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Savon de Marseille

Savon de Marseille. A blog post by Morouge Canada.
The beautiful French city Marseille is located on the coast of the Gulf of Lion, part of the Mediterranean Sea.
It is said that castile soap (olive oil-based soap) spread throughout the Mediterranean basin in the wake of the crusades, passing through Italy and Spain, before reaching Marseille.
Crescas Davin was the first Marseille soap maker in the 14th Century. In 1593 the first soap factory opened in Marseille when demand began to exceed local needs.
Traditionally, the soap is made by mixing seawater from the Mediterranean Sea, olive oil, and alkaline ash from sea plants. The end result is a soap that is so mild and can be used for babies and infants.
At Morouge Canada we proudly carry on the traditional soap-making method.
Morouge Canada soap is made using a high olive oil content and a combination of organic coconut oil, fair trade shea butter, and palm kernel oil. The result is a balanced bar of soap that has all the nutritious benefits of the different oils and butters that are used.
Our cold process soap-making starts by mixing together all the oils and butters over very low heat to sustain their nourishing characteristics. Lye (an alkali solution that is made in modern days by running electricity through salt water) is added to the oil mixture and stirred until a trace starts to form. Essential oils, dried herbs, and oatmeal are added at this point. When the mixture thickens, it is then poured into wooden molds and left to harden for two or three days. Then the soap is removed from the molds and cut into bars which are left to dry on our racks for a minimum of one month before it's wrapped individually.

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