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

Plant a Tree… For Tomorrow

“A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.”  D. Elton Trueblood

At our new home, my husband and I recently planted two young trees. One is a Flowering Crab apple placed to the east of the patio, the other, a Sawtooth Oak placed to the south of our house. When we stopped in at the nursery, we examined the trees that were available, taking into consideration the planting location, the growth characteristics and the full height of the mature tree.  After a bit of arguing discussion, we settled on those two species, confident that we had made the best choice. Then we looked at each other and laughed… we’ll most likely not be the ones who enjoy the full-blown mature shade of these trees.  But we do it anyway, because we know that what we do now isn’t just for us–for the here and now– but for the enjoyment and good of those who will live here after we are gone.

J.R.LIGGETT’S embraces this philosophy–this idea of we do what is right for the world now— because of the repercussions that will play out in the future.  His all-natural shampoo bar made with healthy, formula-specific vegetable-based oils, pure, clean, clear New Hampshire spring water, no animal by-products, no animal testing, no preservatives, and no strange, unpronounceable chemicals. 100% bio-degradable,  it simply will not harm the fish in the streams, and even the bar wrapper is 100% plant-based bio-degradable.  No waste with this bar… no liquid to run down the drain, no liquid to spill, and no plastic bottle to add to the landfill.  The shampoo works into a luxurious lather, yet rinses out clean and easily… uses less of the earth’s precious water!  Your hair is fresh and clean with body and manageability.  Made in the USA, all for you– but at the same time, for the future.  J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar is the “shade tree” that’s planted now, with tomorrow in mind.

And just like our current United States Olympians, J.R. has applied hard work, dedication, technique, strategy and focus, resulting in a great product that we all can partake of and be in the presence of something bigger than ourselves.  Together, we can win this… together, we can come out on top of the game.

Join in with J.R.LIGGETT’S to make a difference for the future–for the world!

Joy Richter  2012                                   ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT

Note: the photo above was taken at my Father-in-law’s ranch where I lived for seven years. This beautiful Maple tree was planted over 50 years ago, and family and friends have enjoyed its shade and changing colors throughout the years.

Sun Damage? J.R.LIGGETT’S To the Rescue!

Planet Sun… registering in at a bizillion degrees and that’s how hot it feels here in the Midwest. We love the sun for growing good things, all that natural light we crave, a must for summer activities, but wow, it is scorching outside!

Too much of a good thing finds us searching for relief.  We head for the cool waters of a pool, lake, ocean, or even a backyard sprinkler.  A comfy chair in the shade, a light breeze through the trees, or head inside to rest in the AC and sip a refreshing beverage– we’re going to do just about anything to get through this heat during the summer of 2012.

If the sun has a done number on your skin and hair, J.R.LIGGETT’S to the rescue!  J.R.LIGGETT’S Damaged Hair Formula Shampoo Bar is specially formulated for hair that has suffered from chlorine (“swimmer’s hair”), sun damage, color treatments, and chemicals.  Containing soothing and moisturizing Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, and Almond Oil, this is your go-to shampoo to restore that soft, smooth, silky texture to your hair. And remember, not only soothing to your sun-damaged hair and scalp, but terrific for the rest of your body–take a look at the ingredients–all those yummy oils for your sun burned skin to drink up and speed healing!  No matter what type of J.R.LIGGETT’S shampoo bar I use on my hair, I use it for the rest of my skin also. That’s one of the cool things about the mild and natural ingredients in all of J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bars, you can trust them to help your skin and hair be the best it can be.

Out in the sun a bit too long? It happens to the best of us. Ultraviolet rays can damage your skin even if you’ve just slipped out of the house for a few hours or your sunscreen wore off too soon. That’s when I use J.R.LIGGETT’S Body Oils. I’ve praised the qualities of this for moisture-robbed winter skin, but dry skin isn’t just a cold weather problem.   Each one contains Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, vitamin E, Grapeseed Oil, Avocado Oil, Aloe Vera, and natural fragrance (Lemon-Lime, Lavender, and White Sage). It does not contain corn oil or olive oil which is not easily absorbed, nor does it contain alcohol which dries the skin. The first thing I noticed when I used the body oil was how quickly my skin absorbed it. It wasn’t slick or slippery, and it really softened my skin, leaving a very pleasant scent. The body oil can also be used on dry hair and scalp.  This is just an all-around terrific multi-use product for the relief of sun damaged skin.

Nanak’s Lip Smoothee Extreme

And in this case, “lip service” is a good thing…  J.R.LIGGETT’S carries his good friend Sananda Nanak’s soothing and moisturizing (SPF 10) lip balms in three luscious flavors: Coconut, Almond, Spearmint, and unscented.  “Nanak’s Lip Smoothee Extreme” is a sunscreen and moisturizer for general weather conditions, containing pure vegetable oils (apricot and canola) Beeswax, Lecithin, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and flavors. With a SPF factor of 15, they are superior for all outdoor sports, use and activities. For the fascinating story behind Nanak’s Lip Smoothees and Nanak’s Skin Repair an “everything salve” for lips, chapped skin, eye lines, cracked hands, cuticles, and even diaper rash, read here (free offer has expired).

Beat the summer heat and sun the all natural way… with J.R.LIGGETT’S!

Please note, you can easily link to J.R.LIGGETT’S web site for more information or ordering by clicking on the links on the right side bar, or through various links through out this article. Thank you!

Top photo: one of the “bizillion” sunflowers growing on my Father-in-law’s ranch!

Joy Richter  2012                                       ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT

Just a “Little Matter” of Water


Much of the Midwest, including my state, is in a drought emergency. Pastures are drying up, the corn is suffering, and there are shortages of water in reservoirs, streams, and wells. The heat saps our energy; I avoid unnecessary sun exposure, bring my flowers into the shade during the hottest part of the day (and bid a sad farewell to those who have “bit the dust”).  I mist our newly planted trees in the evening, and just generally watch the countryside fry and dry up. Even neighborhood birds are staggering around with their beaks wide open and tongues hanging out!  (We refill the bird bath 2 X a day.)

Critters need water too, ya know.

Pleas have been issued locally for the voluntary reduction in water usage, and the kind and gentle folks here reduced consumption from 5 million gallons of water per day down to 4.1 million.  The imposed Water Warning came about due to the city’s residents using more than 4.5 million gallons for five days in a row.  No lawn or outside water usage from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Hold off washing the car unless it’s early or late in the day, and please, shorter showers or brief baths! We can do it if we pull together.

Conserving water is a smart thing to do.  You know the drill; don’t leave the water running when you brush your teeth, keep cold drinking water in the fridge so you aren’t running the tap needlessly, and recycle gray water if possible (my own Granny would give her petunias a drink of recycled wash water).  I surprised myself when I mopped up some spilled water and wrung out the rag into a pot of flowers! I patted myself on the back, but at the same moment, it really struck me how serious a fresh water shortage could be–frightening even.

However, I’ve got an “Ace in the Hole”…  a very handy product that solves a lot of water issues– J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar.  Multi-tasking and multi-faceted. First off, fantastic for your hair:  just one product–rinses out easilyuses less water–a huge win.  Most folks won’t need a conditioner, so we’re saving on an extra water-wasting step here– use it as a body soap (I do) and shave cream if you wish. One product, one easy rinse, less time in the shower, more water for the rest of the world. I like that very much.

Butterflies drinking moisture

If you’re out hiking and camping, easy access to fresh water can be limited; you’ll need to pack it in along with everything else. No one wants to waste water, packing space, and time. J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar fills the bill… biodegradable, no harmful chemicals, easy to transport, super easy to use. Clean up a few dishes, wash out a garment, recycle the gray water–wow, did you save on resources!

Out on the lake, river, ocean… fresh water is a precious commodity– carefully plan your usage and be sure you have J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar. Drought is a serious deal; let’s do our part in being a good steward of fresh water.

Joy Richter   2012                                     ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT

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Top photo: “Lady” & “Rocket”, family farm pond in rural Northeast Nebraska

Second photo: drinking along a river bed in the Missouri Ozarks

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