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.