Archive | August 2012

The Movement To Buy “American Made”

“Made in the U.S.A.” is good for business these days, and even more so for those who want to show their patriotism and trust in that good old American way of doing business by using high quality safe materials and paying a fair wage,  all the while employing safe environmental practices. As evidenced by recent foreign product quality scares over the years, we can’t be sure these stringent requirements are being met by foreign companies of imported products.

On page 26 of the  July issue of Kitchenware News, the article “Trade Show Buzz”  by Lorrie Baumann, (seriously, it does tie in) points out the varied reasons why Americans have been turning away from foreign products and seeking replacement items made in the U.S.A.

It’s a no-brainer… products manufactured and purchased in the United States keep the dollars in our families and communities, ultimately helping our economy.

And not only are folks looking for “Made in the U.S.A.”, they’re also desiring all-natural, healthy, organic products. I know a company that fits the bill, that hits a home run on all these requirements… J.R.LIGGETT’S.  C’mon, you knew I was heading this way!

J.R.LIGGETT’S  “home base”…  973 NH RT 12A Cornish, New Hampshire  03745, or for your convenience: . Whole Foods Markets throughout the United States and Canada also carry J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bars, as do various natural food, drug, and specialty stores.  They’re onto a good thing!

You know it’s great stuff!  Earth and people friendly, no animal testing nor products, 100% bio-degradable, pure 100% natural oils, gives hair body and manageability, rinses out cleanly and easily thus using less water, made with fresh, New Hampshire spring water, great for backpacking and travel, and a money back guarantee!  Try that with an over-seas company!

Good business, good cents, good for America.  You know that satisfied feeling you have when you’ve done something worthwhile for all concerned. Keep it in the U.S.A.!

Joy Richter                                                                                  ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT LTD

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Back to School… Take Action Now!

It’s not a pleasant subject, but the reality is, back to school can mean thousands of children  being exposed to head lice.  Children by their very nature love to play closely with other children–rolling around on the floor together, heads close to one another as they work on projects, and eagerly sharing one another’s hats and caps.   Parents dread the idea of receiving that letter from the school nurse stating that a case of head lice is going around school, or worse, your own child has lice.  Years ago, my own child came home with ‘The Letter’–turned out she had nothing more than a mild case of dandruff, but it’s tough not to panic as the idea of “what now?”  is foremost in your mind.

For several years mothers, the media, school nurses, and entomologists have been reporting that many head louse populations have become resistant to the chemicals used to treat them.   Preventive treatments with anti-lice agents are not recommended and can lead to illness and persistent itching.

Permethrin and Lindane are  insecticides used to treat head lice infestations. The success rate of Permethrin has dropped, and Lindane, which is toxic to humans, has been known to cause seizures, and temporary paralysis. Lindane has been used both as an agricultural insecticide and as a pharmaceutical treatment for lice and scabies.  The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies Lindane as “moderately hazardous”.

Taking into consideration the information I’ve come across on the Internet about the chems used to treat head lice, I’ve wondered if there isn’t a more natural, safer, and simpler way to attack this plague. Do it yourself treatments use plant oils such as olive oil, eucalyptus, tea tree, geranium and lavender, which make the hair shaft slippery and difficult for lice to cling to. The aromatic properties of these oils also repel the lice. It sounds to me that if possible, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” should be our modus operandi here.  Obviously, we would caution our children to refrain from sharing hats, caps, combs, hair bows, etc., but are there any other precautions we should be taking?

J.R.Liggett’s Shampoo bars  have for years been touted as a real preventative for these tiny nasty creatures.  It has to do with the natural vegetable oils, olive, castor, and coconut oils in a non-detergent base that the head lice don’t like.  All six different shampoo bars that J.R.Liggett offers, contain olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil.  The Tea Tree shampoo bar formula works well for dermatological issues, and the Ultra Balanced shampoo bar is unscented.  We recommend using these on your children’s hair before they get infected and they will stand a good chance of coming through the season with out a single “nit”.

Over a year ago, a user of J.R.Liggett’s shampoo bar left a Facebook comment referring to being proactive in preventing head lice: “We learned our lesson last year–the hard way–twice!  Thanks to your shampoo Jim, this year we’re A.O.K.!

Joy Richter                                                                                   ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT LTD

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Once Upon A Time

“Once upon a time, Americans enjoyed hard work…”  So goes the title of chapter three in author and artist’s Eric Sloan’s book, Once Upon a Time-The way America was.  What admirable attributes did previous hard-working generations have?  Yesterday, my husband and I had the privilege of watching reenactments of various elements of life and labor on a farm as it would have been just a mite over 80 years ago. As I watched the men working on that hot day, I realized the drive and determination these folks had to possess to make an everyday living and to put food on the table on a daily basis.  I thought to myself, those old farmers knew how to work… and how to live.


Steadfast, generous, truthful, with good morals and integrity. They showed thriftiness, making do with meager possessions, passing them down, and wearing them out.  For the most part, a person stood strong through the trials of life, sharing their abundance (or in many instances, their “hardly enough”) with those who had less or none. A person’s word was a contract; folks knew dishonesty was not only downright wrong, but they also knew lies could ruin a family’s reputation for future generations… word gets around, you know.

“Once upon a time, Americans were frugal…”  Eric Sloan writes; ” Waste was once deplorable, considered bad manners… the mark of a fool and something quite un-American. Nothing, once upon a time, was wasted.”   When the recipe for J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar fell from that old New England cookbook and fluttered to the floor, a snippet of the honest, hard-working generations of the past stepped into the present. A recipe for washing one’s hair; and after a tad of tweaking and smidge of fine-tuning, an opportunity for you and I to recapture in spirit the ideals of long ago… old-fashioned? You bet!  But always in style.

Good and common sense never goes out of style… A mild, multi-tasking shampoo bar, using clean, crystal clear waters sprung from an old earth. Made from all natural ingredients that we can trust not to harm the rivers or streams. Thrifty in form and use; replacing a plastic bottle-filled liquid of unpronounceable chemicals that strip your hair of its own healthy and necessary oils. Handy to use in home or for travel. Wise and wonderful, excellent for a body soap and shaving, this bar rings true and honest, no frills… just hard-working craftsmanship.

For you, for today and tomorrow… grab your slice of the past, the spirit of pride and honesty. Order J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar here.

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 Joy Richter  2012                     ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT

Stepping back in time just for a few moments…

It was a hot day on the old Plains… here I am tentively petting a horse and holding a jar of homemade wild plum jelly… Yum!

Free to be… Unscented!

I have to admit, I prefer scented products. Whether they’re luscious and fruity like lemons or flower-based, I prefer a fragrance over “nothing” any day, because frankly, I enjoy coming out “smelling like a rose”.  I’ll even mix scents, which is a no-no– I don’t care I’ll wear all of ’em!

I realized the other day, I’ve been a tad biased towards those who prefer to be “scent- free”.  I realized that in our society, we seem to have an obsession with being perfumed all our breathing moments.  We have scented homes, scented detergents and dryer sheets, and a whole slew of scented body products… enough already!  Sure we should be clean, but why perfumed?  And what about those with breathing or skin allergies?  It’s a coughing nightmare to have a close encounter of the saturated kind whether it’s just being in close proximity or in an enclosed room. 

Break free & breathe!  Free as a soft breeze through your bedroom window on a summer’s night in the country, or on a grassy hilltop on a sunny spring day. Just like a whisper of  wind across the ocean, or a crisp fall day in the mountains, J.R.LIGGETT’S  understands your need for fresh, fragrance-free products and delivers on that concept in four arenas:

The Ultra-Balanced Shampoo Bar: Formula is the key here; jojoba–that ‘wonder’ oil that is closest to our own natural hair oil, is the main ingredient and the essence of the Ultra-Balanced Bar. Jojoba normalizes your hair’s moisture and maintains it’s balance, so it works for all people, all hair types. Hair too oily? It tones it down. Too dry? It enhances oil production. Huge additional bonus:  un-scented– therefore it’s simply terrific for skin and breathing allergies. We’re bombarded with enough aromas throughout the day, that it’s refreshing not be presented with one more hit on the olfactory senses. Sparkling fresh New Hampshire spring water, soothing almond oil, olive oil, moisturizing castor oil, coconut oil and sodium hydroxide (a binder) complete the ingredients of the Ultra-Balanced bar, enabling your hair to simply fall into place and be at its natural best. For all this bar does, you are not going to want to use anything else. Shine, baby, shine!

J.R.LIGGETT’S Foam Face & Body Wash  (Unscented? Reach for the clouds!): Our new non-detergent Foam Face & Body Wash is nothing short of sensational. Sooo moisturising!  It gently and thoroughly cleanses your skin while at the same time deposits a healing layer of truly unique oils that readily absorb into your skin, leaving your skin soft, luxurious and healthy.  The ingredients are simple: saponified olive oil, coconut oil,and castor oil with safflower oil, almond oil, hemp or jojoba oil and vit. E – No Detergents  This 1.7oz. foamer is terrific as a travel size. We also offer a 16oz. Refill to promote a reusable/ recyclable alternative in this disposable oriented world.

J.R.LIGGETT’S Moisturising Body ScrubSalt crystals from the oceans of the world combined with the most luxurious, healing and moisturising oils make this product a true indulgence to be enjoyed.  Energizing crystals of sea salt are combined with specially ground walnut-shell powder which acts as a light abrasive on your skin to exfoliate the outermost layer of dead skin.  This gentle exfoliation of the skin allows the pores to open and breathe, to be fully receptive to the healing oils that make our moisturizing body scrub so tantalizing.  Safflower oil, Almond oil, Hemp seed oil or Jojoba oil  , and Vitamin E combine to feed your skin all of the natural, healthy, life-promoting properties these luxurious oils possess. For your added safety we use only natural scents derived from pure essential oils and natural fragrances (also comes unscented).  Your skin readily absorbs these luxurious oils after being cleansed and exfoliated. The results are extremely moisturising and softening.  Rub the mixture in small circular motions all over your body, warm water rinse, and towel dry.  Enjoy the most sensuous, soft, and healthy skin you have ever imagined. Normally no additional moisturisers are required. It’s great to use after being in the sun.  Each Body Scrub comes in a beautiful, recyclable, contoured 13 ounce glass jar to ensure its purity.

Nanak’s Lip Smoothee:  Our good friend Sananda has been making these wonderful, high-quality, all-natural “Nanak’s” products now for nearly 30 years, and I felt it was a good idea to introduce them to our loyal customers.  Nanak’s Lip Smoothees help heal chapped lips while protecting the lips from windy and sunny conditions. Each of the four flavors (also unscented) are rated SPF 10. The beeswax that is used in this product makes them especially terrific.

You’re off to a great start, a clean, fragrance-free adventure! Easy order just by clicking on each product’s name in red.  Don’t hesitate, do it today!

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The photo above?  Just another beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Joy Richter  2012                                         ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT

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