Pine Tar Soap
Did you know that the earliest known documented soap recipe dates back to nearly 2200 BC? Crazy to think the way soap was made that long ago hasn’t changed much even today. Obviously the ingredients used in many soaps today are very different, especially commercial soaps but many crafters still stay pretty true to some of the oldest known methods of soap making. Pine tar soap is rapidly growing in popularity again for many reasons,
some of which I’m not allowed to “claim”, and other reasons like people enjoy something new and different. Pine tar soap certainly fits the bill of “different”.
At Lucky Scruff, I like to keep our products as simple as possible and our pine tar soap is no exception. On our pine tar soap label you’ll find just eight things… coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, pine tar, castor oil, water, sodium hydroxide and essential oils. Today I want to tell you why I chose each of these ingredients and what you can expect them to do for you.
Coconut oil is used as a hair conditioning agent, a skin conditioning agent and is the primary cleansing agent in our soap. Coconut oil also contributes to the hardness of our soaps and produces a good amount of bubbles which is always nice to have from your soap!
Palm oil is another great skin conditioning agent and helps provide a more stable lather. The palm oil we use is Certified Sustainable Palm Oil. In response to the urgent and pressing global call for sustainably produced palm oil, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed in 2004 with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable palm oil.
Olive oil is used as a skin conditioning agent and to add a creamy feel to the lather of the soap. It also helps extend the life of our soap bars, which is nice.
Castor oil acts as a humectant and draws moisture to the skin as well as adding to the cleansing effectiveness of other fats within the soap.
Now for the kicker! Pine tar has been used for treating skin conditions for years, often as soap, though this use as a drug was banned by the FDA along with many other ingredients, due to a lack of proof of effectiveness in 1990. While Pine Tar can and is still used to produce soap by many manufacturers, claims can no longer be made that the pine tar treats, cures or prevents any form of disease. Pine tar is still widely used as a veterinary care product and is a traditional antiseptic and hoof care product for horses and cattle. When blended into our soap, pine tar gives the bars their distinct “chocolate” look as well as a nice smokey aroma, which conveniently washes away with the bubbles in the shower!
Water, sodium hydroxide and essential oils are the only other ingredients you will find in our soaps. Water and sodium hydroxide form the caustic blend that turns the fatty oils into hard bars of soap, in the simplest of explanations. Our essential oils are what give the soap its sharp, fresh smell that so many people love.
If you’re ready to try out a bar of our Lucky Scruff Pine Tar Soap, head over to the store and drop some in your shopping cart! Check back soon for a possible video of me making the next batch of Pine Tar soap… no promises, but it might happen!