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A Buyer’s Guide to Antique Soap Products

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Who doesn’t love a good dose of nostalgia, remembering the good old days? Whether you’re a collector or just love that vintage look while decorating your home, you might not know what exactly to look for when it comes to vintage soaps.

We’ll dive into the brands that have been around the longest and cover the top 3 soap products when it comes to worth.

Soap Brands That Have Stood The Test of Time

Most folks don’t give much thought to soap as it’s something used every day and found almost everywhere. Products range widely from liquid soaps to hard bars, but it has always remained paramount to good hygiene.

While searching for those distinct vintage soap products, you should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for if you stick to these brands.

1. Dove

A brand most notable for mild soaps began making skin cleansing products in the early 1950s. What better name and logo could a company have when desiring a product that’s gentle on the skin. When it comes to collectors, there are many Dove soap products that fit the bill, but one of the most popular comes from the Dove Pink line.

2. Palmolive

The Palmolive company began making dish soap in 1898, arguably the longest of any soap-making manufacturer that’s still around today. But did you know they also made bars of soap? Not long after World War II, the company had teamed up with the Disney company.

The final result? The Soaky Soap bar is featuring none other than Mickey Mouse himself! It remains to be one of the highest valued vintage soaps on the market today, but more on that shortly.

3. Unilever

I’m sure the first thing you think of when you hear the name Unilever are all of those Lever 2000 commercials that aired in the 1990s. Back before the company was officially Unilever, the Lever Brothers had debuted one of their first soaps called Lifebuoy in 1985.

Starting in the United Kingdom, the success of their product made its way around the world, including the United States. When it comes to antique soaps, there’s none more iconic than the vintage bar of Lifebouy soap.

4. Aerosol Specialities

Making its debut in 1965, the Aerosol Specialties used to make a, you guessed it, aerosol soap. It was called Silly Soap and was marketed toward children. There did not seem to be much of a market for aerosol soap products as the company no longer exists. But when it comes to vintage soaps and that iconic look, Silly Soap fits the bill.

5. Fuzzy Wuzzy

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, it seems there was a lot of marketing toward children to make bath time more fun. Fuzzy Wuzzy soap bars were made in the mold of a bear and released to compete with the Silly Soap products we just discussed.

They were discontinued citing safety concerns, but you’ll see quite a bit being sold still within the vintage circles.

What Are The Most Valuable Vintage Soap Products?

So this section may be more for the collector or the exclusive-minded vintage decorator, but here we’ll cover the top 3 most expensive vintage soap items.

As with anything, the higher cost is often tied to how scarce a product is to find. So don’t give up if you’re not able to find what you’re looking for right away!

1. Remco Silly Soapmaker

Not to be confused with the Silly Soap product above, this product isn’t a soap by itself but a highly sought-after children’s soap-making kit that was all the rage in the 60s and 70s. Complete with a number of molds, a soap softener, and base soap material, the child could let their creativity shine and make a variety of custom soaps. Finding a Silly Soapmaker can be difficult and often range around the $200 mark.

2. Soaky Soap Bars

I blame it all on the mouse, but the Soaky Soap Bars featuring Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse were an instant hit among kids. It seems anything carrying the Disney insignia or donning Mickey himself often carries a premium in the price tag, and these are no different. In good condition, these can often be purchased in the $30 range.

3. Lifebuoy Vintage Soap Bars

The Lifebuoy soap bar was a very common product that was used for bathing decades ago. Many can still be found at flea markets and antique stores. There are newer Lifebuoy products, so if searching online, be sure to include the keywords vintage or antique. In good condition, a box of Lifebouy vintage soaps can often be purchased for around $20.

Wrapping Up

No matter if you’re looking to complete the antique shelf in your laundry room with products of yesterday or looking for the missing piece in your collection, there is a wide variety of options when it comes to vintage soaps.

 As with anything no longer made today, the condition of the product is often reflected in the price. Best of luck in your search, and remember not to give up if you don’t find what you’re looking for right away.

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