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Celebrate 100th Year of Mother's Day with Mothers Day Gifts

by Barbara 21. April 2014 10:16

Question about possible mother's day gifts.

Question: "I need some gift ideas for Mothers Day. Mom seems to have almost every kitchen utensil she could ever need. I want to gift her with something unique. Please give me some ideas. Thanks. Susan."

Answer: Safe Home offers a wide variety of gifts both whimsical and practical. Here are some examples of our best sellers for Mothers Day:

For the Bird Loving Mom:

For the Gardening Mom:

For the Mom Dealing with Head Ache or Muscle Pain from Too Much Exercise or Too Much Gardening.

Go to the website for thousands of other products that might make your Mom's life more pleasurable, less painful, or less work!

Thanks for your question. Hope this helps.



Kirks Original Coco Castile Soap, An Ideal Soap for Campers Using Hard Water

by Barbara 23. June 2012 08:51

Q: "We go camping in the wilderness and in campgrounds. The water is alway hard. We are looking for a soap that lathers in hard water, even cold water and is not full of chemicals that could harm the environment.  Is Kirk's Original Castile Soap our best option?" Thanks from Janet.

Answer: Yes. we recommend Kirk's castile soap for campers and for anyone concerned about both the environment and the health of their skin. Kirks is a very mild soap made from all natural ingredients without any chemicals or animal fats. Because of its high glycerine content, Kirks lathers generously in hard water and in any water. You just get more suds with soft water. Kirks melts very slowly. A cake can last a long time. Each 4 ounce soap bar is approximately 3.75 inches long by 2.5 inches wide by 15/16 inches thick (measured with wrapping on.) We sell in 3 bar packs because we can offer it to you at a better price. Plus the shipping cost for 3 bars is about the same as for a single one!

We sell Kirks in cases of 48 bars, half cases of 24 bars, 1/4 cases of 12 bars and in individual bars as well. Most people buy a half or quarter case as the price and shipping costs per bar are more reasonable.

Those people with chronic skin conditions such as from exposure to Agent Orange rate Kirks Castile very highly. My late father is why we sell Kirk's soaps. When local supermarkets no longer sold Kirk's, Dad urged us to sell it. Dad's ceramic tile soap dish was so small that he always cut the bar in two. We've been selling Kirks since 2000. There is a very light fragrance to the soap: this is a natural one. The soap colors may vary slightly: several plants make the soap using the same formula yet the color is sometimes a little different.

If you have other questions, please contact us. Thanks again for your question.


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Tea Tree Oil in Kirks Transparent Glycerin Soap Reduces Skin Bacteria

by Barbara 24. May 2011 10:24

Question about the use of tea tree oil in Kirks Premium Tea Tree Oil Deodorant Soap, 6 Bars-BLUE

Q: "What is the purpose of tea tree oil in this deodorant soap? Thanks, Pete.

Answer: Tea tree oil helps reduce odors by reducing bacteria on the skin surface. According to the Wikipedia, "Tea tree oil has beneficial medical properties when applied topically, including antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral action. . ."

Kirks Transparent Glycerin Deodorant Soap also contains:

  • Natural Vegetable Extract: Reduces body odor.
  • Rosemary: Herb stimulates skin.
  • Sage: Heals and refreshes skin.
  • Peppermint: Natural oil reduces scent on body.
  • Fragrance: A light delicate herbal with floral background and woody undertones.

Because it is a high glycerin soap, Kirk's deodorant soap does not melt quickly like many soaps with lower levels of glycerin. It also is gentle on the skin.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Kirks Moisturizing Body Washes Make Rich Lather in Hard or Soft Water and Last

by Barbara 7. April 2011 09:04

Question about Kirks Soap Liquid Body Wash and Shampoo Sampler

Q: "I love Kirks Castile Soap. I would like more information about the various body washes Kirks offers. I know you can buy body wash about any where. Why is Kirks better? Also do these lather well in hard water? Thanks Susan.

Answer: We believe Kirks is superior because it is made in the USA from 99% natural ingredients, is hypoallergenic, has no animal fats and lathers richly in hard or soft water. Because it lathers so richly, you need a very small amount to use in the bath or shower. Plus the shelf life is 5 years! What you have asked about is the sampler, which is one bottle each of the Kirks castile shampoo and body wash , Kirk's grapefruit ginger scented body wash for citrus lovers, Kirk's mint rosemary body wash , and Kirks classic body wash and shampoo. You can also buy each product individually or mix or match however you choose.

First of all, body washes are now more popular now than soap bars for many reasons. (We still use Kirks Coco Castile soap bars at home, however). These include:

  • no slimy soap bars to handle or drop on the shower floor or in the bath tub
  • sharing among family members is more sanitary since body washes have a pump
  • If you do drop the body wash bottle in the tub, it will float!
  • there are many scents available.
  • body washes include skin moisturizers
  • the "scent" choices are numerous.

Kirks body washes come in several different fragrances. The basis body wash formula is the same: high glycerin, all vegetable oil and hypoallergenic.

For example, the descriptions of the Kirks Classic Body Wash which is a blend of Aloe (conditioning and moisturizing), Chamomile (conditioning, moisturizing and cleansing) and Soapwort (cleansing) in a rich Coconut Oil Body Wash formula

Kirk's Castile Body Wash Benefits:

  • Produces Rich, Creamy Lather in ALL Types of Water
  • Rinses Quickly & Completely. Leaves No Drying Residue on Your Skin.
  • Average Number of Hand Washings Per Bottle: Over 300 per 16 Oz. Bottle.
  • A Gentle Bath Soap and Wash for You, Your Dog, or Your Clydesdale.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Low pH Formula:9.6 % in 1% solution water.
  • Gentle Enough for Baby, Ideal for all Family Members
  • Contains No Animal by-Products. Never Tested on Animals .
  • 99% natural.
  • Shelf Life: 5 Years
  • Three fresh scents: Classic Clean (the original), Grapefruit Ginger, and Mint Rosemary.
  • Made in the USA.

Kirks Body Wash Soap Ingredients: All of these ingredients listed act as cleansing, soothing, antiseptic and relaxing agents:

  • Purified water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (Derived from Coconut Oil), Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (Derived from Coconut Oil), Cocomide MEA (Derived from Coconut Oil), Glycol Disteararte (Derived from Coconut Oil), Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate, DMDM Hydantoin, Coconut Oil, Aloe, Chamomile, Soapwort and Natural Fragrance.
  • NO Artificial Preservatives.
  • NO Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

Thank you for your questions.



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Grandpa Pine Tar Soaps and Shampoos for Relief of Psoriasis, Dandruff, Eczema, Etc.

by Barbara 14. July 2010 09:33

Question about Grandpa Brands Pine Tar Soaps, and shampoos.

Q; "What makes this soap and the shampoos superior to others on the market? What ingredients make them remove the scales?"Thanks. Dave

Answer: First, time testing. Since 1878, Grandpa's pine tar soap has been popular with customers who find it an excellent bar soap for bathing and showering, use the rich pine soap lather for shaving and also as a shampoo. It is all natural plus being 100% biodegradable. As well as helping to remove scales of psoriasis, dandruff, eczema and other skin irritations, this pine tar soap moisturizes and deodorizes.

The active ingredients are the finest pine tar and all vegetable oils with high glycerine content. Grandpa's soap uses only the finest pine tar oil, pinus palustris, in its formulation. No colors or fragrances are added to mask the rich brown color and distinctive scent of natural pine tar oil soap. This is the popular 3.25 oz. soap bar. Other formulations include a pine tar oil shampoo and a pine tar conditioner.

Wonderful Pine Tar Soap Ingredients:Coconut oil, palm oil, purified water, pine tar oil, (Pinus palustris), vegetable glycerin.

We offer a sampler with one 8 oz. Bottle of Pine Tar Shampoo,one 8 oz. Bottle of Pine Tar Hair Conditioner,one 8 oz. Bottle of Pine Tar Moisturizing Bath and Shower Gel and two 3.25 oz. Bars of Wonder Pine Tar Soap

Individual bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and/or a case of 25 bars of soap are available as well.

Thank you for your question.



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Grandpa's Thylox Soap Acne Treatment Soap with Sulfur: Why Does It Work?

by Barbara 14. July 2010 09:10

Question about the Thylox Acne Soap

Q; "What makes this soap control acne? How should I use it? What are precautions? Is it strong like the sulfur preparations I use to "paint" my face? Thanks. Frank

Answer:  Grandpa Soap Company has made this acne control soap for many years. Thylox soap helps control acne by 4 different actions. It is an all vegetable oil soap, a 3%  sulfur soap that uses combination of sulfur and other fine ingredients for a better complexion. Sulfur is called a keratolytic agent: it encourages shedding of dead skin cells that can block pores if retained. Sulfur baths were used in ancient times to clear up skin problems. Sulfur also has comedolytic properties which means it helps to heal pre-existing comedones or blackheads and prevent formation of new ones. Remember not to pick blackheads and don't scrub them hard. One internet sources advisesthat squeezing can cause an infected pore or "zit." See your doctor for more information about how to handle pimples with pus as you don't want scars.

Thylox® Acne Bar Soap improves blemished skin by:

  • Softening the hard shell of acne blemishes (keratolytic action)
  • Helping to dissolve and remove blackheads.
  • Washing away excess oils which may cause blackheads.
  • Thoroughly cleansing skin, thus freshening the skin.

The instructions on the soap are:

  1. Use Thylox facial soap twice daily.
  2. Work up lather with hands or washcloth
  3. Apply to affected areas without scrubbing.
  4. Let dry about one minute, rinse thoroughly.


Dryness or irritation of the skin can occur if other topical acne medications are used at the same time or right after using this product. Unless directed by your physician, use only Thylox soap or the other medication. Do not get into eyes. Stop use and ask a doctor if excessive skin irritation develops or increases. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

Grandpa's Brand Thylox Acne Soap Ingredients:

Active Ingredient: 3% sulfur
Inactive Ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate*, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Pentasodium Pentetate, Cosmetic Orange Oxide. *May also contain Sodium Palm Kermalate.

Many people have both dry and oily areas on their face. We recommend primarily applying the soap to the oily areas. Grandpa's has other soaps that work better with dry areas such as the oatmeal soaps.

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All Vegetable Based Oatmeal Soap Benefits Dry and/or Irritated Skin

by Barbara 14. July 2010 08:36

Question about the Grandpa Brand Oatmeal Soap and the Vermont Soapworks Oatmeal and Lavender Soaps

Q: "What are the benefits of using either the Grandpa Oatmeal Soap or the Vermont Oatmeal and Lavender Soaps over other soaps? I have dry skin that is sensitive, too. How do the two soaps differ? Thanks. Jean"

Answer: Many people find a bar soap with oatmeal to be not only an excellent bath soap but also an excellent facial bar soap. Spas often offer baths in oatmeal based soaps. Many find that oatmeal soap helps to relieve skin irritations, reduce inflammation and heal rashes as well as help with sunburn pain.

The Grandpa brand oatmeal soap is an all vegetable oil oatmeal  bar soap individually packaged in a box. This natural oatmeal soap soothes, softens and gently exfoliates for a more youthful looking skin. This bath bar soap is mild enough for the most sensitive complexions, yet effective enough for your entire body, oatmeal soap bar is one of Grandpa's favorite bar soaps.  Women using Grandpa's oatmeal soap find it effective as a facial soap and a bath bar. The gentle exfoliate of the oatmeal helps to remove dry, dead skin letting skin look smoother and more youthful. Each bar of soap weighs 3.25 oz. Ingredients: coconut oil, palm oil, purified water, vegetable glycerin, rolled oats, essence of oats. This soap is made in Kentucky by the parent company of Kirks, the hard water bar soap that is also exceptionally mild and all vegetable oil.

Vermont Soapworks chooses to sell what they call eco boxes of soap. This saves on packaging waste. Vermont soaps are all organic. A box contains 7 cut but unwrapped bars that contain USDA certified organic oatmeal soap scented with natural lavender and rosemary extract . This, too, is an all vegetable soap. The oils are all organic: palm, coconut, olive and palm kernels. The natural lavender and natural rosemary extract add a soothing aroma, very light but there. This is our premium dry skin care soap, back by popular demand of our customers. High glycerin. Handmade. Slow to melt and recommended especially for dry skin care. Made by Vermont Soapworks in Vermont.. Net weight: approximately 21 ounces for 7 bars total.

The benefits of both soaps are no animal testing, all vegetable oil, premium oatmeal, high glycerin and gentle for dry and all other types of skin. The oatmeal in the soap helps to soothe minor skin irritations. The Vermont soap is all organic. We do sell the Grandpa brand in a case of 24 bars which saves money and shipping costs over several individual orders. We also offer a sampler of the Grandpa soaps which contains two bars each of the Patchouli Soap with Aloe Vera, Unscented Baking Soda Soap, Oatmeal Soap, Shea Butter Siap and Orange Essence Soap . These are individually boxed and make a nice hostess gift or stocking stuffer.

I hope this answers your questions.





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Kirks Bath Soap. No Animal Products, Won't Melt Fast.

by Barbara 24. August 2008 04:03

Question about availability of long lasting, all vegetable based bar soaps.

Q: "I'm looking for a bath soap with no animal products and will not get soft after a few uses." Thanks. Henry

Answer: You've found it! Kirks Original Coco Castile Soap is a bath soap with no animal products that stays firm. It is also hypoallergenic and lathers generously in hard and soft water. I began selling Kirks soaps in 2000 as my late father shared it was no longer available in Western Pennsylvania supermarkets. One Illinois customer who'd been exposed to Agent Orange claimed Kirks is the only soap that doesn't irritate his skin. Each 4 ounce soap bar is approximately 3.75 inches long by 2.5 inches wide by 15/16 inches thick (measured with wrapping on.)

Kirks Bath Soap Advantages:

  • Luxurious lather in hard or soft water.
  • Use as a body soap, facial soap or for shampoo.
  • Gentle hypoallergenic soap.
  • Biodegradable
  • No animal testing
  • No animal by-products
  • Horse and dog owners use as an animal shampoo.
  • Ultra gentle with no drying residue.
  • No synthetic detergents.
  • Longer lasting than most supermarket soaps.
  • Natural fragrance: Note no soap is without odor. This is a mild fragrance that is all natural.
  • Shelf Life: Indefinite.
  • Bar weight: approximately 4 oz.

We sell it in 6 bar packages, 12 bars packages 24 bar half cases or an
48 bars
full cases. Both the cost per bar and the shipping cost per bar goes down as you buy more. We also sell Kirks in a liquid form that is the original formula.

Thanks for your question.
Sincerely, Barbara

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Can Kirk's Original Castile Soap Be Used on the Face?

by Barbara 22. February 2008 12:56

Q: "The product description says that Kirk's Original Castile Soap can be used as a body wash and as a shampoo but it didn't mention use on the face. Can this be used as a facial soap?" Thanks from Lois.

Answer: Yes. Kirk's castile soap is a very mild soap that is made of all natural products without any chemicals or animal fats. Due to its high glycerine content, Kirks lathers generously in hard water as well as in soft water. Kirk's is a very slow melting soap which means you may be surprised how long one bar of soap lasts! Each 4 ounce soap bar is approximately 3.75 inches long by 2.5 inches wide by 15/16 inches thick (measured with wrapping on.)

One of our customers is a Viet Nam vet who was exposed to Agent Orange. He shared that this is the only soap he can use. My late father is the reason why we sell Kirk's soaps. When local supermarkets no longer sold Kirk's, Dad urged me to find the manufacturer and to sell it. Dad's ceramic tile soap dish was so small that he always cut the bar in two. We've been selling Kirks since 2000.

If you have other questions, please contact us.


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Where to buy Kirks Hard Water Soaps?

by Barbara 1. February 2007 18:08

Q: "Where can we buy Kirks original Hardwater castile in San Diego, California? Please let me know as soon as you can. As the place that we use to buy it no longer is carrying the product."
Answer: This is why Safe Home Products ships Kirks all over the USA and the world. Kirks was a Proctor and Gamble brand for years. When P & G sold off the brand, the shelf space went with it. Few stores stock it today. Each 4 ounce soap bar is approximately 3.75 inches long by 2.5 inches wide by 15/16 inches thick (measured with wrapping on.)

We sell the Kirks original, the liquid castille hardwater soap and the premium clear glycerin soaps in deodorant, moisturizing and sensitive skin bars.

Contact us if you have more questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

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