Authentic Soap from Marseille

Everybody knows it - this multipurpose soap will just as easily clean domestic stains as disinfect daily scratches. But what’s so special about it ?
By Aude de Ravel

Bursting with natural properties, Marseille soap is composed of 72% vegetable oils including olive as well as copra and palm. It’s a biodegradable soap, affordable and very effective, which are just three good reasons to have it at home. But you might be surprised by how many uses it actually has: a domestic cleaner, active even on leather, a disinfectant, a remedy for cramps and rheumatism, ideal for softening brushes, brightening jewelry or simply for daily physical hygiene. Its ancestral technique today sees Marseille soap exported to many countries. The Savonerie de Marseille even invites you to visit its workshops and study all stages of production: from machines that crush, mix, or coil, to manual stages such as stamping or labeling. This soap factory presents many soaps with surprising virtues in its own store, such as soap with grape seed oil, good for exfoliating and regenerating, or the propolis soap, recommended for young skins. A little treat to use without moderation!


Did you know that it takes two weeks to make a Marseille soap, that it can be yellow or green, and that it must weigh 600 grams?

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Authentic Soap from Marseille
Authentic soap from Marseille
Provence
Photography José Nicolas
Authentic Soap from Marseille
Authentic soap from Marseille
Provence
Photography José Nicolas

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