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    Default Beards and Pine Tar Soap

    So, these are two topics that may not be mutually exclusive...

    I have a beard, and in the past I've used a beard shampoo (http://www.beardshampoo.com or http://www.bearwash.com). I like it, but it's something I have to order, as it's not stocked anywhere I've seen.

    I'm finding that I need to take better care of my beard and the skin under it. I can't tell if the facial hair is excessively oily and the skin dry or what. Using soap itself isn't a good idea, and I think it exacerbates the problem.

    I recently got a bar of pine tar soap, mainly because I like using it as a shampoo. (Sidebar Note: I remember when Aramis/New West introduced a tar soap in its product line; I had a bar of it and rather liked the smell and the way it made my hair feel.) I'm wondering if this will be good for the beard. Anyone out there have any experience with this?
    Life is a banquet...and I got botulism! -- Me

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    MJH
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    Default Re: Beards and Pine Tar Soap

    Tim,
    Is this the pine tar soap you're referring to?:
    http://www.grandpabrands.com/pinetar.html

    I've used pine tar soap, and I love the smell, but I found it too drying for regular use. You mentioned using it on your hair: how do you find it affects your hair? My own beard is pretty close-cropped, and I've never used any special 'beard treatment' on it. I avoid using most shampoos on my beard: some of them seem to make my skin break out, even though I use them on my scalp without any problems. I'd think pine tar soap would be OK on your facial skin, as long as you're using some type of moisturizer, especially in winter. My concern would be that it may be too drying on your beard, but I think that would depend on the length of your beard.

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    Default Re: Beards and Pine Tar Soap

    Quote Originally Posted by MJH
    Tim,
    Is this the pine tar soap you're referring to?:
    http://www.grandpabrands.com/pinetar.html
    Yep, that's the very same one. I hadn't used it in years, and I found some while I was in Illinois last week. I primarily got it for my partner to try to help tone down his oily skin. Then I got the bright idea to try it to clean my beard.

    I actually rather like it as a shampoo and not so much as a bath soap.

    My own beard is pretty close-cropped, and I've never used any special 'beard treatment' on it. I avoid using most shampoos on my beard: some of them seem to make my skin break out, even though I use them on my scalp without any problems.
    I keep mine relatively full, or as full as I can get it before it gets unruly. I have used the beard shampoo, and I rather liked it, but like I said, I didn't feel like shelling out the bucks for it. If I found it in a shop here, I'd probably use it again. The ginger variety was really lush.

    I'd think pine tar soap would be OK on your facial skin, as long as you're using some type of moisturizer, especially in winter. My concern would be that it may be too drying on your beard, but I think that would depend on the length of your beard.
    Gosh, I think I'm probably the only one around here who doesn't use any sort of facial products! So, no, no moisturizer. Now that I'm in a drier climate, especially in winter, I'm going to try to get some sort of skincare system going for myself.

    I used the pine tar soap on the beard this morning, and I am happy to say I'm almost completely flake-free. I'll give it a few more days before I declare success and get more pine tar soap.
    Life is a banquet...and I got botulism! -- Me

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    Well I have used about every soap and shampoo for my short beard, and all of them at some time or the other broke out my skin out under my beard, Well all eccept one. this is a pine tar soap, and it is very mosterising, and I use it on a daily basis. It is made by K & H Trading Post, by the trade name of LUV YOUR SKIN. I have been using their soap for 2 years now everyday, and have had no dry skin issues since. they have 2 web sites. www.khtradingpost.com and www.luvyourskin.net. This is a bar form soap, but in my talking to them they will be making a liqued shampoo in the following months.

    hope this helps, I know it has helped me alot.

    Steve

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    Default Re: Beards and Pine Tar Soap

    Birch tar soap from The Mod Cabin is the best beard washing soap in the world.
    http://themodcabin.com/product/birch-tar-soap/

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