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J. R. Liggett Original Shampoo Bar 3.5 ounces

The formula for this incredible and unique bar of shampoo was discovered loosely placed in an old New England Cookbook many years ago by J.R. Liggett. This is the cornerstone of our fine line of bar shampoos that over the years has proven itself over and over to a countless number of loyal users. This is attested to by the number of years it has been on the market. Its 100% vegetable oil formulation lathers quickly, cleanse well, and rinses out and 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! It just smells clean.

Key features

  • Old-Fashioned Bar Shampoo from J.R. Liggett’s
  • Made with 100% natural oils
  • Great for backpacking and traveling

Honest reviews


My hair feels like STRAW!

Ingredients: SODIUM HYDROXIDE and essential oils.Unfortunately, the SODIUM HYDROXIDE kills any positive effects the oils might have.BTW, sodium hydroxide is LYE.The same CAUSTIC solution used to clear clogged up drains.Leaves my hair feeling like straw and looking like straw.The LYE totally destroys the natural oils in your hair.

Ramona Stratford, CA

still on the fence for daily use.. or for general traveling..

I initially bought Liggett bar shampoo due to my extensive travels.. and wouldn’t you know it, I’m no longer traveling, either. I am still on the fence for daily use or for general traveling. For my former very extensive Road Warrior travels, this is a 5 star product without a doubt! (Those who have done PDAs with For Ever Moving Around will understand…)Traveling:
• lightweight and convenient – this 3.5 oz bar claims to replace a 24 oz bottle of shampoo.
• TSA – need I say more?
• no worries of shampoo spills in luggage – been there, done that! (Always wrap any bottle(s) in a sturdy ziplock!)
• my concerns are getting the bar shampoo dry enough in the rushed morning repacking when hotel hopping night after night (federal government – don’t ask, don’t tell LOL!) I think I would dedicate a soft but thick cloth to wrap around this bar to allow some air flow so it doesn’t turn into a soggy lump in a ziplock. It simply needs to breathe.. without coming into contact with my clothes. (Any of you new FEMITES doing preliminary damage assessments- make extra note of this…)Everyday use:
• it didn’t leave my hair straw dry as some shampoos… or oily… or greasy… but I don’t know.. I don’t think I am used to it yet.
• I was concerned it would dry out in the shower – or turn into a soggy blob. So far so good, it’s still very similar to how it arrived over 6 months ago (I obviously haven’t used it much- I fell in love with 365 Herbal Mint Shampoo.Ingredients: olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, spring water, sodium hydroxide (lye), essential oils for fragrance.For backpacking or
• extensive
• travels requiring extremely light packing, this is a 5 star product. For most anyone else….

Johanna Nehawka, NE

Good Natural Shampoo for Fine Hair

I have shoulder length slightly wavy, very fine hair– and a lot of it. And although I have a lot of hair, my biggest problem is flat hair because it is so fine. I’ve spent a lot of money on products to help increase volume, but I really hadn’t found anything that worked all day.A friend was telling me about all the bad things in regular shampoo, so I decided to switch to all natural products. I did some research and decided to initially try the home made stuff— water, castile soap, and essential oils = shampoo and diluted apple cider vinegar for the conditioner. I’ll say the conditioner was better than the shampoo, but it wasn’t really doing it for me so I decided to switch again. I tried a combo of three products: JR Liggett’s bar shampoo, Dr. Bonners citrus conditioner rinse, and Dr. Bonner’s Lavender and coconut conditioner and styling creme.They all came at different times (only days apart), but I got to try the Lavender and Coconut hair creme first with my homemade products. I used just a tiny drop, but it really did make a huge difference in the smoothness and softness of my hair. It also has a pleasant, but not over powering smell. I really didn’t see any difference in the volume of my hair thoughNext came the bar shampoo– big improvement over the handmade shampoo and in combination with the dr. bonner hair creme my hair was even softer. The bar shampoo says it can be used without any other products– eh. I tried it without the conditioning products, but it isn’t something I’d do again. My hair wasn’t stringy but it had a strange texture. Still not a lot of increase in volume. It has a pleasant smell– very clean and fresh.Next came the Dr. Bonner Citrus Rinse. Awesome. The combination of all three products definitely seems to be the winner. It is important to use all the products according to the package instructions or your hair may not be exactly what you want it to be, but when it’s used properly– great results. My hair is soft, smooth, feels thicker and it typically looks and feels even better the next day.. and the day after that. No more problems with oily hair and I haven’t had any dandruff. As for volume, I have seen an improvement. I even wore my hair in a ponytail for work, wore it up all day, and then took it down when I went to sleep. When I woke up– volume! That has never, ever, ever happened before. When I air dry my hair it seems to dry a little faster and behave a lot better than before. My natural wave seems to be a little more pronounced and not look like bed head so much anymore.It is just worth mentioning that I did try to go without the hair creme and just use the bar soap and the citrus rinse, but my hair wasn’t as smooth and soft as before, but it did have the boost in volume. It wasn’t a HUGE difference in the softness, but it was noticeable enough that I’d keep buying the hair creme.Also, be aware that the switch did make my hair feel different in a very indescribable way. It isn’t bad at all, but it is a little different. I think it feels healthier, thicker and I’m just not used to it.

Kerri Roby, TX

Great for oily hair

I’ve used many shampoo products, as is the case with many of us who are searching for the next best thing. Well, for me, this is it. I have incredibly oily hair. I have to wash it every day just to avoid looking greasy and disgusting (and feeling disgusting). It took a couple weeks for the product to really work for me. I started out using conditioner with it, as this is what I’m accustomed to. I don’t even need conditioner, which is just mind boggling for me. My hair is soft and sleek looking (not oily), and I can comb through my wet hair just fine without any kind of detangling product. I’ve had this product over a month now (I would say it could last 4-5 weeks with my long hair) and I use it liberally in the shower for the best results to get rid of the oil. I wasn’t satisfied at first with the oil left at the base of my scalp, so I make sure I rub the soap all over and scrub extra efficiently. I’m about to buy my second bar. I have a feeling this product is going to be my go-to product from now on. I went through the hardest months on my hair (late summer), so I can’t wait to see how it holds up through the winter. If you’re trying this product for the first time, give it a couple weeks before you give up on it. You may find it as great of a product as I do.

Yvette Glendora, NJ

Great shampoo!

About 6 months or more ago, I stopped using shampoo. (I’d heard good things from people who “stopped washing their hair”, my hair is very fine and I wanted more texture, plus I’m moving away from all products with known carcinogens and other chemical ingredients.)Originally I used only baking soda and, it’s true – the first 4 or so days created TONS of oil in your hair, but then it balances out and I was down to using just a pinch of baking soda in a bottle of water in my hair, every morning, to keep it from getting oily and removing what little product I use. BUT, my hair seemed very dry and I read a blurb on someone’s blog that said they found baking soda to be too drying, also, so they made their own shampoo with oils (similar to what’s in this bar.) I picked this bar up, on a whim, at my co-op and I fell in love, immediately. My hair has been in fabulous condition and I was shocked to find that I could go a day or two without washing my hair before it would start to look oily and gross. The ingredients in this bar shampoo don’t scare me, they’re all familiar, and it conditions my hair at the same time. I’m sticking to it!

Cora Bend, OR

Never Has My Hair Felt So Clean !

I rubbed this on my hands then directly on my scalp and here came the suds! Very light scent, no tingling . But when rinsing it out my hair was Extremely Squeaky-is that a word? I thought if squeaky meant clean then I was not doing this a second time! I did not notice anything special after it dried but when rinsing it seemed to remove 65 years’ worth of built up shampoo, hair spray and anything else that can get in your hair. Old habits die hard but I will probably reorder this.I’m off to wash my hair now.

Alba Arnold, MD

10 Stars

Before, I would shampoo and condition my long hair every single day. Now thanks to this shampoo bar I shampoo my hair every other day and have cut out using conditioner. Can you imagine how much money I’m saving?? I use to cringe at the idea of washing my hair only every other day but now I’m a huge proponent! (Update, since it’s been so hot down here I need to wash everyday now.)I’ve been using the bar for two months and I’m not even through with half of it. I can’t wait to try the tea tree oil one and the jojoba oil one. So thrilled that I have this product in my life.So far I’ve only tried the Original formula and Tea Tree oil formula, I wanted to mention that they smell the same. Also, the tea tree oil one doesn’t smell like or give you a tingle like tea tree oil products too. And it didn’t help (or hurt) my flaky scalp.Update: 01/11/14. This shampoo bar just doesn’t work the way it used to for me. My hair washing journey continues…

Mayra Adirondack, NY