For centuries soapmakers in the beautiful region of Provence have been using the most luxurious of all oils to craft by hand the purest of all French soaps - Savon de Marseille. Today, only one such soapmaker guards this ancient tradition in the heart of Marseilles - Savonnerie Le Sérail.
Marseilles Soap (French milled soap with oil-based fragrance)
Why is it so special?
Loyal admirers of Marseilles soap recognize it for its gentleness and cleansing properties. It is known to lather well and rise off completely and since it does not strip the skin of its natural oils, it is considered a natural moisturizer.
Olive oil is the most luxurious of all oils used to make French soap. It is made from pressing the olive fruit. Saponified olive oil is known for its mildness and natural moisturizer (humectant) properties. It produces low lather with large open bubbles and it is so gentle you can use it to cleanse baby skin.
Palm oil, extracted from fruit of the palm tree, is very rich and viscous. By nature, saponified palm oil adds soothing and moisturizing properties to soap.
Palm kernel oil (copra oil) is extracted from the nut of the palm tree. Saponified palm kernel oil provides lather and adds hardness to soap.
Vegetable glycerin is a natural product of saponification. Commercial producers of soap remove it from their product to be sold separately, substituting it with a less expensive synthetic glycerin. Attracting water from its surroundings, glycerin is a natural moisturizer.
Water is a natural emollient. It prevents dryness and protects the skin. Together with glycerin they act as a barrier and healing agents to your skin.
All natural ingredients, 100% biodegradable and environmentaly friendly.
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