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Can Neem Bar Soap help with eczema flare ups? What is Neem Oil?

Mary Craven

Posted on February 18 2016

Neem Bar Soap benefits to the skin include moisturizing skin, relieving redness and itchiness caused by eczema flare-ups, psoriasis flare-ups, athletes foot, ringworm, and dandruff. Any skin condition that is thought to be from a fungal infection could benefit from Neem. Neem Oil was one of the first ingredients we chose to include in our Eczema, works soap bar-it is the most requested ingredient at our farmer's markets. 

Neem refers to the Neem tree an ancient tree in South East Asia.  It's bark, leaves and oil have been used for years in that region for its medical value.   It is fast-growing, can survive drought and poor soil and keeps its leaves all year round. It is a tall tree, up to 30 meters high, with leafy spreading branches.


There are references that Cleopatra used Neem Oil as a face serum. Even Doctor Oz, chose Neem as their Herb of the month.  He references his routine, where he washes his face with a neem product and uses a neem lotion.  Neem leaves have been traditionally used as a blood cleanser to their antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic qualities. Neem leaves are also used to treat many eye disorders such as conjunctivitis, skin conditions such as acne and rosacea, stomach ulcers, poor appetite, diabetes, gum disease, fever, liver disorders, and arthritis.  It is a potent Herb that can be taken internally, but certainly, it is not advisable to do this without a doctor's approval. For instance, Neem is said to lower blood sugar in diabetics. Neem leaves are also used to treat many eye disorders such as conjunctivitis, skin conditions such  as acne and rosacea, stomach ulcers, poor appetite, diabetes, gum disease, fever, liver disorders, and arthritis 

 An easy way to get the Neem benefits is to use a product with Neem oil, or Neem leaf in it. 


We think showering offers an exceptional time to benefit your skin with a bar of soap, as the heat of the water opens pores and increases circulation.  Our Instagram, with a comment about the works bar with neem, demonstrates the relief neem in a bar soap can offer.




According to a University of Minnesota study, "different factors can affect the absorption of oils through the skin. If you massage the area first, it will increase circulation to that area, thereby causing an increase in the absorption of essential oils. The heat will likewise increase circulation and thus enhance absorption."

Neem has an absorption rate of 5, which means it is slowly absorbed into the skin. The absorption rate can be increased when paired with oil more quickly absorbed oil. In our products, we pair Neem with Grapeseed oil, which has an absorption rate of 2. Make sure to choose a product that is chemical-free so that the neem oils benefits are not outweighed, but damaging effects chemicals in the soap can have on the skin. Even Dove soap, a stable in my house growing up, noted for being gentle to the skin, is full of dangerous chemicals. The product actually contains TRIETHANOLAMINE. A known cancer-causing agent. As we have stated before if your 4th grader can not pronounce what is in the ingredients, you likely do not want it in your soap-there is just no need.  Neem's powerful antiseptic qualities also make it an alternative to soaps with Triclosan. Triclosan can be found in most antiseptic soaps and sanitizers. It is FDA approved but Triclosan is currently in the process of being reevaluated. you can read more about the FDA interest in Triclosan in this article.  

We love neem, and use it in our Works bar, the best bar for soothing skin rashes and flare-ups. Our works soap bar also contains burdock root oil and tea tree oil, forming an anti-fungal triple threat that may target your skin-related woes. The soap bar's all-natural ingredients are particularly adept at targeting those frustrating eczema and psoriasis flare-ups. 

 You will find that it is rather uncommon to have neem in handmade soap bars. This is because, in its earlier state, neem has a strong, foul smell. To remove its unpleasant odor we use a triple batch process. (Yes, you read that right - triple batch!) This ensures that there are not any foul scents left lingering behind and makes for an extra mild soap bar! In addition, we add chamomile, lavender and tea tree to this bar's list of power ingredients, so that the soap has an earthy, clean scent to it.  The works bar is our best selling soap bar with loyal customers dating back to our inception. 

As with all of our soaps, this bar is handmade in small batches using all-natural ingredients. Got questions? Contact us directly  through our chat bar on our website,




  • Mary: September 16, 2019

    Hi Joleen
    Many of our customers with similar skin conditions have found that the Neem soap does offer an improvement to their Eczema symptoms. Those sudden flares are certainly frustrating and confusing.

  • Joleen: April 16, 2019

    Hi sir/mdm.
    I have been diagnosing eczema since i was 10year old. However, i was recovered until last year. It flared out suddenly badly. I wonder whether neem will help my condition?


  • Donna Proctor: February 11, 2016

    I wanted to let you know that I met you and your daughter at the Yarmouth Farmers Market. I tried your neem soap and I was the lady that came back for 5 more bars before the end of the season. Just placed an order for 6 bars. It is the only thing that has made my back eczema calm down and believe you me I have tried everything! Will you be at the Yarmouth market again this year, and if so when?

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