Savon de Marseille

Savon de Marseille

Maxwell Ryan
Mar 23, 2007

Or simply, those big blocks of French soap. On a soap kick today, we stumbled across a few sources for these Euro treats that have been made for one thousand years in the South of France.

Made by special method that requires a soapmaster (Maitre de Savon) to work for two weeks with a delicate mixture of olive and vegetable oils, alkaline ash from sea plants and Mediterranean Sea salted water, these puppies end up as rough blocks, cut from open pits where they dry...

The basic mixture is olive oil or palm oil, but we also found them with crushed flowers that gives them a colorful hue. Oh, and you can also forgo the block altogether and use this soap in a bottle with a dispenser cap.

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