What is 'Savon de Marseille', French Marseille Soap?

Whether you're visiting your local bath and beauty store or browsing your favourite online retailer, the selection of soap is unlimited. There are new combinations of essential oils and the development of complex formulas every day. However, some methods have been around for centuries. One such process is that of the manufacturing of 'Savon de Marseille', the French Marseille Soap. 

French Marseille Soap is unique, and there are many reasons to consider this soap for your bath and beauty needs.



Did you know that Champagne can only be made using grapes grown in the Champagne region of France? If genuine 'Savon de Marseille' used to be fabricated in the Marseille region, it is not geographically limited to Marseille as there is no protected designation of origin for this product. 'Savon de Marseille' (Marseille Soap) refers to the fabrication process: it must also be made using the ancient and natural processing methods developed in the 1600s. Our Le Serail Marseille Soaps come from Marseille, just the way it used to be centuries ago. 

Lots of products have improved many times since the 17th Century, including soap. However, the utterly pure formula of authentic Savon de Marseille continues to stand the test of time.

Only a master soap-maker can make a soap which can display this Savon de Marseille mark. He will be trained over many years in the precise process of making this unique blend.

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Here are just some of the critical distinctions of Savon de Marseille:

    • Made from 100% natural ingredients
    • Each batch must contain at least 72% vegetable oils - olive oil, coconut oil or a mixture of those. Our green Cube is made of pure Olive & Copra oil while the White Cube is made of pure Copra Oil.
    • Made with marine alkaline ash from sea plants and sea salted water.​
    • It is processed using ancient methods that require a minimum of ten days to perfect, heated in a cauldron. The long boiling process means the finished soap bars can be kept for years without going off.



The beauty benefits associated with olive oil and palm are renowned, but both can be rather messy to apply. By using a Savon de Marseille soap daily, you will enjoy hydrating and anti-aging beauty benefits as well as:

  • Gentle and natural skin exfoliate
  • Softer and smoother skin
  • Powerful antioxidants - primarily vitamins A and E
  • Hydrated and healthy skin
  • A chemical-free makeup remover
  • An excellent alternative to shaving cream
  • A soap that is safe from head to toe
  • A natural method of relieving itching, redness, and skin irritation



While many of us relate the word "detergent" to cleanliness, the detergents found in most soaps are with chemically produced ingredients. 

Savon de Marseille is a truly pure soap, made without detergents or human-made ingredients. If you currently use a "gentle" cleansing product, it may be harming your skin. You should know that most over the counter products contain chemicals.



Savon de Marseille soap contains no dyes, no perfume and no lye. It is often recommended by dermatologists for patients with irritated or sensitive skin, dry skin, psoriasis, or eczema.

It is great for hand washing and even gentle enough for babies. Some also use the soap to wash their infant's clothing or other delicate lingerie and laundry items. (see DIY Laundry Liquid)

but also the dishes.

In France, Savon de Marseille soaps have been trusted for generations to cleanse everything from linens to little faces.



Another reason to contemplate this luxurious handmade French Soap is that it is an economical beauty product. A bar of Savon de Marseille lasts twice as long as an ordinary bar and can be stored for very long periods at room temperature. 

Using bar soap is also more environmentally friendly than using shower gels and shampoos in plastic bottles. Since all of the ingredients come from nature, there is never any need to test on animals and it is 100% biodegradable within 28 days.

Plus, we send you 'naked' soaps, which means we don't use any plastic or too much packaging.

Our Savon de Marseille is genuinely in a class of its own. It is one of the many handmade French products available at French Bliss, manufactured at Savonnerie Le Sérail - the only remaining authentic Soap Factory in Marseille that sticks to the Traditional Know-How.

French Bliss is proud to offer you this authentic French product online. Bliss You!


(available Olive & Copra or Copra only in 300g or 150g cubes)


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