Pears Soap

Pears Soap
I use Pears soap as a deep cleanser on leather because it's mild enough to clean human skin, but rinses clean without leaving a residue, unlike traditional bar saddle soaps. While it has minor humectant properties because of its moisturizing ingredients, in my experience it does not leave leather soft, supple, or sufficiently moisturized. It's only to clean, like shampoo for hair, and leather definitely requires conditioning afterwards.

Pears Cuts Through Horse Dander
Pears soap, water, a soft toothbrush, microfiber rag and your fingers can remove sweat and grime from dirty leather. Care must be taken when leather is wet to avoid scratching or stretching.

Before and After Pears Soap
Before (top): Dry, neglected leather covered in sweat and horse dander. After (bottom): Pears soap, water, a soft toothbrush and microfiber rag removes virtually all the filth. After drying, the leather is clean and ready for conditioning.

Using Pears soap on leather would be considered an off-label use, but I've had good results with it.

Water, Sorbitol, Sodium Palm Kernalate, Sodium Rosinate, Glycerin, Sodium Palmate, Sodium Slearate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfae, PEG-4, Sodium Laurate, Alcohol Denat, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Metabisulfile, Fragrance, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Tetrasodium EDTA, BHT, D&C Red No. 33 (CI 17200), F&D Yellow 10 (CI 47005)

Pears soap has undergone several formula changes since its introduction in 1807. The original formula had only 8 ingredients, including Sodium Palmitate, Natural Rosin, Glycerine, Water, Sodium Cocoate, Rosemary Extract, Thyme Extract, Pears Fragrance Essence. After manufacturing moved to Unilever India, the formula changed significantly, prompting an online campaign to bring back the original formula. While the current formula is not the original, it is purportedly closer to the original formula per the manufacturer.

I've used Pears soap on myself since the late 70s, and I don't find the current formula nearly as good as the original. As a leather cleaner for $1 per bar from Dollar Tree? Works fine. For people? Meh. I like Neutrogena better.



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