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 =-)
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! xo! Milena
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!
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!
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org =-)
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
Katie of Switzerland-based blog, Whole Nourishment asked if I would like to be profiled as part of a fabulous wellness series, and I very happily agreed. 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 here: http://wholenourishment.blogspot.ca/2014/01/whole-resolution-skin-care.html. The interview was published on January 5, 2014.
Anastasia Chipelski of The Manitoban has compiled a list of her favourite local makers, and Just the Goods is included. So cool!! Check out “Local makers: 5 makers who made my life better” published on January 6, 2014: http://www.themanitoban.com/2014/01/local-makers/18127/.
GoodReport.tv is a project affiliated with GoodRoots.ca that is committed to scrubbing out the greenwash, and two of its hosts, Josh and Andrea, like Just the Goods’ Vegan Herbal Spa… they really, really do! Check out this awesome video released on February 19, 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n9M7FwwGe8
Other recent scribblings from Just the Goods… in case you’re interested
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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!
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!!
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
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!