Happy Thursday! With just 22 days until Christmas, your shopping time is quickly dwindling away. Each day this week (M T W) I've highlighted a different, greener product that I use in my everyday life — all eco-stuff that you can get for the green-leaner in your life this holiday season.

Today, I'd like to introduce you to J.R. Liggett's old-fashioned bar shampoo.

I've been trying to cut down on the amount of plastic I habitually use, and when I heard that bar shampoos could offer a good alternative to conventional bottled liquids, I swung into the personal care products section at my local Whole Foods. The J.R. Liggett packaging caught my eye that first day with its wonderfully old-timey look.

The shampoo comes in bar form and is simply wrapped with paper. It's quick to lather, smells great, and effectively cleans without stripping away your natural hair oils. I've only used Original but it also comes in Herbal, Tea Tree & Hemp Oil, Jojoba & Peppermint, and there's even one for damaged hair.

The bar lasts a long time; it's surprising how little you have to use to get a good lather, so on top of saving plastic I'm also saving a little bit of green ($).

I live in Maine, and the shampoo bars are made next door in my home state of New Hampshire, so for me the product also qualifies as local. The soap is made from an old New England recipe found by the company founder Jim Liggett, who started out making the bars in his barn in the small town of Cornish. Liggett moved to the country from New York City after leaving a very successful career in advertising (he was the art director of the team who came up with the idea to use the Pink Panther to sell insulation) and started making soap back in 1987.

J.R. Liggett's shampoo bars would make a great stocking stuffer. I buy my bars at Whole Foods but you can buy J.R. Liggett's shampoo bars for $6.99 right on J.R. Liggett's website.

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