History and production
Welcome to the wholesale site of Savon d'origine with the vegetable Marseille soap and soap flakes for retailers. We import the Marseille soap from Marseille / France. The soap is of the highest quality and is specially made for us.
The history of Marseille soap is historical.
The Aleppo soap was made in Syria. From there it was taken to France and imitated. Which gradually developed a thriving soap industry in Marseille in the 19th century. Called the Marseille soap.
Our soap is made by the last traditional company from Marseilles which is still based in the city. By 1900, there were hundreds of these companies located in the city of Marseille. Now there are just some left in Provence.
This is, in large part, due to the advent of the large-scale soap detergent compositions with all its consequences for the environment.
Today we are more conscious about nature, and many find that there has to be less use of harmful products, such as the Marseille soap flakes.
The Marseille soap is 100% biodegradable and does not affect the environment.
Fortunately, the know-how and tradition of making real Marseilles soap have always been preserved.
It was mainly so that the secret family recipes were given from father to son. The equipment used for the manufacturing of soap is antiques and is well preserved for all of the steps which are necessary to fabricate the traditional soap. This soap is one of the few that can carry this designation.
The production process of the authentic soap.
The authentic Marseille soap is produced in a boiler by means of a specific process, called "process Marseillais". This is done in five steps:
Step 1: Creating the chemical reaction of saponification.
The vegetable oils are heated in a cauldron. Under the influence of sodium hydroxide and heat, it becomes gradually soap.
Step 2: Brine-using soap.
The soap is insoluble in salt water, by adding sea salt the excessive sodium hydroxide is pushed to the bottom of the boiler and the soap comes to the top.
Step 3: Boiling.
This features the saponification and makes a complete transformation of vegetable oils for soap.
Step 4: Washing.
The soap paste is purified by washing, resulting in glycerol, impurities and non-saponified fatty acids are removed.
Step 5: Last stadium.
The last washing with clean water ensures that the soap is ready. It has become a smooth, pure soap which has the reputation of Marseille soap.
This operation takes about a week. To dry the soap takes about 2 to 3 weeks. Each boiler can make eight tons of soap paste.