- Larrea Tridentata -

Discover the collection nearest and dearest to our little desert-dwelling hearts: A soap, candle, and salve crafted and wild-harvested by our very own hands.

Creosote Candle - Bisbee Soap and Sundry

Larrea Tridentata

Creosote Candle

Our claim to fame: A monsoon storm in a jar. If you've been missing the desert, this is for you.

Its scent is reminiscent of stepping outside on a balmy summer evening and catching that distinct charge in the air. If you've experienced it you know it. Creosote is a scent that sears itself in memory with the anticipation of electrified skies, churning winds, and the violent dump of rain from a monsoon storm.

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the Magic of the Desert

Creosote Salve

Ultra-nourishing plant oils gently infused with Creosote for the best salve you've ever laid your hands on.

Creosote contains a variety of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, such as flavonoids and lignans, which can help repair skin damaged by free radicals and promote overall skin health. These natural properties make creosote products ideal for supporting the skin's defense against environmental stressors and signs of aging.

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Creosote Soap - Bisbee Soap and Sundry

traditional soap + creosote

Creosote Soap

Treat yourself or a loved one to the gift of desert luxury. With our Creosote Soap, you can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the desert without ever leaving your doorstep.

Creosote possesses natural antimicrobial properties, making it a valuable ingredient in skincare. Our products, formulated with the creosote plant, may offer gentle support in maintaining skin balance. While we can't technically (nor do we want to) make claims about specific health benefits, our Creosote Soap and Creosote Salve are said to be "magic."

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A Desert Icon

The creosote bush is a beloved icon deeply woven into the fabric of desert culture. For those who have experienced the mesmerizing scent of creosote permeating the air after a refreshing desert rain, our collection offers a nostalgic escape, a tangible connection to the desert we call home. Each product is a labor of love, meticulously crafted to capture the essence of this remarkable plant.

It's important to note that the creosote used in our products is derived from the creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) and is entirely distinct from the substance used to preserve wood. While they share a name, they originate from different sources and have distinct compositions. Our creosote extract is obtained from the leaves and stems of the creosote bush, known for its aromatic fragrance and therapeutic properties.

  • Creosote Candle

    Creosote Candle

    "This candle vessel needs to be in a 5 gallon drum. I used it all up in a week. Now I'm going through withdrawals." -John

    Creosote Candle 
  • Creosote Salve - Bisbee Soap and Sundry

    Creosote Salve

    "This creative salve is filled with that awesome desert creosote rain smell that I could never get enough of! I use the salve daily to heal dry skin and to keep that wonderful, unique aroma right with me!!!" -Dariel

    Creosote Salve 
  • Creosote Soap

    Creosote Soap

    "You know lost times that only senses can stimulate . . . unmistakable.
    Southern Arizona monsoons haunt me." -John

    Creosote Soap 


What is creosote, and what makes it special?

Creosote, also known as Larrea tridentata or "chaparral," is a resilient desert shrub native to the Sonoran Desert. What makes creosote special is its unique aromatic fragrance, often described as earthy, resinous, and slightly medicinal. It has been used for centuries by indigenous cultures for its medicinal properties and is celebrated for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial benefits.

Are your products safe for sensitive skin?

Yes, our products are formulated with gentle, natural ingredients, including creosote extract, which is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. However, we always recommend doing a patch test before using any new skincare product, especially if you have sensitive skin or known allergies.

What are the benefits of the Creosote Salve?

Our Creosote Salve is formulated to provide soothing relief for dry, irritated skin. It's enriched with creosote extract, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, helping to nourish and rejuvenate the skin. Apply a small amount to the affected area as needed and massage gently until absorbed.

Is your creosote sustainably sourced?

Yes, we take great care to ethically source our creosote from the Sonoran Desert and employ sustainable harvesting practices. We hand-select the creosote we use, ensuring minimal impact on the environment and plant populations. We are committed to preserving the natural beauty and biodiversity of the desert ecosystem.

What is the difference between the creosote plant and the preservative substance with the same name?

The creosote plant (Larrea tridentata) is a desert shrub native to the Sonoran Desert, celebrated for its aromatic fragrance and medicinal properties. On the other hand, the preservative substance known as creosote, often derived from coal tar or petroleum, is used in industrial applications such as wood preservation and railroad ties. While the substances share a name, they originate from different sources and have distinct compositions.

Are your products tested on animals?

No, we are proud to say that our products are cruelty-free and never tested on animals. We believe in treating all living beings with respect and compassion, which is why we only test our products on willing human volunteers.

How would you describe the scent of creosote?

The scent of creosote is often described as uniquely aromatic, evoking the essence of the desert after a refreshing rain. It is characterized by earthy, resinous notes with hints of warmth and sweetness, reminiscent of desert flora and sun-drenched landscapes. Some may perceive it as slightly medicinal or herbal, while others find it deeply comforting and grounding. Overall, the scent of creosote is a sensory journey that captures the spirit of the Sonoran Desert, offering a captivating olfactory experience like no other. If you're familiar with it, chances are you love it. If you're not familiar, it may not appeal to you.