Archive | March 2012

Simple, Old Time Quality

I stumbled upon a few bits of Early American folk wisdom the other day, and remembering how the recipe for what eventually became J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar was first found in an old New England cookbook, I thought there might be a bit of interest in how things were done in “simpler” times, although their concept of “simple” is debatable.  

“Try the oldest recipe for fine hair shampoo and softener. Just beat up a fresh egg and rub into the hair.  It sounds messy and takes four washes to complete the shampoo, but it is effective.”

Four washes?  Ummm… I think I’ll stay with J.R. LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar; not messy at all— save the eggs for breakfast.

“Take an air bath. Benjamin Franklin rose each morning at daybreak, got out of bed and passed half an hour in his chamber without any clothes. This, he said, refreshed as much as a complete bath in water.”

Perhaps in a day and age when you had to haul water from a stream, or use an indoor hand pump, fire up a wood stove, heat the water, and then pour into a large tub; yes, an air bath was easier and better than nothing.  Fortunately, in modern times we can be clean, refreshed and moisturized without all the fuss of preparations Early Americans faced.   I vote for J.R.LIGGETT’S Foam Face & Body Wash and his Moisturizing Body Scrubs

Times have changed and J.R.LIGGETT’S has changed right along with it.  While the Early Americans may have thought an egg shampoo was the way to go, and a bath sans water would suffice, we now know better.  J.R. LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar is the go-to product for hair, skin, and shaving. It contains such mild ingredients–unlike many products now on the market— a person may very well not even need any added moisturizers.  The shampoo bar cleans, conditions, softens (with only one wash!), and is completely bio-degradable.  The Foam Face & Body Wash contains natural plant-based oils, and no harsh detergents.   All of J.R.LIGGETT’S products are truly an example of  “old-time quality in today’s world”.

A reminder:  Coming up on March 31, 2012…     

J.R.LIGGETT’S is committed to cruelty-free products and has generously donated Fergie’s Dog Shampoo to the Fishkill Cares for Cats event to be held on March 31, 2012 in Fishkill, New York at the Fishkill Town Hall, 807 Route 52.  Fishkill Cares for Cats is a community event with music, face painting, humane education materials, balloon sculpting, vendors, food, and raffles.  Plan to attend to learn about the over-population of domestic animals, adoption, spay/neuter, animal testing and vegan food options.  For more information, please visit this website.

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Joy Richter  2012                       ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT

Waste Not, Want Not: The Three “R”s of Stewardship

Who would think I’d get so excited over a commenter’s question? Last month I received a question from Jennifer Ward-Pelar of militaryzerowaste as to how J.R.LIGGETT’S products were packaged for mailing. Jennifer’s goal is to eliminate wasteful practices in all areas of her life, (“Attempting zero waste lifestyle in a military household”) and she was curious as to whether or not J.R.LIGGETTS uses Styrofoam peanuts or plastic bubble wrap when packing and shipping out their products.

I had never really thought too much about this issue until Jennifer posed the question, and I’m glad she did because it gives me the opportunity to share the good news of how J.R.LIGGETT’S is committed to and strives to eliminate the excess use of plastic and throw-away packaging whenever and wherever possible.

What J.R. does use for packing: recyclable cardboard, cardboard boxes, and newspaper–newspaper from J.R.’s neck of the woods–New Hampshire.  (Personally, I enjoy smoothing out said newspapers and reading… I know, sounds like I’m desperate for adventure, doesn’t it?)   I save the cardboard boxes and after marking out any identifiable numbers or information, I re-use them to send off items from my house.  The newspapers are also saved and re-used for my packaging (after I check out the latest happenings at the Claremont Public Library), but both newspapers and cardboard can be recycled.

We know the shampoo bars arrive in biodegradable wrappers–no problem there, and as for the shampoo bar itself, that disappears with use (no plastic shampoo bottle–that is one of my favorite reasons to use the bar.) J.R.LIGGETT’S provides a 16 ounce refill bottle for the Foam Face & Body Wash– purchase the body wash once, and then, use the 16 ounce refill–there is a refill for every Foam Face & Body Wash scent.  The body scrubs (I’m going to be trying these out and reporting my findings) arrive in clear glass jars which can be recycled through your local center, or washed and reused for items around the house, such as storing screws and nuts in the garage, paperclips on your desk,  loose change, or whatever your little heart desires.

Being a good steward of resources is not a new-fashioned idea. My Grandma Ruby, my mother, and now I use the phrase, “Waste not, want not”. In essence, don’t waste what you do have, and when you need it, you won’t have to purchase again.  Being a good steward of resources is not a new-fashioned idea. Grandma and Mom were totally into what I’ll call the “Three R’s”:  Reusing, Recycling, Respecting.  If you are given something, take care of it! Whether it’s the earth’s resources–land, air, water–or an item.  An excellent way to save your hard-earned money is to re-use what has come into your hands and home. Navy wife Jennifer is becoming a pro at that!  (And while I’m thinking of it, I’d like to remind everyone that J.R.LIGGETT’S offers a 30% discount on each APO order.)  Take a look at Jennifer’s blog–she’s becoming a master at reuse and recycling in our disposable-oriented world, and that knowledge is worth a lot more than (Styrofoam) peanuts!  (I know, I know… sounds corny–apologies all around.)

Joy Richter  2012                        ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT

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Fergie Tells All

Introductions all around …   “Fergie’ here and I’m the inspiration behind the perspiration and dedicated noggin work by J.R.LIGGETT for his terrific invention, “My Dog Fergie’s Shampoo”.  As with all of J.R.’s products, there is a story to share, and Joy has graciously invited me to tell my side of the events…

“It was a dark and stormy night…”   Actually, it didn’t start out quite like that, but you know how we terriers are; quick as lightning, faster than a tail wag, able to leap tall fences in a single bound… and lovers of mud puddles. We’re a free-spirited type, and while living life in excess, we tend to get a tad ummm… un-fresh, so J.R. thought he’d try the liquid version of his bar shampoo on not just me, but his other pets too; horses, cats, dogs, all except for the chickens and ducks as he didn’t think they would have much of an appreciation for it.  The animal’s hair would turn out so soft, smooth, and all glistening… there never was a question as to using it on all of us as we loved it, and loved the feeling of being really clean yet not itchy from the residue of a detergent shampoo. You should have seen us, not a healthier looking coat of hair could be found in all of Cornish, New Hampshire!

Of course Fergie’s is a tad different than human shampoo… sure it’s got the good stuff that you’ll find in J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar, but ours has Neem Oil added which keeps me flea, tick, and biting insect free!   And since it’s detergent-free, it does not strip  all of our skin’s natural oils–a real bonus for you water dogs out there.  And here’s a little something that matters a lot… Fergie’s contains no animal by-products and is not tested on animals–I give a hearty paws-up to that!

It wasn’t long and I suggested to J.R. that we should be sharing this goodness with my furry friends. Daisy, a Corgie, and my closest buddy, had many bouts with itchy, flaky skin brought about by using detergent shampoos. She would scratch, itch, and chew her poor self constantly.  Finally Daisy’s owners used my special shampoo on her and were amazed when she no longer had her itching problems, but she also had a much healthier, cleaner, and more beautiful coat of hair.  We passed the goodness on to Toby, the fearless Police Dog, Levi a herding Border Collie, and Abbey, our neighborly Golden Retriever.   Abbey had many allergies and skin problems that were soon cleared up once she started using J.R.LIGGETT’S Dog Shampoo.  Now all my friends have healthier and more beautiful coats!

The icing on the dog treat was when J.R. graciously added my photo and name to the label on the dog shampoo bottle. You wouldn’t believe the mileage I’ve gotten from that… I can attest that fame and notoriety aren’t all that bad! Yep, I’m the official poster girl for the best dog shampoo in the world, and if I put my paw print of approval on a product, you know it has to be terrific!  So here’s to a round of friendly face-licks for smart owners who care enough to use Fergie’s on their best furry friends!

Oh, by the way, this interview wouldn’t be complete without clueing you in on a few of my favorite things:*

  • Favorite Hobby:  Sailing with J.R.
  • Favorite Food:     Corn on the cob.
  • Favorite Sport:     Ball, of course.

Fergie Liggett

J.R.LIGGETT’S is committed to cruelty-free products and has generously donated Fergie’s Dog Shampoo to the Fishkill Cares for Cats event to be held on March 31, 2012 in Fishkill, New York at the Fishkill Town Hall, 807 Route 52.  Fishkill Cares for Cats is a community event with music, face painting, humane education materials, balloon sculpting, vendors, food, and raffles.  Plan to attend to learn about the over-population of domestic animals, adoption, spay/neuter, animal testing and vegan food options.  For more information, please visit this website.

*Are there any Fergie users out there willing to share their pet’s story?  Just let me know by leaving a comment here or on Facebook!

Joy Richter                      ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT LTD

The Soul of Handmade

Grandma’s patchwork quilt, lovingly stitched, now tattered, wraps you in memories; a faded, soft cotton shirt that Grandpa wore–now a piece of that quilt. You recall that day sitting on his lap, leaning in close, his arms wrapped around you as you held the wooden truck he had carved for you, the edges now smooth from years of play.  The toy chest carefully and skillfully handcrafted by your favorite Uncle, now scratched and marked with crayon, the patina having achieved more character over time.  And the humble four poster bed your Great Grandfather built; your Grandmother, father, you, and now, your first-born, have drawn their early breaths in that bed–the same bed that those before them had breathed their last. 

Memories. Comfort. Connection.  A lasting impression…  Handmade says you care. Handmade says quality. Handmade says how strongly you feel the conviction that the extra time and thought it takes to create a treasure is infinitely worth it. Handmade says love like nothing else can; there is a certain quiet soul in handmade…

You understand the value of an object crafted by one’s own hands; these are the items you refuse to part with because you recognize not only their worth but also how a part of that person is within that object. I treasure an embroidered pillow my mother made 30 years ago, and the area I revere the most on that pillow is where the stitches are uneven or missing. I envision her sitting and thinking about me as she created this gift, and as I touch and look at it, I think of the care and thought she added with each length of thread.

J.R.LIGGETT shampoo bars are 100% handmade in America; beginning with the meticulous measurement of 1600 bars to a batch, to the mixing, heating, pouring and cutting. No step over-looked, no short-cuts, no substitutions of inferior ingredients… only a determined, well thought out plan perfectly executed and expertly carried to fruition with intensity, concentration, quality, and accountability to you, me, and our world.  The unique lines and minute indentations that sometimes appear only give further evidence of the soul and dedication poured into every single, creamy bar.

“Made the old-fashioned way, by hand!”  is J.R.LIGGETT’S promise. A well-worn path, tried and true, a lasting impression carefully wrapped, just for you.

Joy Richter                         ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT LTD

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