The Soap Box

February, 2011

-- Chill Out --

Life these days seems so overly complicated. We deal with maddening government bureaucracy in the form of endless paperwork and hoops to jump through, lawyers eager and willing to thwart our every move, office politics, and difficult, selfish people bent on complicating life. Technology changes moment by moment, requiring one to constantly be ‘on’ to be able to concentrate and absorb new information .

Our lives move at a fast pace these days; families and individuals are almost constantly on the move, cramming already over-loaded schedules with yet more obligations, not to mention our lock Feb‘To Do‘ lists. New inventions and modern conveniences promise to ‘save us time’ yet, with the time saved, we are expected to accomplish more.

We can only be wound so tight, and at some point, we will invariably come apart at the seams--whether it be depression, conflict with others, or even violence. It is no wonder we are stressed from simply trying to get through another day.

It’s time to chill out. Time to take a deep breath, slow down, and stop and smell the roses... it’s time to clear our head, time to simplify. How is it done? Where do you start? The answer can be as easy as what you hold in your hand... J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar. Forget the liquid shampoo, the conditioner, the shaving cream, facial cleanser and yes, even the body lotion. Rest easy--- you won’t be needing any of them. Just as de-cluttering your home brings about a sense of peace and calmness, de-cluttering your tub and shower area can have the same effect. I refer to it as, ‘a clearing out of the peripheral to make room for the most important things in life’.

Take a break. A few years back, I cleaned houses for a bit of extra income and one of the most frustrating duties I had was to clean the bathroom of a beauty salon owner. Talk about a tangled mess of hair care products! The time I 'spent' maneuvering around those containers, the owner could have saved herself a handful of money if all I had to grab was J.R.LIGGETT'S Shampoo Bar. When I think of how this shampoo bar performs in so many ways, I realize that truly, simple is better ! And 'change' can be more than a paradigm shift in thinking, or encompass more than substituting one product for another--it can also be what makes that jingling sound in your pocket---or those green backs tucked safely away in your wallet.

Did you know that 'simple' and 'less' frees us up physically and mentally? We have less stress, less to think about, look at, walk around, to take up space, to clean, and possibly less to do. A good mental and physical 'house cleaning' helps one to move on, make new choices, see new possibilities, and re-define our priorities. Often times possessions and habits hold us back in a certain period of time or a certain way of acting or viewing life. But sometimes you've just gotta bust loose and make a change--- fresh starts weren't just meant for New Year's Eve! An uncluttered life allows us to focus on priorities, gives us direction, clarity and a discovery of a daily sense of joy!

I’m also a huge fan of organizing, and wow, do I love the look of those stacks of J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bars! Opening my storage area, I see those clean, white, wrapped bars... of course, you don’t have to be as obsessive as I am and have the labels facing a certain direction-- I’ll cut you some slack there-- but my point is, no more round shampoo bottles, conditioner bottles, shave cream containers... just Shampoo Bars; Ultra-Balanced for all hair types (see? we told you we are big on making things simple!), and a nice variety of the Original, Herbal, Tea Tree, Damaged, and Jojoba & Peppermint formulas. Another fun thing is my cool looking apothecary jar filled to the brim with J.R.LIGGETT’S Mini Shampoo Bars... a smart, practical, and luxurious treat for guests who may still be in the dark as to the awesome goodness of J.R.LIGGETT’S products. I know, hard to imagine, but I am on a mission here...

And to keep this simple theme going, forget body lotions, facial moisturizers--the whole gamut... seriously! After you’ve experienced J.R.LIGGETT’S Foam Face & Body Washes; Unscented, Lemon & Lime, White Sage, and Western Slope, you won’t need extra moisturizers. Such a wonderful feeling... the soft foam gliding over your body... The Foam Face & Body Washes are 100% non-detergent, and for your safety, J.R. uses only natural scents derived from pure essential oils and natural fragrances.

Tuck the handy-dandy 1.5 ounce Body Wash in your purse or travel bag, and place the 7 ounce in your bathroom. Have the 16 ounce refill on hand, and when that is empty, send it to J.R.LIGGETT’S and they’ll refill it for only $16--and that includes the cost of shipping! Just keep a few 7 ounce bottles on hand for around the house (not only bathrooms, but great for a healthy liquid hand soap at the sink) and stash the 16 ounce next to your shampoo bar stack. Girl, you are so prepared... I love that feeling of security and knowing I won’t be caught empty handed.

A little heads-up here...don’t feel as if J.R.LIGGETT’S Shave Foam is just for men... that is simply not the case. Your skin will be smooth, moisturized, silky, and very touchable... caress-able ... you get the idea...what are you waiting for?

The point I am trying to make, is ‘multi-tasking’. You can replace so many main stream over-priced and over-promoted skin care and hair care products with just a couple of J.R.LIGGETT’S. No need whatsoever to ‘over-buy nor, ‘over think’. Just a few items equals a great value.

The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates believed that if one was truly wise, he would not be obsessed with possessions, however, he loved to visit the marketplace to admire it’s abundance of wares. When a friend asked why he felt so drawn to this display of provisions, he replied, “I love to go there and discover how many things I am perfectly happy without.”
We may be a time slave to many things in our lives, but using a plethora of products for cleanliness need not be one of them. Simplicity. Value. Peace of mind. The “quiet time” of a bath. Life and balance. This is where J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bars and products come into play. What else could a person possibly need?

Find out for yourself what you can be perfectly happy without.

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