Savon de Marseille: a world-famed soap
Often imitated, but never equalled! This cream and olive soap has brought Marseille‘s name to fame throughout the globe. First popularized by the Crusades, it was shipped across the trading routes from the 17th century onwards. The first law relating to its manufacture was passed under the reign of Louis XIV, in 1688. Soap makers began to bathe the whole of Western Europe in the scents of the Provence and the savon de Marseille became rooted in people’s minds forever. Delve into the history of this symbol of Provencal culture and put yourself in the shoes of a soap maker at MuSaMa, the Musée du Savon de Marseille museum, located in the city centre.