Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap
I figured I was in for an insane soap experience when I spotted Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap in the grocery store, and I was right. Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap is insane.
The Grandpa Brands company has been around since 1878 and is based in Kentucky, which might help put the soap into some context for you. If you lived in Kentucky in 1878, you would probably use this soap constantly.
Their description says,
"Excellent for bathing, showering, shaving and shampooing. Many loyal users have been telling us for generations how "wonder"ful it cleans, moisturizes and deodorizes. They have described it as being helpful in removing scales of Psoriasis, Dandruff, Eczema and other skin irritations. No added colors or fragrances."
So, bonus points for helping with eczema? Sure. Not a concern for me, but still nice I guess. There’s no description of the scent, which I suspect might be by design, because the scent is very intense. Imagine submerging your body into a giant vat filled with liquid wood and rubber and you’re pretty close. That said, I really like how this soap smells. I can see how some folks might not be into it, but if you wanna smell like a man, this is the soap for you.
In contrast to the Newport soap, I can see using Grandpa’s Pine Tar soap in the fall and winter. Useful in propelling your imagination into some antiquated cabin, reading Mark Twain and sipping bourbon.
This, as expected, was a hearty lather, and the soap is a dark brown. It should also be noted that I felt ridiculously clean after the shower, and my hands stayed noticeably softer throughout the day. Intensity pays off.
The Pine Tar soap, along with the complete line of Grandpa’s Soaps is available at Plum Market in Ann Arbor.
- Buy online from Grandpa Brands