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What is pine tar soap?  Pine tar soap has been around for generations and when used for bathing is touted as having beneficial effects on certain skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and other skin conditions.  However, it should be pointed out that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) does not approve the use of pine tar soap in the treatment of these skin conditions.  This is not necessarily an indication of their ineffectiveness on these conditions but there just seems to be a lack of scientific evidence or research that has been conducted in this area.  Nevertheless, there are many people that have seen improvements in skin conditions as a result of using pine tar soap.

If you have never used pine tar soap, it can be easy to think of the soap as being black or brown and dirty in some way as these are properties that are conjured up by the thought of tar.  However, this is not the case.  Pine tar soap lathers up nice and white just like any other soap and is often made from all natural ingredients.

pine tar soapOne fear that often comes up with pine tar soap is whether the soap contains creosote which is a chemical produced during the distillation of tar.  Creosote is a known human carcinogen.  Most commercial soaps specify on the packaging or in the product details whether a soap is creosote free so this is something you want to look out for when purchasing commercial pine tar soap.  There are also many soaps available that are organic and contain only vegetable compounds.

Pine tar soap tends to be more popular among men as it contains a more masculine scent than a lot of the commercial soaps and body washes.  Outdoorsmen and rugged men enjoy the long lasting manly scent that this soap provides.


Commercial Pine Tar Soappine tar soap

There are many commercial brands of pine tar soap available to consumers.  One of the most popular brands is Grandpa’s.  This company offers a line of pine tar products that include pine tar soap and pine tar shampoo.  Grandpa’s pine tar soap boasts a refreshing natural scent with “gliding suds” of snowy white lather.  The soap is recommended for daily use and leaves one feeling clean and refreshed.  Other popular commercial brands include Packer’s and Dr. Christopher’s which are similar to the aforementioned brand and offer a clean natural feeling with heaping white lather.


Homemade Pine Tar Soap

If buying a commercial pine tar soap doesn’t interest you.  It is possible to make homemade pine tar soap.  The most common ingredients needed are lye, water, coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, and pine tar.  But if you go the homemade route don’t expect to have soap right away.  It is a long process that can take up to 8 weeks as the soap has to sit in molds for a week or more and then in a dark room for up to six weeks to cure.

However, some advantages to making your own soap can be great as commercial pine tar soap can sometimes contain chemicals or preservatives.  With homemade pine tar soap one can control exactly what goes into the mixture.


Pine Tar Shampoopine tar shampoo

In addition to soap, pine tar shampoo is also widely available.  Pine tar shampoo is used in the treatment of dry or itchy scalp conditions including dandruff, seborrhea, and psoriasis.  It is often sought after and used as a natural alternative to medicated shampoos.  The shampoo has a strong odor that some people find unpleasant.  This can be one of the downfalls of pine tar shampoo and the reason many people discontinue use despite seeing positive effects on their scalp conditions.


Pine tar soap can offer many benefits if you find yourself dealing with mild skin conditions and are looking for a good way to remedy these naturally.  Daily use or even regular use of pine tar soap three times a week can produce good results in those with hard to treat conditions.  When shopping for a pine tar soap, pay close attention to the label and product description to make sure the soap you purchase is free of creosote and of course when possible choose a product that is all-natural or organic.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.  Pine tar soap is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.