This section is from the "A Handbook of Useful Drugs" book, by State Medical Examining and Licensing Boards.
A soap prepared from potassium hydroxid and linseed oil. Properties : Soft soap occurs as a soft, unctuous, yellowish-brown mass, having a characteristic odor and an alkaline taste.
Action and Uses: Soft soap is used principally as a detergent; being soluble in alcohol, and in mixtures of alcohol and water it is frequently used as a liquid soap. It has also been used to some extent as a vehicle for other more active medicaments to be applied in the form of an ointment.