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Soap has been produced in Marseille since the Crusades. In the XVIth, the Savon de Marseille was already popular and sold far away in Western Europe. Before WW1, Marseille produced 180,000 tons of soap, in 1938, 120,000 tons of 600 grams cubes of soap. After WWII, the production decreased sharply in favor of fancy cakes of soap and there remains now only two plants.
However, Savon de Marseille is coming back as a "natural" product, made in small quantities with a lot of care. Besides the traditional product, soaps added with various natural oils are produced. You can see here cakes with lavender, with vervain, with rose petals and there are others.
Written Jan 17, 2007
Miscellaneous: The Office de Tourisme de Hyères Les Palmiers stands 3, Avenue Ambroise Thomas. You can get maps of the city and any information about the visits of the various parts of the city. They give excellent maps with the advisable itineraries to visit the various parts of the city.
Updated Apr 4, 2011