Wrights Tar Bath Cream Soap is a soap that I like and will purchase but only on occasion.
I really like the smell of coal tar and also find the scent of this soap quite nostalgic. It was one that my mother would sometimes buy as a change from Knight’s Castile or Palmolive. I always found it more interesting that Knight’s Castile and would probably over wash with this soap. We didn’t have the body washes and shower gels when I was a child. We used soap and water and sometimes a bath cube or bath salts in the bath. As a treat sometimes bubble baths like Radox and, especially for children, Matey, would be added to the bath.
I didn’t really think about Coal Tar soap back then as being good for skin complaints and I don’t know if my mother did either. I thought it was just a soap that was very cleansing and I thought that it might have been too strong for problem skins.
The soap has changed a little over the years and I may be wrong but it doesn't smell quite the same to me any more. I would say that its scent isn't quite as strong as it used to be but I cannot be sure on this. My memory could just be thinking it was stronger in aroma than it actually was.
But it does still smell strong and I would think this makes it the Marmite of soaps; you either hate it or love it! I do love it but it still isn't a soap that I would use frequently as I prefer a gentler and milder smelling soap mostly. When I want fragrance I use shower gels and creams.
I like the lather of this soap and it does do a good job of cleaning. I find that my skin feels okay when using this soap but think it could be a little drying if I used it too often.
One thing that I don’t really like about it is that it leaves orangey-yellow marks on the soap dish and on the white basin, if anyone is naughty enough (which they can be!) to leave it there rather than in the dish.
This soap is intended for use on all skin types but coal tar contains a naturally cleansing agent so the soap should be useful for those suffering with certain skin conditions.
The soap is available from supermarkets and chemists as well as bargain stores and on-line retailers.
It can be bought as a single tablet or a multi pack.
This soap should cost around eighty pence for a single bar.
The only reason I am writing this review about Wright's Coal Tar Soap is due to the fact that my daft husband has gone and bought a pack of four, telling me it was a great soap and that he used to use it al the time when he was small. I really detest this soap with a passion. It is actually meant to be suitable for everyday use and for all the family and for all skin types. It is also mildly antiseptic but I hate the smell with a passion and so much so, that I simply refuse to use it in my home. It is, I suppose a traditional family soap which has been around for generations, but it reminds me of the smell of TCP and hospitals and also of my grandmother as she used to have this sap n the bathroom when i was very small. The smell is strong and it lingers on your skin for ages after you have used it and it really makes me feel quite sick. I have refused to let my husband even open a pack, let alone use any in my bathroom or shower room. I have packed it up and put it out for the charity collection on Bank Holiday weekend. I would never recommend this as the smell is so awful and when I used to use it I also found it really quite harsh and drying on my skin. This is most certainly not a soap which i would ever choose to buy for myself and I would give it a very wide berth. Not recommended.
Wrights Coal Tar Soap is a soothing cleansing and antiseptic soap for the treatment of skin diseases / Wright's Traditional Soap has been a family favourite for over 130 years /