Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Savon de Marseille (Marseille Soap) pure olive oil soap from the South of France.

Product Description
In the Middle Ages, big blocks of gentle soap were first crafted in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille with olive oil from local groves, marine ash and sea salted water. The quality of these soaps were immediately famous throughout Europe and in 1688 French law declared that only soaps made according to certain ancient methods could bear the important mark Savon de Marseille. Now the most prized of all soaps in the world, our Savon de Marseille is still crafted by hand, in Marseille, just as it has been for hundreds of years. It takes the Maitre de Savon (soapmaster) two weeks to make Marseille Soap. The purest ingredients (mentioned above) are heated for ten days in antique cauldrons. Know-how passed down through the generations will reveal to the soapmaster the right moment to pour the mixture into open pits where it slowly hardens. Cut into cubes and stamped, without machines of any kind, the soaps are then set out to dry in the sun and cool winds. Savon de Marseille (also known as "Marseille Soap") is once again being rediscovered for its extraordinary purity, gentle skin care and ecological value. Savon de Marseille is recommended by dermatologists throughout the world for dry or sensitive skin, eczema and other ailments. In France it has been trusted for generations to cleanse everything from linens to little faces. Marseille Soap is totally biodegradable, requires little packaging and its manufacture is environmentally friendly. 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. No soap is "greener." In France they are sold piled high on open-air market tables like produce, wrapped in craft paper. Your Savon de Marseille will be delivered without plastic packaging, carefully wrapped in paper stamped with the famous marks to prove its authenticity.
Product Details
Amazon Sales Rank: #405 in Beauty
Brand: Savon de Marseille
Hand-crafted in Marseille, France
Extremely gentle and moisturizing
World-famous, authentic "Savon de Marseille"
Environmentally friendly, long-lasting and economical
Made with pure olive oil, trusted for generations
Customer Reviews
I love this soap. It is perfect for travel since it has so many uses. It is gentle enough to use on the face. It leaves the body soft and clean. You can even hand wash your clothes with it. You can slice it to the perfect size you desire using a hot knife. Everything about this soap is so pleasing, natural, and crudely elegant. It is perfect and simple. I highly recommend.
Quite honestly the BEST soap in the world.5
Ever since I discovered these beautiful blocks of olive oil soaps from this company "French Soaps" my skin is not dry and chapped. I don't have to use body lotion or hand cream. In the shower it has a creamy feel unlike regular soap, leaving skin soft and clean. Savon de Marseille olive oil soaps are unfragranced, but they have a clean, olive oil scent that I love.

By the way, there are other companies that sell "Savon de Marseille" but if you pay close attention you'll see that they don't have the rustic, irregular look of the ones from French Soaps. I learned that French Soaps is the only ones still making Savon de Marseille by hand (as it has been for centuries). They are poured and cut (resulting in a softer soap -- and softer skin). The others you see are actually machine-made replicas of the real deal and I'm told that in France these replicas are strictly for export -- they know the hand-crafted ones are the true originals and the best.
I LOVE these soaps.

A Must Have!! 5
This soap is a must have for anyone with dry, sensitive skin. I was introduced to this soap after a surgery two years ago when my skin was quite dry. Plus, I live in a harsh Winter climate and this soap heals my poor dry, scaly skin. I love this soap! Since then I have purchased this type of soap in Paris and through this vendor and the vendor product is identical to what I have purchased over there. I don't get to Paris often enough so I am thankful that I have found this vendor.
Can buy Handmade Soap On Internet. : )

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