Archive | May 2012

J.R.’s Home Town… What’s The Draw?

You may remember J.R. writing about his little jaunt down memory lane two summers ago…   High School reunion time–a scary event for a lot of us, but things turned out great and J.R. was able to share with old and new friends the intriguing story of the inception of his terrific shampoo bar and acquire a few new customers too!

The small town J.R. grew up in, is the town where I now live… McCook, Nebraska, population 7,465. What’s the draw?  Sure, there is family and old familiar friends, but small town life and values also played a big part in my choice–the strong, solid, down-to-earth values  that J.R. grew up with are what you’ll find comprise the inner core of his business philosophy and products: friends helping friends when they see a need, care of community, truth and honesty in everyday business dealings, diligent, conscientious work done with pride, value and quality, a spirit of generosity, appreciation of family ties and sacrifices made for the good of all.

As I step out on my front porch, I see and hear the signs of a vibrant life and town everywhere… children walking home from the school just two blocks down the street, young teens on skateboards,  parents out for a walk– stroller front and center; pulling a toddler in a wagon and dog in tow. Don’t miss the Little League ball game tonight where Grandparents and assorted relations cheer their favorite team on, and this weekend, you can catch the community band concert in the city park bandshell, or for different tastes, take in the county fair and rodeo.  And speaking of tastes, the local bakery (second generation) houses a cool little cafe/coffee establishment  featuring singers and musicians.  Weary of impersonal chain stores containing aisle after aisle of over-promoted products?  In “our town”, it’s commonplace to step into a laid-back specialty business where the owner’s dog or cat will lazily rise to it’s feet to fulfill it’s job as friendly official store greeter.  Here, local banks are still locally owned, and don’t be surprised to find yourself being introduced to and shaking hands with the great-grandson or great-granddaughter of one of the town’s founding, prominent businessmen.

The profusion of early century homes are intriguing in their own unique way; home owners are fearless in combining vibrant yet eye-pleasing colors to make the most of architectural details such as hand-crafted polished wood doors, and beautiful, oval stained glass windows. In our town, we take a well-deserved breather in the evenings to relax on the wide front porches and indulge in friendly chats with  neighbors who might stroll by. Reaching out and caring about others is the smart and right thing to do, you know.  Oh, and that pretty Tabby peering out from under your Spiraea bushes? She’s a rescue cat that belongs to the older couple across the street who help out at the local animal shelter. There is community in caring.

No matter where or how you live, I believe there’s a “small town” in all of us. We all appreciate and desire the comradare of a close-knit neighborhood and it’s aura of comfort and protection– where folks have a genuine sense of care and concern for our well-being.  And you know, it’s the same with J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar and body products; behind every carefully hand-made bar of shampoo–each with a unique “personality”–just like you and me– is the mind-set of a strong sense of “doing right” by you and me.  Using the right products, in the right way, for the right reasons–for the good of us all. 

This Monday–May 28th, today–do the right thing. Across the United States we honor the men and women–husbands, fathers, sons, wives and daughters,  who have courageously fought and served our country since it’s humble but proud beginnings.  Memorial Day is a special day to honor those who serve.  J.R.LIGGETT’S offers a 30% discount on each APO order–always.  It’s J.R.’s way of thanking the Military.  Is there someone you would like to show your appreciation? Click HERE.

Joy Richter  2012                                 ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT

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Simply Worth Repeating


From the May 2010 J.R.LIGGETT’S Soapbox Newsletter:  I’ve recently introduced a few people to J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar, and I thought this article by J.R. would be a terrific addtion to the information I’ve given them…

This is all about respect for our resources, and ultimately respect for ourselves. My guess is that there are very few bars of J.R.LIGGETT’S Bar Shampoo that don’t get completely used up. Not left sitting on a shelf with a myriad of bottled products to wait for its turn to be used. This unassuming bar of shampoo stands by itself and most people recognize that fact.
J.R.LIGGETT’S has received so many letters from excited users exclaiming it is the only shampoo they now use, when their showers used to support 3,4,5 or more different “bottles” of shampoos and conditioners. It’s not only a great shampoo; it in most instances eliminates any need for even a “bottle” of conditioner. In this, it creates a transformation in people, once they notice the economy of using a single product for their hair, that concept can actually extend to other venues. Simplifying one’s life.
Simple is better, and it proves out every time. For example just reading the ingredients list you don’t have to be a nuclear scientist to see just what is in this shampoo. Try going to the store, picking up a bottle of shampoo and having the slightest idea of what they are putting in it (actually that might be the idea). J.R.LIGGETT’S shampoo just contains simple edible vegetable oils, sodium hydroxide (which is lye that used to come from wood ashes), and pure spring water. Maybe some essential oils for fragrance and there you have it – simple isn’t it.
Simple also extends to the way you conduct your life. For instance with all the headaches and problems associated with traveling anymore, just bringing along J.R.LIGGETT’S shampoo is all you have to do to take care of all your personal cleaning needs. Wash your hair, wash your body, shave, and even wash your socks and undergarments at night so they are ready to wear again the next day, clean and smelling wonderful! You also can pack fewer clothes to take with you, think of the exertion you are saving not having to carry the added weight! Just either pack a full size bar in your carry on or slip one of our new Mini Travelers with a couple of Mini Travel Bars in it, slip it in your pocket and off you go – simple isn’t it.
Saving time, also is simple when you use J.R.LIGGETT’S shampoo bar. It takes no time to run it through your hair a couple of times, create a terrific lather and wash it out. Presto! You’re done. And yet one more time saving sidelight, it seems that most people who use the shampoo would agree that the longer you use it, the less often you have to wash your hair. Why? The oils produced and supplied by your scalp after awhile realize that they are not going to be completely removed (by a detergent) and start to regulate the amount secreted. Thus people with oily hair or dry hair conditions often simply normalize, meaning that the oils are regulated to give your hair just the amount it needs to keep it healthy and vital.

Now there is one last labor, cost, and time saver related to J.R.LIGGETT’S shampoo. Giving it away as gifts to friends and family for their birthday, anniversary, Christmas, Hanukkah, going away on a trip, away to college, or “simply” because you like them and want the best for them.

One thing it may not save on though is haircuts. In fact J.R.LIGGETT’S has gotten letters from dedicated users proclaiming the fact that their hair had started to grow again. We can’t testify to this, but it does save you money, time, and trouble in most all other arenas. With life being complicated enough, you can count on J.R.LIGGETT’S to “keep it simple”

J.R.LIGGETT                             ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT

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A Coming Together

We all come to J.R’s “table” with different needs…  some have curly hair, some long hair, scalp issues, environmental issues such as a need for minimal packaging, and no plastic bottle to add to the landfills.  Many seek natural ingredients; no harsh, stripping detergents such as the to be avoided at all costs SLS.  Some are concerned about health issues; finding a shampoo that is safe for children and adults.  Some have tried the “no-poo” shampoo, and are not quite satisfied with the outcome, and some folks are looking to simplify their life by purchasing and consuming less product. 

I have seen a kaleidoscope of needs; all across the country and around the world, we humans have the same desire to take special care of our bodies and to enjoy the privilege of being clean and healthy.  The cool part about that is J.R.LIGGETT’S  brings together all the people, all their wishes and desires, and fulfills them with one uniquely made product: a shampoo bar. And not just any shampoo bar as you may find there are several on the market–this one is different in so many ways with a story like no other.         

For a “no-frills” product, this shampoo bar seems to be an anomaly… few ingredients, simply made, minimally wrapped, yet it encompasses and comes to the rescue of so many.

As one who enjoys sewing a patchwork quilt: a combining of patterns, colors, and design. A meshing of unique people,  searching for answers, in harmony  and finding  a single solution, a single answer… J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar.

Hand made in America, but shaped to meet universal needs. 

Joy Richter  2012                              ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT

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Don’t Pack It In (until the very last!)

hand holding single shampoo bar

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!

For the past few weeks, I’ve had a great deal of moving experiences…the physically re-locating type. It’s been stressful, exciting, nerve-wracking and enlightening. First piece of advice: if a move is anywhere in your future, start cleaning and clearing out right now!  A year ahead of time is not too soon. I’m finding it amazing all the “stuff” a house holds, and I’m finding much of it (maybe half?) is unnecessary. We’ve been sorting, pitching, and donating for a good month, and still, I think more divesting of possessions is in the near future at a new home.

The final clear-out day was Saturday morning and for the past two days, we’ve been subsisting on the bare minimum, which we are finding is testing our creativity. Two knives, two forks, two spoons, and a couple of bowls and drinking glasses. The basics are gone from the fridge, the dishes are packed away, and we’ve been wearing clothing out of a duffel bag. Two chairs and a destined-for-the-trash folding table is where we sit and count down the minutes until closing and then, we will be on our way on a new adventure and new chapter in our life.

Who would have thought that I’d find another instance that J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo bar would be indispensable? Sure, I knew it was terrific for the great outdoors during my trip in the Ozarks last fall, and it’s great for traveling and vacations–none of this over-loading of carry-ons, no problem with the TSA or devastating spills and messes (not to mention another plastic bottle to add to the scheme of things),  but for camping out in your own home with most of your belongings in a moving van?  To be sure, our in-home camping has virtually morphed into a regular “glamping” experience  Okay, maybe a bit of an over-statement considering we feel like we are living in an empty shell of a home, but still, this more-than-adequate bar of shampoo has pretty much saved the day(s)!

To be sure, a shampoo, but we never missed the body soap, nor found a conditioner necessary. The absence of the shaving foam was moot, likewise any moisturizers for my skin. You see, (just incase I haven’t shared this before) J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar is free of harsh, stripping detergents, so not only is your scalp able to maintain it’s natural healthy balance, the shampoo bar when used on your body also keeps it moisturized. It’s perfect for shaving–men or women–it doesn’t discriminate!  And wouldn’t you know, the dish detergent packed away caused nary an issue–the bar works great for a quick and easy wash-up. Ditto in the case of an emergency like we had– oops, needed one more pair of fresh socks… we still have the solar-powered clothes line, and glory be, we hold in our hands a multi-tasking shampoo bar that doesn’t know any limitations! No wallflower this bar, it’s got moxie!

There’s so much to be said for living simply, and I’ve also realized, the same goes for staying in one place–nothing to be ashamed of, makes life easier, more stable, put down roots, raise a family, become part of a community, make a difference.  But it’s also exciting and empowering to see that you can make a change in your life if you want… that you can dream a dream (whatever your dream may be) and see it come together.  I like the idea of not staying stagnant, and being available and in a position to help someone.

Change can open your eyes to possibilities that you didn’t see before, to things that you thought you couldn’t do.  Same goes for something as simple as a shampoo choice–make a change for the better, reach out and try J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar… it’s really pretty easy. It’s been my go-to product ever since the first day I tried it. It’s the last thing I pack, and the first thing I unpack. Once you’ve used it, you’ll be amazed at all the products you thought you couldn’t live without!

Quick Update:  We’re  in our new home…  and wow, has J.R.’s shampoo bar ever come in super handy… the rest of our clothing is in a box (somewhere!), the sugar bowl has gone missing, we can’t locate the light switches and figure out the heat pump controls, the sprinkler system is a mystery, but thank goodness, we know where the shampoo bar is! What a lifesaver!

Joy Richter  2012                                  ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT

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