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Just the Goods Update – Fall 2013 / Winter 2014

Hi everyone!

It’s always my pleasure to get in touch with you a few times per year to share updates about Just the Goods. And, now that autumn is well underway and 2013 is drawing to a close, I thought it might be helpful to do so now.

First, thank you so much for your patience during my recent four-week closure. I was on my first vacation in almost a decade, and I am thrilled to report that it was everything I’d hoped for and more. Those of you who follow JTG online might have noticed the picture I posted of JTG products ready to be carried to a volcanic hot spring in Japan. So much time spent resting in healing waters was divine! I also enjoyed the opportunity to take in whatever information I could about natural skin, body, and self-care products and practices in Japan and Korea, since many Korean products are available there. But I’m back now and must admit to having created quite a tornado in the lab these past few weeks while catching up with the fabulous orders that arrived while I was away. Thanks again for thinking of JTG while I was away =-)

And now, please continue reading for notes about new products, new and renewed collaborations, holiday shipping considerations, and upcoming local craft sales!


Upcoming Temporary Closures

  • November 13 – 15, 2013 – I will be out of town for a few days, and probably without access to email, but I don’t anticipate that orders will be delayed during this time.
  • December 23, 2013 – January 5, 2014 – I will not be handmaking fresh products in the lab during this time, but will happily mail in-stock items as orders arrive.


New Products

If you’re connected to Just the Goods via Twitter or Facebook, you may already know about a few new products I’ve recently launched. For example, since I started carrying a selection of colour cosmetics by The All Natural Face this past summer, it only made sense to start offering make up brush cleaner, as well. My daily go-to spray can now be yours, completely free of solvents and other petrochemicals! For more information, please click here



The reasons I started carrying The All Natural Face was because so many of you asked about the cosmetics I trust and use. In that spirit, I’m happy to announce that I’ve added another fantastic producer to Just the Goods’ offerings! Suncoat is a Canadian manufacturer of water-based vegan nail polish and sugar-based vegan mascara, and I think its fabulous! To read more about these great products, please click here.


Finally, Sarah of Flatlanders Soap Co. has recently replenished my stock of her fantastic shampoo bar and now her vegan lavender and lime bar soap, too! Please click for details =-)


New & Renewed Collaborations

As a small-scale handmaker, I love nothing more than to team up with other handmakers sharing similar interests and values. I developed a huge crush on flora & farmer pickles and jams this past summer, so I’m thrilled that Kim has agreed to co-create a mix n’ match body butter an jam gift set for only $12.00. Please click here for details!



I’m also very happy to announce that I’ve renewed my sponsorship of the truly inspiring raw vegan recipe website, Rawmazing.com, because it continues to be my absolute favourite place to find new, exciting, and delicious food ideas! To celebrate the year ahead, Susan will offer her readers the chance to win a Just the Goods Home and Away set including travel/sample-sized facial care products, toothpaste, hand and body lotion, and lip balm. To find out about when this giveaway will launch, you’re most welcome to sign up for Susan’s newsletter at Rawmazing.com, or join her Facebook Forum. I’ll also announce the start of the giveaway via Facebook and Twitter =-).
Holiday Related Shipping

I am always looking for ways to reduce shipping costs within Canada and beyond, so I’m happy I’ve finally discovered the benefits of shipping via PayPal, which offers reduced rates within Canada. For parcels to the US and elsewhere, I’ve started a commercial shipping account with Canada Post and look forward to offering better value for larger shipments of 500 g or more. This will be especially helpful in insulating against future rises in standard postal rates.

That said, default shipping to the US is still set for 10 day air mail, and default shipping to other destinations worldwide is still set for 4 – 6 week surface mail (both without tracking numbers).

** If you are shopping for the holidays and required delivery by a certain date, I ask that you kindly get in touch with me so I can estimate the cost of expedited delivery services for you, which provides a tracking number and guaranteed delivery within 6 days or 2 weeks, depending on your location. It is important to note that international customs procedures tend to be delayed this time of year due to an increased volume of parcels crossing borders, so it is always helpful to order early and investigate all possible shipping options when time is of the essence. Thanks!! **


Local Handmade Sales Events

If you live in Winnipeg and like to connect in a fun and festive atmosphere, I look forward to seeing you at a few events in November and December. At this time, the following two-day sale is confirmed:

The 10th Annual Holidaze Craft Show
Friday November 22 & Saturday November 23
West End Cultural Centre
586 Ellice Avenue
12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


The two sales I would like to attend in December are on December 6 and December 21, respectively, but the list of participants won’t be announced until later this month, so please follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter to keep in touch about these events, among other things =-)


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 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,
Just the Goods, Winnipeg MB
Handmade natural and affordable skin care for everyone…

Just the Goods is a Compact for Safe Cosmetics CHAMPION!
Read more here: http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=913

Just the Goods is a Champion!

Winnipeg Based Handmade Skin Care Company Recognized for Commitment to Safe Cosmetics
Status of “Champion” noted in Market Shift, a new report issued by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Winnipeg, MB – Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics—a US coalition of more than 150 non-profit organizations working to protect the health of consumers and workers by eliminating dangerous chemicals from cosmetics—announced today that 321 cosmetics and skin care companies worldwide have met the goals of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, the Campaign’s voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned by health agencies outside the U.S. and to fully disclose product ingredients, a wholly new concept in the cosmetics industry. An additional 111 companies made significant progress toward those goals.

The new report released today, “Market Shift: The story of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and the growth in demand for safe cosmetics,” describes the seven-year project during which the non-profit organizations that make up the Campaign worked with companies in a unique partnership to raise the bar for safer personal care products. The report describes how these companies —from small independent operations to some of the largest businesses in the natural products sector—are setting a new high-bar standard for personal care products.

Winnipeg-based handmade natural skin care company, Just the Goods, is honoured to be recognized with the status of Champion. Champions are demonstrating best practices by:

  • Making effective products without using ingredients prohibited for use in cosmetics in other countries
  • Disclosing all their ingredients, including those that make up “fragrance,” showing that it’s not necessary to hide these ingredients from the public
  • Working together with non-profit health groups to increase demand for safe, sustainable products and practices

“Congratulations to Just the Goods for being a Champion and for demonstrating that it’s possible to make personal care products that far exceed current safety standards in the United States. A growing number of consumers are seeking personal care products that do not contain hazardous chemicals, and our report shows that making safer products is not only possible, but is also part of a successful business model,” said Mia Davis, organizing director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and coordinator of the new Safe Cosmetics Business Network.

More than 1,500 companies signed the Compact from its inception in 2004 until August 2011, when the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics closed the Compact project. The research team at Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database developed tools for tracking each company’s compliance with the goals of the Compact. Through these tools, the Campaign determined that 321 companies achieved “Champion” status by fulfilling the goals of the Compact, and an additional 111 companies reached “Innovator” status by getting most of the way there.

“Just the Goods has been offering genuinely natural skin care products since October 2009 because I know everyday indulgences should never cost the earth or our health. Just the Goods believes it is affordable to look and feel great without unnecessary exposure to petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial fragrances, dyes and flavours,” said Milena Placentile, sole proprietor of Just the Goods.

She adds, “I’m grateful for The Compact For Safe Cosmetics’ rigorous standards, and I’m pleased to measure my products against them because I surely didn’t sign on to be a fully compliant member of the ‘compact for only somewhat safe cosmetics!’ All ingredients in Just the Goods products have known safety records as per The Compact’s public database.”

As such, everything offered by Just the Goods features “just the goods” and nothing else. JTG’s skin care products are furthermore made without animal-derived ingredients barring one exception, which is that JTG offers two types of lip balm — one is vegan, and the other includes beeswax and lanolin.

“Just the Goods was directly inspired thanks to the Safe Cosmetics Database because it was through their website that I learned about the toxins present in the products I was using at the time. I began creating handmade natural skin care products for myself and friends in 2007 and, in response to the praise I received for the effectiveness and consistent quality of my work, I was encouraged to develop additional items. As my products became available to others, the line began to grow to accommodate a wider range personal care needs,” notes Placentile.

Although the Compact project is completed, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics will continue to advocate for safe, healthy products for all consumers by working with a broad range of companies in the new Safe Cosmetics Business Network and by working with voters and Congressional leaders in the United States to pass the Safe Cosmetics Act, which will update the 1938 cosmetics regulations that are failing to protect health.

We have not yet achieved similar initiatives in Canada, but notable work by Canadian non-profits such as Environmental Defence and The David Suzuki Foundation are helping to promote these issues nationwide.

For more information about the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, please visit: http://www.safecosmetics.org. For more information about Just the Goods, please visit: http://www.justthegoods.net.

Just the Goods is available in Winnipeg at Sew Dandee (105 Osborne Street) or directly from Just the Goods via email. Just the Goods will be participating in Crafty Minions at Aqua Books (274 Garry Street) on Saturday, December 3 from 11:00 – 5:00 p.m.

For additional information, please contact Milena Placentile by email (contact@justthegoods.net).

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Core members of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics include: Clean Water Action, the Breast Cancer Fund, Commonweal, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and Women’s Voices for the Earth.

Download the full report here: http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=913