Finnish Pine Tar Soap, on a rope.
Finnish Pine Tar Soap, on a rope.
Finnish Pine Tar Soap, on a rope.
Finnish Pine Tar Soap, on a rope.

Finnish Pine Tar Soap, on a rope.

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How’s pine tar soap like bicycles, chocolate, cameras, wine, songs, books, and even cars? Here’s how: If you like any of them, you like more than one variety. Over the decades we’ve sought out pungent pine tars and have become the bicycle-world leaders in the category, but our standards have never slackened. We quit carrying Grandpa’s when it seemed to be less pungent than it used to be. We have ordered samples of different brands and rejected them within seconds.

Porcupine brand (we sell it) is super good, the dark roast or whatever of pine tar. Packer’s brand is good, but we don’t have to sell every brand we like. We sell Grandpa’s again, because it’s back and fixed. It's still the mildest of the pine tars we sell—good for beginners, and it's the only one my wife will use.

But a friend who is married to a Finnish woman had an inside line to this Finnish pine tar, and introduced me to it. It’s darker-smelling than all other pine tar soaps, and it’s a full 0.441lb / 200g / 7.05oz, plus the wrist loop it comes with so you can’t drop it. There’s no U.S. distributor of this. It has the best shape of anything we’ve ever offered, of any material—reminiscent of the avocado and rocketship nose-cone. It’s an actual objet d’art, and almost a shame to wet and ruin. It could easily be on display in any house.

 

Good for hair and skin, and here’s a great tip: You know those wool multi-band we sell for covid masks, sweat bands, and neck and ear warmers? Well here’s what you do: Wash it in pine tar soap, get it good and sudsy, and then rinse it non-thoroughly and let it dry. It’ll smell like pine tar and keep you wearing it long after Covid is gone, if that ever happens.

 

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200 grams on a rope and Tallow free