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Welcome to our Discovery Centre.

  

Here you can learn more about what makes our Pure French soaps so special and why they are internationally recognised as some of the best soaps in the world,

 

Discover the history of traditional French soap making and learn about the virtues and many uses of Savon de Marseille. Find out why our exquisitely fragranced classic French soaps are so revered and delve into the secrets of the Grasse perfumes that make them smell so divine.

 

If you’re overwhelmed by choice, you can use our interactive fragrance guide to help you choose your Pure French Soaps by perfume family, and if you have sensitive skin or any allergies, you can also examine our extensive guide to ingredients.   

Finally you can discover Provence - the magical area of southeastern France which provides the passion and inspiration for our business.

MARSEILLE SOAP


In a perfect climate, using centuries old traditional methods, artisan craftsmen combine alkaline ash made from marine plants of the Camargue with locally pressed olive oil and the rich organic natural produce of Provence to produce the world famous soaps from Marseille.

​Marseille soaps are today internationally recognised as some of the best soaps in the world, but what makes them so good?

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SAVON DE MARSEILLE

This iconic soap has been hand made in Marseille by master craftsmen in copper cauldrons using a traditional process for over 600 years and can be used in a variety of ways in and around the home.

 

Lasting twice as long as ordinary soaps, Savon de Marseille is economical to use, it's hypoallergenic, biodegradable and is recommended by French dermatologists for the treatment of skin problems.

SAVONNETTE MARSEILLAISE

Enriched with organic Shea butter, well known for its restorative, nourishing and softening properties, our sumptuous classic French soaps lavish your skin with moisture and immerse you in a sense of Provence every time you bathe.

 

They are scented with world-famous "Grasse" perfumes and essential oils and are available in over 100 different fragrances. They are long lasting, look and smell beautiful, and leave a heavenly, lingering scent on your skin.

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GRASSE PERFUME

Lying in the hills to the north of Cannes, at 300-400 metres altitude, Grasse is a breath of fresh air in a verdant setting of mountains and forests. Warm and sufficiently inland to be sheltered from the sea air, there is an abundance of water creating a unique microclimate - perfect for the flower growing industry.

With a long and varied past and a rich heritage, Grasse is renowned for the quality of its essential oils and the fragrances derived from the flowers grown here. Synonymous with perfumery since the 16th century, Grasse is now universally recognised as the undisputed perfume capital of the word.

FRAGRANCE GUIDE

Shopping for scented soaps can be a tricky business, after all with so many to choose from, how do you decide? When it comes to finding the right fragrance, the choice can seem overwhelming so that’s why we’ve created this useful guide to help you.

 

Based on the fragrance wheel which was created by perfume expert Michael Edwards in 1983, it’s designed to help you find which types of fragrances you’re drawn to, and knowing where they’re placed on the fragrance wheel can make your soap choices that much easier.

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DISCOVER PROVENCE

Medieval towns, Roman cities, the wild Camargue, delicious food, fine wine, sunflowers and lavender fields – Provence has it all - and more! Spellbinding fragrant air, long hot summers, breathtaking coastline and unspoiled nature combine to provide the inspiration and passion for our business.

 

We simply LOVE Provence!

 

It’s also the root of traditions that have been cultivated for centuries as well as being the source of all the natural and organic ingredients that go into our products.

Why not take a journey with us to discover the very best that Provence has to offer?

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ABOUT INGREDIENTS

Made with natural ingredients and free from additives and nasty chemicals, our soaps should be perfect for even the most sensitive skin.

 

We want you to have every confidence in our products, their natural origin, their authenticity and their provenance, and just as we sell our soaps “naked” we want to show you that we have nothing to hide when it comes to ingredients.

 

That’s why we've listed every single ingredient that can be found in either some or all of our Pure French Soaps, and you can learn all about them here.

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Marseille soaps have been produced by French artisan craft master soap makers using

traditional methods for over 600 years.

    

Uniting the rich organic produce of Provence with natural and ecological values, they create exquisite soaps with exceptional skin care properties.

    

Here you can discover their heritage and find out why they are internationally recognised

as some of the best soaps in the world.

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* With the exception of soaps containing organic milk, all of our soaps are suitable for vegans.

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