The Best Natural French Soaps: Savon de Marseille

The best natural French soaps have been made for centuries in Marseille. The Genuine Savon de Marseille soap cube is 100% natural, made only with vegetable oils (72% olive oil), with no added fragrance, coloring, and additives. It is free of petroleum-based products and animal fats, unlike most of the other soaps and shower gels on the market.

Savon de Marseille is an entirely natural soap made either from saponified olive oil or saponified vegetable oil (coconut oil) The nourishing properties of olive oil, helps the skin to keep a more natural moisture balance. The soap is gentle on all types of skin, even the most sensitive ones (babies, people with allergies, etc.). The soap is cooked in cauldrons for about 10 days using a traditional Marseille soap-making method.

In the old days, this soap was a staple in every French household, and women had multipurpose use for Savon de Marseille from handwashing laundry, dishes to personal care.

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 This Savon de Marseille cube by Marius Fabre artisanal soap maker since 1900, is huge weighing over a pound at 600 grams it will surely last a very long time.

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Each one of Marius Fabre bars of Marseille olive oil soap is traditionally made, cooked in a cauldron. Cut and stamped by hand, it is living heritage, produced by the traditional Savon de Marseille crafts secrets kept in the family for four generations. It is also the emblematic representative of the Marius Fabre soap factory beyond home frontiers. Japanese customers adopted it over 20 years ago for its gentleness and very delicate skin.



This Marius Fabre Marseille Soap  – To Cut comes with an old-fashioned butter slicing wire to easily and conveniently cut your bar soap into slices or cubes like our grandparents did before us:  thin slices of soap for cleansing face and body or just hand washing, larger cubes for the laundry.

Nowadays you can find a variety of excellent quality soap from Marseille made from pure olive oil and natural fragrances.  Others are made with French-milled soap and organic oils like coconut oil and crushed provencal flowers like rose, lavender. The soaps come in all sizes, some in the cube (as the original) and others even come in convenient modern refillable pumps. 

Renowned French brands include La Compagnie de Provence – This authentic liquid Marseille soap is saponified in a cauldron, in the purest tradition of master soap makers. Elaborated with organic olive oil, it gently cleanses the skin and can be used for hands and body wash.  The fragrance is created in Provence where the woody Lavender notes are magnified by the ambery scent of Incense.   It is  97,7%  pure ingredients, organic olive oil. Coconut oil. No parabens, no phenoxyethanol, no coloring agents, no animal fats. It comes in an elegant keepsake refillable frosted glass bottle.

La Maison du Savon- Enriched with shea butter, 100% vegetable base that nourishes, moisturizes, soothes and protects the skin thanks to its composition exceptionally rich in vitamins A, D, E, F. Shea butter has regenerative and repairing properties and helps to fight against skin dryness. It cleans, softens, nourishes, refreshes and moisturizes the skin. This perfumed soap is suitable for all skin types. The perfume used is of high quality, it comes from the city of Grasse in Monaco. Its fragrance in the heart of honey and Orange blossom melts in notes of Vanilla and Tonka bean.

La Savonnerie Le Sérail – La Savonnerie Le Sérail is the last remaining artisanal soapmaker located in the heart of Marseilles, France. Established in 1949, the factory is dedicated to the production of traditional Marseilles soap (or as the locals call it, Savon de Marseille) following methods established in the 17th century by the edict of Colbert.

This authentic French soap in the shape of a 300-gram traditional Marseilles cube is handmade from coconut oil and quadruple milled with the addition of rose petal aromatic oil and crushed pieces of Provençal roses for gentle skin exfoliation. Free of sodium Laureth/lauryl sulfate, phthalates, parabens, tallow, synthetic fragrance or artificial coloring, it gently cleanses the skin and rinses off completely without stripping skin’s natural oils. Like all wonderful good things from the good old days, the Savon de Marseille has been glamorized and everybody loves it. They even have been marketed for children called Le Petit Marseillais  #1 body wash brand in France with a full line of soap, body wash, shampoos, and body cream. 

An authentic French bath soap that brings the artisanal quality of Marseille to you and features a unique olive oil formula that is suitable for everyday use. This is a small 7-ounce bar of Le Petit Marseillais  72% Extra Pur Bath Soap enriched with olive oil, a natural skin-nourishing ingredient, designed to gently cleanse and nourish the skin. This iconic body soap is tenderly crafted through traditional, French-inspired techniques to transport yourself to France through the sweet, timeless fragrance of this nourishing bath soap and enjoy gentle olive oil skincare that helps moisturize the skin. 


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