Pine Tar Soap has a very long tradition of being the go-to remedy for the symptoms associated with excema. It is used around the world to relieve itchy, flakey skin and scalp. Presently it seems to be especially popular in North America. It lost favor when it was confused with Coal Tar soap which is a difference product.
How I came to make Pine Tar Soap
A customer begged me to make this soap for her and her husband because she could not find a good supply of it. She told me pine tar soap was a miracle for their flaky, itchy skin. On researching Pine Tar and its effectiveness, I found that while Australia approves of the use of pine tar for generalized itchiness and inflammation of skin often found in conditions described as dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, insect bites, rashes, nappy and chickenpox. For lots of information about Pine Tar see: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ajd.12427/full. However the FDA here in the United States has determined that Pine Tar is not an effective drug and I make no claims implied or otherwise that Pine Tar is an effective treatment for eczema, psoriasis or other medical conditions.
The Tradition of Pine Tar
Pine Tar is produced by carbonizing pine wood using high heat. Pine Tar was used as the primary wood preservative in shipping before modern preservative methods were introduced. It was (and still is) used on horses hooves to help keep them moisturized. Medicinally, it has been used for at least 2000 years to treat skin conditions for what people thought were soothing and antiseptic properties Nevertheless, the demand for good, naturally made Pine Tar Soap is growing and I hope I can be some small help in this demand,
My Pine Tar Soap
My pine tar soap is handmade by me. It begins with Olive Oil, which is gentler and more moisturizing than Coconut Oil. Plus it includes Cocoa Butter, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Neem Oil and Activated Charcoal, ingredients specially chosen to help troubled skin. I make my Pine Tar Soap from scratch, balancing the best ingredients with affordability. Hand made soap does not extract the glycerin from the soap to resell during the process and it is one of the reasons it is so much nicer. I make this for use on body, face and hands. If you have itchy spots, you might want to try my Pine Tar Salve.
INGREDIENTS IN MY PINE TAR SOAP
Saponified Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Pine Tar and Castor Oil. Added after saponification to retain benefits include: Sea Buckthorn Oil, Organic Neem Oil, Activated Hardwood Charcoal, Essential Oils of Lemon Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Pine, and Cedarwood
Use as you would use any other soap. Keep dry between uses will allow the soap to last much longer. If you experience any unwanted reaction discontinue use. I do make two special Pine Tar Shampoos. One of my Pine Tar Shampoos is based on a traditional recipe similar to the one used for hundred of years. It is great for people with short hair or react well to old-fashioned shampoos. I also make a salon quality high end shampoo made for use in hard water, with long hair or people whose hair doesn’t respond well to traditonal shampoos.
The Pine Tar I purchase is an extra heavy pine tar sourced from a Swedish pine. Pine Tar is 100% pine tar; nothing else is added, no fillers, no additional chemicals, just 100% pine tar. According to the manufacturer, the manner in which the Pine Tar is processed is proprietary.
I have a few people order it who report hating the smell. However, a few buy it for the smell alone. The best I can do to describe is like burnt pine sap and road tar. If you can’t stand the smell and can’t use it, let me know?
Pine Tar soap may contain creosote which is considered an undesirable ingredient by some. Therefore you may not want to use this on a child. Instead try my rebatched African Black Soap which is similar but not as strong.
Christian (verified owner) –
This is my absolute FAVORITE PINE TAR SOAP in the market. Smells great and cleans and nourishes my skin.
Rebecca (verified owner) –
Going to give as a gift. Hope it works.
Emily (verified owner) –
Laurel S. (verified owner) –
As always this stuff is amazing for my sons eczema/ dermatitis. Helps keep hands and spots under control.
Turns the sinks a little black but totally worth it to keep his skin healthy.
Laurel (verified owner) –
Nathan Bravo (verified owner) –
This is just 100%
Matthew M. (verified owner) –
Smells awesome and works awesome for dry skin
Mary Demos (verified owner) –
I’ve bought this more than once from here. On etsy too. Love the products.
Rebecca B. (verified owner) –
Lisa A. (verified owner) –
This is the only thing that helps me with my allergic hives in the summer time
Joanne Spevack (verified owner) –
Carly (verified owner) –
Doesn’t bother my partners seborrheic dermatitis and we saw an improvement in his red itchy patches. Have since purchased a second bar
Anonymous (verified owner) –
very fast shipping
D’Lana (verified owner) –
My go to soap. I keep it in stock.
Great sensitive skin face soap! I initially bought this to use on a stubborn rash that my son had on his foot that I thought might be psoriasis. The soap didn’t solve it as the real problem was our laundry detergent. But, a month or two later I was out of face wash and saw this forgotten bar of soap. And, lo and behold, it makes a great face wash, even for my SUPER sensitive skin. My combination skin seems much more balanced since using this–fewer dry patches. And this bar seriously lasts forever!
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Nathan G. (verified owner) –
I have developed deeply-itchy psoriasis patches on my skin. Not much of anything has helped until a few days ago when your package arrived! Love this soap! Smells wonderful and my skin is soothed. It is a profound relief! I will be looking for another bar soon!
Caron (verified owner) –
This soap is awesome! I have been on Dupixent injections for my atopic dermatitis for 5 months and I tried a Pine Tar Soap from another company before I found this one and I still itched. But this soap has totally eliminated the itching! I am so very happy!
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Joyce W. (verified owner) –
Excellent soap. Works great on my son’s even a. I saw a visible difference in his skin within the first week of use. It smells great and has a great lather
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Sharea (verified owner) –
I have the pine tar shampoo and it works wonders for my hair, so I bought this to use as a face wash. The smell is great and I love all of the ingredients. I have yet to use it as a face wash though but I am excited to use it!