Archive | January 2012

The Basics: J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bars

hand holding single shampoo bar

Stopping in at Facebook, I often see questions regarding which J.R.LIGGETT Shampoo Bar would work for a particular hair or scalp issue; “I have fragile, breakable, dry, colored hair. What specific bar would work for me?’   “I’m a nursing mama with a dry scalp, what do you suggest?”  “What are the essential oils of the Original Bar?”  “I have long, curly hair…thick hair, ethnic hair…”  “What works on psoriasis?”   “Do I need a conditioner?”  “I’m allergic to perfumes, do you have an un-scented bar?”  “Is your product tested on animals?”  “If there are no detergents, how does it clean my hair?”  (That was my question when I first discovered J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar).   Want fast answers? It’s really quite simple,  just check it out here.  Your ‘Go To’ page when you’ve just gotta know!

You’ve heard us mention the health dangers of Sodium Lauryl “ether” Sulfate (SLES), and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)…  Be educated, be in the know, read here.  I   love a hot shower on a cold winter morning… unfortunately, hot water contributes to dry skin, so I always remember to use J.R.LIGGETT’S Foam Face & Body Wash—it does not contain SLS, a harsh, drying detergent.

And while I’m on the subject of dry skin, I’ve found the Body Oils to be indispensable. Just a few drops on rough knees, elbows, and feet before you turn in for a good night’s sleep… I’m amazed at the mileage I’m getting out of this product, seems as if it’s lasting forever…

No sneaky tricks, nothing to hide… just basic, down-home, products that make our lives more comfortable.  J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar: one beautiful, 100% handmade, creamy white, rectangle of healthy-for-you-and-the-environment-bio-degradable-goodness that can simplify your day–your life!

Joy Richter  2012                  ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT LTD


Living Gently On the Land

I like the idea of living as simple as possible.  Small house, only the possessions we need, healthy eating, fresh air, and enjoying nature make for a clear mind and fulfilled life.  When I was growing up, one day my mother asked me to run out to the garden that she and my brother grew, and bring back a certain vegetable. I, not being one to have much of anything to do with gardening, asked, “what does it look like?”  Thankfully, my tastes and knowledge in that area have grown and today, I could not only identify many vegetables, but I swear by their health benefits!  My brother continued with his love of gardening and nature, and years later, built a home in the Ozark Hills where he gardens nearly year-round thanks to his construction of a ‘cold frame’ he uses to grow lettuce and swiss chard, his vegetable of choice for his first experimental year. 

No, not a ‘Hillbilly’… but then, I think Hillbillies possess some mighty practical and thrifty ideas…  He first built this small cabin so he could have a place to live while clearing his land. With a loft upstairs for sleeping, the first floor featured a kitchen and living room, containing a table and 2 chairs (Thoreau?),  and a small couch. The kitchen had a small fridge, microwave, hot plate, and a sink that drained into a bucket (he boasts that he never had to call a plumber).  He sometimes grilled outside, and obtained water from a pump a few feet away and from the natural springs on his property. Of course, he also built an outhouse.

Brother is into organic gardening big time–it’s in his blood! The week I visited him in May, we enjoyed fresh lettuce, spinach, radishes, and brocoli. Pole beans were coming along nicely, as were the potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and new growth on the grape vines.  He’s learned how to use natural means to ward off garden pests and creatures that might find his vegetables too tasty to resist… ‘Bambi-proof’!

He constructed his cold frame from two recycled, full glass storm doors, which close over a raised bed frame constructed with 2″ X 6″ boards.  A thermometer remains inside the frame, and last month, when the outdoor temperature  registered at 50 degrees, inside his cold frame, it was a toasty, 70 degrees. His first crop of lettuce and swiss chard are table ready!  He planted a cover crop of rye in his garden (background) for winter. The deer love to munch on this, and come spring, he will till it into the ground.

This Outdoorsman is thrifty, frugal, immensely resourceful, and enjoys working in harmony with the land and animals. During my visit, I introduced him to J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar and explained the values behind the business and shared why I believe in J.R.LIGGETT’S  high quality products made from high quality ingredients in a people friendly, earth friendly way.

I shared with him how J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar is biodegradable, and won’t harm the water, nor the life in the water.  Made from natural vegetable oils, no harsh detergents, extremely mild, and versatile enough for body, shaving, cleaning up a dish, or washing a light-weight garment. In other words, perfect for an Outdoorsman who lives in and loves the Ozark Hills.

Joy Richter  2012             ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT LTD

Time to call in reinforcements: “Use it up, wear it out…

When J.R.LIGGETT says, “Use it up, wear it out… I take that literally. And when he says his shampoo bar is “Old-Fashioned”, that doesn’t mean out of style. Because thrift, wisdom and quality are attributes that are applicable to my life and yours.

When I shampoo my hair and wash my face with J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar, the mild, soft scent takes me back to my childhood as I stood on the steps of my Grandma’s ‘wash house’– a detached building  just a few feet away from her back door, where she would do her laundry in an old wringer washer, and then hang the clean clothing on a line which stretched across the chicken yard!   Grandma Ruby, who was born long before the Titanic was even built, was a thrifty, wise, and loving soul, who knew the value of a dollar (worth much more than now), the necessity of hard work, and that an item of quality meant that it was worth the price. 

Grandma Ruby had milk cows, hogs, and chickens. She sold milk for income, butchered the hogs and chickens for food, sold eggs, and worked a vegetable garden. She didn’t have to ‘get back to the land’–she was already there!  She became a widow in her early 30’s, and had never been a spendthrift, but now with 5 children to raise on her own, stretching a budget was top priority. I love that I was able to witness some of Grandma’s frugal ways, and my own mother’s also, as their penny-pinching habits are right ‘in style’ in today’s economy.  These were times of very little conveniences, physically hard work, and ‘making do’ was the norm. 

When an item of clothing had been passed down to the last child and was worn out, it became a quilt. Shoes were repaired on old iron shoe stays, and a chipped or cracked cup saw new life as a toy dish. When a hog was butchered, the saying was, “everything was used except the squeal”. Chickens became dinner on the table, and it’s feathers filled beds and pillows–I even have a feather-filled pillow of my Grandma’s!  Family time was entertainment time, as Grandma never had a TV during her entire life.

When Grandma had finished washing the laundry or dishes, the water was recycled on her flowers or garden, and she employed Old Man Sun (solar!) to dry the clothes. Paper bags were saved and re-used–ditto the rare newspaper– and paper towels were unheard of; she used washable rags.  An envelope arrived in the mail?  Turn it over and use the back side for her market list.  She had no air conditioning nor fans, instead, enormous Maple trees protected her house from the sun, and she would pull shades on the south side and close the windows before noon to keep in the morning coolness. A cast iron wood stove heated the house in the winter, and sometimes I’d find a baby pig in a wood, straw-filled box next to the stove–Grandma had brought it in so it would not freeze.  Vegetables were canned and cakes were home-baked with fresh ingredients.  She knew where her food came from–just across the feed lot!  Milk contained no artificial hormones, and her chickens were ‘free range’–the yolks of the eggs were practically orange. 

No microwave, no dishwasher, no dryer, no car, and the only ‘electronics’ that sucked up energy was an AM/FM radio that she turned on once a day to listen to the farm report on grain prices, and the occasional Major League baseball game. Grandma would place an upside down plate over leftovers, she’d use her homemade lye soap for washing her hair and her clothes, cooking grease was saved and used again, and leftover food was never thrown out.

Hard work, integrity, honesty, resourcefulness, and caring for others, our lives, and our world… these are attributes of Grandma Ruby and J.R.LIGGETT’S.  “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”  Not an out of style-out of date concept by any stretch of the imagination! 

Are you eyeing a paper-thin slice of shampoo bar? Don’t do without! Click here for reinforcements!

Joy Richter  2012                 ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT LTD

Official Store Greeter Gives a ‘Paws Up’ for Fergie’s

‘My Dog Fergie’s Shampoo’ Profile:

Who: ‘Ace’

What: Official Store Greeter, day shift.  Experienced Ranch Hand after hours & on weekends.

About: Sleeps on his back with all 4 feet up, sits in recliner to watch TV, sneaks cat food in the middle of the night, has a beautiful long-legged Border Collie girlfriend named Gina Belle.

His ‘Go To’ Shampoo: ‘Fergie’s’, of course!

“Ace here…  I’ve agreed to be interviewed by Joy about how much I love ‘My Dog Fergie’s Shampoo’ My human mom, Nancy, first began using Fergie’s on me about 2 years ago. Joy had shared with Mom about J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar, Foam Face & Body Wash,  Shaving Foam, and of course, Fergie’s shampoo.  Mom owns a store near Joy, and Joy thought J.R.LIGGETT’S products would be a perfect fit.  Okay, that’s the background information, now let’s get to the meat of my story…”

“I don’t profess to be the brightest dog on the planet, but Mom says I’m certainly in the running for the cleanest! See, I’m a farm and ranch dog by trade, and our kind don’t take too kindly to anything frilly or hoity-toity… that’s country speak for “if yer tryin’ to act fancy and pull my leg, it just ain’t gonna work!” In other words, we’re  ‘down home’ around here, and we appreciate honesty, integrity, quality, and a strong work ethic… just like J.R.LIGGETT’S does!  Word travels fast around these parts, so you’ve gotta keep yer nose clean, if you know what I mean. We like to look a person in the eye when we’re speaking to ’em–or, chewin’ on ’em…”

“So here’s the nitty gritty… My day job through the week is Official Store Greeter for Doggone Good Antiques & More–that’s Mom’s store. So’s since I’m the first ‘thing’ (er, I prefer to think of myself as a ‘person’) a customer sees when she opens the door, I simply must look my best. Enter ‘Fergie’s’… or rather, ‘My Dog Fergie’s Shampoo’.  Seems J.R.LIGGETT first tried this out on his sweet little Fox Terrier ‘Fergie’ a few years back. It passed the Fergie Test… made her all clean, soft, fluffy… you know, pettable–and that’s good enough for me!  See, Fergie’s is made from a whole lotta goodness… Olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, lavender oil, and something awesome called Neem Oil.  Neem oil is a natural insect repellant against fleas, ticks, and biting insects.  It’s also effective in the treatment of mange and can be safely used on most animals. And Fergie’s doesn’t strip my natural, needed body oils. I’m sure you’ve seen some canines just a-itchin’ an a-scratchin’… no sir, no more of that misery for me!” 

“But I’m into keepin’ it real here, so’s I’m gonna let you in on a couple of my ‘guilty pleasures’… when the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 5, and the store’s locked up tighter than a drum, I head back out to th’ ranch north of town. Then, real quick like, I glance from side to side, sneak off, and take a big old roll in a cow pie!  I know, I know…  it’s not a pretty sight and I don’t smell too good, but there’s nothin’ like tip-toein’ around the corrals after the cattle have skee-daddled and findin’ m’self a fresh one and just dive right in!  Oh, that is country livin’ at it’s finest!  And then another trick I dew when Mom’s got her head turned, is to lounge around in greasy, oily dirt on the concrete floor of her work building. It used to be an auto repair shop in a former life, so we’re talkin’ Big Time Grime here. When Mom finally discovers what hi-jinks I’ve been up to, out comes the washtub, a scrub brush and Fergie’s.  She fills the tub with lots of warm water, rolls up her sleeves, drops me in, and goes to work, just a-rubbin’ and a-scrubbin’.  Next thang ya know, I’m all shiny, soft, and fluffy! Clean in one wash and smellin’ as fresh as a daisy!  Mom also says Fergie’s helps keep me odor-free… real important if you’re a professional like I am. Take a closer look at my portrait at the top… don’t I look as good as all get out?”

“So now that you’ve got the skinny on the best dog shampoo known to man or (gulp!) ‘beast’, I know you’re gonna want to get some fur your best pal… go ahead, place an order–it’s real easy!  Take it from me– ‘Ace’– it’s the best stuff ever, and that ain’t no lie. It’s official… My Dog Fergie’s Shampoo gets a hearty ‘paws up’ from this old country boy!”

Joy Richter  2012                 ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT LTD

Adventure Or Risk? ‘The Road Less Traveled By’.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence;

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

If you claim to never make New Year Resolutions, if you say they’re a waste of time as no one follows through on them, there is still the excitement of the possibilities a brand new year brings; the promise of a clean slate, an opportunity to write a new chapter in your life, to set out on a  path in a completely different direction.  A chance to make a change in your life and world can be absolutely invigorating!

I had been thinking about change in terms of ‘risk taking’, but I now prefer calling it ‘adventure’ instead. I thought of my life about 20 years ago, when I had decided to go on an adventure—to change my surroundings. I had been living by myself in a small town when the opportunity arose to move to the country–cornfields, cows, dusty roads and plenty of space. An ‘abandoned’ house was mine for the taking, I only had to pay my own electric, phone, and water–no rent! In return I had a 3 bedroom house with a large living/dining room, kitchen, and bath, about 1 mile from a river. I, and the farmer who owned the house and the land, came to a verbal agreement, and for the next 3 months, after work and on weekends, I cleaned, painted, and with help, emptied the house of trash and junk. I hung blinds, patched cracks, scraped up old vinyl flooring, stained the wood floors, swept animal bones off the back porch, and tried to eradicate an army of mice…that turned out to be an on-going battle.

After moving my things in, I had the place to myself and experienced such a sense of accomplishment, serenity, and independence. Accomplishment because I had weighed my options, and arrived at a decision. Independence because I had the guts to make the move, and serenity because, well, you can’t have anything but tranquility when you look out your front window and all you see is a doe and her fawns in the cornfield, and the only noise your neighbors make is a low, mooing sound.

Last week I wrote about how you do have the ability to choose to live an intentional life, to make deliberate choices. It could be the life changing election to leave those unhealthy, chemically-laden liquid shampoos in a cloud of dust in your rear-view mirror, and steer towards J.R.LIGGETT’S environmentally-friendly Shampoo Bar and body products. Whatever change you make in your life, be sure to enjoy your journey down the road.

After putting a pretty face on that country house, I lived in it just shy of 3 months; but half the fun was the getting there— being brave enough to take an ‘adventurous risk’ for something different, something better, something new–my own, ‘road less traveled’.

Plan now for big things down the road. Expect big things for the future. Go ahead… make it happen!

 (note: in the above photo, I actually got lost in the forest, but I eventually found my way back home. Failure? No, adventure–and I had a story to tell!) 

Joy Richter  2012                  ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT LTD


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