Marseille Soap Bars (Set of 2)
A South-of-France classic.
Though olive oil hard soaps have been made in Marseille for over 600 years, it wasn’t until the last few years that the name became a protected designation (yep, just like wines or cheeses). To qualify for that “Marseille soap” stamp, it must be made in Provence, and makers must use just a few natural ingredients: Vegetable oil (at least 72%), seawater, ash and lye (and never any animal fats). At Fer à Cheval, Marseille’s oldest soap factory, a soap master and team of artisans oversee the 10-day process that starts with boiling the ingredients in ancient cauldrons for days and ends with a certified organic, beautiful block of soap. Whether you opt for the Olive (a strongly scented, very-olive-oil-forward green soap), the Végétal (a lighter, pale soap), or one of each, rest easy knowing that you’re sudsing up with an all-natural, hypoallergenic recipe that’s stood the test of time.
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Details & Materials -
Olive Oil: sodium olivate, water, sodium cocoate, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide
Végétal: sodium palmate, water, sodium palm kernelate, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide
Each bar is 250g and roughly 4"L x 2.75"W x 1.3"H. Olive Oil includes (2) Olive Oil 250g bars; Vegetal includes (2) Vegetal 250g bars; and Variety includes (1) Olive Oil 250g bar and (1) Vegetal 250g bar.
Care & Notes
Marseille soap suits every skin type and can be used by the whole family. It is also an effective multi-purpose household cleaner. It cleans, removes grease marks and is efficient on even the most delicate of surfaces and clothes. For laundry care: on difficult stains, lather the soap then scrub the stain before using the washing machine. On delicate textiles, lather the soap with a wet cloth, then rub the cloth lightly on the surface before letting it soak. Rinse with fresh water. Since it contains to preservatives or chemical colorants, this soap may be subject to variations in color and lose volume with time and according to exposure to light and humidity.
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