- Most of our products are free from Parabens, SLS's or animal based ingredients and as such are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The exceptions to this are as follows:
-Goat's Milk Soaps
- None of our products are tested on animals.
- All of our products are sourced from local producers in France who use locally sourced natural ingredients, use environmentally friendly and traditional processes. Where possible we visit our suppliers.
Our soaps are made in France (some Aleppo soaps are made in Aleppo, Syria however this is less likely at the moment and are now mainly made in France using authentic ingredients and made by Syrian soap makers). Our soaps are made with plant based ingredients and do not contain Parabens and our liquid soaps do not contain SLS (sodium laureth sulphate), they are not tested on animals, they are biodegradable and made in small savonnieries that respect traditional soap making methods as well as the environment. Apart from the traditional Stain Removing Laundry Bar (which is made to a very old recipe and contains Tallow) we do not stock any soap made from animal fats.
We describe our soaps as being natural because they are made as a result of a natural process using predominantly plant based ingredients. Our soaps are made with vegetal oils that vary depending on the soap: palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil as well as Shea butter and Argan oil. Our soaps also contain varying amounts of plant and flower essences and extracts and some contain plant and flower pieces. Some of our soaps also contain preservatives (to keep the colour and scent), colours and fragrances.
Any of our Savonneries that use palm oil , are accredited and certified as only using products from sustainable sources. See https://rspo.org/ and https://www.ecocert.com/en/home for more information.
Free from SLS (sodium laureth sulphate)
SLS is used as a surficant (foaming agent). Most of our products are free from SLS (Sodium Laureth sulphate). ALL of our liquid Marseille soaps are free from SLS. Some of our shower gels may contain SLSs and we are working to provide a range of free from SLSs shower gels.
Free from Parabens
Non of our products contain Parabens
Some of our soaps contain organic ingredients that are as a result of certified "AB agriculture biologique" this complies with EU regulations on organic processes and standards. Ingredients that are organic are clearly labelled and include Olive oil, Olive leaf extract, Lavender essential oils, Argan Oil, Shea butter. If one of our products contains organic ingredients this will be detailed in the product information.
Colours and fragrances
Free from colourings, preservatives and fragrances:
Our traditional Marseille cubes and tranches (Palm oil and Olive oil) do not contain any colourings, preservatives or perfumes. They contain a minimum of 72% vegetal oils and are made following traditional methods and processes in authentic savonnieries in Provence (and near Marseille). and as such are suitable for vegetarians and vegans
The Aleppo soap block ranges also contain no colourings, preservatives or perfumes and made in traditional ways by hand.
Made with colourings, preservatives and fragrances:
Our Natural French Market range of Artisan unwrapped soaps are 100% plant based soaps coloured and fragranced with plant and flower essences, extracts and pieces. As a result this range is more neutral in colour.
The base ingredients are as follows: Sodium Palmate (Palm oil), Sodium Palm Kernelate, Aqua, Palm Kernel Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Etidronate Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum.
May also contain: natural plant and flower pieces. Contains fragrance and colour of natural origin.
Our Marseille soaps contain Shea Butter, they are film wrapped soaps gently fragranced and coloured;
The base ingredients are as follows: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Aqua, Parfum (fragrance), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Palm Kernel Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Etidronate Acid will also contain: fragrance and colour of natural origin depending on the soap fragrance.
Our Organic Argan Oil French soap ranges are made with organic Argan oil and contain food grade colourings (of natural origin) and a variety of perfumes as well as varying degrees of plant and flower essences, extracts and pieces, making these brighter coloured collections with a broad range of delightful scents. They are wrapped in cellophane.
The base ingredients are as follows:
Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Aqua, Parfum (fragrance), Glycerin, Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil (Organic Argan Oil), Palm Kernel Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Etidronate Acid, Sodium Chloride. Will also contain: fragrance and colour of natural origin depending on the soap fragrance.
Tetrasodium EDTA is a preservative and a chelating ingredient that is used for keeping the colour and the fragrance of the soap stable. Tetrasodium EDTA is an amino acid compound and is also a common food ingredient. This preservative is used in our Artisan range by Savon de Bormes. our Shea Butter range and our Organic Argan Oil range. It is not used in our Marseille cube and tranches made with Palm or Olive oil or in the Aleppo soap.
We are currently checking our ranges. However our soaps do not contain corn, wheat or wheat flakes, oats or oat flakes.