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Just the Goods (justthegoods.net) is a Winnipeg-based hand maker of all natural skin care products for everyone. We're delighted to be certified cruelty-free by the Leaping Bunny program and we hold Champion status membership with the Compact for Safe Cosmetics
Interview with Just the Goods - Part 2 → http://jessehlers.com/2014/09/30/interview-with-just-the-goods-part-2/
Interview with Just the Goods – Part 1 → http://jessehlers.com/2014/09/25/interview-with-just-the-goods-part-1/

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. 🐼

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!! =-)Sew Dandee105 Osborne St., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 1Y422 September - 26 SeptemberSunday    12:00 – 5:00 pmMonday    10:00 am – 6:00 pmTuesday    10:00 am – 6:00 pmWednesday    10:00 am – 6:00 pmThursday    10:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday    10:00 am – 9:00 pmSaturday    10:00 am – 6:00 pm

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!! =-)

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

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



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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pics by alivegan, clementnine, hazeleyedvegan, mirrormarie_, missdmadigan and redemmie – thank you!!


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 ;-)

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  • 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, mensturation 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!

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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!

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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 =-)


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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

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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

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Exciting news for everyone based in #Boston #Massachusetts &#8230; 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&#8217;s a great way to try new items or keep your cabinet well stocked =-)Enter the coupon code &#8220;boston&#8221; 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!!  &lt;3

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

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&#8217;t due to scheduling issues? Well, Sherry and I have just decided to offer it again! Whoo! I hope you&#8217;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&#8217;m well convinced that this one will be, too

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

vegansaurus:

Helloooo nurse! It’s your peek inside July’s Vegan Cuts Beauty Box! We had products from Nouveau/Organica, Emani Vegan Cosmetics, Ellovi, Just the Goods, Original Sprout, and Savvy Boheme! 
The Ellovi body butter is smooooth and I love the package design. The Just the Goods lotion is nice as well. Really helped my chapped elbows. VERY fragrant. I haven’t used the Original Sprout cleanser yet but I already love it! It’s for babies OR real humans! You think I could use it on my cat? She needs a bath. Ok I won’t. But Dolores really needs a bath. 
The Emani lipstick is now an office favorite. It’s nice and creamy, lasts a long time and is hyper pigmented! That’s everything you want! So the peeps at work were all over that. 
Moral of the story: another good haul!
I got this for free but if you want to try it, the box subscription is $19.95 a month, shipping included (for US addresses. International is more). 

vegansaurus:

Helloooo nurse! It’s your peek inside July’s Vegan Cuts Beauty Box! We had products from Nouveau/Organica, Emani Vegan Cosmetics, Ellovi, Just the Goods, Original Sprout, and Savvy Boheme! 

The Ellovi body butter is smooooth and I love the package design. The Just the Goods lotion is nice as well. Really helped my chapped elbows. VERY fragrant. I haven’t used the Original Sprout cleanser yet but I already love it! It’s for babies OR real humans! You think I could use it on my cat? She needs a bath. Ok I won’t. But Dolores really needs a bath. 

The Emani lipstick is now an office favorite. It’s nice and creamy, lasts a long time and is hyper pigmented! That’s everything you want! So the peeps at work were all over that. 

Moral of the story: another good haul!

I got this for free but if you want to try it, the box subscription is $19.95 a month, shipping included (for US addresses. International is more). 

Got my Vegan Cuts beauty box!! Me loves animals & the environment! 🐰🌲

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Thanks Phoebe! This is now officially the best vine I’ve ever seen ;-) Love it! **haha!**

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VEGAN CUTS BEAUTY BOX UNBOXING

Yay! Just the Goods’ peppermint hand lotion for the win! And the lavender one, too ;-) Cool =-)

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Unboxing Vegan Cuts Beauty Box ~ July 2014

Whoo! More great words about Just the Goods’ hand and body lotion =-) So cool!!

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~Vegan Cuts Beauty Box July 2014 Unboxing~

Thanks for the kind words about Just the Goods’ citrus blend hand and body lotion =-) =-)

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My July Vegan cuts Beauty Box. @nouveauorganica cream eye, cheek and lip color, @emanigram lipstick in Temptress (it&#8217;s quite bold but I love it!), Body butter from @elloviskin, Hand and Body lotion from Just The Goods, Moisturizing Cleanser from @theoriginalsprout and The Tall Americano Bath and Body Oil from the Savvy Boheme. #vegancuts #vegancutsbeautybox #beautybox @vegancuts #veganbeauty

My July Vegan cuts Beauty Box. @nouveauorganica cream eye, cheek and lip color, @emanigram lipstick in Temptress (it’s quite bold but I love it!), Body butter from @elloviskin, Hand and Body lotion from Just The Goods, Moisturizing Cleanser from @theoriginalsprout and The Tall Americano Bath and Body Oil from the Savvy Boheme. #vegancuts #vegancutsbeautybox #beautybox @vegancuts #veganbeauty