Here at the Soapery, we do love to make up new words. So here's another: "parbolic." Many customers have been asking for an old-fashioned carbolic soap over the last few months. With VE day around the corner, we decided to bring you our take on this old-fashioned, much-loved soap recipe bursting with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Carbolic soap is made using carbolic acid, extracted from coal tar. Coal tar has many benefits for use in soap but, given its skin-irritating side effects and claims that it causes cancer (especially skin cancer as it increases skin's sensitivy to sunlight), it is no longer used in the making of safe, family-friendly soap. Instead, we now use pine tar - an equally sticky substance from Scandinavian trees, showing antipruritic, anti‐inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is excellent for the topical treatment of eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis and other dry, itchy, flaky or inflamed skin conditions, making it a perfect addition to a bar of soap.
So what should we call "carbolic" soap that isn't made from from coal tar? "Parbolic," of course! With its high levels of antibacterial protection and help with skin conditions caused by the use of more modern surfactants, we think you'll like this oldschool bar.