History and manufacturing

Welcome to the wholesale site of Savon d'origine with the vegetable Marseille soap and soap flakes for retail. We import Marseille soap from Marseille / France of the very best quality and it is made especially for us.

The history of Marseille soap is historical. Because the Aleppo soap, which was made in Syria and was brought from there and imitated, a flourishing soap industry gradually emerged in Marseille in the 19th century. Called the Marseille soap. 

Our soap is made by the last traditional company from Marseille which is still located in the city.


By 1900, hundreds of these companies were located in the city of Marseille. Now a few are located in Provence. This is largely due to the massive introduction of detergents with all the associated consequences for the environment. Nowadays people are slowly returning to this because of a more conscious approach to nature and many believe that much less harmful products should be used, such as Marseille soap flakes. This is 100% biodegradable and does not harm the environment.
Fortunately, the know-how and tradition of making real Marseille soap has been preserved. It was mainly the case that the secret family recipes were passed on from father to son.
The equipment used to manufacture our soap is antique and has been well preserved for all the steps required to manufacture the traditional soap. This soap is one of the few that can carry this designation.




I - The production process of the authentic soap.

The authentic Marseille soap is made in a kettle using a specific saponification process, called "Process Marseillais", in five steps:

1st step:

Creating the chemical reaction of saponification.

The vegetable oils are heated in a large kettle. of sodium hydroxide and heat, it gradually becomes soap.

Step 2: Brining

The soap is insoluble in salt water, adding sea salt pushes the excess sodium hydroxide to the bottom of the kettle and the soap rises to the top.

Step 3: Boiling

This marks the saponification and makes a complete transformation of vegetable oils into soap.

Step 4: Washing

The soap paste is purified by washing, resulting in glycerol, impurities and unsaponified fatty acids being removed.

Step 5: final stage

A final wash with clean water ensures that the soap is ready. It has become a smooth, pure soap that has the reputation of Marseille soap.
This operation takes about a week and drying about 2 to 3 weeks.
Each kettle can make eight tons of soap paste

©  NA ten Hoeve 08\08\2008


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