Big blocks of olive oil soap have been crafted since the Middle Ages in the South of France. In 1688 it became law that only soaps made according to strict, ancient methods could be labeled Savon de Marseille.
It takes the Maitre de Savon (soapmaster) two weeks to make Marseille Soap. The delicate mixture of olive oils, alkaline ash from sea plants and Mediterranean sea water are heated for ten days in antique cauldrons, then poured into open pits where it hardens. Cut into cubes and stamped, the soaps are then set out to dry in the sun.
The fine white powder on the surface of the soap is sea salt, which will disappear once the soap is wet.
Marseille Soap is recommended by dermatologists throughout the world for dry skin and other ailments. Its incredible purity and moisturizing properties make it ideal for sensitive skins. In France it has been trusted for generations to cleanse everything from linens to little faces.
Marseille Soap is completely biodegradable and requires little packaging. Authentic Marseille Soap is stamped with its weight in grams - a practice left over from years ago which allowed households to compare prices and plan their inventories.
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