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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 =-)

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

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



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

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:

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!

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,

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

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

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.


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!

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! =-)

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!


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!


Feeling the love on Earth Day

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re having a beautiful Earth Day by enjoying the great outdoors and thinking of new ways reduce your environmental impact in all that you do =-)

I started the day earlier than usual thanks to the fabulous crew at Breakfast Television Winnipeg, who kindly invited me to make a detox face mask with co-host Courtney Ketchen as a preview for the DIY spa facial workshop that will take place at Generation Green at the Forks on Thursday, April 24. It was so much fun and, just as Courtney said, who knew that taking time for yourself could be eco-friendly? Indeed, choosing healthier ingredients isn’t only great for your body, but for the soil and water, too =-) Check out the complete segment right here =-)

A few hours later, I received the flowers I ordered from Oak + Lily to dress up the new product photos I’m taking for Just the Goods, now that I have a proper lighting kit <=-) I almost melted looking at these gems! Hyacinths! You smell so good!! Why you be poisonous? I wanna eat choooo!!


And, as if this day wasn’t already *amazing*, Emily von Euw, the spirited creative force behind This Rawesome Vegan Life, posted her review of a few Just the Goods items on April 22, 2014 and she had so many lovely things to say. Thank you!! I’m still blushin’ =-) Check it out here!


On that note, if you haven’t checked out her new raw recipe book yet, you really should… here’s a link to share the love!


Ground Soap has arrived at Just the Goods!

Ground Soap is finally here!!


Based in Cornwall (Ontario), Ground Soap is dedicated to creating unique hand made bars of soap using only organic and wild crafted ingredients. Ground Soap’s goal is to provide people with products that are both healthy for body and mind and leave as small a footprint on our planet as possible. The “Ground” in Ground Soap refers to the origins of their chosen ingredients. From all-organic base oils, to creative and colorful packaging, from the first smell to the final rise, Ground Soap wants people to enjoy an experience that they have reason to feel good about all day.  Ground Soap’s products are organic, biodegradable, paraben free, and free of synthetic scents and colours.

Just the Goods is thrilled to carry this fabulous vegan and organic handcrafted soap, which doubles as a shampoo bar, or triples as shaving cream… great stuff!! =-) Check it out!

Just the Goods Update – Spring 2014

Happy Spring, everyone!

I hope you’re at the beginning of a wonderful week!

I’m writing to you today because it’s my pleasure to be in touch three or four times a year to send greetings and share JTG’s latest news. It has been quite a while since my last newsletter, so this one is jam packed with all kinds of exciting tidbits ranging from new accomplishments, new products and new collaborations, to the exciting announcement of group buying in Montreal, and then some! Please read on…

Just the Goods is now Leaping Bunny Certified!

After months of activity behind the scenes including communicating with raw materials establishing protocols and sharing all necessary information, I am deeply honoured to announce that the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics has declared Just the Goods’ products to be officially cruelty free via its Leaping Bunny Program. This announcement was confirmed at the end of November and — not too long after — I received a formal document recognizing my efforts in this respect. Honestly, this is the first piece of paper I’ve ever received that really felt like something wonderful, and I can’t tell you how happy I am to merge genuinely safe cosmetics formulas with production practices that meet a well respected cruelty-free standard. Thank you for welcoming me on board, Leaping Bunny!

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. The first being two types of facial scrubs handmade by me, Just the Goods: one for most skin types, and one for sensitive skin. Offering them in a dry format means far less risk of the product spoiling prematurely, while also providing the option to customize your experience with rose water, lavender water, and/or aloe vera gel juice, if desired. These scrubs also conveniently double as cleansing masks if you choose to let them rest on your skin for 15 – 20 minutes before rinsing. Handy!

Apart from this, I’m thrilled to offer soap by not one, but two fabulous handmakers! Liisa of Wild ReLeaf based in Sault Sainte Marie (Ontario) creates luxuriously foaming bars in a delicious range of mild scents, and Angela of Ground Soap based in Cornwall (Ontario), produces stunning bars that also work very nicely as shampoo!

Wild ReLeaf bars are already available at Just the Goods, and my first order from Ground Soap should arrive in just a few more days. Keep in touch by social media to find out the moment I’ve added them to my website =-)


I love teaming up with other makers and do-ers and movers and shakers because I truly believe that we’re traveling in the same direction and that we’re stronger when we do it together! The following are a few partnership-related news tidbits that stand out:

  • In December I partnered with Women’s Voices for the Earth to present the 2013 Non-Toxic Shopping Guide. A fun and informative tweet-chat took shape and I enjoyed giving away a skin care sample set to a lucky winner. Another giveaway is in the works… stay tuned! And of course, if you haven’t already had a chance to download this handy document, please find it here: http://www.womensvoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/2013-Non-Toxic-Shopping-Guide.pdf
  • Earlier this month, a selection of 10 Just the Goods’ body basics were added to My Farmer’s Market, a fabulous new grocery delivery service for Winnipeggers that specializes in locally grown produce. The inventory of available goods is growing all the time, with more delicious vegan items being added weekly, so check it out! Buying local and organic has never been easier!
  • West-end Winnipeggers will be happy to know that a great selection of body basics and fragrant body treats is also now available at Organic Planet, a much beloved Wolseley mainstay. I just dropped off some deodorant, shaving cream, lip balm and more… Whooo!

  • Generation Green at the Forks has invited me to host a workshop in their beautiful retail space on Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. I’ll help participants establish their skin type and choose the best ingredients to make and enjoy safe/non-toxic spa quality clay facials at home. I’ll bring all the ingredients necessary, and each participant will get to take home their customized skin care creation. The cost of registration is $15.00 per person. To join us, please contact generationgreenwpg@gmail.com =-)

Shipping-related news for those in Montreal

The concept has been brewing for years, and the exact details took a few months to confirm, but I’m thrilled to finally announce that Just the Goods is now offering regional group buying for those living in Montreal!

What this means is that anyone in Montreal can place an order at http://www.justthegoods.net then have their order mailed as part of one big box sent monthly to a fabulous person who will distribute each order locally. The cost of shipping will reduce dramatically, amounting to a figure between $1.00 – $5.00 per person depending on the number of participants in a given month.

This fabulous deal is being offered on a trial basis – if it’s popular, we’ll continue for as long as possible. The deadline to be included in the first order is Monday, March 31. For more information about group buying in Montreal, please click here: http://shop.justthegoods.net/?page_id=3704.

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

Shipping-related news for those in the United States – Add tracking to any parcel under 1 kg

As many of you already know, Just the Goods is committed to honest and affordable pricing. Product prices are therefore not inflated to create the illusion of cheap or free shipping, which ultimately provides better value for each item, no matter where you live. For more information about this, please click here: http://shop.justthegoods.net/?page_id=140

To facilitate low cost shipping, Just the Goods’ standard rates to the United States do not include tracking. But, thanks to your requests, it is now possible to add tracking to any order under 1 kilogram (35 oz)! Tracking is automatically included in the shipping cost of parcels that weight more than 1 kilogram as they are required to ship by expedited mail rather than standard air mail. If you select this option but tracking is already included in your shipping rate, this amount will be refunded =-).

Latest reviews and interviews

Other recent scribblings from Just the Goods… in case you’re interested

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,