Green and Clean: Multitasking Shower Kit

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

Green and Clean: Multitasking Shower Kit

The companys 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Originally made as a shampoo, the bar soap left testers hair clean and fresh smelling, but those with longer hair reported that it took a while to get enough lather to get the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 youre 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. Youll have fewer things to pack and no liquids to worry about spilling. Alone, the soap costs $7.

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Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.

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