Savon de Marseille (Marseille Soap) is a traditional French soap that has been produced for centuries. Easily recognisable by its distinctive cube shape, a true Savon de Marseille will be made using a minimum of 72% oil.
Olive oil and vegetable oil are the classics. With no added artificial ingredients, they're pure and gentle on the skin and kind to the environment. They're also incredibly economical and long lasting. Big fans here. I use them in the bath as well as for laundry. Here's just a few of the many uses of Savon de Marseille.
Savon de Marseille can be used to clean your clothes as well as yourself. I find it particularly effective as a hand wash for delicate woollens such as cashmere. It can also be combined with other ingredients to make a laundry detergent for your washing machine.
Savon de Marseille Hand Wash for Delicate Fabrics
1. Grate 50 grams of Savon de Marseille and place into a clean bowl, bucket or sink of hot water.. Give it a good mix until it forms a milky, foamy texture.
2. Place your woollens into the solution and leave as long as you can, preferably overnight. Rinse well.
Savon de Marseille Laundry Detergent
1. As above, with the optional addition of a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and 10 drops of an essential oil such as tea tree or lavender. Pour the liquid into a clean laundry detergent bottle or a glass bottle.
2. Pour a small glass of the liquid into your washing machine's laundry detergent compartment. If you've made the liquid in advance, you'll find that it will set. To loosen it up, give it a good shake.
Marseille soap works well as a natural stain remover. For clothes, rub a slightly dampened Marseille soap cube over the stain until if forms a hard crust. Rinse well.
Keep a Savon de Marseille cube by the side of the sink and use with a dampened washing up brush.
Alternatively, mix a handful of grated Marseille soap with warm water and add an essential oil if you want some fragrance.
Savon de Marseille available to buy online at The Cupboard.