Archive | April 2012

Taking Care of Business: Earth Care Circa 1960

Earth Day… a new idea?    Let’s travel back a generation when plastic didn’t encase and guard nearly everything we bought. When people knew where their food on their plates came from, and family farms were large enough to produce and make a fair profit, but not so large that they became big business.   Life just seemed more simple and safe, the air fresher and cleaner, and kids had rosy cheeks and healthy bodies as a result of plenty of outdoor play.

“Paper, plastic or box?”  I think food store baggers must say that in their sleep. As I place my items in my tote, I think of when I was a child and even though we didn’t use the word “Green”, we put that philosophy in action every day in nearly every way, from diapering baby to knowing that the proper place for trash was in the trash can, not along highways, country roads, streams, and the lakes of America.

Babies wore cloth diapers, either washed at home and hung out in the sunshine to sanitize and dry, or a diaper service delivered clean, cloth diapers to your home once a week.  Disposables?  We had never heard of them.  Soda bottles, milk bottles, and beer bottles–all glass–were returned empty to the store (a few cents back!) and sent to a factory where they were washed, sterilized, and then refilled with product. I actually don’t remember much of anything being made out of plastic, but when it was, somehow, it just seemed to last longer.   When we mailed a package, we wrapped it up in yesterday’s newspaper to prevent breakage; no Styrofoam packing peanuts, no bubble wrap. We re-used cardboard boxes, cereal boxes, or even a paper sack cut open, print side down, plain brown on the outside.  I didn’t know anyone who owned an automatic dishwasher–the “dishwasher” was the mom, or whoever’s turn it was that week to stand on a chair in front of the kitchen sink, and scrub away.  Bonus: garden dirt under little fingernails was whisked down the drain.

My mother washed off aluminum foil and re-used it. My job was to grab my father’s flat carpenter pencil and smooth out the creases–I sometimes got a little carried away and smoothed it into a few smaller pieces.  We kept a water jug in the fridge; if the water line was below a certain mark on the side of the jug, it was that person’s job to refill before placing it back in the fridge.  We rarely went out to eat–only on an occasional vacation, otherwise, all meals were cooked at home with fresh from the backyard garden vegetables. 

Most families had only one TV, and usually, just one radio, which by the way, were controlled by the parents. Homes weren’t over-loaded with multiple, electric-guzzling appliances.   Mom patched our hand-me-down clothing, sewed popped buttons back on, and darned holes in our socks. Our shoes were of the Made In America quality which were actually repaired, not thrown out.   No drink boxes– our metal school lunch boxes were packed with a thermos full of hot soup or cold milk. That same thermos was brought back home, washed and re-used.  If by chance we used a paper sack, we had orders from Mom to “Bring your sack back home!”  And we didn’t carry around a plastic water bottle that ended up in the trash–if you wanted a drink, you found the nearest public water fountain.   People rode on public buses, kids rode bikes or walked. It was the norm for the family to own only one car, and teens had to ask for the privilege of using it.  And here’s one that may very well bring you to tears… I remember gasoline being 32 cents a gallon

Much has changed over time, but one idea is as relevant today as when the phrase was first coined…  “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without”.  J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar is a fresh, healthy and smart choice each day for you and the world. Containing no unpronounceable chemicals, biodegradable, multi-tasking, and thrifty. To put it plainly, using this shampoo bar just makes all around good sense now and for future generations.

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Joy Richter  2012                          ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT


On the Horizon: Earth Day (It’s Easy to Be Green!)

Kermit the Frog had some issues with being green, starting out all bluesy-like, thinking it dull and boring, but after a few moments upbeat and wise:  “But green’s the color of spring/And green can be cool and friendly like/And green can be big like an ocean, or important/Like a mountain, or tall like a tree.”   (Lyrics by: Joe Raposo).      

And green can be simple; as simple as switching from your usual liquid, petroleum-based shampoo in a plastic bottle, to J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo bar, made with 100% natural ingredients, plant-based oils, pure spring water, and completely bio-degradable–the wrapper too!  No bottles in the landfills, won’t harm the fish in the streams, rivers, or lakes, and no animal testing nor by-products. What could be more fresh, more important to you and the environment?                   

Green is not only cool and friendly like, it’s smart too. It’s multi-tasking, doing the job of several products: shampoo, shaving, body cleanser and sometime cleaning clothing in a pinch.  One product; not 3 to lug around, or purchase, or store, good and healthy for all.  And sure it’s friendly: no harmful Sodium Lauryl Sulfates, and I’ve never found anything threatening about the creamy white, fresh-scented, soft lather. It’s like everyday is a green, a spring day when I smell that fantastic fragrance as I lather up my hair. Rinses clean, ready to meet the day, “head on”!

And green can be as big like an ocean… it can be as big as you and me– we are the ones who are called upon to make a difference in life, in our world for our friends, family, future generations.  Green is important, like a mountain–a mountain to climb, to conquer, or a tall tree, green, leafy, full of life, leaves dancing on a cool breeze.

Green isn’t difficult, actually its simple choices. Change some habits, use less, use wisely, think before acting. Throwing it out? Maybe someone else could use it.  It’s broke?  Can you fix it and save some much-needed dollars?  Grow a garden and eat healthier and fresher–kids absorb a basket full of knowledge in the process too.  Put trash where it belongs… trees and fences don’t look pretty with plastic bags as decorations, and road-sides shouldn’t need to be adopted.  And as my dad used to (constantly) remind me, “Turn the lights off when you leave the room!”

Learn and remember what previous generations did;  laundry on the line… nothing smells fresher than when you lay your head down at night on sheets that bring you dreams of honeysuckle and sunshine. Or toss a solar-dried patchwork quilt over your bed when a spring night turns a tad cool.  Mail a package in yesterday’s newspaper and a recycled cardboard box.  Use a thermos instead of a drink-box or plastic water bottle, or better yet, use the drinking fountain. Grandma didn’t have plastic wrap, she used over-turned dinner plates to cover bowls of leftovers stashed in her fridge.  Pass down clothing from kid to kid, or friends to friends. And if the clothing has seen its last useful days, create a masterpiece quilt for memories to treasure.

See Kermy, Green can be big, beautiful, important, fun, special…  And green is as easy as ordering from J.R.LIGGETT’S.  Devoted to using good-for-you and the earth ingredients, for now, for future generations, always green, always true and right.

Joy Richter  2012                         ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT

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Gimmie My Shampoo!

Sometimes you’ve just gotta take charge… I’ve noticed from some comments on Facebook that J.R.LIGGETT’S products are a bit difficult to locate, and you’re not pleased with that. In fact, some of you are actually a tad miffed, and I can’t blame you for feeling that way–I would feel the same way too! Oh sure, they’re readily accessible on-line, no problem there, but what about finding them when you’re out and about doing your food shopping, running errands, or just looking for a unique, special, and environmentally friendly gift? Wouldn’t finding JR’s product line, especially his fantastically popular shampoo bar conveniently located on the shelves of stores you shop at everyday, be a great concept? I mean, it sounds like a no-brainer, right?

Well, here’s the Battle Cry… Here’s the Call to Arms (so to speak): “We won’t be a victim anymore!” We refuse to be held hostage to what ‘They’ think we should be buying, and wimp out by settling for, “I’m sorry, we don’t carry that product.”

J.R.LIGGETT’S shampoo bar is an all around, top to bottom, can’t be beat, hands down, ‘bar-none’ wonder and your favorite retailer doesn’t carry it? Is this acceptable? Is this American? I think not! Now, I know you’re not scratching your heads and saying, What to do? What to do?” You’re smarter than that, but I’m still going to give you some ideas, because, well… because I like to give advice. Especially good advice. Even at that, we need you. We need ALL of you… every one of you who has ever purchased J.R.’s shampoo bar, who has ever given it as a gift, who has ever received it as a gift, used it, wanted to use it, read about it, swiped it from a friend’s shower, or even admired it from afar… now is the time to act.

It can be this simple… you can start out with one basic question directed to that employee who asks if you need any help or if they could direct you to a certain product. You, feigning innocence, ask, “Could you please tell me where to find J.R. LIGGETT’S shampoo bar?” They, with a blank look on their face, will be momentarily puzzled, and then will begin searching the aisle looking for the product. You’ll be describing the unique packaging, that it’s made in the USA, that it’s been around for years. Finally, while looking apologetically at you, you hear that tired, old refrain… “I’m sorry, I guess we don’t carry that product…” These should be fighting words to the shampoo bar obsessed!

You see, we’re going to start a revolution here, but a peaceful one… maybe even a stubborn one–one where we stand our ground for what we want. We are going to march into our local Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Sprouts, and Mother’s Markets and while we fill the cart, we’re going to be asking for J.R.’s products. When we select our fishing gear and outdoor supplies at Bass Pro Shops, REI, or EMS, we’ll demand to know where J.R.’s products are. At Cabella’s, we’ll whip out our “ammo” (“‘The Question”) and make them squirm… when we hear that old refrain, we’re going to raise our eyebrows in disbelief and astonishment and then directly and enthusiastically launch into why they should carry J.R.LIGGETT’S shampoo bar and body products. We’re going to tell them how we love the products, what they do for us, how great they are, and why their store should carry them. We can have an empty shampoo bar wrapper handy, or simply jot down the web site and hand it to the manager. 

But don’t stop there… no… we’re going to get bold and brazen here. Take it to the top…to the Big Kaunas. In this day and age, with our current economy, and the abundance of purchasing options out there, and the Power of the People (you), the Big Guys have to listen to us. It just makes cents–and dollars–mucho dollars. Never before have customers had such power to change the way a company does business. Embrace your Inner Rebel!

And don’t forget the small stores. Your local grocery, the Mom and Pop stores, beauty supply stores, country supply stores, gift shops… anywhere you shop, locally or otherwise. Tell your favorite retailer about the product and ask them to carry it. Tell them why you love it and why you know others will love it too. And as you travel, tell the shop owners in the tourist hot spots about J.R’s shampoo bar. Let’s get J.R.LIGGETT’S awesome products into the hands, camps, airline carry-ons and bathrooms all across the land–and the world! Let freedom ring!

Now is not the time to be shy… I would imagine that after only a few requests for J.R.’s shampoo bar were heard, a store owner or ‘Corporate’ would experience a light bulb moment and realize that this might be something to check out. After all, the stores are in business to meet your needs! No brick and mortar location? Phone ’em! Send an e-mail to Customer Service and request J.R.’s products! Let’s get a ‘mass-emailing’ campaign started here! Let’s crash the system with our requests!  Grab your friends and fellow shampoo bar converts and spread the message! We can do it! Charge!

And just to show you how easy this all is, when I had planned a visit to Tulsa, Oklahoma last fall, I called ahead to the local Whole Foods Health & Beauty department and asked if they carried J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar–no, but not a problem! They ordered it in and now all of Tulsa can now enjoy the best shampoo bar made in America!  It’s that simple!

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Joy Richter    2012                         ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT

J.R.LIGGETT’S Body Goodness!


Winter was vamoosed! It happened in the blink of an eye–mild as it was for many of us.  You knew this was on the horizon and you thought you had plenty of time.  A look in the mirror revealed an extra inch here and there, and you’re well into the weight loss and exercise regime.  Now it’s warmed up across the country and we’re seeing more and more skin showing. The store racks are packed with skimpy pieces of fabric passing for swimwear, and the catalogs are featuring sun, sand, and skin. Ready? 

Until you’ve tried J.R.LIGGETT’S Moisturizing Body Scrubs, you had best hold off  on the swimsuit and open sandles. Rough patches don’t just crop up in our lives, they appear on our skin too, and not in places that we’re able to hide.  Last week I tried the Western Slope fragrance of J.R.’s Body Scrub–always, always my favorite scent.      It also comes in that luscious and light Lemon & Lime fragrance, fresh White Sage for Men, and Unscented if you don’t want competion with your other bathing fragrances.  No matter which scent you choose, this is a luxurious exfoliating experience essential for smooth, softened skin.

13 ounces of smoothing sensation; pure sea salt, safflower oil, moisturizing almond oil, hemp seed oil, nourishing Vitamin E, walnut shell powder—(not those horrendous shell pieces like I’ve found in other skin scrubs), essential oils and natural fragrance.  (White Sage and Unscented also contain jojoba oil).

  • Sea salt has healing and cleansing properties that clean the skin pores and detoxify the body.  Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, discovered the therapeutic qualities of seawater by noticing the healing effects it had on the injured hands of fishermen. The seawater not only restricted infection risks, but patients who followed treatments involving the use of seawater found that it also promoted pain relief. It is now known that sea salt therapy is an effective treatment that assists in the rejuvenation of the cells and also induces a healthy exchange of minerals and toxins between the blood and the water.¹
  • Safflower oil acts as a protective barrier to prevent water from leaving your skin. It works with your skin to soften dryness, smooth roughness, and soothe some skin problems.  Safflower oil contains linoleic acid which provides a softening effect in conditioners, and is great for normal to dry skin.
  • Almond oil is an excellent emollient and moisturizer which softens and keeps skin smooth to the touch. Hemp seed oil heals skin lesions, balances dry skin, and fights skin inflammations.  It’s an non-greasy emollient and moisturizing compound with excellent anti-aging and balancing properties. 
  • Vitamin E is vital in protecting  skin cells from ultra-violet light, pollution, and other elements that produce cell-damaging free radical. It  also has anti-aging properties and is useful in sun protection and sun burn products.

I dropped a spoonful of the body scrub on a soft cloth and thought I’d first try it on my feet–all soon as it warms up, the athletic shoes go in the closet and the cute sandles appear. We tend to neglect our feet, but after using this for the first time, it’s become a regular part of my skin pampering routine. It feels wonderful; the sea salt and walnut shell powder scrubbed away caullouses, rough skin, and the oils and scent left my feet wonderfully fragrant and soft. I was amazed at how perfectly this worked. I’ve tried other abrasive products on rough patches of skin, but J.R.’s body scrubs worked better immediately and left my feet soft and lightly scented.  Same results with other rough skin areas–knees, elbows.  This stuff is terrific. I was pleasantly surprised at it’s effectiveness.  It is in a glass jar so take care not to have it in the tub or shower area, simply drop a spoonful or small scoopful onto the lid or a soft cloth or wash sponge and have it within easy reach. No problem. Quite simple.

It takes a good amount of time to get your body in shape, but only a few moments to use J.R.LIGGETT’S Moisturizing Body Scrubs. You’re going to like this.

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Joy Richter  2012                 ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT


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