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Tar soap

At a time when the beauty industry was not yet as developed as it is now, our grandmothers and mothers had to look for improvised methods and ways of taking care of themselves. One of these methods was the use of therapeutic soap for the face, body and hair. The most popular was tar tar, which is known even now.


Tar soap is the strongest antiseptic. It has very strong antibacterial properties. It is precisely because of this that it is often used on problematic and oily-prone skin, reduces inflammation, reduces oily sheen and disinfects the skin, erasing old acne and post-acne with an eraser and preventing new ones from appearing. It treats eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis, is able to relieve closed comedones and lighten black spots, scars and spots. Heals wounds, boils, ulcers and scratches. Restores cell regeneration, regulates the sebaceous glands of the skin.

Helps in restoring the hydro-lipid balance of the skin and with parasites.

In the form of shampoo or liquid soap, it helps alleviate peeling and itching of the scalp, cure oily and dry seborrhea, get rid of dandruff and even lice and pediculosis. It helps to delay the wash day for oily hair.

The soap is also suitable for intimate hygiene - to maintain sterility or to treat candidiasis.


Depending on the method of application, purpose and form of release, tar oil soap can be divided into:

  1. Lumpy. It is a black or dark brown habitual bar of soap. Suitable for washing hands, body, and face. The classic version, the most common. Ideal for facial skin - complete with a sponge or foaming net - eliminates acne and acne, expression wrinkles and excessive oily skin, black spots.
  2. Liquid. It looks like a toilet soap for washing hands and hair, for the face it is not very suitable, as it foams are not very pleasant. Also black. Suitable for getting rid of sweating under the armpits, preventing acne on the skin of the back, chest, arms and legs, with some forms of lichen and other diseases of the skin of the body.
  3. Thick soap. It is quite rare, it is a sticky thick gel-like consistency of black color. It is used for body and hair, less often for the face, as the consistency is not particularly suitable for washing.


The main active ingredient is directly birch tar obtained from birch wood. Sometimes birch tar is used, obtained from the same birch, only from its birch bark (bark). But it is more suitable for internal use in cysts, oncology, myoma, blood and intestine cleansing, as it is softer - soap from birch bark tar is suitable even for dry skin, but it is difficult to find one.

Tar itself is thick and viscous in consistency, not sticky, dark with a characteristic odor. It consists of resins, phenol, toluene, xylene.

Natural soap should smell sharply - tar, like Vishnevsky's ointment. If it smells completely different, it means that perfumes are added to the soap (in the composition they are designated as parfum, with an asterisk * - natural perfumes, from essential oils, without chemical production). They are not allergic, do not actually affect the dermatological properties of the product, they only slightly change its smell, muffle it and increase the shelf life.

As a rule, soap contains foaming silicones (SLS) - and a good soap, they should be natural, gentle. Sodium Laureth Sulfat, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laryl Sulfate are the most dangerous. They clog pores and prevent the penetration of oxygen to the skin, and prevent it from breathing. Mineral oil works the same way - Mineral oil being a product of oil refining. Parabens (paraben) are rarely part of soap preparations. Alcohols take place if they are cosmetic - but ammonia or ethyl dry the skin and are designated as alcohol.

Remember that the higher the product is in the composition, the greater its concentration. However, tar is used in the production of soap in the amount of ten percent, so it is quite possible to find it at the end of the list. Also, any tool should be marked GOST.

All kinds of additives are possible. For example, glycerin and vegetable oils act as a humidifier, soda, coal and salt - additional cleaning additives, celandine and other infusions of herbs mix the ingredients, guaranteeing better performance and affecting the activity of the sebaceous glands.

Shelf life

If you are going to use the product in skin care or, especially, in intimate hygiene, then its shelf life should not be neglected. This can result in new inflammation, dryness, itching, and irritation.

On average, tar tar soap is stored for twelve months. This applies to a completely natural composition, without extending the shelf life of additives. If they are present, then the shelf life is increased to three years (36 months). As a rule, such additives are safe and do not affect the quality of the product.

Benefit and harm

The main significant disadvantage of tar soap is that it dries. Frequent washing with them contributes to the appearance of peeling and irritation, reducing the protective layer of the epidermis and increasing sensitivity.

When used during the active sun, before tanning or tanning, it is possible to increase the sensitivity of the skin, it is likely to get a sunburn.

From the organoleptic properties it is impossible not to distinguish the smell of soap - tar aroma is unpleasant for many, some categorically cannot tolerate it. However, it does not remain on the skin after washing, indoors or on clothes, so that, in principle, is quite portable. If we are not talking about individual allergic intolerance, of course.

The main useful properties are antibacterial and antiseptic. It perfectly dries up inflammation, preventing it from growing. Effective in the fight against any kind of infections and infections, even fungal. It fights against parasites, lice and other insecticides.

See more in the next video about the benefits of tar soap.


Tar soap is used as a remedy for:

  1. Increased fat content of the skin of the face, body and head (including with seborrhea, lice and pediculosis);
  2. Diseases of the skin - dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne and post-acne, various kinds of inflammation, acne, lichen;
  3. Cracks and microtraumas of the skin, burns;
  4. Greasy hair type;
  5. Excessive sweating.


Tar soap should never be used if:

  1. Your skin is dry thin or sensitive;
  2. In the next day you want to go out to the active sun to sunbathe or go to the solarium;
  3. There is an allergy directly to tar or other components of the composition;
  4. Your hair is dry and brittle (if the scalp is oily, then you can only wash it, applying a thick layer of a moisturizing mask to the length and ends);
  5. You are pregnant, breast-feed or a baby;
  6. You have rash, irritation, itching.

Popular manufacturers

Soap from the company "Cleon" It is distinguished by its composition - it is completely natural without claims to chemistry, namely olive, coconut, castor, almond seed oil, avocado oil and directly birch tar. The composition is gentle and does not dry the skin, as stated by the manufacturer.

Another more or less natural option is soap from the factory "Spring". It is economical and very cheap. The packaging is translucent, which allows you to make out soap before buying. The composition is not completely natural, but not scary - you can apply to the face. In packing 140 grams against standard 75.

The tar soap of the company is most often found on the shelves of our stores and pharmacies. "Neva cosmetics". It stands within thirty rubles, a large rectangular block, easily washed on hands or sponge. The same company produces liquid tar soap, which is convenient to use for hair or body. It costs 75-90 rubles.

A pleasant bonus can be analogues / substitutes for tar soap, suitable even for dry skin - sulfur, boron and zinc, which this company also produces.

At Agafia in the medicine cabinet there is soap called "Soap-detox 100 herbs Agafia Bath tar." It has a bathing effect and includes birch tar and five Siberian soap herbs. Sold in a 300 ml jar. Also, the same manufacturer has several tar tar shampoos.

Have funds from "Phytocosmetics" the compositions are completely natural - without SLS, GMOs and parabens. This company is ready to present "Thick soap for hair and body Restorative Tar". Its main difference, like all the products of this company, is the absence of smell. There is only an unobtrusive aroma - and certainly not tar. And all this despite the fact that the composition contains birch tar - as well as juniper oil, lavender and herbal extracts The composition contains mild natural surfactants that do not dry and do not injure the skin.

In addition, the same company also has a healing tar mask for hair in a bucket of 155 ml, a one-time tar mask with burdock oil and hops and the same shampoo.

Soap from the company "Recipes of purity" from Nizhny Novgorod oil and fat plant perfectly cleanses the skin and even clothes! In the summer, this is simply an indispensable tool for cleanliness and comfort.

Moscow soap company Spivak widely known for its natural cosmetics. They produce products that include natural vegetable and essential oils (masks, soaps, products for hair, lips and face), and also sell these very oils directly. It produces several types of soaps - from soap tiles to the same tar. Its composition is as follows: sodium salts of olive, coconut, palm, castor oils, water, birch tar.

All of their soaps are handmade, and you can order them through the online store or directly at the main office for about a hundred rubles.

Another representative of handmade soaps is soap "Crimean Tar" from the manufactory "House of Nature". Eliminates acne quickly, reliably and cheaply. The composition is completely natural, does not contain animal fats, does not injure the skin and the water-lipid balance of the epidermis. It is based on saponified olive, coconut and castor oil with the addition of birch tar and burdock oil. Laurel extract and milk thistle oil are included as additional ingredients.

It is cooked in a cold way, which helps to preserve the beneficial properties of oils, herbs and directly tar. The smell is not very pronounced. It costs about 150 rubles.

How to make at home

In order to prepare this product with your own hands you will need: soap base (suitable baby soap without perfume and cosmetic additives - two pieces, birch / birch tar from a pharmacy, any base oil (calendula, jojoba, avocado, almond or grape / peach / apricot kernel), castor oil if desired and a little essential ( lemon, rosemary, mandarin, grapefruit, ylang-ylang or fir), a herbal decoction of nettle or St. John's wort, shape (suitable for baking).


  1. Soap must be grated on a coarse grater until the state of the chips. Put in a pan and pour a glass of herbal infusion.
  2. Add two tablespoons of castor oil and any base oil, about twenty to fifteen drops of ether.
  3. We put to a small fire.
  4. We prepare forms - on the bottom you can put herbs, oatmeal (for scrub soap) or loofah (for soap-sponges; first you need to soak it in boiling water for half an hour and squeeze). This is an optional option.
  5. At the same time watching the mixture - when it boils, you need to pour in three tablespoons of tar. Gently mix and remove from the fire with tacks.
  6. Pour into molds. We take out the finished liquid soap in the cold - on a closed balcony or loggia, and leave it for a day or until the next morning.

How to make tar soap with your own hands, see the next video.

How to choose

When choosing any product or product, you must first combine the information on the label with what effect you want to achieve and with the reviews of customers who have already tested the product on themselves.

You can find tar soap in any supermarket, cosmetic store or pharmacy.


It is not recommended to wash this product with dry and sensitive skin. If your skin is combined or normal with inflammation present, then you can wash yourself with this tool two to three times a week. With oily and problematic - every evening for a month, then take a break.

The use of tar soap in folk medicine is intended to get rid of acne and traces of them literally in three months (possibly earlier) with complex care. Instructions for use are very simple and clear:

  1. Wet face skin, hands or a sponge for washing and directly soap (if it is lumpy);
  2. Whisk on a sponge or palm block in a strong foam, apply on face and massage for a minute or two;
  3. Rinse off the foam is first warm, then cool water.

There is also a method of applying as a mask against rashes and acne - in this case, foam should be applied only to problem areas with acne colonies and left for fifteen minutes, rinse off in the usual way. Such a simple mask is very popular in cosmetology.

For hair, it is best to use liquid soap or tar shampoo - they foam better and are applied to the roots.

The method of application does not differ from ordinary shampoo - apply the usual portion to the roots and beat well in foam, leave for a minute or two and rinse. With curls of a fatty type, it can be distributed along the length, in any other cases, such an application is undesirable - it will dry out.

With candidiasis and intimate hygiene diseases, soap is used twice - in the morning and in the evening, in the case of prophylaxis - once a week, it can also be used in a bath.

With a fungus, the affected area is washed with soap foam twice a day, processed with soap applications, and masks are made of thick foam for heels, feet and nails.

Soap categorically can not be used during pregnancy and for babies. For children, there are separate tar tar shampoos on a soap basis - from Mirolla, for example. Adult shampoos and soaps for the child will not work.

Any use of tar soap should be discontinued when an allergic reaction, itching and rash appear.


The opinions of dermatologists and ordinary customers in the case of tar soap are the same. Depending on the manufacturer, the ladies give marks about four and write quite enthusiastic reviews. Experts, on the other hand, recognize tar soap as a therapeutic soap that can cure many dermatological diseases, including dandruff, psoriasis and remove lice and other insects.

The most common tar agent is from "Neva cosmetics". Judging by the reviews, it is perfect for owners of problem skin and those who have just a couple of pimples on their skin. Its effect on post-acne, acne marks is ambiguous - it can lighten and resolve pinkish, almost past spots, but stagnant ones are unlikely. It smells unpleasant and annoying households, but it does not feel on the skin, it disappears quickly.

Soap from "Neva cosmetics" has a rating of 4, 5 for its properties and availability. Liquid tar soap from the same company is often used for hair. His rating is also 4.5.

Review of tar soap from "Neva cosmetics" See in the next video.

Reviews of soap from the company "Stork" enthusiastic, rating 4.8 - the highest of all soaps.It is due to a number of reasons - at least the fact that using this soap it is possible to get rid of acne and acne in a week of active use. Buyers note the disinfectant and antibacterial properties of soap, the skin becomes noticeably cleaner.

Soap from "Spring" although it has a rating of 4.6, reviews about it are quite controversial. All that is important to know is that it cannot be used for intimate hygiene, as it dries and causes itching and leaves an incomprehensible and unpleasant, not soapy coating on the whole body and face. If there is an alternative, get another soap.

Thick tar soap for body and hair from "Phytocosmetics" has a rating of 4.4. One of its main advantages is the absence of an unpleasant odor. This is one of the few truly natural tar products without tar aroma. It has a very gentle composition - without alkaline surfactants and silicones. This tool is also universal - suitable for the body and hair, you can use it on the face. However, no more than three times a week. It makes the skin silky and smooth without overdrying. Helps with ingrown hairs immediately after depilation. Eliminates sweating.

Of the minuses - it has a not very pleasant consistency. It looks like a sticky gel that does not spread well over the skin. Therefore, it is better to apply it with your fingertips.

Handmade tar soap from Spivak has a good reputation and reviews, its rating is 4.8. The aroma of this soap is more woody than tar, sharp, but not unpleasant. It does not look like the others. Spotty, like a Dolmatian, a huge bar, which will last for sure for a long time. Lathers well, although it gives foam and not so much. It is well distributed.

A slight drawback is the sharp edges of the soap. Another - the smell, although not unpleasant, but very persistent. Remains on the face, bed, clothes for an hour or two.

Watch the video: How to Make Pine Tar Soap for eczema + psoriasis S2W5 (February 2020).


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