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Finnish Tar Soap

Finnish Tar Soap

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  • BRAND: Vaasan Aito Saippua Oy
  • PRODUCT FAMILY: Sauna Soap & Accessories
  • MEASUREMENTS: 3" H x 1-3/4" W x 1/2" D(1.2 x .69 x .2 cm)
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Turn your shower into a woodsy retreat with the warm, rich smell of Tjärtval Tar Soap. A deep, chocolate brown in color, this bar of handmade soap is derived from pine tar. A nostalgic Finnish scent, the tar is extracted from the trunks of pine trees to provide a refreshing scent with a unique, smoldering fire fragrance. In addition to its enlivening smell, pine tar also is known to have holistic benefits such as reducing inflammation, healing and intense moisturizing capabilities.
  • MEASUREMENTS: 3" H x 1-3/4" W x 1/2" D(1.2 x .69 x .2 cm)
  • BRAND: Vaasan Aito Saippua Oy
  • PRODUCT FAMILY: Sauna Soap & Accessories
  • ITEM #: VA-5
  • Weight: Approximately 2 ounces (60 grams)
Review Summary
10 Reviews
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10% (1)
90% Recommend this product (9 of 10 responses)
By Earl
Great Soap-has really helped
October 3, 2023
I like this soap a lot. Would love if it came in a larger bar but othewr than that, I'll be picking it up again.
  • effective
  • bar is small
By Pekka
Small but perfect
January 12, 2023
Although the bars are smaller than some other tar soaps, they are also cheaper. But I also like the small size, it’s more manageable in some ways and easier to take in a dop kit when traveling. Leaves a subtle but pleasant scent, and you feel utterly clean but not dry afterward. Essential whether or not you have a sauna.
By Mike
Milwaukee, WI
A smell that just won't go away...
December 8, 2022
Is "0" stars an option? This soap smells very strong of bonfire smoke (you know, the kind that you'd need to take a shower after, just this soap leaves you smelling that way!). My wife says that it smells more like Beggin Strips (the bacon flavored dog treats). It took numerous washing (3-5 x's) with other soap and Dawn to get the smell off my skin. I think I was looking for a clean pine scent. This is not that...
By Mia
Los Angeles, CA
Was recommended for a skin-related issue by a friend
June 17, 2022
This soap bar is tiny but its smell is MIGHTY ;-)
I'm sure FinnStyle is aware of how strong is the smell of this soap, but it didn't bother to put it into odor-proof packaging so that the rest of the stuff I purchased wouldn't saturate the strong tar odor. I should mention though, they included a cardboard note assuring me that "FinnStyle cares about the environment" and therefore my "order has been carefully packed with biodegradable cornstarch packing peanuts or recycled foam packing peanuts". I also received a separate email with the same statement. This made me chuckle because none of that was true and my whole order was just cramped up in a standard FEDEX envelope. Thank God the Hazelnut chocolate I was going to order was sold out - it would've been pretty sad to get my fave chocolate smelling like fresh asphalt ;-)
Buyer Beware!
By Mary
Terrific Tar Soap
February 15, 2021
My husband received this soap as a Christmas gift from our daughter. He loves it! It reminds him of soap he used at his grandma’s sauna while he was growing up.
By Ava
Rhode Island
So Small
December 18, 2020
The image on the website led me to expect a regular size bar of soap. It was a gift so glad I got two.
Quality of the soap is nice.
By Tytt?rentyt?r
Boston, MA
nice smell but strong
March 3, 2019
great soap, but be prepared to air out anything that is shipped with it so your chocolate doesn't smell like a campfire! Then again, some people might enjoy that :)
By Michelle
Alberta, Canada
April 30, 2018
My husband had himself a sauna built as he is half Finn and he loves the soap!
  • Clean smell, no sticky residue and long lasting in sauna heat!
By Daniel
Sicklerville, NJ
Hand, Shower and Shampoo
May 21, 2017
This little bar is great at multi-tasking. It feels good on the skin for hand and face, it adds aromatherapy to a shower, and it is excellent as a shampoo, leaves the hair full and manageable. When you first open the box the fragrance is a bit overwhelming, but after it is out for a day on the counter it is not strong. I personally really like the woodsy smell.
By Anna
Delavan, WI
Gorgeous smell!
April 16, 2017
A wonderful evocative smell from my childhood saunas in Northern Minnesota!
2 Questions & 2 Answers
from SF, CA asked:
September 24, 2014
Does this product ingredients include (non sustainable) Palm Oil?
1 Answer
The ingredients are: sodium palmate, sodium palm kernelate, pyroleum pini pix liquida, aqua, oleylalcoholppolyethylenglycolether, PG, glycerin, sodium chloride, sodium benzoat, sodium hydroxide, tetrasodium EDTA, tetrasodium etidronate, CMC
Submitted by: FinnStyle Staff on September 24, 2014

from California asked:
April 17, 2014
IS this soap made in Finland?
1 Answer
Yes the tar soaps as well as the other soaps we carry are hand made in Finland.
Submitted by: FinnStyle Staff on April 17, 2014

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