Poll: Have you ever used Savon de Marseille bath soap?
 04-30-2012, 04:35 PM
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After lots of searching, I found a Canadian site that sells genuine Savon de Marseille olive oil bath soap for a decent price and allows you to qualify for free shipping after spending a certain amount of money. So I'm considering getting some.

At the moment I'm using Mitchell's Wool Fat bath soap, which I love, but it's a little on the expensive side. Savon de Marseille might make a good, cheaper alternative.

Have any of you used genuine Savon de Marseille soap before? If so, how well did it work for you? I heard that some people use it as a shaving soap. I'm not interested in using it as that, but I might try using it as a shaving soap once just to see how well it works as that. Supposedly olive oil-based soaps don't work well as shaving soaps, so I don't expect it to perform too well as that.

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 04-30-2012, 06:15 PM
  • Sully
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I've heard great things about this soap, it's on my list of soaps to try, as a bath soap not as a shaving soap.

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 04-30-2012, 06:42 PM
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I really like the Savon de Marseille soap. Not only is it a great bath soap, it also makes an acceptably good shaving soap.

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 05-01-2012, 04:58 AM
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Oh great. Something else to add to my notepad. Sleepy

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 05-01-2012, 05:30 AM
  • Howler
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Sounds interesting. Please share the link.

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 05-01-2012, 05:50 AM
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(05-01-2012, 05:30 AM)Howler Wrote: Sounds interesting. Please share the link.

You Americans will probably want to buy it from French Soaps. I'm pretty sure that French Soaps sells genuine Savon de Marseille.

I'll be getting mine from this Canadian site which sells the genuine stuff. They only ship to places in Canada.

I've done quite a bit of research on this soap and it looks like lots of online shops call their soap "Savon de Marseille" but very little of the stuff you find online is genuine. Traditionally-made Savon de Marseille is supposedly vastly superior to all other Savon de Marseille.

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 05-01-2012, 05:58 PM
  • Johnny
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In other words, if it does not look like the picture about, it's not geniune?

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 05-12-2012, 10:31 PM
  • ben74
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Never tried it, but now I want to!!!

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 05-12-2012, 11:43 PM
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(05-01-2012, 05:58 PM)Johnny Wrote: In other words, if it does not look like the picture about, it's not geniune?

Here's a quote from that Canadian site that sells it:

Quote:Green or white, a genuine Marseille cube soap has no fragrance and must contain a mandatory minimum of 72 % of oil. Since it must also be color dye-free, its color will change as it is aging.

A Marseille soap is 100 % biodegradable and do not melt down like other soaps. Finally, it must have been handcrafted according to an old and hard-working process.

You can read more about it here.

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 06-01-2012, 04:43 AM
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For those who are looking for a good lather will be disappointed with Savon de Marseille. Not much lathering ...Nice smell especially the one made with pieces of lavender, oranges or roses...

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