Disinfectant, mildly antiseptic; an excellent "deodorant".
Avoid Mosquitoes with Carbolic Soap
Recently, one of our retailers recounted a conversation they had with a customer who purchased a full case (100 bars) of Carbolic. The customer explained that they were heading to the Amazon jungle to pan for emeralds and other precious stones. They had found washing with carbolic soap kept mosquitoes from biting them.
A bit skeptical, our retailer decided to try it for himself. Freshly showered with carbolic soap, he attended his kid's evening baseball game. He noticed everyone in the stands was swatting continuously throughout the game. He watched mosquitoes land on him then literally leap off without biting.
We figure there must be something to it. Anyone willing to haul twenty-six pounds of soap up the Amazon must be doing it because it is worthwhile.
One of our customers in northern Ontario stocks up on carbolic soap every spring. "It's one of the first things the tree planters buy." They are out in the deep woods from dawn to dusk. They swear that it helps keep the bugs from biting.
Worm picking is done at night, which is peak mosquito time. For many years, one of our distributors has been shipping cases of carbolic soap to a pickling company in the prairies.
We have no scientific evidence to support why carbolic soap helps to keep mosquitoes from biting; we think it cleanses away most of your natural scent, which attracts mosquitoes, and replaces it with that medicine-like carbolic fragrance. The only evidence that it works is contained in the many stories and testimonials from our retailers and their customers.
Thereza works at a Health and Bulk Food store in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She can always tell when the Girl Guide and Brownie groups are summer camping. Their parents all come into her store and buy carbolic soap. "Every summer they come in and clean us out!"
We were trying to think of one of the worst jobs for bugs. Aside from being an entomologist, we heard about this one. It was a summer job. The son of one of our retailers had a summer position working for Ontario Hydro. He was part of a crew clearing bush for electric power lines. Talk about being bug magnets. His mother included carbolic soap in his kit with instructions to "wash head to toe with it everyday". Later he thanked his mom for the homespun advice. He explained that mosquitoes bit him. "But", he said, "you should have seen what the guys looked like who didn`t use carbolic."
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Katie - August 17, 2008, 02:27
yes, It is a good deterent for mosquitos for dogs too... It is also supposed to help with Mange on dogs and recently I cleaned out my dogs ears with the soap mixed with water and it really helped with his ear infection... Which I had a problem with for 2 months
Tam - June 13, 2008, 11:51
Can you use carbolic soap on dogs?
Most soaps commonly available aren't that great for us - they are so full of chemicals and detergents that our body would almost be better off without them. We have a healthy non-toxic alternative...
Our bar soaps, liquid soaps and cleaners only use natural ingredients that don't remove body nutrients or harm the skin. They are perfect for sensitive skin, special needs, or a simple desire to clean naturally! And best of all, our soaps are made traditionally: by hand!
Our soaps are all natural, hypoallergenic, mild and gentle. All glycerine soaps are ideal for sensitive skin. They are totally organic, fully biodegradable and have not been tested on animals. They contain no perfumes, deodorants, preservatives, or artificial colours.
This is the second time I have ordered from ZooScape and I have been very pleased with the service they provided.
I like the Carbolic soap as I find it really does keep the mosquitos away from me. It has significantly cut down on the amount of bug bites I've had this year.
-- August 28, 2008
Carbolic Soap is excellent. I've been using it since I was a baby and it clears up all kinds of skin rashes and even helps with feminine problems.....you'll get what I mean girls if you suffer from itching or burning 'down there'.
Its great for sensitive skin. Would recommend. Shame its in USA tho as we can't get it in UK anymore!
-- July 29, 2004
i have always liked carbolic soap it has healed my sons and nephews acne. it has a good clean smell to it you feel so clean and refreshed when you have bathed in it. we need it back in the uk. where can i buy some from? [Ed. You may purchase it from us! We ship to the UK every day!]
-- September 23, 2004
Your carbolic soap rates five stars with me.
I'd heard of its legendary cleansing and deodorizing properties with the old Lifebuoy soap, and wanted to try it for myself. But Lifebuoy's very hard to find anymore. So I was delighted to find your carbolic soap available at my local health food store. It is refreshing, invigorating, and I enjoy that distinctive fragrance. (My granddaughter likes the bright color, too!) I'll be sure to go back for more.
(Profession: postal clerk, weightlifter)
-- May 25, 2005
Soap - Carbolic
This is the best soap I have found in my many years of searching for quality without carcinogenic preservatives...if you can't find it in yur favorite health store, get it online!!
-- March 31, 2007
This is great!
Hi from Australia! We cannot get this wonderful product here. Zooscape were fantastic: quick processing and delivery! And the quality? First rate. Thanks so much.
(Profession: RN, Educator, business owner)
-- January 4, 2011
Also Recommended: The Coal Tar soap is great, too. In Aust, only the 'artificial' soap is now available - smells the same, but full of chemicals. This is the real deal.
The soap is a great nostalgic product.
-- June 13, 2012
Love the smell
By just chance in looking and reading I discovered carbolic soap. I decided to get it a try. I searched several places and found Zooscape to be the cheapest. After using it for a few weeks and smelling the scent, I couldn't quite place where I remembered it. Then one day I discovered it. I used it when growing up. We bought it in stores by the name of Lifebuoy. I love to smell it better now than when I was young.
-- September 19, 2013
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