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About Ingredients


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


That’s why you will find listed here every single ingredient that is contained in either some or all of our Pure French Soaps. Made with natural ingredients and free from additives and nasty chemicals, our soaps should be perfect for even the most sensitive skin, but first a word of caution.


It should be remembered that even the most natural organic ingredients can be a source of reaction for certain individuals, or for those who suffer from allergies or skin problems (think poison ivy or peanuts for example). If you have, or suspect you have sensitive skin or if you have any concerns we would recommend you carry out a patch test. Lastly, if you know that you have an allergy to certain ingredients, then you can search for them here.

If you can’t find them great!

Savon de Marseille French Soap Ingredient:


Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Vegetal (RSPO palm oil derivative)

What is it used for?

Cleansing and foaming agent

Sodium Laureth Sulfate


Cleansing and foaming


First, to be absolutely clear, sodium laureth sulphate (SLES) should not be confused with sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)* which may be problematic for certain people who have sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

Sodium laureth sulphate is an opaque thick liquid which acts a anionic detergent and surfactant, which means that it traps oil-based dirt so that it can be rinsed away with water. It is also an effective foaming agent, turning liquids into foam, creating the rich lather that most of us expect and enjoy when we’re washing our face, hair and body.

*Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is a synthetic organic compound and organosulphate derived from palm kernel oil or coconut oil, and which is used as a cleansing and foaming agent in many personal care products like soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste.

NOTE: Sodium laureth sulphate, is derived from sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) through a process called ethoxylation (where ethylene oxide is introduced to change the compound). What remains is a product that is gentler on skin and which unlike SLS, won’t aggravate skin or strip it of any excess moisture. If you suffer from sensitive skin, or alternatively react to SLS, we would recommend that you check your tolerance to Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) before you buy any products which might contain it.

The following products contain:

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

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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

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