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Lora Stewart
Customer Service Manager

(March 1st, 2003, 10:27:15 am)

ARCHIVED FOR REFERENCE March 2003 - News from SulfurSoap.com
Whatever happened to Fostex® acne bar soap?

:D Hi,

It's March - seems like Winter wants to stay around for awhile - we have been on the receiving end what seems like arctic blasts everyday now for the past 2 weeks! Come on, Spring! Show us the Sun!

And by the way, it's the beginning of the month and time for our monthly newsletter!

This month, how about let's do a special piece about a soap that has been around for a long time, that people ask us about all the time - Fostex bar soap!

It seems that if you look for it, it is no longer. And we have tried to stock it too for the convenience of some of our customers who like to order it along with our original sulfur soap and SAL3. And to no avail, because Fostex seems to be gone!

We thought we'd provide as much information as we can offer about Fostex, and also mention how the salicylic acid composition of our SAL3® soap is similar to that of Fostex® brand.

Fostex 1950's

First of all, let's go back in time and look at the original ingredients of Fostex back in the 1950's when it was so very popular, and when they used the best ingredients!

You'll see from the photo at right, that Fostex contained as active ingredients 3% salicylic acid and 2% sulfur! Does that sound similar to our SAL3? Yes! Our SAL3's active ingredients are 3% salicylic acid and 10% sulfur !

Recently, you could have found Fostex promoted like below: (this is a cache extract from Google.com doing a word search for Fostex) ...

Acne Medication Cleansing Bar
Acne Medication Cleansing Bar Cleans deep
  • Penetrates pores
  • Dries and clears
  • Helps prevent new acne blemishes
  • For treatment of acne. Dries and clears acne blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads. It penetrates pores to control acne blemishes and deep cleans oil and dirt from skin. Its active ingredient helps prevent and keep skin clear of new acne blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads.

    For treatment of acne. Fostex Acne Medication Cleansing Bar dries and clears acne blemishes, blackheads, and whiteheads as it cleans deep to remove dirt and oil. Its active ingredient is proven to penetrate pores to control acne blemishes and it helps prevent and keep skin clear of new acne blemishes, blackheads, and whiteheads.

    Use instead of soap. Wash entire affected area one to three times daily. Rinse well. Because excessive drying of the skin may occur, start with one use daily, then gradually increase to two or three times daily or as directed by a doctor. If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce use to once a day or every other day.

    Active Ingredients Salicylic Acid (2%), Fragrance.

    Inactive Ingredients Boric Acid, Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium, Dextrin, Docusate Sodium, Edetate Disodium, Iron Oxides, Lactic Acid, PEG-14M, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Octoxynol-2 Ethane Sulfonate, Sorbitol, Urea, Water.

    Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children. In case of accidental ingestion, seek professional assistance or contact a poison control center immediately. Prompt medical attention is critical for adults as well as children even if you do not notice any signs or symptoms. As with any drug, if your are pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of a health professional before using this product. Avoid contact with eyes. In case of contact, flush with water. Using other topical acne medications at the same time or immediately following the use of this product may increase dryness or irritation of the skin. If this occurs, only one medication should be used unless directed by a doctor.

    Bristol-Myers Products

    Fostex (3.75oz) $4.19 Qty: 

    If you've been a loyal customer of Fostex® brand soap, why not compare and try our SAL3 soap? We hope you find that you actually prefer SAL3 over Fostex! Now, wouldn't that be a great thing? It's amazing how things can turn out for the best!

    Best soap around !  Sal-3 !  :)

    3% Salicylic Acid - 10% Sulphur - Our best bar soap!

    So, whatever happened to Fostex® soap? It's our understanding that it was discontinued by Bristol Myers in May, 2002. We speculate that the big company that owned it, wanted more profit and more sales growth! They did not see that this product was going to take them there. And they probably saw a lot of new products coming into that market segment, that prevented them from getting the type of returns of investment that they wanted. Also, they probably noticed that it was costing them too much to distribute the product. Did you know that advertising and putting the product on the shelf costs lots of money? The stores where you buy the products sometimes even charge shelf space! And the stores expect to make a lot of money on each sale too!

    We do things for you another way! We sell directly to you! No middle person! That's the way it is affordable to ship to you for free! Instead of shipping to a store, we ship directly to you. And instead of the store making a handy profit, we let you get the best price! We hope you like our service and fast delivery!

    So some people might ask - why don't the big companies sell directly? The answer is that they try, but they still have obligations with their old fashioned distributors who they do not want to become mad! If big companies give price reductions to consumers like you by circimventing the old-fashioned store distributors, then their investments and relationships with the stores may sour! Why take that risk, they may ponder. So today, you would still get that high price in the store, and on the web! They maintain similar price levels? Not fair, some consumers say! We want better pricing on the web! And so that is our goal, here at SulfurSoap.com. Compare and see. Great product quality, service, AND price! That's our mission at SulfurSoap.com !

    Well, now. That's it for this month's newsletter!  Thanks for joining us. Send us an email and say hi, if you liked it! Bye for now - see you next month!

    Lora  (that's me, waiting for a Summer tan with my shades on!)

    An ad about Fostex soap circa 1974 from Seventeen Magazine:

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    December, 2002 Newsletter
    November, 2002 Newsletter
    October, 2002 Newsletter
    September, 2002 Newsletter
    August, 2002 Newsletter
    July, 2002 Newsletter
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