What Is Savon de Marseille? The Benefits of Marseille Soap

Savon de Marseille olive and natural soap cubes

What Is Savon de Marseille

Whether you're visiting your local bath and beauty store or browsing your favourite online retailer, the selection of soap is unlimited. There are new combinations of essential oils and the development of complex formulas every day.

However, some methods have been around for centuries. One such process is that of the manufacturing of Savon de Marseille. Savon de Marseille is unique, and there are many reasons to consider this soap for your bath and beauty needs.



Did you know that Champagne can only be made using grapes grown in the Champagne region of France? Well, genuine Savon de Marseille can only be fabricated in the Marseille region. It must also be made using the ancient and natural processing methods developed in the 1600s.

Lots of products have improved many times since the 17th Century, including soap. However, the utterly pure formula of authentic Savon de Marseille continues to stand the test of time.

The Savon de Marseille Mark

Only a master soap maker can make a soap which can display this Savon de Marseille mark. He will be trained over many years in the precise process of making this unique blend.

Here are just some of the critical distinctions of Savon de Marseille:

  • Made from 100% natural ingredients
  • Each batch must contain at least 72% vegetable oils - olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, or a mixture of those.
  • Made with marine ash and sea-salted water.
  • It is processed using ancient methods that require a minimum of ten days to perfect.
Savon de Marseille Official Mark


The beauty benefits associated with olive oil and palm are renowned, but both can be rather messy to apply. By using a Savon de Marseille soap daily, you will enjoy hydrating and anti-ageing beauty benefits as well as:

  • Gentle and natural skin exfoliate
  • Softer and smoother skin
  • Powerful antioxidants - primarily vitamins A and E
  • Hydrated and healthy skin
  • A chemical-free makeup remover
  • An excellent alternative to shaving cream
  • A soap that is safe from head to toe
  • A natural method of relieving itching, redness, and skin irritation
Savon de Marseille soap cubes


While many of us relate the word "detergent" to cleanliness, the detergents found in most soaps are with chemically produced ingredients.


Savon de Marseille is a truly pure soap, made without detergents or human-made ingredients. If you currently use a "gentle" cleansing product, it may be harling your skin. You should know that most over the counter products contain chemicals.

“In Marseilles, they make half the toilet soap we consume in America, but the Marseillaise only have a vague theoretical idea of its use, which they have obtained from books of travel.”

Mark Twain


Savon de Marseille soap contains no dyes, no perfume and no lye. It is often recommended by dermatologists for patients with irritated or sensitive skin, dry skin, psoriasis, or eczema.

It is great for hand washing and even gentle enough for babies. Some also use the soap to wash their infant's clothing or other delicate lingerie and laundry items.

Marseille Cube with loofah


Another reason to contemplate this luxurious handmade French soap is that it is an economical beauty product. A bar of Savon de Marseille lasts twice as long as an ordinary bar.

Using bar soap is also more environmentally friendly than using shower gels and shampoos in plastic bottles. Since all of the ingredients come from nature, there is never any need to test on animals.

Although one soap appears the same as the next, but Savon de Marseille is genuinely in a class of its own. It is one of the many handmade French products available at Natural French Soap. It is manufactured at Savonnerie du Fer à Cheval - one of the four remaining authentic savonneries in Marseille.


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