I'd love to buy a bar as well. My salt bar worked for a month and then it failed me. :thumbdown:As of right now I'm not selling on etsy. I'm kept very busy locally and fear growing too large too quickly
Thank you DeeAnna, that is exactly why I've asked, I know that the last thing that acne skin need is to being dried and irritated. That is why I wanted to know if the PT soap is drying by definition. My recipes are very mild, low cleansing and quite high in conditioning - all around 59-61."...Or just tar is drying and there is no way around it? ..."
It has not been my experience that pine tar is drying to the skin, in and of itself. In my opinion, it is the soap recipe that has a greater effect on whether the skin is stripped of oils or not. My husband showers daily with 10% PT soap and I occasionally bathe with it. Neither of us experience unusual dryness from the soap -- no worse than the regular bath soaps that I make. The base recipe for my PT soap is low cleansing and high conditioning.
I also understand the "common wisdom" that an acne soap must be harsh and drying to be effective ... is wrong.
I've read that lavender, pepper mint, tea tree EO are antibacterial, so that why I would go for them if at all for any scent. In all my soaps, ingredients are well thought out. About the smell, is what I've heard about it - strong burn like odor, well I will see myself soon."...I also thought that, as some people reporting theirs skin to peel off on the beginning of treatment with the PT, but that mostly apply to rosacea treatment with PT soap. Did anyone noticed that?..."
I have never heard about that, nor have I personally experienced this. A soap with a high cleansing value might be the culprit more than the PT. But I don't know everything there is to know about PT, so maybe it has that effect for some people.
"...I think I will go for lavender scent, or lavender and mint, or no scent at all - I need to check how the PT smells of its own..."
If you've never smelled pine tar, then be aware it has the strong odor of burnt rubber or very smoky campfire, depending on the brand and your nose. Added scent needs to play well with that kind of distinct, strong aroma.
That said, if you're making this soap specifically for troubled skin, it may be best to stick with just the PT. Consider the soap to be a medicinal product and choose your ingredients accordingly. Any additives should provide therapeutic benefits that aid the PT to do its job, not just added for the sake of adding them.
It may just be me, but I don't think I'd care for mint in a soap intended for washing the irritated, delicate skin of my face.
That is what I heard about those EO, I would go for lavender too, as patchouli and tee tree are giving me a real big headacheMy pine tar soap is also no more drying than my regular soap. I use the same base recipe.
I like to add lavender EO to my pine tar soap. It doesn't cover the scent, but it works well with it and softens it just a little. And lavender EO is also good for skin problems. I have also used lavender, tea tree EO and patchouli together.