Three Benefits of Pine Tar Soap

Make getting clean an invigorating experience.

Clean and fresh may not be qualities one immediately associates with pine tar—which is a shame, because it’s actually a soap super ingredient. For centuries, the all-natural substance produced from burning the wood of pine trees was used during harsh Scandinavian winters to protect wood and preserve the bottom of Nordic skis, but in modern times, it’s highly regarded for its deep cleaning properties. When used in soap, pine tar can help soothe dry, itchy skin and leave you smelling woodsy and refreshed.

Also available in packs of one and two, it comes in eight additional scents, including cedar citrus and bay rum. Dr. Squatch

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Perhaps the best-known benefit of pine tar is its effect on dry, damaged skin. It’s long been known to soothe itchiness, inflammation and dry patches on the body and scalp. In fact, some pine tar soap brands have been available as far back as the 19th century and still use the same ingredients.

Made in the USA without parabens or creosote. Packer’s Pine

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If you spend a lot of time exploring the great outdoors in heavily wooded areas, pine tar soap is a must-have. It can provide relief from bug bites and other dermal inconveniences caused by hanging out in nature. If you find yourself itching all over after an encounter with poison ivy or poison oak, pine tar soap can help soothe your irritated skin.

Also great for shaving and shampooing, the bars contain no glutens, animal products, artificial fragrances or colorants.

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Soap has a diluting effect on pine tar, which prevents it from irritating skin while making it an effective deodorizer, especially on underarms and feet. When combined with oatmeal, the all-natural product can also function as a mild exfoliant. That helps make pine tar an asset to any collection of toiletries.