When I was a kid, our household used traditional Coal Tar Soap, which came in a long oblong block that we cut into individual bars. Back then it was much more pungent and burned our eyes. I preferred the original soap, as I always felt super-clean after using it, though the modern, lighter-coloured, less potent equivalent is okay.
Coal tar has been used to treat skin conditions since ancient times. For over a century it has been used to treat psoriasis, as it seems to be effective at reducing scaling, itching, and inflammation, and I would think that Mosquitoes won’t like it either.
This reminds me of a story my late dad told me, concerning Carbolic Soap (derived from coal tar).
My dad’s headmaster at St. Aloysius school, told the class that every morning when getting washed, he would lather the soap up in his hands until it was nice and frothy, then place his two hands full of suds to his face and inhale through his nose; he told the class that by doing this he had never had a cold in his life.
Well, my dad, being a young lad, thought he’d take the headmaster’s advice, so, the next morning he lathered the soap up to a froth, placed it to his face and inhaled the Carbolic Soap through his nose… he told me that he nearly choked to death and never ever tried it again!
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