The invention of a novelty floating soap by a former bricklayer from the NE of England could herald the chance of relief and even cure, for sufferers of a range of skin conditions, according to results reported by those who have used The Original Health Soap product.
The effect that some skin disorders can have on an individual can go far beyond any physical discomfort. It is difficult for those not afflicted to appreciate the effect that conditions as common as psoriasis, acne and eczema can have on a person's life. Children bullied at school for 'being different' and adults turned down for a particular job of work are unfortunately not uncommon side effects of chronic skin disorders.
For sufferers of such skin conditions there is a vast range of products on the market offering cure and relief, but one meeting with a great deal of success is an 'accidental invention' by Eric Rutter, a former bricklayer from the NE of England.
The story goes back to 1987 when Eric saw a semi-floating soap product on television. The product was kept afloat by a plastic insert and Eric was convinced that he could do better. After nine months he had perfected his own floating soap product, which made an appearance on BBC Television's Tomorrow's World programme in May 1991. Some months later however, the soap's amazing 'medicinal' properties came to light.
A nurse, who had been using the floating soap, noticed that a skin infection, which had failed to respond to a range of medical treatments, cleared up within four days of her starting to use Eric's soap. The nurse then tested the product on some of her patients, who were suffering from bedsores and witnessed the same results. When news of these results filtered back to Eric and his brother, they carried out further tests through friends and existing contacts and as more positive results came back, news of this "wonder product" began to spread.
News of the "wonder soap" spread and by 2002 the company had testimonial evidence from more than 6,000 users that the product had cleared a range of skin complaints including psoriasis, acne, eczema, athlete's foot, cradle cap, nappy rash and dermatitis of every level of severity - even cases reported by animal lovers who had successfully used the product on their pets.
Despite the soap's success in treating skin complaints, the costs of effective marketing, further development and clinical trials proved an insurmountable barrier for the Rutter brothers - an unfortunate and all too common situation faced by many pioneering small companies in the UK - and by the end of 2002 Eric Rutter had decided to close his production facility.
A chance call from a grateful customer however, set in motion a chain of events that has now resulted in Eric's "wonder product" being relaunched in April 2004. Now under the name of The Original Health Soap, his product is once again available direct to the public via telephone and mail order and a new e-commerce website - www.originalhealthsoap.co.uk.
The Original Health Soap bars contain no perfumes or colouring and are used in place of a normal soap product for washing and bathing, the product being suitable for use on all skin types and for all ages, even newborn babies. The soap bars are used in combination with a specially formulated washing powder, which is designed to remove dead skin cells from laundry and leaves no chemical residue to cause further irritation.
For now, clinical trials still remain too expensive, so the plan is to let users speak for the product instead. With over 85% of users reporting significant improvements in their skin condition whilst using Eric Rutter's formula - it should only need a whisper to create some serious interest.
Further information from Original Health Soap,
Pell Croft, Pell Lane, Wooldale, Holmfirth, HD9 1QL
Tel: 01484 687500. Web: www.originalhealthsoap.co.uk
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