How to buy lifebuoy soap

Updated April 17, 2017

Lifebuoy soap is an antibacterial soap that promotes family health and hygiene, according to Unilever Global, which markets the product. It was originally launched in 1894 in the United Kingdom. Lifebuoy soap was red in colour and made of carbolic acid, an antiseptic and disinfectant. It was known for its distinctive smell.

Versions of Lifebuoy Soap

Since its original manufacture, Lifebuoy soap has undergone many variations in terms of ingredients, colour, smell and packaging. Most varieties of this soap no longer are made with carbolic acid. The company also has a type of soap that claims to fight acne in teenagers called Lifebuoy Clear Skin. It is also available as hand wash liquids and liquid shower gels.

Global Presence

The original version of Lifebuoy soap, made of carbolic acid, is not widely available. It is popular in developing countries as an inexpensive soap that can be used to fight infections. Lifebuoy soap is no longer produced in the United States or the United Kingdom, but is now mainly produced in India and Cyprus.

Buying Lifebuoy Soap

Lifebuoy soap is no longer available in stores, but it can be purchased online. Some online retailers include and These soaps have a shelf life of two years, so you can buy them in larger quantities and save on shipping.

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Based in San Diego, Meena Valliappan has been writing since 2002. She is a regular contributing columnist of home and interior articles for magazines such as "Windows and Aisles," "Gurlz" and "Tathaastu." Valliappan holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Anna University, India.