Friday, September 20, 2013

Less Is More

I am a recovering beauty product hoarder. There was a time when too much of anything was never enough. This motto was devatstating to any sense of visual peace in our home. In the past, when my vice and I were left to our own devises, the combination was a force of evil that unleashed it's wrath on any free bath, counter or cabinet space available. My mother-in-law recently asked me, "Do you remember your rows of shampoo and conditioner in the shower when you were a teenager?" Do I remember?! They were my pride and joy. Each bottle was proudly displayed and every shower was a new adventure -- The product determined the start of the day - sleek and straight, vamped and voluptuous or revitalized and renewed.

It should be no surprise that when the children came along, my product obsession went into over drive. Baby products are a whole new level of heaven to a product hoarder. There are so many new brands to try, each promising to nourish and protect your child ...  a win- win situation! How could I resist?

Last winter our entire family caught the Rota Virus and I spent night after night, disinfecting every single surface- big, small and minuscule - everything the children touched. Amidst my furious cleaning, I made a decision to call my pregnant girlfriends and stop them from registering for any baby paraphernalia they didn't need and most importantly ... I made a decision to simplify in every aspect of our home life. This included all products, beauty and baby alike. Enough was enough!

My new motto when it comes to products is: Less is more. Take my new favorite children's product: J.R. Liggett's Old-Fashioned Bar Shampoo for example. The greatest thing about these New England made, hand cut, eco-friendly bars is that they take up very little room in our children's little bathroom. Our tiny bar is 3.5 oz and yields approximately 24 oz worth of shampoo in a bottle. The lather is surprisingly rich and I love how fresh and clean my little darlings' heads smell apres bath. I discovered this little wonder at Whole Foods, but you can purchase your J.R. Liggett's Old-Fashion Bar Shampoo from the company website.

Happy Bathing!

With love,
Mrs. Darling


  1. Thanks for the recommendation Mrs. Darling -- I was just thinking that my eldest needed to graduate from Burt's Bees.

  2. Thank you for reading our post! I hope you will try JR Liggett's bar shampoo ... it really is wonderful and the price point is excellent - a lot of bang for your buck!