Before there were mass consumerism and big chain grocery stores carrying heavily processed products people used to grow their own foods and store their yearly fat, grease and oil to make SOAP. Yes, you read it correctly! People used to make their own soap, this soap was completely utilitarian and used for everything from bathing, washing dishes and clothes and general cleaning. JR Liggetts was first introduced to making soap at the tender age of 5. While visiting his Great Aunt Ann in Nebraska, he helped to make her yearly batch of soap and JR Liggetts Bar Shampoo.

As mentioned above, this soap was used for everything and that’s just how things worked.  Great Aunt Ann cooked down the stored fat, grease and oil she saved the previous year and procured the oils need to make her soap. And then she used this soap throughout the next year for all her daily cleaning activities. And this was a normal activity done in many parts of rural America during the early and mid 20th century.

Little JR really enjoyed the process soaps with his Great Aunt and he continued this practical and artistic hobby. This remained a hobby for a long time until JR discovered an old recipe card for “Hair Soap” which caught his attention. He quickly decided to make up a batch and that was the beginning of JR Liggetts Bar Shampoo. He started making these shampoo bars and giving bars to friends and family as gifts for Christmas, birthdays and holidays. And after their first bar people started asking for more and more. JR and his wife Diane decided that they would start making and selling Shampoo bars full time. And they grew their business into the success that it is today!

Now, over 30 years later, JR Liggetts prides itself on being All Natural. These bars leave your hair protected and silky smooth with chemical-free and all natural and organic ingredients that offer luxuriously thick lather with no residue. Perfect for all hair types: curly, grey, permed or colored. Worry-free for those with allergies, sensitivities or reactions. And there won’t be any need for conditioners, the essential and natural oils don’t go anywhere and keep your hair moisturized and nourished. No plastic bottles mean 100 percent ecological and earth-friendly, but also travel safe – great news for those avid travelers. And of course, when we say we protect the planet, we also mean all those living in it. These shampoos have no animal products, preservative or artificial colorants.

So other than all the benefits listed above, why is this better than store bought shampoos? Well first have you ever read the labels on your shampoo bottles? Do you know what kinds of chemicals and toxins are lurking in there? Just to name a few: sodium lauryl sulphate, citric acid, sodium chloride, polysorbates, glycol and etc. The list goes on. These chemicals leave your hair dry and damaged. But it isn’t only your hair that suffers. The toxins in our shampoo bottles are dangerous to our environment. Did you know that prior to the 1950’s Petroleum based Detergents were only for inanimate objects such as cars, dirty floors and dishes. But then  it was quickly promoted by huge corporations with lots of money to nearly entirely replace soap. They came up with detergent based products that were designed to be used daily by people and pets like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, bubble bath and many other such consumable products. Only now are we finding out how bad these detergents based products are for people. Allergies, Sensitivities, Allergic Reactions, and especially all of the different forms of cancer that afflict us today.  Is it worth it? JR Liggetts offers a natural, healthy and ecologically sustainable alternative.

Our Favorite JR Liggetts Bar Shampoo

JR Liggetts Bar Shampoo, Original Formula – The formula or recipe for this unique bar of shampoo was discovered in a cookbook. It is the cornerstone of the Bar Shampoos.  Its 100% vegetable oil formulation lathers quickly, cleans well, and rinses out easily, leaving you with healthy, beautiful, and clean hair. It will not strip the natural oils from your hair (there are no detergents). For this reason, most people do not need a conditioner!

J.R. Liggett’s Bar Shampoo, Curly Hair Formula – Do you have naturally curly hair? Or did you recently dye your hair for the summer? Or do you have naturally curly hair that has been dyed? If you answered Yes to any of these questions, then this is the perfect shampoo bar for you!  With Coconut Oil and Argan oil, this shampoo bar will ensure your hair is left with the moisture it needs to stay healthy and beautiful. The formula lathers easily and quickly so you can enjoy a good wash without any hassle. Use this amazing old fashion style Shampoo Bar today to freshen up your bath and shave routine.

J.R. Liggett’s Bar Shampoo, Herbal Formula – Do you love smelling fresh? Do you love the fragrance of essential oils? If yes, this shampoo bar is infused with Rosemary, Lavender & Cedarwood. The combination of these select group of essential oils creates a most wonderful smelling all natural bar or shampoo. In the dead of winter this shampoo will have you feeling like it’s early spring with its refreshing smell. It’s delicate and enchanting. To be transformed to spring every day use this wonderful shampoo.

JR Liggetts Bar Shampoo, Jojoba & Peppermint Formula – Do you have a greasy scalp? Do you notice that your hair gets oily only one day after shampooing? If yes, you should use this Jojoba & Peppermint Shampoo bar. Jojoba Oil is the primary ingredient. When you have lots of sebum build up Jojoba oil rapidly penetrates down to the scalp and hair shaft and loosens and dissolves the hardened build up of sebum that clogs the hair follicles and causes greasy looking hair. Jojoba Oil leaves the scalp and hair follicles clean and free to continue their normal function. Jojoba Oil helps promote healing of the skin in many ways, and discourages the growth of bacterial and fungal microbes. It also prevents the skin from becoming to oily. In addition, the chemical composition of jojoba closely resembles that of the skin’s natural sebum, so it is easily absorbed and rarely causes allergic reactions, even in the most sensitive individuals.

J.R. Liggett’s Bar Shampoo, Tea Tree oil & Hemp Oil Formula – Do you have allergies to fragrances? Do you have an itchy scalp? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the perfect bar soap for you. This is based on the original bar shampoo formulation but has no added fragrance. Designed specifically for people who prefer fragrance free shampoos or have allergies. Infused with Tea Tree Oil, which is a powerful antiseptic and anti-bacterial that helps enhance the shampoos abilities to keep dermatitis, itchy-flaky scalp conditions at bay. And it can help stimulate hair growth! Hemp Oil contains a combination of essential fatty acids that supply hair’s acute nutritional needs. It also contains the ever amazing Almond Oil, which provides the ever important moisturizing that gives hair its healthy shine.

J.R. Liggett’s Bar Shampoo, Damaged Hair Formula – Do you have split ends? Is your hair Dried  out and Damaged? If you said yes then this is the perfect Shampoo Bar for you. Made with nourishing ingredients like Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and Almond Oil. They are added to the original shampoo formulation to moisturize and aid in the healing and restoration of damaged dry hair. These ingredients help to add back some of the natural oils that have been lost along the way by those who have colored, permed, or otherwise damaged their hair.This bar of shampoo is also great for cold winter climates where, through lack of humidity, everything dries out. It has a sentimental earthy fragrance that is reminiscent of times gone by.

All of JR Liggetts Bar Shampoo are made with a base of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Sunflower Oil & Palm Kernel Oil. All of these oils have amazing and unique properties and they are full of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, anti oxidants, anti bacterial and anti inflammatory. The combination of these super oils makes a Bar Shampoo that will leave your hair and scalp clean, healthy, nourished and moisturized. Try one today and see the difference after just one wash!

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