self-care rather than “beauty”, but if there was ever a beauty thing that felt good, it’s this one… Vegan Cuts’ subscription box is an awesome opportunity for new and long-time vegans alike because it’s a super fun way to discover a wide range of products that you might not even know existed =-)

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I’ve been keen to get involved for several months, and now the time is here… Just the Goods is going to be part of the box shipping out in July, and I couldn’t be more excited!!

To learn more about Vegan Cuts, including how to subscribe to these fabulous treasure chests, visit http://bit.ly/VeganCutsBeauty Whooooo!!!

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Just the Goods – Meet the Maker

Look what I just found! I had no idea it was already posted… the Meet the Maker video produced by Good Report TV for Good Roots!! I think it went okay… did it? Great editing, in that case Thanks Marsha and Ian! =-)

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