Daniel Packer founded Packer’s Pine Tar Soap in Mystic, Connecticut in 1869.. The soap is made with pine tar and has been used for its medicinal properties throughout history.
Packer’s Pine Tar Soap has survived in part since it is not derived from coal tar. Products like Vosene and Wright’s Coal Tar soap have discontinued since coal tar has been determined to possibly be carcinogenic.
Daniel Packer was a seafaring gentleman, born in 1825, in Mystic, Connecticut. He took part in the California gold rush.
In 1869, he introduced “Packer’s All Healing Tar Soap”. Since then it has morphed into “Packer’s Pine Tar Soap”, and now just Packer’s Pine.
Legitimate Medicinal Benefits
Packer’s Pine Tar Soap was commonly used to treat dandruff and other scalp conditions. The soap contains pine tar, which has antifungal and antimicrobial properties that can help reduce the growth of fungi and bacteria that contribute to dandruff and other scalp conditions. Additionally, pine tar is believed to have a soothing effect on the skin, which can help alleviate itching and inflammation associated with dandruff. Packer’s Pine Tar Soap was marketed as a multipurpose soap that could be used to treat a range of skin and scalp conditions, including dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
Packer’s may be gentle as well as medicinal. However, it would not be confused with a “beauty bar, such as Camay, Woodbury’s, Dove, or Ivory. Packer’s is sold as effective with everything from dandruff to eczema and other minor skin problems. Nevertheless, they say it also moisturizes the skin.
Remarkable Track Record
The company is now over 150 years old and remains a family business.
It turns out, even The National Institute of Health agrees that pine tar may be beneficial. They indicate it is soothing and had antiseptic properties.
So, chalk one up to a family business that sold a product with legitimate medicinal properties for over 150 years. Very rare indeed!
- Year Started: 1869
- Year Ended: 2099
- Origin Of Name: Name of Founder / Descriptive
- Location Sales: Worldwide
- Brand Name Predecessor: N/A
- Brand Name Successor: N/A
- Owner Original: Daniel Packer
- Owner While In Use: Packer Family
- Owner Successor: N/A
- Year Resurrected: N/A
- What’s Popular Today: Packer’s Pine
- Naics Code: 325611
- Location Headquarters: Mystic, Connecticut USA