Just the Goods

Just the Goods is a Winnipeg-based hand maker of all natural skin care products for everyone. We're delighted to be Leaping Bunny Certified and hold Champion status membership with the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. Visit: http://www.justthegoods.net.
Apr 22 '14

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 here =-)

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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!!

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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!

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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! xo! Milena

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Apr 3 '14
Join me @ Generation Green at The Forks on Thursday April 24 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for a lil&#8217; workshop designed to help you determine your facial skin type and learn how to make spa quality clay facial masks at home for self-care and relaxation. 
The cost of participation is $15.00 per person and everyone will get their own customized face mask to take home =-)
To register, get in touch with Sherry at generationgreenwpg@gmail.com so I can determine how much material to bring with me to the workshop =-) Looking forward to seeing you there!! I think it will be a lot of fun!

Join me @ Generation Green at The Forks on Thursday April 24 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for a lil’ workshop designed to help you determine your facial skin type and learn how to make spa quality clay facial masks at home for self-care and relaxation. 

The cost of participation is $15.00 per person and everyone will get their own customized face mask to take home =-)

To register, get in touch with Sherry at generationgreenwpg@gmail.com so I can determine how much material to bring with me to the workshop =-) Looking forward to seeing you there!! I think it will be a lot of fun!

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Mar 28 '14

Ground Soap is Here!

Ground Soap is finally here!!

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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!

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Mar 24 '14

Just the Goods Update - Spring 2014: New accomplishments, new products, new collaborations, group buying in Montreal, and more!

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 =-)

Collaborations

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!

All bests,
Milena

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Mar 23 '14
Guess what? A fab selection of Just the Goods is now available at Organic Planet Worker Co-Op!! Whoo!! I delivered some deodorant, shaving cream, lip balm, lip scrub, and two of the most popular natural perfume oils — spicy nights and uplifting — earlier today, so it’ll be on their shelves before you know it =-) So, if that’s your neck of the woods, be sure to pop in to get your fix! Ooh, and maybe grab some of that amazing Organic Fair Sodas syrup, while you’re there… I’m sipping the lavender and lemonbalm variety right now and it’s *amazing!*
Organic Planet Worker Co-Op 877 Westminster Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3G 1B3 (204) 772-8771http://www.organicplanet.coop/

Guess what? A fab selection of Just the Goods is now available at Organic Planet Worker Co-Op!! Whoo!! I delivered some deodorant, shaving cream, lip balm, lip scrub, and two of the most popular natural perfume oils — spicy nights and uplifting — earlier today, so it’ll be on their shelves before you know it =-) So, if that’s your neck of the woods, be sure to pop in to get your fix! Ooh, and maybe grab some of that amazing Organic Fair Sodas syrup, while you’re there… I’m sipping the lavender and lemonbalm variety right now and it’s *amazing!*

Organic Planet Worker Co-Op
877 Westminster Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3G 1B3
(204) 772-8771
http://www.organicplanet.coop/

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Mar 18 '14

Just the Goods vegan facial scrubs are finally here!

It’s impossible to narrow down my favourite part of Just the Goods, but developing and testing new products is definitely high on my list. I realize this took waaaaaaaaaaaaay longer than planned, but they’re finally here: facial scrub for most skin types and for sensitive skin.

No more will you find yourself alternating between two different face washes if you’re not into exfoliating daily. No more will you be obliged to wash when all you want to do is buff. Whoo!!

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What aspect of these new items are most fun? You can customize this item by blending it with rose water, lavender water or aloe vera juice if you wish, but this is not entirely necessary as they work very well with good ol’ fashioned water.

What aspect is most convenient? These scrubs double duty as gentle face masks — to enjoy the detoxing benefits of clay, and the moisturizing benefits of oats, just let the formula rest on your skin for a few minutes before rinsing.

What’s aspect is most satisfying? These scrubs are provided without liquids pre-added, so you can both customize texture *and* not worry about the product spoiling. Effective skin care without artificial preservatives really can be that easy =-)

Be sure to check ‘em out right here: http://shop.justthegoods.net/?product_cat=facial-scrub

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Mar 13 '14
Hey Winnipeg!
If you&#8217;re like me, you LOOOOOOVE farmer&#8217;s markets! But, if you&#8217;re *really* like me, the idea of waking up early makes you wanna cry *tee hee* Well, now there&#8217;s a way to LOVE farmer&#8217;s markets and smile!! My Farmers&#8217; Market Inc It&#8217;s super cool!! TONS of good stuff, including local veggies and grains and so much yum by of my fave vegan, gluten-free treat makers: Sweets from the Earth&#8230; OM NOM! Check &#8216;em out n&#8217; tell &#8216;em I sent you =-)

http://www.myfarmersmarket.com/ https://www.facebook.com/MyFarmersMarketInc

Hey Winnipeg!

If you’re like me, you LOOOOOOVE farmer’s markets! But, if you’re *really* like me, the idea of waking up early makes you wanna cry *tee hee* Well, now there’s a way to LOVE farmer’s markets and smile!! My Farmers’ Market Inc It’s super cool!! TONS of good stuff, including local veggies and grains and so much yum by of my fave vegan, gluten-free treat makers: Sweets from the Earth… OM NOM! Check ‘em out n’ tell ‘em I sent you =-)

http://www.myfarmersmarket.com/ https://www.facebook.com/MyFarmersMarketInc

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Mar 12 '14
When to say yes, when to say no&#8230;Hi everyone!! Thanks so much for liking Just the Goods!! It means a great deal to me, and I want you to know that I really, super duper like you back *ha ha* I am grateful that you dig my efforts to realize honest and transparent &#8220;business&#8221; practices, and that you think my truly natural skin care products are pretty darned awesome, too. THANK YOU!! I&#8217;m also grateful that you&#8217;re aware of my desire to do things differently, which includes resisting so many of the tendencies dominating the so-called &#8220;beauty&#8221; industry, and the profit-at-all-costs model of large corporations. There are so many things that happen behind the scenes, and I always want to tell you *ALL THE THINGS* because it never ceases to amaze me how other businesses function, especially in the fashion/beauty world, which is quite new to me. One of the reasons I don&#8217;t, however, is because tattling seems less effective than turning the other way and trying to do/be better. Another reason is that I don&#8217;t want to send out negative vibes.
With all that said, please know that I say *no* to a lot of things presented to me as growth opportunities because I feel they support the sort of things responsible for negative body image/low self-esteem and sexism/racism/classism, while also propping up totally-NOT-safe skin care by proximity. Uncool, amiright? =-) Soooooooooo&#8230; thank you for choosing Just the Goods for whatever your myriad of reasons. I think you&#8217;re awesome and I want you to know that I&#8217;ll always make choices that I feel reinforce just how much I respect you =-)
xo! Milena
Ps. Examples of things I say no to:
big retailers that do hurtful things
"advertorials"
brand management by companies that I don&#8217;t trust because of the other companies they work with
venture capital offers
If saying no to these things means JTG will be smaller, that&#8217;s okay cuz small can be nice, and honest, and true =-)

When to say yes, when to say no…

Hi everyone!!

Thanks so much for liking Just the Goods!! It means a great deal to me, and I want you to know that I really, super duper like you back *ha ha* I am grateful that you dig my efforts to realize honest and transparent “business” practices, and that you think my truly natural skin care products are pretty darned awesome, too. THANK YOU!!

I’m also grateful that you’re aware of my desire to do things differently, which includes resisting so many of the tendencies dominating the so-called “beauty” industry, and the profit-at-all-costs model of large corporations. There are so many things that happen behind the scenes, and I always want to tell you *ALL THE THINGS* because it never ceases to amaze me how other businesses function, especially in the fashion/beauty world, which is quite new to me. One of the reasons I don’t, however, is because tattling seems less effective than turning the other way and trying to do/be better. Another reason is that I don’t want to send out negative vibes.

With all that said, please know that I say *no* to a lot of things presented to me as growth opportunities because I feel they support the sort of things responsible for negative body image/low self-esteem and sexism/racism/classism, while also propping up totally-NOT-safe skin care by proximity. Uncool, amiright? =-)

Soooooooooo… thank you for choosing Just the Goods for whatever your myriad of reasons. I think you’re awesome and I want you to know that I’ll always make choices that I feel reinforce just how much I respect you =-)

xo!
Milena

Ps. Examples of things I say no to:

  • big retailers that do hurtful things
  • "advertorials"
  • brand management by companies that I don’t trust because of the other companies they work with
  • venture capital offers

If saying no to these things means JTG will be smaller, that’s okay cuz small can be nice, and honest, and true =-)

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Mar 9 '14

Josh and Andrea like Just the Goods’ Vegan Herbal Spa. They really, really do!

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Whoo! This is so cool!! The fabulous folks at GoodReport.tv reviewed four types of bath salts available at Good Roots and had so many lovely things to say about Just the Goods' Vegan Herbal Spa =-) Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw. Yes!! JTG *will* marry you!! *tee hee hee*

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Feb 28 '14

Ordering from Montreal just got easier!

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!

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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!

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