Archive | February 2012

Coming Home to Goodness

The other morning I woke up practically on fire with the thought of how important it is  to start  baby on the right track when it comes to what is being used on his or her skin.  This is something I feel so strongly about.  As loving and concerned Mommas we want the best for our children; clothing made of natural fibers, safe, non-toxic toys, proper socialization, adequate physical activity, fresh clean air, and natural healthy food.  These are so important, but just as critical are the products chosen for baby’s hair and skin.

How does that soft, new, velvety skin go from point A to point Z?  The above photo illustrates a skin range of 88 years (my Father-in-Law and his 22nd Great Grandchild!)  What happens during that time-line? What is genetic, and what can be influenced or even to an extent, controlled?  Our DNA determines the rate at which we age, but we can make a significant (positive!) contribution to our hair and skin condition.

If by chance you’ve never heard of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, please take note:     Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a negatively charged detergent and is used all over the world. SLS is the universal standard used to irritate skin in clinical testing so medical researchers can test ingredients to see how fast the skin heals.  It is commonly found in liquid soaps and shampoos, bubble baths, bath and shower gels, and in most toothpaste marketed throughout the world.  SLS has shown penetration into the eyes, as well as systemic tissues (brain, heart, liver, etc.). Because SLS and related substances are widely used in many populations on a daily basis in soaps and shampoos, there is an immediate concern relating to the penetration of these chemicals into the eyes and other tissues. This is especially important in infants, where considerable growth is occurring, because a much greater uptake occurs in tissues of younger eyes, and SLS changes the amounts of some proteins in cells from eye tissues. Tissues of young eyes may be more susceptible to alteration by SLS.¹  

Are you a label reader? If so, you may have noticed SLS in many of your body care products, and unfortunately, many children’s shampoos and bubble baths also contain this detergent. Light bulb moment here: “Detergent”… doesn’t that sound more like something you use on your greasy dishes, your muddy car or your soiled laundry?  But to use it daily on that precious baby skin?  None of J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bars or products contain any detergents. When I first heard this, my question was, “Then how do they clean?”  The shampoo bars remove the excess oils, dirt, and grime, but leave some natural, needed oils intact to keep your scalp and body healthy. The bars are made with nourishing oils to balance your own body and scalp oils, and specific herbal properties address various skin and hair issues and have moisturizing ingredients to alleviate dryness.

When we hold a baby, we are holding the future in our very hands! And not only that particular baby’s future, but the future of the world!  Without a doubt, this is important “stuff’!  And it’s important enough– no, I would say vital that we as good Moms start them off on a healthy track by using J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar.  However, I will stress  that J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bars do not contain the potentially carcinogenic chemical  (link) that  prevents the stinging that can result if shampoo happens to get into the eyes, so please, take normal precautions to protect babies and children’s eyes just as you would your own.     

Moms need any extra moments they can grab, and come bath time, think how easy it is to use just one healthy, convenient product for baby. You’ve got your hands full (literally!) with a slippery baby, and having that one easily manageable bar to use on baby’s hair and skin makes bathtime much simpler.  No plastic bottle to open, no spillage, no waste!  One product!  And don’t forget, not only is the shampoo bar not stripping the natural scalp oil, it’s also not stripping the natural skin oils… will you need to use body lotion? You be the judge.

Okay, quick run-down here, cause I know you don’t have all day… which bar is best for baby?  I would suggest any of the following three:

  • Original Formula:  Contains olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, sodium hydroxide, and pure spring water.  Fragrance:  Rose oil (Mmmm… this smells so soft and fresh).  This formula works for nearly everyone including those with severe allergies and sensitivities.
  • Tea Tree and Hemp: Contains olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, sodium hydroxide, and pure spring water.  Fragrance: None.  This formula works well for dermatological issues like itchy, flaky, scalp conditions.
  • Ultra Balanced: Contains olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, sodium hydroxide, pure spring water, jojoba oil, and almond oil.  Unscented.  This formula works well in normalizing the natural oils in your hair and on your scalp. Very gentle and creamy feel.

And before I forget, here’s a really nifty idea: J.R.LIGGETT’S Mini Traveler.  Wouldn’t this be a smart thing to tuck in your purse, the diaper bag and pack along with baby’s clothing for a short trip?  Remember, J.R. LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bars are handmade… I think that’s cool. When I unwrap a bar, I get a kick out of the little creases I sometimes find in a new bar; and when I breathe in the freshness it just seems so comfortable, and calm, like coming home… home to all that is welcoming and good and healthy.

Joy Richter       ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT LTD

A Quick “Thank You”…

My Mama taught me at an early age to always say “Thank You”, so I’m just passing along what Mama taught me…  You might not hear that little word (powerful though it is) with much regularity nowadays, but you’re going to hear it now. 

We now have 31 blog and comment followers, and for that reason, I am humbled.  I was pretty excited when I noticed we had 5 people who found  it worth their time to stop by and garner a few nuggets of useful information about J.R.LIGGETT’S awesome, earth-friendly, people empowering products and a business that cares! Yes, I  believe it is that great!

A few of you have asked some good questions and I appreciate that, I’m always here to help anyway I can (literally, I’m almost always here!).

Short & sweet… just a quick “Thank You” for appreciating what we do, our commitment to you, and yes, for coming along for the ride!

Hey, spring is on the way, I’m excited, aren’t you?

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

Keepin’ It Safe & Healthy With J.R.LIGGETT’S

We need to do our homework on nearly everything these days to avoid being hoodwinked or ripped off.  For instance, take a look at anti-bacterial soaps and body washes. We’ve been led to believe by the advertising industry that anti-bacterial soaps are necessary to kill and prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Upon doing a bit of research, there seems to be more to the issue than meets the eye…

“Anti-bacterial soap is any cleaning product to which active antibacterial ingredients have been added. These chemicals kill bacteria and microbes, but are no more effective  at deactivating viruses than any other kind of soap or detergent, and they also kill nonpathogenic ( non-disease causing ) bacteria.” …you know, the good stuff our body needs.

Most liquid hand and body soaps contain antibacterial chemicals. Tricolosan is a common ingredientSince there is a great variety of bacteria, effectiveness against any given type of bacterium does not ensure that it is effective against unrelated types. These are generally only contained at preservative levels unless the product is marked antibacterial, antiseptic, or germicidal.  Triclosan, Triclocarban/Triclorcarbamide and PCMX/Chloroxylenol are commonly used for antibacterial and deodorant effect in consumer products.”

“… Some studies have concluded that simply washing throughly with plain soap is sufficient to reduce bacteria and, further, is effective against viruses.  Other studies  have found that soaps containing antimicrobial active ingredients remove more bacteria  than simply washing with plain soap and water.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published reports that questions the use of antibacterial soap and hand sanitizers saying that it found no medical studies that showed a link between a specific consumer antibacterial product and a decline in infection rates.”  Oh, woe is me… what on earth to do?

You know where I’m going with this, don’t you? That’s right… J.R.LIGGETT’S claim to not using any “unpronounceable chemicals” in any of his products. This includes Triclosan or any variation thereof.  Only healthy, earth-friendly, people-friendly ingredients. I’m always amazed at how J.R.LIGGETT’S  is constantly ahead of the pack when it comes to common sense choices for our bodies, our family, our world.  Cool, huh? But that’s not all, read on…

Big, Bad, Triclosan?   “It’s also unclear how the chemicals in the anti-bacterial soap affect the environment.  Triclocarban, a commonly used antibacterial agent, has been shown to persist through wastewater treatments.  Research conducted by Johns Hopkins showed that 75 percent of the ingredient that was washed down household drains persisted. Since municipal sludge is commonly used to fertilize crops, accumulation of the chemical may occur.   In addition, studies at the University of Michigan have shown that in the laboratory Triclosan, another of the most popular used antibacterial ingredients, can cause antibiotic resistance in some bacteria.”

I do not claim to be a scientist nor physician, but I believe we can surmise that perhaps Triclosan as used in anti-bacterial soaps may not be the panacea for all that ills us in the world of germs. It also appears that it may also be harmful as run-off into our water supply.  This chemical may prove be a threat to human health, and it may possibly accelerate the breeding of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

But not to fret, as I suggest instead a natural, organic, non-harmful approach to sanitizing our hands and bodies:  J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bars that contain jojoba and tea tree oil are an excellent and safe alternative to harsh, drying, potentially dangerous Triclosan.  Jojoba  has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective on athletes foot, eczema, and moisturizes at the same time–the high content of drying alcohol in antibacterial soaps  and hand sanitizers cannot compete. The (yummo–my fave) Jojoba & Peppermint Shampoo Bar, and the Ultrabalanced bar would be excellent choices.   Tea  Tree oil helps fight off infections, cleans surface wounds without damage to skin tissues,  has a low potential for skin irritation, good skin penetration abilities, treats fungal diseases, is a general disinfectant that fights bacteria (see?), and helps skin heal by encouraging the formation of new scar tissue. For tea tree heaven, I suggest J.R.’s Tea Tree & Hemp Oil bar.  J.R. adds:  “All of our shampoos are by nature anti-bacterial because of the way they are made and the ingredients used in them. They are also self cleaning as when in use you are always accessing a new part of the bar with each use.  The sodium hydroxide that the bars are made with takes care of what ever bacteria would present itself “.   No attempts to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes here! (P.S. don’t forget  those liquid antibacterial soaps are encased in—horrors!— plastic!)  And remember, there is no hard and fast rule that the bars are only for hair! Au contraire!  Do I hear the word, ‘multi-tasking’?  And J.R.’s patented open-air bar shelf fits in perfectly right next to the kitchen or bathroom wash area and keeps the bar dry and conviently accessible– Ban The Bottle, Use The Bar! 

Okay, are we in agreement on this? No more Lemming behavior?  No more buying into hype without doing your research?   No more accepting at face value? Excellent!

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

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antibacterial_soap , http://www.greeningfamilies.com/families/two-reasons-to-quit-antibacterial-soaps/,   http://www.naturalnews.com/021703.html#ixzzlmfFCouVL

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 Joy Richter  2012

©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT LTD

A Heartfelt Post

 

When I first used J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar, I knew I’d changed my shampoo choice forever, but what I didn’t realize was the direction that decision would take me and the repercussions thereof.  I began taking note of and researching  the ingredients in my personal care products; not only shampoo, but body soap, body washes, toothpaste, bar soap, liquid hand soap, facial moisturizers, body lotion,  and other everyday hygiene products that you and I purchase simply because of habit or advertising, without even giving a thought to the safety of the ingredients. For years we’ve assumed that if the Food & Drug Administration has given the green light to a product, then everything’s cool… not necessarily so.

J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar does  not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a harsh, petroleum-based, extremely drying detergent used in many soaps, shampoos, body washes, and even toothpaste!  I have used liquid shampoos and soaps that contained SLS for most of my life and always wondered why even though the labels screamed, “Contains Moisturizers!”,  I still had dry hair, and skin so dry  that it felt like it was going to tear. At one point, I had to forego using soap on my face, only washing with warm water. Little did I know! 

“Detergent-Free”… J.R.LIGGETT’S products contain real, honest to goodness, down to earth moisturizing oils like fragrant lavender, rosemary, jojoba, sweet almond… hand-made in the USA with fresh, clean, clear New Hampshire spring water… no animal testing, no animal by-products, bio-degradable ingredients, even a bio-degradable paper bar wrapper. I love the convenience of using the Shampoo Bar for not only my hair, but also for my body, as a facial cleanser, and a shaving cream. It’s natural, non-irritating, fragrant, soft and soothing.  It’s an easy, healthy choice; just one product, nothing to think about, nothing to worry about.

Becoming an educated consumer started me on a path of healthy choices; not just hygiene products, but more of an awareness of how I live daily… healthy food choices, increasing my physical activity, and in general, seeing the wisdom of taking care of the only body I have. We know medical costs are exorbitant, and if we can avoid illness from unhealthy life and food choices, we’ll be ahead of the pack.  I’ve found that a lot of  people still “just don’t get it”.  They just don’t understand a bar shampoo, or why they should avoid SLS and how many products contain this harsh detergent.  Avoiding harmful chems in your personal body care products is as important as a healthy diet, physical activity, fresh, clean air, enriching relationships, and a sound mind. J.R.LIGGETT’S is actually a lifestyle concept, an important part of who we are and where we need to be.

Is there someone in your life whose health and well-being is important enough that you could share with them the wisdom of choosing J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar? Be a ‘love’ and show another person the path to a healthier lifestyle.

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

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