These Are Your Words For Hello 2021

Hi February, The light is changing. In New Zealand, our kids are going back to school. For whatever the holidays have been to you, I hope you feel a little more free and easy in your body. Now, we are back to the morning rhythm. Some of you will be cheering, hurray, at last, back to school. Some of you will be feeling the pinch of the transition. Really? Back to getting the kids up, dressed, and out the door Monday [...]
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What is Your Hello for 2021

It's true, we greet 2021. For whatever 2020 has been, it's been yours. Your stories, connections, concerns, stress, and moment of grace. Yours to respond to, learn from, deepen your faith (in chocolate or the Divine, depending). These days are good ones to consider what you will say Goodbye to. What things will you let go?   And even better, what is your hello for 2021? What do you want to see more of? What qualities will help you have the [...]
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It’s Time to Do Good

Hi Summer Hopes, People want good products, but when do they have time to do the research? We all love a good recommendation from a friend, it makes it so much easier. Would you help spread the word about our products to the Kiwis around you? We're all getting ready to do the things our product is best at- sunscreen, first aid and bugs! All the stuff of summer. There's not many New Zealand natural brands that can say that they are as widely [...]
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How to Soothe Sandfly Bites

You tried to avoid sandflies, but you got bites anyway We’ve all been there. My guess is that you are visiting this page because you, your husband (just guessing!) or your child has bug bites. And I’m sorry to hear that. I’m sure it is no comfort that thousands of people visit this page every month. Bugs can really, really impact badly on you. I’m American and have been living & working in New Zealand for over 20 years. I have […]

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Top Tips for Avoiding Sandfly Bites

Your best defense is a good offense #howNOTtodress is one of our best resources. Timing is everything. Sandflies love dusk just as much as you do. But instead of unwinding from a long day of work, and hopefully some play, they are gearing up for a meal. So apply Goodbye Sandfly, or reapply if it has been more than a few hours. Don’t stop, keep on moving on.  Sandflies prefer nonmoving targets. If you are out talking to people at a BBQ, [...]
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Sharing the Kiwi Love

Hi Time Change, Thank you for so many responses to our post, Choose to Change with ideas, questions about how to help, and orders from many people. Now it's time to play! Our products come into their own in spring and summer And this year we are working to attract new Kiwis to our products by asking you to tell us about your experience with them. Here's one very specific and fun way you can spread the word about our products. [...]
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Choose to Change

It's time to be honest with you about the business side of Goodbye- and why that matters to you and all of us I need to tell you a little about what is happening here at Goodbye. Since March we have been running between 40% and 50% down on last year. We knew that our products were tied to tourism and outdoor recreation. We just didn’t know how much. I don't want to add to your stress with this information, but I [...]
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Blue Bottle Love for Project Blue

In the Neighbourhood- Project Blue I first learned of Project Blue almost exactly two years ago, when my then 14 year old daughter showed me her Instagram feed with the photo above, saying "Mum, you should check these guys out. Look how awesome they are." So, I joined their feed and immersed myself in their project through pictures, humour, and devotion. Their tone has remained positive, even though the topic they are documenting is troubling. They are creatively looking for solutions [...]
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I Lov Sprouts – Easy to Grow Your Own

Hi Neighbor,  Let's focus on simple things this week. Sometimes we have to go back to the basics of healthy living, creating the most vital food for ourselves and our family. It's winter in NZ, which means this last week, you've either been cold down south or rained on up north. Most of our gardens have been picked clean. Even all those emergency seedlings that got purchased before lockdown are only knee high. If you find that you go to the shop [...]
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How to make your own Face Serum for yourself, friends and family

(at better quality and value than most products you can buy) There are cosmetic companies that have made a great deal of fuss over the dropper bottles full of magic. Fifteen millilitres of hope for a very expensive price. Recently, I ran into one being advertised in my Instagram feed, and I clicked through, interested in the products made from beautiful oils. And for a mere $60AUD, I too could have this miracle oil. Wow, I thought, that’s expensive, I wonder [...]
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The process of making Grateful Face

One of the things I'm most grateful for as the founder of Goodbye is that I get to formulate our products. Many companies start as a marketing idea and then get a lab to provide base formulations so that they can add their own version of a hero product. Think rose hip oil, chia seed, jojoba etc, as if one oil could be the answer to all of your skin care needs. We've come at it from the other way- it started with [...]
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A love affair with plant oils

Hi Neighbor One of the things I'm most grateful for as the founder of Goodbye is that I get to work with plant oils to formulate our products.  To start, me and plant oils have been friends for decades. At the beginning it was all about the essential oils, and I couldn’t believe that if I started a “natural products business” I could actually buy any essential oil I wanted and then be able call it a business expense. I kind [...]
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