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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 lean 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 finally if you have sensitive skin or any allergies, you can examine our full guide to ingredients.   

MARSEILLE SOAP


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

​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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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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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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French Soap

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SAVON DE MARSEILLE

This iconic soap has been hand made in Marseille by master craftsmen using copper cauldrons and 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 recommended by dermatologists to combat skin dryness.

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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.

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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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