A selection of gorgeous French soaps - from scrumptious scents like raspberry, violet, lavender and honey to the purity of traditional Savon de Marseille. Come and spoil yourself!
Marseille soap or Savon de Marseille is a traditional hard soap made from vegetable oils that has been produced for around 600 years. In 1688, Louis XIV introduced regulations limiting the use of the name Savon de Marseille to olive-oil-based soaps manufactured in and around Marseille, France. The law has since been amended to allow other vegetable oils to be used.
Traditionally, the soap is made by mixing Mediterranean seawater, olive oil, soda ash and lye together in a large cauldron. This mixture is then heated for several days, stirred constantly. The mixture is allowed to sit until ready, then poured into a mold and allowed to set slightly. While still soft it is cut into bars, stamped, and left to completely harden, which can take up to a month. The traditional cube shape is nowadays not its only form - it's also available as a bar, and with various natural fragrances and oils.