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Several years ago I found a product called Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap. It is truly wonderful. Gets rid of dandruff, soothes and heals prickly heat, helps prevent the infection of minor injuries that happens so frequently here in this hot, humid climate. Problem is, it costs $2.95/bar from Lehman's and I cannot afford it any more. Does anyone know how to make pine tar soap? Does any one know of a good soap making bulletin board or forum? I was thinking someone, sometime had mentioned one. Does any one know where to get pine tar, other than attacking a pine tree with a knife? And what's the difference between pine tar and pine resin? Thanks.

-- Green (, May 07, 2001


Green If you have an old time type feed store or hardware store near you,you should be able to find pine tar.Folks put it on horses hooves.The pine tar soap may be cheaper elsewhere but I can't give you a national source.I see it localy from time to time for about $2 a bar.To make your own pine tar soap I would guess that you could add heated pine tar to the mixed fat and lye while it is still warm before it has set.Perhaps you could saponify it (pine tar)along with the fats when you make the soap.Expirimentation is in order here.Have you ever heard of FELS Naptha soap? It is sold in the laundry products section of the grocery store if they have it.It is THE BEST at washing off the oil from poison ivy.It also helps to dry up the rash from poison ivy,

-- greg (, May 09, 2001.

Thanks Greg. I'll try the feed store. I've seen and bought turpentine to put on the horses hooves, but maybe they have pine tar also. I've heard of Fels Naptha soap, but have never been able to find any around here. Mostly they sell the big name national brands, and Zote soap which is an old brand but the Mexicans here apparently like it so they stock it. I'll see if I can find some pine tar and make some soap of my own! Thanks again.

-- Green (, May 10, 2001.

Green send me your snail mail address and I will send you a couple of bars of fels naptha to try out.It isn't anything like pine tar soap but it is good to have in the arsenal for poison ivy.

-- greg (, May 11, 2001.

Cumberland General Store sells Pine Tar...they also have a web might do a search for it...

-- carol (, March 07, 2003.

you can get Grandpas Pine Tar soap from Roaman`s mail order for 3/ $6.99 toll free 800-474-5624

-- syb scott (, March 15, 2003.

I buy Pine Tar Soap at our local WalMart Store. I've also found it in the smaller non-chain drug stores---the mom and pop stores. Tractor Supply Stores here also sell Pine Tar Soap. I started buying this years ago, because my kids were coming home from school with head lice and scabies and two of them are allergic to the active ingredient in it (it's known to cause seizures) It works great for this and you don't have comb the nits out. They come out by themselves---just rinse with vinegar. Good luck in finding it.

-- Cheryl Barthelemy (, July 16, 2003.

Here is a link to Devonshire. You can order Pine Tar from them for $5. searchpath=412a370efbeca293a725&category=Bar+Soap&start=1&total=18&no =27

-- BOCK (, April 15, 2004.

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