Features December 2008 Issue

Green and Clean: Multitasking Shower Kit

With labeling that advertises "Simple is better" and "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without," J.R. Liggett’s products appear to be made for sailors. And what boat owner doesn’t love multifunction stuff? J.R. Liggett’s products take multitasking to a whole new level: The soap bars can be used for shaving and washing your body, hair, or laundry.

The company’s Natural Traveler Kit includes the handmade, all-in-one shampoo/soap bar, a recycled-plastic travel case with drain hole and shower hook, and a camp-style face cloth.

Testers liked the convenience of the traveling case, which holds one soap and the face cloth. We used it for all advertised purposes and found that it works well as a soap and laundry wash. It rinsed away with little water, but did not lather in salt water. One 3.5-ounce bar equals 24 ounces of liquid shampoo, according to the maker.

Originally made as a shampoo, the bar soap left testers’ hair clean and fresh smelling, but those with longer hair reported that it took a while to get enough lather to get the job done.

The soap/shampoo is 100-percent biodegradable and made with all natural ingredients. That makes it gentle on your hair and skin, and the environment. No harsh detergents will be going through your plumbing or scuppers when you’re rinsing out those days-dirty socks and under-things.

For $14, the Natural Traveler Kit is a great item to toss in your bag for overnight or weekend cruises, or to have on hand for those post-race, pre-party showers at the sailing club. You’ll have fewer things to pack and no liquids to worry about spilling. Alone, the soap costs $7.

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