Good JuJu Herbal Gift Guide

****Full disclosure, this is the same intro to last years gift guide because it still applies and I don't feel like i've gotten much funnier so why not just ride out a good intro, right?? The Gift Guide section is expanded and not the same as last years.

p.s. I still have yet to master making a casserole (if you don't understand just keep reading)***


Christmas Is The Best Time Of The Year, That Is, Until It Becomes The Worst Time Of The Year.

Don't get me wrong, I really do love Christmas, but gift giving is stressful. Every year I feel like my list gets longer, employee gift exchange, teacher gifts, friend gifts, family gifts, and gifts for guys in general. Personally all of those gifting occasions can be stressful, but the most nerve racking to me is the blindsided gift exchange, you know what i'm talking about. It is the gift exchange everyone worries is possibly looming this holiday season! The blindsided gift exchange is when one person you are friends/work place proximity associates (I had to, Parks and Rec is life) with gets you a gift and you are empty handed, trying not to make eye contact. Sounds horrible, right? Let me assure you it is horrible, so here is the solution to avoid it this year and some other gift giving solutions! 

Solution to the horrid blindsided gift giver (who you often really like but holidays are crazy and people always expect you to make like a million casseroles for random gatherings this time of year so I mean really, who can even remember to buy gifts because casseroles have 18 ingredients minimum and  are harder than they seem).

The Simple Gift Set comes packaged with a Hand Cut Cedar Soap Dish, Shea Butter Lip Balm and choice of bar soap. ($12)

The Simple Gift Set comes packaged with a Hand Cut Cedar Soap Dish, Shea Butter Lip Balm and choice of bar soap. ($12)

 Soap, it is the answer. Having a few Good JuJu gift sets on hand is perfect. Soap if functional, everyone uses it, and the gift sets look awesome, plus you are support a small business! So, let me set the scene. You go to lunch with a friend to catch up, you walk in, sit down. Your friend walks in bag in hand. You get pumped because gifts are awesome and then instantly panic, BUT WAIT you've got a Good JuJu gift set in your car ready to roll!! So you say "oh I wasn't sure if we were doing gifts but I got you something too, it's actually in my car"! See, that went perfect, and now you can enjoy that tuna melt you've been eyeing (I hope someone reading this loves tuna melts as much as me) and have a nice lunch with your friend! Blindsided gift giving solved, now on to the rest of the gift guide! It is much less ranty (not a word, I know) from here on out, I promise.

Each Section will be broken down into different price points so you can make it work no matter what your budget is! 

For the women in your life (mother, sister, girlfriend, wife): 

Made with a rich formula of olive oil and Coconut oil with additives of Shea butter, Vitamin E oil and poppy seeds (for a light exfoliant) this soap says "Hey (Insert woman in your life), you are a badass babe and deserve to have the best showers and softest skin ever!" Scents that you can't go wrong with: Lavender Poppy, Lemongrass or Cinnamon Oatmeal. ($7)

Made with a rich formula of olive oil and Coconut oil with additives of Shea butter, Vitamin E oil and poppy seeds (for a light exfoliant) this soap says "Hey (Insert woman in your life), you are a badass babe and deserve to have the best showers and softest skin ever!" Scents that you can't go wrong with: Lavender Poppy, Lemongrass or Cinnamon Oatmeal. ($7)

This Set comes with a Solid Lip Scrub and Lip Balm duo, Dead Sea Clay Face mask and handmade face mask dish by local artist Lauren Sumner.  This Gift Set says "Hey, i'm not exactly sure what to buy you but this will look nice next to the sink and everyone loves to be pampered and have soft lips and skin so Merry Christmas" ($35)

This Set comes with a Solid Lip Scrub and Lip Balm duo, Dead Sea Clay Face mask and handmade face mask dish by local artist Lauren Sumner.  This Gift Set says "Hey, i'm not exactly sure what to buy you but this will look nice next to the sink and everyone loves to be pampered and have soft lips and skin so Merry Christmas" ($35)

This Exfoliation Bath + Body Set comes with a Calendula and Rose face scrub, Coffee and Cardamom Body Scrub, Natural Body Brush,  Dead Sea Clay Face Mask and handmade face mask dish by local artist Lauren Sumner.  This Set says "Hey, you deserve all the pampering you can get, thanks for being awesome" ($55)

This Exfoliation Bath + Body Set comes with a Calendula and Rose face scrub, Coffee and Cardamom Body Scrub, Natural Body Brush,  Dead Sea Clay Face Mask and handmade face mask dish by local artist Lauren Sumner.  This Set says "Hey, you deserve all the pampering you can get, thanks for being awesome" ($55)

Dead Sea Clay face mask is a go-to, must have. This mask tightens and softens skin, unclogs pores, helps keep skin clear of break outs, reduces redness and says "hey, I know exactly what I doing with this gift giving thing because every person ever loves a face mask"  ($8)

Dead Sea Clay face mask is a go-to, must have. This mask tightens and softens skin, unclogs pores, helps keep skin clear of break outs, reduces redness and says "hey, I know exactly what I doing with this gift giving thing because every person ever loves a face mask"  ($8)

 

For the men in your life:

You can't go wrong with soap for guys, everyone showers. Made with the centering cedar wood essential oil, Beer and Nettle is the most popular selling for guys, but close seconds are Patchouli Sandalwood, Cinnamon Oatmeal, Lavender poppy and the Exfoliator bar (which is a great choice if your guy works with his hands a lot, i.e. Mechanic, frequent gardener, carpenter, etc.) . ($7)

You can't go wrong with soap for guys, everyone showers. Made with the centering cedar wood essential oil, Beer and Nettle is the most popular selling for guys, but close seconds are Patchouli Sandalwood, Cinnamon Oatmeal, Lavender poppy and the Exfoliator bar (which is a great choice if your guy works with his hands a lot, i.e. Mechanic, frequent gardener, carpenter, etc.) . ($7)

If you want to make the gift a little more polished than just a bar of soap the simple gift set comes in handy. Pair with any scent of your choosing to say "Hey (man in your life), you work hard and buying for guys is really hard but this soap is really nice and this is something I know you will use, hopefully." ($12)

If you want to make the gift a little more polished than just a bar of soap the simple gift set comes in handy. Pair with any scent of your choosing to say "Hey (man in your life), you work hard and buying for guys is really hard but this soap is really nice and this is something I know you will use, hopefully." ($12)

Everyone gets dry lips in the winter so this is a good gift for all, including guys. This duo comes with a solid lip scrub, which to apply one just pushes tube up and rubs right on to lips to say good bye to dry skin/dry lips, and a Shea Butter lip balm to keep lips soft and smooth. ($20)

Everyone gets dry lips in the winter so this is a good gift for all, including guys. This duo comes with a solid lip scrub, which to apply one just pushes tube up and rubs right on to lips to say good bye to dry skin/dry lips, and a Shea Butter lip balm to keep lips soft and smooth. ($20)

 

For teachers, co workers or hostess:

Felted soap is a fun and unique gift. This felted soap comes in three popular scents of Lemongrass, Orange Jasmine and French Lavender. This felted soap says "Hey employee gift exchange, I am under budget and giving a distinct and useful gift"  More details about felted soap and how it works is listed in the product listing on the Shop page. ($7)

Felted soap is a fun and unique gift. This felted soap comes in three popular scents of Lemongrass, Orange Jasmine and French Lavender. This felted soap says "Hey employee gift exchange, I am under budget and giving a distinct and useful gift"  More details about felted soap and how it works is listed in the product listing on the Shop page. ($7)

Seriously, these gift sets work for all occasions. If you are buying multiple for co workers, teachers or hostess gifts and are on a budget you can forego the lip balm and just give the soap of your choice and Hand Cut Cedar Soap Dish for a complete gift on a budget. ($10)

Seriously, these gift sets work for all occasions. If you are buying multiple for co workers, teachers or hostess gifts and are on a budget you can forego the lip balm and just give the soap of your choice and Hand Cut Cedar Soap Dish for a complete gift on a budget. ($10)

 

For Extended family (Nieces, Nephews, Grandma, Aunts): 

This Soap Bath + Body Set comes with your choice of soap bar, your choice of felted soap, a natural body brush, one Shea butter lip balm and a scrub of your choice. ($45)

This Soap Bath + Body Set comes with your choice of soap bar, your choice of felted soap, a natural body brush, one Shea butter lip balm and a scrub of your choice. ($45)

The classic Good JuJu Herbal gift set comes with your choice of soap bar, your choice of felted soap, one Shea butter lip balm and a soap dish. This gift set comes wrapped in a hand dyed tea towel that can be reused after unwrapping. ($25)

The classic Good JuJu Herbal gift set comes with your choice of soap bar, your choice of felted soap, one Shea butter lip balm and a soap dish. This gift set comes wrapped in a hand dyed tea towel that can be reused after unwrapping. ($25)

For Stocking stuffers:

Stocking stuffers are things that are whimsical, weird or useful, Felted Soap checks all three of those boxes and comes in three scents, French Lavender, Lemongrass and Orange Jasmine. ($7)

Stocking stuffers are things that are whimsical, weird or useful, Felted Soap checks all three of those boxes and comes in three scents, French Lavender, Lemongrass and Orange Jasmine. ($7)

Good JuJu Herbal Shea butter lip balms are made with no fillers or additives, just 100% natural ingredients. Also, can you ever have too many sticks of lip balm? Answer: No, lip balm rocks. ($4)

Good JuJu Herbal Shea butter lip balms are made with no fillers or additives, just 100% natural ingredients. Also, can you ever have too many sticks of lip balm? Answer: No, lip balm rocks. ($4)

Dog soap is a great stocking stuffer for your dog or dog lover! This natural dog soap leaves dog's coats fluffy and soft. This soap is also made with a blend of essential oils that will repeal fleas and ticks and soothe any pup during bath time.  ($6)

Dog soap is a great stocking stuffer for your dog or dog lover! This natural dog soap leaves dog's coats fluffy and soft. This soap is also made with a blend of essential oils that will repeal fleas and ticks and soothe any pup during bath time.  ($6)

Puppy Pad Balm is a salve that is versatile and meant to be used on the soft side of dog paws to maintain paw health and protect from salty roads or hot surfaces. This Balm can also be used on dry dog snouts or as a dog soothing salve on cuts or hot spots. Eucalyptus is anti fungal, anti viral, and promotes circulation.  ($8)

Puppy Pad Balm is a salve that is versatile and meant to be used on the soft side of dog paws to maintain paw health and protect from salty roads or hot surfaces. This Balm can also be used on dry dog snouts or as a dog soothing salve on cuts or hot spots. Eucalyptus is anti fungal, anti viral, and promotes circulation.  ($8)

 

Gift Wrapping:

All gifts/gift sets can come wrapped and ready to give in a hand dyed, furoshiki cloth for and additional charge. the furoshiki technique comes from Japanese origin. This gift wrapping technique elevates the gift and is an eco-friendly take on gift giving. Once unwrapped the "wrapping paper" transforms into a hand dyed tea towel. Available in a range of colors. ($4.75)

All gifts/gift sets can come wrapped and ready to give in a hand dyed, furoshiki cloth for and additional charge. the furoshiki technique comes from Japanese origin. This gift wrapping technique elevates the gift and is an eco-friendly take on gift giving. Once unwrapped the "wrapping paper" transforms into a hand dyed tea towel. Available in a range of colors. ($4.75)

Good JuJu Herbal focuses on using only high quality ingredients with a concentration on using ingredients that are plant-based, food-grade, organic and locally sourced when possible. All products are geared towards sensitive skin and are made without parabens, SLS/SLES or synthetic dyes/pigments, always. All Good JuJu Products are cruelty free and tested on *Human* friends and family only. 

Good JuJu Herbal also focuses on environmental sustainability and because of this fact all product packaging/gift set packaging are either recyclable, reusable or compostable. 

For any questions or special requests please feel free to get in contact with us through the contact tab at the top of the page! 

THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING SMALL! 

Gratitude & Love, 

Judith 

Four Days Of Ingredients: Shea Butter

Four days of ingredients blog series is inspired by my four favorite herbal ingredients. Each day I will break down the selected ingredient with a formal introduction, why it is good for our skin, which Good JuJu Herbal products utilize the ingredient and lastly two ways you can start using it in your daily routine. 


Shea Butter

Shea Butter comes from the Karite tree, also called the Shea Tree. Shea trees, most commonly the Vitellaria Paradoxa species are confined to growing in Africa. Shea butter is one of the most versatile products to use at home and is still extremely effective when used alone. Shea butter is rich in vitamin A, E and F. It also provides the skin with many essential fatty acids.  

Shea butter is deeply moisturizing and protective when applied, it acts as a moisture seal on skin. It Shea butter can help reduce wrinkles and fine lines, as well as being effective to help sooth rough skin patches and Psoriasis. 

Good JuJu Herbal uses Shea butter in a vast range of products including Herbal Skin Food moisturizer, Coffee and Cardamom body scrub, Puppy Pad Balm and the Shea butter lip balm. All soaps also have Shea butter and vitamin E oil added for extra skin softening goodness.

Good JuJu Herbal's Coffee and Cardamom scrub is a dryer scrub that is made with rich oils and 2 ounces of Shea butter massaged into each scrub for a balanced exfoliating and moisturizing experience.

Good JuJu Herbal's Coffee and Cardamom scrub is a dryer scrub that is made with rich oils and 2 ounces of Shea butter massaged into each scrub for a balanced exfoliating and moisturizing experience.

This Puppy Pad Balm utilizes Shea butter to help deeply moisturizer dog paws and to promote healing and softness. 

This Puppy Pad Balm utilizes Shea butter to help deeply moisturizer dog paws and to promote healing and softness. 

A simple, effective take on lip balm. This classic Shea butter lip balm is made to protect and alleviate cracked or chapped lips.

A simple, effective take on lip balm. This classic Shea butter lip balm is made to protect and alleviate cracked or chapped lips.

Using Shea butter at home

Shea butter is versatile and can be highly effective as a stand alone product. Below is a list of my favorite things you can use Shea butter for by itself. Good JuJu Herbal's belief is simple is better, so hopefully you will be able to replace a few expensive or chemical filled products with just high quality Shea butter. You can purchase Shea butter online at Mountain Rose Herbs or at your local co-op/health food store. Avoid refined Shea butter and try to purchase fair trade when possible.


Simple Shea Butter Uses:

  • All over body moisturize/lotion
  • Under eye cream, to help reduce bags/wrinkles
  • Cuticle cream
  • After sun cream
  • Directly on lips
  • Applied onto eyelids to keep eye makeup on longer.

For any questions, suggestions, or comments please email us at GoodJuJuHerbal@gmail.com or comment below! 

Love and Gratitude,

Judith Jones 

 

 

Four Days Of Ingredients: Nettle

 Four days of ingredients blog series is inspired by my four favorite herbal ingredients. Each day I will breakdown the selected ingredient with a formal introduction, why it is good for our skin, which Good JuJu Herbal products utilize the ingredient and lastly two ways you can start using it in your everyday routine.

 

Nettle  

Urtica dioica also known as stinging nettle is a stalky, herbaceous, flowering plant that blooms every year. Nettle grows wild throughout United States and Canada. Stinging Nettle is rich in vitamins and minerals, especially iron and calcium. Generally, the part of nettle that is harvested and used are the leaves.

Nettle can be used both internally and externally, commonly found in tea or salves.  When applied topically Nettles are:  

  • Anti-inflammatory: This is one of its most well known properties. Nettle has a natural ability to calm inflammation, which means it can help with reducing redness, irritation, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
  • Antibacterial: Research has shown that nettle is effective against microorganisms, helping to kill off bacteria and fungi. This makes it effective against acne and other skin ailments.
  • Minor skin nicks & swelling: Nettle has a natural astringent property that helps to reduce the swelling associated with acne, razor nicks, and other small cuts and nicks. 
  •  Hair growth: Nettle is said to have a stimulating effect on the scalp. Because of this Nettle can be found in many natural hair rinses. It may help to regenerate hair growth and reduce dandruff.

 

Good JuJu Herbal uses the combination of organic Nettle leaves and craft beer to make a Beer and Nettle soap.   

The combination of amino acids present in beer and the anti- inflammatory properties in nettles make for a harmonious body soap. 

The combination of amino acids present in beer and the anti- inflammatory properties in nettles make for a harmonious body soap. 

 

Using Nettles At Home

My suggestions for using nettles at home is simple and easy. First suggestion is to purchase some bulk dried nettle leaves, available online at mountainroseherbs.com or your local health food store, and add them to soups, stews and sauces. Chances are you won't notice them in your food but you'll be getting all the great benefits! Second suggestion it's to start drinking nettle tea. Below is my favorite combo of ready made tea!


Simple Nettle and Peppermint Tea  

What You Need

  • 1 Peppermint tea bag  
  • 1 Nettle lead tea bag (Traditional Medicinals is the best) 
  • 1 mug  
  • Boiling water  

Directions  

  • Place tea bags in mug and pour boiling water over them.  
  • Let steep for 10 minutes  
  • Drink and Enjoy  

*Recommended to drink 3 times or more a week.


For any questions or comments feel free to email us at GoodJuJuHerbal.com or comment below! 

Love & Gratitude,

Judith 

Four Days Of Ingredients: Clay

Four days of ingredients blog series is inspired by my four favorite herbal ingredients. Each day I will breakdown the selected ingredient with a formal introduction, why it is good for our skin, which Good JuJu Herbal products utilize the ingredient and lastly two ways you can start using it in your everyday routine.  


Clay 

 Taking on the subject of clay is quite a tedious task, because there are so many good clays out there but the three you should know, use and love are Green Clays (Dead Sea clay and French Green clay), Rose Clay, and White clay. Each type of clay has its own unique properties due to its origin, mineral content and texture. 

The reason clay is exceptional for our skin is because in general, clay: 

  • Absorbs excess oil
  • Binds to toxins
  • Cleans away dirt
  • Exfoliates
  • Improves circulation
  • Reduces swelling and inflammation

Green Clays: Green clay is one of the most mineral dense clays found in the world. Green clay gets its deep green color from iron oxide and chlorophyll. This clay contains mineral oxides, magnesium calcium, potassium, phosphorous, copper (antioxidant), selenium (antioxidant) and more. Green clays are one of the more absorbent clays because of it's micro molecules. This means green clays are the best for oily skin types. 

Rose Clay: Rose clay is a mild kaolin clay which means it is a naturally occurring clay that has kaolinite as it's principle constituent. Kaolinite is a mineral that inhabits certain rocks. Rose clay is the best clay for sensitive skin. This clay is gentle and cleansing while maintaining a good balance. 

White Clay (Bentonite): Bentonite clay is one of the most common clays used. Bentonite clay comes from volcanic ash sediments here in the United States. Bentonite clay is a swelling clay. When mixed with water it swells open like a porous sponge making the skin feeling hot or tingly. Bentonite clay is sold for external use only but is commonly used for internal use. 

Good JuJu Herbal products that mindfully harness the properties of clay are the Chamomile and Clay face soap, Dead Sea Clay face mask, Pure Clay face mask bar, Rose Clay and Geranium soap and the Calendula and Rose face scrub. 

A good way to work clay into your everyday routine is with the Chamomile and Clay facial soap. A perfectly balanced, chemical free face wash made with a chamomile tincture and French green clay and bentonite clay. 

A good way to work clay into your everyday routine is with the Chamomile and Clay facial soap. A perfectly balanced, chemical free face wash made with a chamomile tincture and French green clay and bentonite clay. 

Taking the time to do one Dead Sea clay face mask once a week can make a noticeable difference in your skin appearance and texture. Made with a mixture of green clays, lavender and oats this mask will sooth, exfoliate and balance skin. Each vile holds 4-5 full face masks. 

Taking the time to do one Dead Sea clay face mask once a week can make a noticeable difference in your skin appearance and texture. Made with a mixture of green clays, lavender and oats this mask will sooth, exfoliate and balance skin. Each vile holds 4-5 full face masks. 

In this speciality soap gentle rose clay works with the powerful geranium essential oil to help clean and bring harmony to skin, head to toe.  

In this speciality soap gentle rose clay works with the powerful geranium essential oil to help clean and bring harmony to skin, head to toe.  

How to use clay at home

About a year ago when we started making the chamomile and clay face soaps we started getting feedback that customers were using them to wash their hair once or twice a week and it was doing wonders. After hearing that feedback I started using clay in my hair to detox my scalp once every two weeks. After doing some research and trial and error below is my favorite recipe thus far. The second way to start using clay at home is to do a clay bath! My favorite recipe is below. 


Hair Detox Ingredients

  • 1 cup water or Nettle tea 
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • approximately 3/4 cup bentonite clay (again I suggest buying from mountainroseherbs.com)
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (lavender and rosemary for hair growth, tea tree for flaky scalp)

Hair Detox Instructions

  1. Note: Bentonite clay is most effective if it doesn’t come in contact with metal before use. Mix with wood or plastic for best results.
  2. If using nettle tea make sure it has cooled and herbs are removed.
  3. Pour water (or tea) and apple cider vinegar in a non-metal bowl.
  4. Start adding clay a tablespoon at a time while mixing.
  5. Keep adding clay until mixture is smooth medium consistency.
  6. Add essential oils if using.
  7. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.
  8. To Use: Wet hair. Starting at roots, massage a handful of the clay mixture into hair and work down. Repeat until all hair is coated. Leave 5 minutes to 10 minutes (do not let dry!) and rinse out with warm water.
     

 

Clay Detox Bath

Ingredients

  • 1/4-1 cup bentonite clay
  • 1 juiced lemon (optional, lemon aids detoxification)
  • 3-4 drops Essential Oil of choice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Shower and wash thoroughly before taking a detox bath.
  2. Fill your tub with water that feels most comfortable to you.
  3. Dissolve bentonite clay into a small bowl. Once well mixed, add your clay solution to the tub. If using essential oils, add them to the running water.
  4. Soak in the tub for as long as feels comfortable, 40 minutes is generally recommended.


For any questions, feel free to email or comment below!

Love & Gratitude,

Judith  
 

Four Days Of Ingredients: Calendula

Four days of ingredients blog series is inspired by my four favorite herbal ingredients. Each day I will breakdown the selected ingredient with a formal introduction, why it is good for our skin, which Good JuJu Herbal products utilize the ingredient and lastly two ways you can start using it in your everyday routine. 


Calendula 

Calendula officinalis, is a bright little flower that is radiant with golden blooms and sticky petals. Calendula is extremely hardy (meaning it can survive freezing temperatures) and is also known as pot marigold or garden marigold. Calendula can be used both internally, on food or in teas as well as externally in salves, creams, soaps etc. 

Calendula has been used for centuries to treat minor cuts, burns and rashes. The Calendula petals help sooth wounds by promoting cell repair and growth. Calendula is noted for being safe for babies and helping treat conditions such as eczema, diaper rash and skin ulcers. 

Good JuJu Herbal products that mindfully harness the properties of calendula are the Calming Calendula bar soap and the Calendula and Rose face scrub. 

The Calming Calendula body soap was formulated with the most sensitive skin in mind. This unscented soap contains organic calendula petals to serve as a mild and soothing everyday exfoliant. This soap is ideal for fragile skin and is safe to use on children and babies. 

The Calming Calendula body soap was formulated with the most sensitive skin in mind. This unscented soap contains organic calendula petals to serve as a mild and soothing everyday exfoliant. This soap is ideal for fragile skin and is safe to use on children and babies. 

The Calendula and Rose face scrub uses naturally skin softening exfoliants and reparative oils, such as calendula oil, to rejuvenate skin and give the face a natural healthy glow.

The Calendula and Rose face scrub uses naturally skin softening exfoliants and reparative oils, such as calendula oil, to rejuvenate skin and give the face a natural healthy glow.

How to use Calendula at home

Calendula can be used in multiple ways in your home. If you'd like to take calendula usage a step further than just using it in soap or face scrubs you can incorporate it into salads or on top of your morning yogurt or smoothie. The calendula flower has a tangy sharp taste to it. 

Calendula can also be used to make an easy oil infusion. This oil infusion can be used for a multitude of things ranging from using it to cook with all the way to putting some of the infusion on a cotton ball and rubbing it into a rough spot, rash or bug bite. 


Easy Calendula Oil Infusion:

Materials needed:

  • One Large Mason Jar,
  • Organic Olive Oil,
  • Organic Calendula Petals (I suggest buying all bulk herbs through your local co-op or online at www.mountainroseherbs.com !)

Directions:

  • In a clean jar place 2-3 tablespoons dried calendula flowers.
  • Next pour oil over top of the flowers until they are cover by at least 1" of oil, giving the flowers have room to expand.
  • Next place the jar in a sunny spot for 4-6 weeks. Shake often (2 or 3 times a week).
  • At the end of the 4-6 weeks use a cheese cloth to strain flowers out.  
  • Store calendula oil in a cool dry place. 

For any questions feel free to email or comment below! 

Love & Gratitude,

Judith Jones 

Skincare by the minutes

Look, let's be real, life is busy. Sometimes life is really really busy and more times than not when things start to feel like they are going in fast forward we start to skip important skincare steps and routines. The important thing to remember is that having an established skincare routine is not necessarily for beauty but more for having and maintaining healthy, nourished, hydrated and protected skin. When you do these things your skin just happens to say "hey, thanks" by glowing and looking radiant all day. 

This post is all about simple easy steps, broken down by the time they take, to add into your day and skincare routine no matter how busy you are (to read more about an easy correct skin care routine scroll down to Wholesome & Holistic)!

2 minutes:

If you are pressed for time, do a lip scrub. Lip scrubs are great because they exfoliate, soften and leave lips perfectly plumped. Just simply rub a small amount of desired scrub (I use Good JuJu Herbal Calendula and Rose face scrub) onto lips in the morning or night before brushing your teeth! Suggested use, two times a week. 

5 minutes:

If you have a few more minutes and want to take the lip scrub a bit further, make it a face scrub, you won't be sorry! Face scrubs are a sure way to give your skin that glowing look. The Good JuJu Herbal Calendula and Rose face scrub is a dryer scrub, meaning it won't clog your pores but is still packed with high anti-oxidant, deeply moisturizing oils. Suggested use, two times a week.

 

 

10-15 minutes:

The perfect way to take a break is to do a clay face mask. Clay is one of the most powerful natural ingredients, seriously sometimes I am convinced it is magic. Clay helps minimize pores, clear acne, tone skin, reduce redness, soften rough/dry skin, all while being detoxing and rich in minerals! To use Simply mix two parts clay to one part water (or rosewater if you are trying to be fancy), mix to a medium consistency and apply to face for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Suggested use, once a week. 

 

30-45 minutes:

If you want to go all out and I suggest you do, do a bath soak! Bath soaks will not only relax your mind but also help soften skin and soothe muscles. Lo and Behold Eucalyptus and Lavender salt bath soak is the best. Handmade in Durham, North Carolina and the perfect balance of calming and invigorating. Suggested use: one-two times a week! You can find these Lo and Behold bath soaks linked below! 

www.loandbeholdnaturals.com/shop/eucalyptus-lavender-bath-soak

 

My final and most important suggestion, take time for yourself and be kind to your skin, you are worth it. 

For any questions just email or comment below, I love to chat!

 

Love and gratitude always,

Judith

DIY series: Laundry detergent

Good JuJu Herbal DIY series is going to be a series of short blog posts about quick and easy DIY recipes everyone can and should do. Learning to make basic products is essential to avoiding chemicals and saving money. 

The first DIY is laundry detergent. Most people have no idea that laundry detergent is one of our regular house hold products with the most chemicals. It also contains many common allergens. How many times have you heard someone say "I'm breaking out in a rash, I think its my laundry detergent" (disclaimer: I may have a skewed view considering that I was that person for years and regularly had random conversations with random people about laundry detergents before I found out about my contact allergies -_-). 

*insert rant about all of the chemicals, foaming agents, and fillers in all store bought laundry detergent.* So, I won't rant, but I will say this, please just stop using laundry detergent, if you flip over the back and read the mile long ingredient list and then see a giant warning label, just remember that those chemicals are going to come directly in contact with your skin. If you are using an all natural detergent take the time to look up what's inside and if it is really worth the cost. 

If avoiding chemicals isn't enough of a reason to make your own then the large amounts of money you will be saving probably will. Here is a break down of price per load!

  • Arm & Hammer® liquid 100 ounce detergent – $6.79 – 32 loads = $0.21 per load
  • Tide® with Bleach powder 267 ounce detergent – $20.32 – 95 loads = $0.21 per load
  • 7th Generation liquid 100 ounce detergent - $12.99 - 66 loads = 0.19 per load
  • DIY washing powder 32 oz detergent - $ 2.98 - 64 loads = 0.05 per load

Now on to the the fun part! 

What you will need: 

  • 1 bar Good JuJu Herbal Lemongrass soap.
  • 1 cup borax, can be found at any grocery store.
  • 1 cup washing soda, can be found at any grocery store.
  • 10-20 drops essential oil of choice. (ex. lavender) 

Assembly directions:

1. Grate your bar of soap with any grater you have on hand until the entire bar is grated. 

2. Mix soap shavings in a bowl with the pre measured soda ash, borax, and essential oils. 

3.  Pour laundry mix into air tight glass container to store. 

Use 2 tablespoons for medium to large loads. 

SEE, SO EASY! 

*This laundry powder should be HE washer safe. HE washing detergent is specifically designed to not make a lot of suds. That is the only difference in HE and non-HE washing detergent. This DIY makes next to no suds, meaning it is HE safe.* 

If you have any questions on variations, or just want to chat, comment below or email me anytime!

Love and gratitude always,

Judith Jones 

One ingredient skin care

This blog post is for everyone, no matter your budget or DIY status. This is all about easy, effective and affordable. Look, I am not going to lie sometimes switching over to natural skincare can be a bit pricey, so here is a quick guide to cut cost without cutting corners when it comes to having healthy thriving skin. Oh, and all of these one ingredient skin care products are probably already in your house. Win, win.  

First up, Olive oil:

Olive oil is so versatile, but I love to use it in my hair. An olive oil hair mask once a week keeps your hair soft and your scalp healthy and clean! Make it your Sunday night ritual and you won't be sorry.  Here is what to do.

Pour 1/4 cup (may need more depending on hair length) organic olive oil in a small bowl and pop it in the microwave for 25 seconds, or until slightly warm. This next step is optionally, but if you love essential oils like I do, add in 5-7 drops. I add 5 drops tea tree, to help with any scalp build up and 2 drops lavender to calm my scalp. If you have dull hair Lemongrass essential oil is perfect to add shine and strength.  Next wrap a towel around your neck, just in case you get a little messy and pour small amounts straight on to my hair and then massage it into my scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes, hop in the shower and shampoo the olive oil out! So easy right?

Coconut Oil

So people are crazy about coconut oil, and for good reason! It is packed with skin smoothing/soothing properties, it can basically be used for anything and everything under the sun. I use coconut oil for lots of things but my favorite tricks to help avoid chemical filled expensive products is to sub coconut oil for shaving creme and eye make up remover! 

Coconut oil shaving creme is as simple as it sounds. Find a kind of organic 76 degree coconut oil that you like (Trader Joes coconut oil is the best and most affordable)  and buy a jar just for your bathroom. When you get ready to shave just simply rub on a small scoop full on to your skin and get to it! It is that simple. You will get a closer shave with coconut oil, you're skin will be deeply moisturized and you will be avoiding shaving cremes which are filled with chemicals, foaming agents, and dyes. 

Next up is coconut oil eye make up remover. This is so simple, all you need to do is simply rub a small finger tip sized amount on to your eye lids and wipe away with a cotton ball! By using coconut oil as eye make up remover you will be avoiding harmful chemicals in and around your eyes, helping to strength your eye lashes and effectively moisturizing your upper and lower eye area, which contains some of our most fragile and thin skin. 

 

Grapeseed oil:

On the market right now there are some pretty good natural lotions out but more time than not they are also pretty pricey. So if fancy lotion just isn't in your budget right now don't worry, grapeseed oil is here to save the day. All of the oils above are also great for all over body moisture but grapeseed oil is the best and here is why.  Grapeseed oil is light with hardly any scent to it and it is also the closest to our skins natural collagen. Here's what to do.  

After a shower pour 1/4 cup grapeseed oil in a small bowl and add (or don't add) any essential oil blend you may like. Next just massage into skin and let soak in for 2-3 minutes!  

Last tip, buy organic. When buying these one step oils for your skin care routine spend the extra 1-2 dollars and get the good stuff, you won't regret it! 

For any questions or if you are looking for more quick tips just email me, I love to chat!!  

 

-Love always,  

Judith

Mother's day gift guide

I really don't want to brag but....I think I am. I am possibly the worlds best gift giver, and by possibly I mean definitely, I am definitely the worlds best gift giver. I think of gift giving as being a spy. A spy that secretly takes mind notes all through the year so then at Christmas/Birthdays/etc. I use my mind notes/spy skills to BAM buy the perfect gift (and probably give it to you early/blurt out what I got you because when it comes to gift giving I have no chill). With all of that being said I have a confession to make, the only person I have a hard time gift giving for is my mom (who is actually a great gift giver herself, our christmas mornings growing up were BANANAS). Every year I call my siblings and we have the same "what are you getting mom", "have you got mom anything yet" conversation. So here is a Good JuJu Herbal Mother's Day gift guide to the perfect gift. 

First up on the gift guide, the Mother's Day Collaboration set: 40  

This gift set is perfect for Mother's day (or for yourself, it is really stinkin' cute) because it's stylish, functional, affordable, and you are supporting three local small businesses at once. Here is the break down of what you get and who is making it.

First up is a unique and durable handmade soap dish by Lauren Sumner Pottery, out of Raleigh, NC. Lauren specializes in beautiful glazes, one of a kind pieces and hand carving patterns into her work.

Second is a high quality soft unbleached linen hand towel handmade by Anna Nickles of Shibui South, based out of Durham, NC. Anna specializes in hand dying and three dimensional fabric construction. Anna's hand towels are versatile and are able to elevate any space. 

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Lastly in this gift set you will receive soap bar of your choice. Just in case you aren't familiar with Good JuJu Herbal I will give you a quick run down. Good JuJu Herbal is based out of Raleigh, NC and specializes in small batch skin care made for people with a love for simple, real ingredients. As far as suggestions on scent, for Mother's day I always suggest Lavender Poppy or Lemongrass, those are two go-to scents everyone likes. With that suggestion remember, you know your mom better than anyone so if she loves Mojitos she might really love the Mint and Lime soap! You got this!

 

Calendula and rose scrub: 15

I really love this scrub, and get lots and lots of great feedback on it. This scrub is perfect for Mother's Day because it is a lightly fragrant and perfectly balanced scrub. Made with natural exfoliants and high quality moisturizing oils such as rosehip, evening primrose and calendula it will leave skin glowing and mom is sure to love it. ***tip if you are going in with siblings pair this scrub with a soap bar of your choice and a Dead Sea Clay facemask. ***

 

                                                                                       Good JuJu Herbal Gift Set: 25

This is the perfect gift if you want a one and done. This gift set comes with a soap bar of your choice, a felted soap, a hand cut soap dish and a shea butter lip balm. oh, and it comes wrapped and ready to go. I talked about being the best gift giver earlier but conveniently left out I am the worlds worst gift wrapper. So. Hard. 

 

 

So there is it, take your pick on the perfect gift for mom. And lets get real, bottom line, with any of these gifts mom is sure to love you forever and not because she has to. 

 

Feel Free to email me with any special requests or if you'd like other suggestions! 

To follow the makers above on instagram: @shibuisouth, @laurensumnerpottery, @GoodJuJuHerbal

Love always,

Judith Jones 

The process

"What soap do you use?"

"How did you get started making soap?"

"Will I pass my drug test if I use the Lavender Poppy soap?"

These are just a few questions I get asked on a regular basis. Well not the drug test one, that was only twice. Just to clear that up, you would only fail the drug test if you ate the poppy seeds out of the soap, which I don't recommend, for obvious reasons. Unless you are stranded in a car for a week with no food and you are faced with eating your jacket or the soap which in that case I still kinda advise against it. See, aren't you glad you started reading this blog post? Some forth coming soap knowledge mixed with bad advice on what to do in fictitious survival situations. 

Now to the most asked question that always come up, and rightfully so, "how do you make soap, anyways?". Making soap is fun, precise and a little dangerous, so naturally I love it. I am basically a soap nerd, I could talk about soap and the process all day but I promise to try and make this as brief and information filled as possible.

Short history of soap: 

2800 B.C. - The Babylonians boiled together animal fats and ashes (ashes aka potash, which is a term given to a mineral salt that contains potassium in a soluble form.)

1550 B.C.- The Egyptians start mixing together vegetable oils with wood ash. 

300 AD- Arabs start making soap with added aromatic oils (essential oils). 

1700 AD- Europeans become the hipsters of soap making and replace vegetable oil with olive oil, because let's be honest just using vegetable oil is just so 1550 B.C. 

1725 AD- Woman in the USA start making soap with lye. Meaning modern day soap making begins! 

Now for the process of basic soap making!

It starts with a lye and distilled water mixture. Before I go any further, let me also clear this up, all soap contains lye, and if someone tells you their soap doesn't contain lye then they are not being truthful to you. I know that lye seems scary, and it is pretty dangerous, but the fact is that lye is a basic salt, and basic as in it has a pH of 14, but without lye, soap would only be a bowl of oils. So, with that out of the way, lets recap, first step weighing, mixing and cooling the lye and water mixture. The second step is to mix together a blend of skin nurturing oils depending on the amount of lye and water mixture so the soap will come out with the perfect pH to clean the skin (which is between 7-10).  

Let us talk oils for a second, every soap maker is different, and every soap maker has a different blend they like to use. That is why no two handmade soaps are the same, and it is important to find ones that work best for your skin needs. I will give you a break down of the oils I love. First, olive oil, all Good JuJu soaps are made with 70% percent olive oil because it is great for all skin types, and deeply moisturizing. Second is coconut oil, besides also being amazing for all skin types it is what gives soap it's lather. This is why Good JuJu soaps make a big rich lather, that I personally can not get enough of! Coming up last but not least is vegetable oil, a light blend of grapeseed and safflower, both light great smelling oils. Also, depending on the purpose of the soap some are super fatted and some are not. Super fatted means that you calculate out a lye discount so that basically some soaps can be milder than others. For example Good JuJu Carrot and Sweet potato soap is the most mild soap I make (designed for extremely fragile/aging skin). It is super fatted with shea butter, vitamin E oil (which are in almost all of Good JuJu soaps) as well as cocoa butter! 

Ok now back to the process. After everything is weighed, mixed and cooled this is when the lye mixture is mixed with the oil mixture and hand mixed until it reaches a trace. A trace in soap making, simply put, means when the oils and lye water have emulsified. At this point is when essential oils/any additives are added. 

The process of saponification! The best part of soap making! Science wise the Saponification process is when triglycerides in fat/oil react with aqueous NaOH or KOH and are converted into soap. In not science terms this is when the oils bring down the pH of the lye to a semi-neutral point so it is good to clean skin! 

Lastly after soap goes through a resting/setting period of 24 hours in molds it can then be cut into bars and set out on a drying rack for 4-6 weeks so it can continue to cure! 

Now that you know the basic process of soap making, let me quickly tell you why it works, and why it is more superior than detergent soap, or drug store soap. 

The reason handmade soap is awesome and better for your skin as a whole is because it actually cleans dirty and oil from your skin surface without stripping away your skins natural oils. Basically when grease and dirt is mixed with soapy water, the soap molecules arrange themselves into tiny clusters called micelle.

The hydrophilic (water-loving) part of the soap molecules sticks to the water and points outwards, forming the outer surface of the micelle.

The hydrophobic (oil-loving) parts stick to the oil and trap oil in the center where it can't come into contact with the water, with the oil now in the center, the micelle is soluble to water. Now as the soapy water is rinsed off the dirt and oil go with it! 

And there you have it folks, soap in one quick blog post! Also, quickly if you ever get on Jeopardy/Who Wants To Be a Millionaire and are asked a soap question and get it right because of this blog post please give me a shout out. I love game shows, and it would make my life, thanks in advance. 

Love and gratitude,

Judith

Wholesome & Holistic

The idea of owning my own small business was exciting and empowering. Now that I am sitting here typing this a few years wiser and a stomach ulcer later, I can confidently say that my feelings of excitement and independence have far exceeded even my wildest expectations. Although, of course, with that has also come lots of stress, challenges and self doubt.  I have gone through many stages of self doubt, but in all of those times what reassured me was my love and passion for people, skin care, and making things that really do help people and make them feel special after a long day.

Being someone that suffered from broken skin for years due to eczema, allergies, etc. when I have a customer tell me that my soap/product helped clear up their skin, or their child's skin, my heart over flows with joy, copious amounts of joy! 

For as long as I have been on this journey one of the biggest goals for me has been making a skin care line that is wholesome, holistic, and effective. I remember writing down about a year ago the the three objectives I wanted for Good JuJu Skincare. I wanted for it to be preservative free, made with high quality ingredients and easy to follow and keep up.

For months now I have been ordering and reordering bottles, tinkering with formulas, forcing people to use two different moisturizers on different halves their face and other helpful but crazy things. It was all worth it, and I am so excited. So excited that here is a whole blog post about the amazing ingredients and the versatility of these three  products.

I am going to break it down in order of use!

 

Cleanse: Although neither one of these products are new since I am going in order of use I figured I'd talk about these two soaps too! To cleanse I recommend the Chamomile and Clay face soap for those with oily/acne prone skin to combination skin. This soap is deep cleansing and will nip acne/oiliness in the bud. If you have dry or mature skin I suggest using the Carrot and Sweet Potato soap to cleanse your face for it is mild and soothing on skin. 

Exfoliate: Exfoliating is important, and the most important place to exfoliate is your face. The Good JuJu Calendula and Rose face scrub uses organic almonds, sugar, lavender buds, chamomile flowers and oatmeal to scrub away the build-up of dead, damaged cells. Doing this stimulates the regeneration of new cells, improving the skin’s appearance, feel and texture. The second working part of this scrub is the rich oils in it. Made with apricot oil, calendula oil, and rose essential oil all of which are known for their restoring properties. Calendula in particular is thought to be the most powerful herb when it comes to helping restore cell growth. The Calendula and Rose face scrub is extremely versatile  as it can be used as a lip scrub for winter months as well as a full body scrub if you aren't a huge fan of coffee.  This scrub will leave skin with a natural healthy glow. Recommend to be used two times a week. 

Tone: I will try and not go on a rant about toner and how much it is over looked but I can't make any promises. First here is a quick story. I used to work in this nursing home when I was 18 and I took care of this woman who I loved, she was basically my 94 year old soul sister. She was funny, sassy and aged well, really well.  One day we were talking and I asked her the classic "what is your secret" question about how she kept her skin so beautiful. She told me rosewater, she told me she couldn't live without it. Soon there after I went and bought a plain bottle of rosewater toner and quickly learned I also could never live with out it. Toner is the most underrated, over looked beauty product out there. Good JuJu Jasmine and Rose floral toner closes/tightens pores, adjusts the PH of the skin, and removes any remaining oil or dirt that a cleanser may have missed. The water-binding ingredients in this toner (called humectants) not only hydrate the skin but also function as a delivery system for other ingredients, allowing the product to prepare the skin for moisturizer. In short, toner is what hydrates the skin and moisturizer is what seals in that moisture all day. Toner is also a versatile, it can be sprayed anywhere on the skin to hydrate as well as used as a light floral perfume. 

Moisturize: The last and final step is to moisturize.The hardest thing for me to part ways with after finding out about my contact allergies was my moisturizer (it had six chemicals I was allergic to). For years I have been huge fan and follower of Rosemary Gladstar, The godmother of modern day herbalism. Through her I found a face cream that was wholesome and preservative free. I then spent months and months perfecting it, changing ratios, adding new ingredients and finally landed on what is now Good JuJu Herbal Skin Food Moisturizer. I believe this moisturizer is the BEST cream I have ever used. High in antioxidants, rich in oils and light enough to be a everyday moisturizer. Good JuJu's Herbal Skin Food is made in small batches and has a shelf life (read about why you should look for skincare with a shelf life in my previous blog post) of 6 months, longer if kept in the fridge. Also this moisturizer is ideal if you suffer from sensitive skin. It can be massaged into problem spots such as eczema or psoriasis breakouts to help sooth skin. 

Questions, concerns? I like to chat so comment here or Email me anytime

Gratitude and love,

Judith 

New Year, New Skin Care!

**Pulling out my actual soap box to get on, because i'm about to preach.**

Having approximately 100 million skin issues doesn't really give me the choice to look the other way when it comes to chemicals. I am now that crazy Whole Foods customer who lingers in the isle for 25 minutes reading/comparing ingredients while you are trying to look around me to grab some shampoo. By the way, sorry about that. It is really easy to not pay much attention to what we use skin care wise mainly because the ingredients are in font size -16, and all have names like Cocamidopropyl Betaine (quick game, did I make that up or is that real? Answer: Real, and I am Highly allergic to it!). So here is a quick yes and no guide to skin care.

Short expiration dates: Yes

When I see an expiration date under a year I know the product is not laden with prolonging harmful chemicals. Freshness and shelf life seem to be a thing of the past in modern society, and unless you are a prepper saving for the apocalypse, things that are good till 2057 should be thrown out the door. When using fresh, whole ingredients for skin care you get a more effective well rounded product. 

Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate (SLS & SLES): No

SLS and SLES and common chemicals found in skin care. Both are used to create foam/sudsy appearance that consumers equate with effectiveness. Both are considered to act as detergents vs actual cleansing agents. Detergent based skin care means it cleans by stripping naturals oils from skin, leaving skin dry and irritated.

Parbens: Proceed with caution

I personal avoid parabens (used as a preservative)  because I am allergic and they aren't necessary in Good JuJu products. When you read up on parabens the general response is, and I am paraphrasing, "Yea, these are not great, and they may mimic estrogen in your body and they may present in breast tissue effected by breast cancer, and they are probably really bad but hey, we can't officially prove it, May the odds be in your favor." This loops back to embracing short expiration dates. If I buy a natural cosmetic I am going to start using it pretty immediate, not having to worry about the expiration date a year from now, and also not harming my skin. win, win, win. 

Synthetic dyes/pigments: No

Good JuJu Furoshiki cloths are beautiful and bright and dyed with cool jaquard acid dyes, great for gift wrapping, not great for rubbing on your body or eating. I love colors, but not when it comes to skin care. Rule of thumb, things that are bright blue, bright yellow, and bright red in skincare, tooth paste, mouthwashes, makeup, just say no to. May appear on label as Blue 1, Green 3, FD & C Yellow 6, etc. 

Short ingredient list: YES

If the ingredient list is short and pronounceable, grab that product, hug it tight, and use the S*%! out of it!  The thing is with all Good JuJu products, I am my customer. If I can't use it I don't sale it. Which takes out all of the hard work for my customers, and to me that is wonderful, because lingering in isle google searching ingredients is not fun. 

 

Look, it's coming up on a new year, so lets all declutter those medicine cabinets filled with random shampoo samples and hotel soaps and not fill them back up. Do some research, try a few new things, and decide on a clear skin care routine for yourself, filled with short ingredient lists, short expiration dates, and real quality ingredient. You and your skin deserve it. Our skin is our largest organ so lets all give it some extra love in 2016. 

I am biased, and love all of my Good JuJu products, so if you want to check them out, here ya go! 

Questions, concerns? I like to chat so comment here or Email me anytime!

Xo,

Judith 

Shop Small Buy Local

Look, I love Target as much as the next person, especially now that they have those dollar bins full of random cards and Star Wars jelly belly beans. I'm not going to sit here and type out a blog post full of hate about big box stores, the man, and other soul sucking things. Big box stores serve their purpose every now and again, like when you want to get wild and crazy and buy six bottles of dollar nail polish, but they shouldn't be our go to.

Shopping small and  buying local are becoming increasingly trendy, in the best way possible. It's really something we should all get behind. I want to discuss a little about why we all should do it, how we can get started and where to look. 

Why small business  

1: It is personal. When shopping at a small business you are dealing with the maker directly, or one of it's (usually) very valued employees. When you are dealing with these said makers/employees they truly care that you find what you need, know how to use it, and usually have other good ideas/suggestions. It is a full experience rather than a quick exchange. 

2: It feels good. Being a loyal customer to a small business is wonderful, it feels good and with lots of loyal customers you can watch something great happen, the growth of that business and the positive effect it has on your local town. It is also nice to know that you are apart of something, or apart of someones dream. 

3. Great customer service. I can personally tell you a few silly things I do to ensure my customers feel loved. I always write a thank you letter, because I am in fact very very thankful. I always put in a little surprise, usually a lollipop to let them know "hey, I like that you support me, and I hope you like sweets as much as I do." Once I package an order I always un-package it to see what it looks like through the customers eyes. What is the first soap scent they are going to smell, what does that first soap dish coming out of the package look like. All of these details may be over looked, but a lot of times they are not, and it makes my customers feel the love I put into each order.  

4: Quality and Customization: Buying from a small business means better quality (usually). For instances with Good JuJu Herbal since I myself have terribly sensitive skin I try to use the best ingredients, and cater to those  like myself, which require high end ingredient based skincare. Also, shopping small means you can usually request custom orders that fit your needs better. 

 

How to get started and where to look. 

The easiest way to go about this is sit down for ten minutes and jot down the normal big box stores you visit and find alternatives in your neighborhood. 

A short list of local places that are probably near you in some form or fashion:

Hardware store

Art store

Grocery store

Small clothing stores

Coffee Shops 

Bicycle shops

Toy stores

Bakery's 

Book stores

Restaurants

The list can go on forever. The point is that being aware of where we shop makes a large impact on the spaces around us.

To wrap this up I will end with my short thoughts on supporting small businesses for Christmas.

This year I have vowed to only give handmade, and try to gift things from makers in North Carolina. Since really diving into my small business I have met a plethora of dreamers, doers, movers and shakers who all love what they do. They all inspire me to really go for my dreams, running Good JuJu full time. I am proud to stand among them and  proud to support them. I hope you join me in supporting this idea. 

 

Good JuJu Gift Guide

Christmas is the best time of the year, that is, until it becomes the worst time of the year.

 

Don't get me wrong, I really do love Christmas, but gift giving is stressful. Every year I feel like my list gets longer, employee gift exchange, teacher gifts, friend gifts, family gifts, and gifts for guys in general. Personally all of those gifting occasions can be stressful, but the most nerve racking to me is the blindsided gift exchange, you know what i'm talking about. It is the gift exchange everyone worries is possibly looming this holiday season! The blindsided gift exchange is when one person you are friends/work place proximity associates (I had to, Parks and Rec is life) with gets you a gift and you are empty handed, not trying to make eye contact. Sounds horrible, right? Let me assure you it is horrible, so here is the solution to avoid it this year and some other gift giving solutions! 

Solution to the horrid blindsided gift giver (who you often really like but holidays are crazy and people always expect you to make like a million casseroles for random gatherings this time of year so I mean really, who can even remember to buy gifts because casseroles have 18 ingredients minimum and  are harder than they seem).

 Soap, it is the answer. Having a few Good JuJu gift sets on hand is perfect. Soap if functional, everyone uses it, and the gift sets look awesome, plus it is handcrafted! So, let me set the scene. You go to lunch with a friend to catch up, you walk in, sit down. Your friend walks in bag in hand. You get pumped because gifts are awesome and then instantly panic, BUT WAIT you've got a Good JuJu gift set in your car ready to roll!! So you say "oh I wasn't sure if we were doing gifts but I got you something too, it's actually in my car"! See, that went perfect, and now you can enjoy that tuna melt you've been eyeing (I hope someone reading this loves tuna melts as much as me) and have a nice lunch with your friend! Blindsided gift giving solved, now on to the rest of the gift guide! It is much less ranty (not a word, I know) from here on out, I promise. 

 First I'm going to quickly breakdown each product and why it rocks, then I will list who should get what if you are still unsure!

Coffee and Cardamom Scrub: Smells amazing, packed with anti-oxidants and shea butter, also exfoliating your skin is a necessary/feels amazing!

Dead Sea Clay Face mask: Simply mix Good JuJu face mask powder with water or fancy nancy rose water and BOOM the perfect pore tightening, deep cleaning face mask! Made with two different types of clay, calming colloidal oats, and lavender essential oil for a calming, soothing experience.  

Clay Treatment Bar: This product is designed for a busy person, who also loves their skin. Made with rosewater, Dead Sea clay, and a touch of witch hazel makes for a quick and easy face mask treatment. Simply wet your skin, wet the bar, and rub on your face. Let the thin layer of clay dry for about 5 minutes and wash off in circular motions! 

Felted Soaps: Felted soap is a Good JuJu soap ball wrapped in a wool roving, which is naturally anti-microbial. As you use it the outside roving will knit tighter and tighter and shrink with the size of the soap, until you are just left with a small wool scrubby. Felted soap is basically a soap washcloth duo! Comes in two scents, french lavender and orange jasmine.  p.s. these are my favorite thing to make!

Shea butter Lip Balm: Who doesn't like lip balm? Good JuJu lip balm is a basic lip balm (because lip balm shouldn't be complicated) made with beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil to  protect and nourish your lips, especially during winter!

Lavender Poppy Soap: My most popular soap, a good fit for everyone including sensitive skin people. Made with pure lavender essential oil, to sooth skin, and poppy seeds to lightly exfoliate. 

Cinnamon Oatmeal Soap: Coming in a close second in popularity. Made with organic cinnamon powder, oats, and cinnamon leaf essential oil this soap is a great exfoliator while also working well with sensitive skin. 

Exfoliator Bar: Made with oatmeal, poppy seeds and coffee this soap is a powerhouse. It does exactly what you would think, exfoliate, level 100. Perfect for a mechanic, gardener, or if you are a lazy exfoliator like myself!

Calming Calendula Soap: My sweet sweet calendula soap. This is actually the soap I use, and love so deeply. Calendula is an ultra healing flower, and this unscented soap is perfect for eczema sufferers or babies !

Carrot and Sweet Potato Soap: Carrots and sweet potatoes get their color from a high concentration of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. Beta carotene is thought to help dry skin conditions and protect skin from the suns UV rays. This soap also has one extra butter for the most fragile skin. All the Good JuJu soaps have vitamin E oil, and shea butter added but this soap also has coca butter. 

Lemon Soap: This soap smells like fresh lemons and is a great versatile soap to have or to give. Prefect kitchen/chefs soap! 

Beer and Nettle Soap: Yes yes, this soap is actually made with beer. Beer has lots of amino acids in it which is great for softening skin! Nettle is also used to clean, and soften skin. This soap smells like cedar mixed with man, and is also one of the most popular soaps! 

Chamomile and Clay Facial Soap: Made with a chamomile tincture and French green clay, this soap is made to be deep cleansing but not to harsh on your skin. Perfect for oily faces! 

Lavender and Eucalyptus Body Wash: For people who are 50/50 on  bar soap, but also want to take holistic, handcrafted approach to their skin care.  Made with lavender and eucalyptus to wake your sense and clam you mind. Tip: a little goes a long way with this body wash!

Hand Cut Cedar Soap Dishes: My dad and I cut these together. Each soap dish is unique and stylish. With handmade products it is important to let soap dry in between uses, which is why a soap dish is a wonderful gift alone, or paired with soap!

 

So, now for my gift suggestions. 

Mom/sister/girlfriend etc.: Coffee and Cardamom body scrub, Dead sea clay face mask, Lavender Poppy gift set. 

Dad/brother/boyfriend etc.: Beer and Nettle gift set or Exfoliator gift set and lip balm. 

Kids/hostess gifts/Stocking Stuffers: Felted soap, felted soap, felted soap!!!! These soaps are fun, interesting, and once you try them you will never go back!

Employee gift swap/teacher gifts: Soap gift set with lip balm!

Extended family: Good JuJu furoshiki wrapped gift sets (pictured above). The basic gift set comes with one bar of soap, one felted soap (your choice of scents) one soap dish, one lip balm, and wrapped in a hand dyed furoshiki cloth for 20.00. The best of both worlds gift set comes with one dead sea clay treatment bar, two bar soaps, one felted soap (your choice of scents), lip balm, one soap dish, and a coffee and cardamom body scrub, also wrapped in a furoshiki cloth for 50.00! 

If you have any questions or special requests contact me or leave a comment!! 

Now let's get shopping!! 

Gratitude & Love,

Judith