Are you interested in trying Just the Goods, but find yourself deterred by shipping costs? Do you need only one or two items, and aren’t in a rush to receive them? Try regional group ordering, now available to anyone living in Montreal!
Order on-line and split the cost of shipping with others in your area — big boxes of vegan skincare awesomeness will ship to JTG’s Montreal rep one a month and be distributed for local pick up starting March 1, 2014. Click here for details!
Hi everyone! I hope you’re having an awesome weekend =-)
As some of you already know, I’ve spent several months searching high and low for a line of vegan soaps that I not only love, but know I’ll be able to keep well stocked. Stage one of my search has ended! I’ve partnered with Liisa of Wild ReLeaf (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) to offer six varieties of genuinely natural vegan soaps including: unscented, sandalwood, lavender, lemongrass and green tea, wild ravensara, and wild mint!!
Wild ReLeaf is made with saponified extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, castor oil and shea butter, so it is soy-free, palm-free and gluten-free. A range of botanticals, clays and herbs for colouring, and pure essential oils for scent provide gentle and inspiring variety. You won’t find any of the harmful chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), propylene glycol, and/or artificial colours and fragrances found in conventional, mass produced products. So in short, it’s fabulous!
I needed a wee break from production, so I just finished listing everything I have online, and I must say that the dreamy scents wafting from the box have me floating up to cloud nine! So softly delicious!!
As a last note, I’ve discovered that Liisa’s soaps can be used as shampoo, but those with short hair or uncomplicated styling needs will find the best results. I like the way the plain/unscented soap and the wild mint variety washed my scalp and hair when paired with Just the Goods‘ leave in conditioning spray… my curling iron just wasn’t as effective afterwards <=-). This means I’m still on the hunt for shampoo bars that I can keep well stocked, and I’ll keep you posted!
Great to see you again! I hope you enjoyed the past week =-) I missed you tremendously, but — since I realized I’d only taken 2 full days off work between October 15 – February 9 — I must also admit that it was good to take a break and recharge my batteries a bit =-)
I know I write this every time I’m back after a temporary lab closure, but I really am truly amazed by the number of orders than came in … seriously, this is a new record! THANK YOU!!!
I sneaked online for a few hours yesterday and responded to most of the questions that arrived while I was gone, and today I’m starting to input the orders so I can begin hand-making, packing and shipping as quickly as possible. As usual, I’ll start by shipping orders consisting of in-stock items, then work to fill the most orders the fastest by arranging production to accommodate what has been requested by the most number of people. Overall, I’ve discovered this works better than working strictly chronologically, although that is an important consideration =-)
As you might already know, I spent some time planning for the future of Just the Goods while I was away. I look forward to sharing details about this in a few weeks… but orders come first so thank you kindly for your patience with me at this time =-) =-)
You’re all so awesome!! Thank you so much for making it possible to do this — I love working with you! =-)
Please note that I have one more temporary lab closure coming up, and I promise it will be the last one for a while ;-)
In case you are curious, this absence will be part-work and part-vacation in that it will involve a good chunk of time dedicated to strategic planning. Those words seem so odd to me… they are a great deal more “business-y” than I ever thought I’d type! But, until I think of another phrase, it will have to do ;-) This is all to say that when I started Just the Goods in 2009, it never occurred to me that it would evolve into something more than a part-time project to steer me away from the unfulfilling aspects of my career at the time. Fast-forward 4.5 years and, not only is Just the Goods my full-time occupation, but it is growing so quickly that I realize I must pause in order to figure out how to carry on in ways that are genuinely sustainable. I know I want to always make my products by hand, and I know I always want my products to be affordable, but I also know that I need to get a little more sleep than I have for the past 6 months *tee hee*.
All that aside, I’d like to share the following dates affecting orders placed during the month of February =-)
- February 6: the last day to place orders for mailing on or before February 10 -or- for pick up at Point Douglas is for Lovers on February 8.
- February 8: Just the Goods will be at Point Douglas is For Lovers to hang out with my amazing neighbours… join us!! Please visit this link for details.
- If your order is placed between February 7 – 9, and the items you’ve requested are already in stock, I will mail your order just before I leave for the airport on February 10. If what you’ve ordered is not in stock, I will handmake your selections and mail them on upon my return.
- February 10 – 18: I will be away and have chosen not to access email during this time. I will look forward to responding to all messages as soon as I return =-)
- February 19: First day back in the lab! All orders received February 7 – 18 will be handmade starting today and mailed as quickly as possible there after =-)
The Point Douglas Residents Committee & The North Point Douglas Women’s Centre Present
Point Douglas Is For Lovers – A North End Craft Sale
Featuring Crafters, Artists, Bakers and all types of Creators!
There will be a wonderful silent auction featuring art by vendors, music, and a ton of love! Come and pick something up for that special someone or just treat yourself!
Saturday, February 8th, 2014 @ Grace Point Church
137 Euclid Ave.
Noon – 4pm
Thanks to Graffiti Art Programming and Assiniboine Credit Union for their generous support.
Point Douglas Is For Lovers – A North End Craft Sale from Douglas Point on Vimeo…. so adorable! Click it!!!!
Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a fabulous week wherever in the world you may be =-)
I want to confirm that I’ll be away from the lab January 15 – January 22. Orders received by January 13 will be mailed on or before January 14. The last day for local pick up before I leave will be January 13, so to ensure I have what you’d like in stock, I’d love it if you could please place your order by Saturday morning =-) Any orders received between January 14 – January 22 will be handmade beginning January 23 and mailed as quickly as possible thereafter.
I will be checking email while I’m away and will do my best to answer any questions you might have during my absence. THANK YOU!!
PS. The offer to help you save a little bit of money on shipping if you are in Quebec and/or Ontario still stands =-) This won’t help your parcels arrive quicker, but might reduce your postage rates by up to $2.00, depending on what you order. If you’d like to take advantage of this, please add a note to your order. Thanks!!
Ps. Ps. I’ve now formally licensed my use of the Leaping Bunny logo, so I thought I’d celebrate by letting this little cutie bounce around here a bit *tee hee*
Ps. Ps. Ps. I will be delivering more stock to Sew Dandee and Generation Green at The Forks on Tuesday January 14, so don’t forget you can always visit them, and/or Neechi Niche and/or Nature Doctors to pick up JTG locally =-) Thanks again! =-)
What a delight!! Katie of Switzerland-based blog, Whole Nourishment, contacted me a few weeks ago to ask if I would like to be profiled and I must say that the pleasure was all mine! Katie asked a great range of questions, and I truly enjoyed the opportunity to reply. If you’d like to read about what inspires me to make Just the Goods, please click through! And there are more profiles to come featuring other people each committed to healthier bodies and Earth =-)
Thanks again for including me, Katie =-) =-)
Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2014 is already bringing you much sunshine and love =-)
I’m going to be back in the lab on Monday — I’m so excited… the orders that flowed in these past two weeks is just, well, WOW! *WOW* is the only word I have, ha ha! That and *THANK YOU* =-) You’re all going to keep me very happily busy before my big trip to Montreal and Toronto later this month, ha ha!
I’ll post about Quebec and Ontario orders in a few days when I confirm my upcoming production/absence schedule, but first I wanted to share some unexpected news, which is that Just the Goods was featured by Etsy Canada as a Fresh Find for January in the “Time to Unwind” category =-) I’m so flattered =-) Thank you, Jesse!
I’ve altered the image below so it fits in this post as an excerpt on your screen, but you can view the complete list of makers in so many great categories by clicking here.
Thanks so much for a fun day @ W.E.S.T. | Winnipeg Etsy Street Team + Winnipeg Makers Market Holiday Pop Up Shop! As cold as it was outside, there were tons of warm and smiling faces inside, and that made it fantastic =-) =-)
I’m just about to head into the lab for the last blitz of the year. All orders received these past few days will be filled tonight and posted tomorrow — thank you!! I’m looking forward to a few days off, then adventures in paperwork between December 23 – January 6, so please know that any orders placed during that time will be filled beginning January 7 with local pick up starting again on January 9 =-)
Happy New Year everyone!! I hope 2014 brings all that is loving, inspiring and totally fabulous