Guide to BJJ Soap


What to look for in a BJJ Soap


There are three main characteristics, a soap for BJJ practitioners should have:

  1. Effective Ingredients
  2. Quality Manufacturing
  3. Consistency

It’s been known for long that essential oils like tea tree and eucalyptus oils have antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. However, these ingredients come in a variety of grades ranging from technical to cosmetic to pharmaceutical.

Here’s the difference:

  • Pharmaceutical Grade: 3% or less Cineole; 37% or more Terpinen-4-ol
  • Cosmetic Grade: 5% or less Cineole; 35% or more Terpinen-4-ol
  • Technical Grade: 10% or less Cineole; 30% or more

Terpinen-4-ol is the active compound that provides most of the antimicrobial properties. Cineole can cause dryness that’s why the lower the number, the better. Defense Soap is unadulterated with unnecessary ingredients. We don’t add any fragrance or cosmetic ingredients into our soaps. This allows us to add the full concentration of the essential infection fighting ingredients.

Quality manufacturing
The art of making soap is similar to the art of BJJ. If you practice a move with improper technique, come competition you won’t be able to complete the move. A good soap for BJJ needs to be simple, strong and able to last a long time in the shower.  Defense Soap uses only the best technique in the art of making high quality soaps.

We have among the highest quality soaps in the world— boasting a TFM of over 77%. That’s a measurement of the essential fatty acid in our soaps that contribute to the conditioning, lathering and cleansing qualities. The higher the percentage of emollients the better. It’s also one reason why a Defense Soap for Jiu Jitsu will last longer than an average bar or soap. That process also insures an exceptionally rich lather needed to do some heavy cleansing.


All our bars are triple milled. By incorporating this process in our manufacturing we’re able to create a consistent long lasting soap bar from batch to batch. Something hand made soaps cannot do.

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