The Marseille Soap - What you need to know about the soap from Marseille

The Marseille soap has its origin, as the name already says, in the south of France, in the city of Marseille. Since the 17th century the soap is produced here and is now known and loved worldwide. Already at that time the focus was on an ecological production of the product - a recipe that has proven itself until today.

Marseille soap can be used in multiple ways including washing the face and the whole body, but also as a key component of detergents.

The production of Marseille soap

There is only a handful of soap factories in France that still make authentic Marseille soap, according to the ancestral manufacturing method with cooking in a cauldron. A process where the ingredients are cooked slowly for several days. For us it is clear that an industrial Marseille soap is not a real one! However since the Marseille soap is not a protected name, many can call their soap Marseille soap even if it has nothing to do with the original soap. Since finding real Marseille soap nowadays is not an easy task, We will explain here how to recognize a real one. A few criteria have to be fulfilled.

    • Made from 72% vegetable oil

Only 3 oils are allowed in the recipe: olive oil (sodium Olivate), coconut oil (sodium Cocoate) and palm oil (Sodium Palmate). The most sustainable one is in our opinion the olive oil since it can be found directly in the region of production of the soap. Our products made of Marseille soap in the shop are made of pure olive oil and don’t contain any palm oil. Palm oil is a real ecological catastrophe and its production is the largest cause of deforestation.

  • 5 components only

The most important criteria to recognize a real Marseille soap: check the composition! You are only supposed to find 5 ingredients which are: vegetable oils, water, glycerin, Sodium chloride and Sodium hydroxide.

There are of course no coloring agent, no perfume and no preservative. That means that a purple soap with lavender scent cannot be a real Marseille soap!

  • Traditional preparation in the kettle

This is a manufacturing process where the ingredients are cooked slowly for several days in a kettle. The slow cooking creates a solid mass and a mixing of the oils can be guaranteed. The soap is then cooked for several days at a temperature of about 120 degrees.

After cooking and washing, the still warm soap dries before being personalized and packaged. Often multiple washes are performed. Compared to other soaps on the market, this is a relatively complex production process. Nevertheless, the tradition is preserved, and the sustainability and high quality of the soap is at the forefront of the whole process.

Many ways to use the Marseille Soap

  • Directly on your skin

The Marseille soap does not contain perfume or other artificial colorings, as it is the case in many other products. Especially for customers with sensitive and delicate skin, the Marseille Soap is a gentle way of care. Reddened skin or skin diseases are also often the origin of chemical soaps. With the Marseille soap you have nothing to fear here. Gentle to the skin, antibacterial, the Marseille soap will deeply cleanse your body while leaving your skin soft and lightly scented. Often recommended by dermatologists for people who are intolerant to commercial soaps, Marseille soap is suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive.

  • Washing the Dishes

The Marseille Soap can also be used for washing the dishes. We will provide below a recipe you can make at home. Good news you can directly buy the Marseille Soap Flakes available here on our shop for the recipe.

You will need the following ingredients:

0,8 L boiling water

50 g of the Marseille Soap Flakes

1 tablespoon of baking soda

1 tablespoon of Sodium bicarbonate

1 tablespooon of white vinegar

A few drops of essential oils (if you like to have a nice smell)

Equipments:

a salad bowl

1 tablespoon

a blender

a funnel

a container with a cap (bottle, flask, etc.)

The preparation:

1. In a salad bowl, put the 50g of the Marseille soap Flakes. Then add the boiling water and stir.

2. Add the white vinegar, the baking soda and the sodium carbonate.

3. Mix everything together.

4. Let it rest for a few hours until the liquid thickens.

5. When the liquid is thicker, mix the preparation with a blender to obtain a smooth mixture.

6. Add the essential oils.

7. Put the final preparation into the empty bottle with the help of a funnel.

8. Enjoy it!

  • Floor cleaner

The Marseille Soap can also be used for cleaning the floor. We will provide below a recipe you can make at home. Good news you can directly buy the Marseille Soap Flakes available here on our shop for the recipe.

You will need the following ingredients:

2 tablespoons of the Marseille Soap Flakes

2 tablespoons of Sodium bicarbonate

1 tablespoon of white vinegar

2 Liters of water

The preparation:

1. Melt the Marseille soap flakes in 2 liters of boiling water.

2. Add the baking soda and the white vinegar

3. Mix everything together.

4.Put the final preparation into an empty bottle

4. It is ready!

  • Hand washing of delicate textiles with Marseille soap

To take care of your delicate linen such as wool and silk, we recommend that you avoid the washing machine.

How to proceed:

1. Dilute 2 tablespoons of the Marseille soap flakes in a basin of warm water

2. Leave your linen inside for a few hours

Tip: The Marseille soap is great for removing stains while remaining extremely soft to protect the delicate fibers.


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