While touring northeast Ohio during the summer craft show season, I have encountered customers who, like myself, love the great outdoors! Many of them ask me for a soap bar that is great for repelling insects and soothing itchy, sun-burned skin.
After sampling all my soap bars throughout the years, I can honestly say, our Bugger Off Mosquito soap, made with pine tar and activated charcoal, is at the front of the soap line. Our long-term customers delight in sharing with us how it works well for them while they tend their gardens, hike, and camp.
You may be wondering…. what is pine tar? Is pine tar soap good for your skin? In this article, we will discuss what it is and how it's made, and what are the benefits of using pine tar soap in your skincare regime.
What is Pine Tar?
Pine tar is a viscous, sticky, all-natural material formed when pine trees' wood is burned. Scandinavian countries predominantly used this chemical throughout the Iron Ages to preserve and protect old ships from harsh winter conditions. Pine tar was later employed for medical purposes in ancient Greece.
Known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, pine tar soaps have been used for its medicinal benefits in treating skin conditions for thousands of years. Pine tar soap has been proven effective in soothing psoriasis and eczema, reducing itching of the scalp due to dandruff, easing inflammation of the body, relieving itching associated with bug bites, and treating other skin irritations. It is also helpful in soothing and treating poison ivy symptoms.
Soap made with pine tar is an excellent choice for bathing, showering, and shaving because it cleans, moisturizes and calms the skin.
Pine tar, like pine oil, has a strong odor, and when combined with essential oils, such as citronella and lemongrass, it soothes mosquito bites and repels insects, making it ideal for people who love the outdoors. For generations, pine tar has been traditionally associated with homemade, natural soap for topical conditions. Soaps made with pine tar are an excellent choice for bathing, showering, and shaving because it cleans, moisturizes and calms the skin.
Here are 5 Reasons Pine Tar Soap is Good for Your Skin:
Pine tar soap is beneficial to mountain climbers, hikers, fishermen, hunters, gardeners, landscapers, nature walkers, and campers. However, pine tar is not suitable for people who have excessively dry skin, are pregnant, or have hypersensitive skin.
Kali Howard has over 10 years of natural soapmaking experience. She is a married mother of 3 beautiful children.