A History of Marseille Soap...

In France, soap has been made by artisans since Antiquity. Initially created from basic ingredients such as ash and animal fats, it is in the region of Marseille, at the crossroad of trade of vegetable ingredients such as olive oil, argan oil and Mediterranean salts, where the Marseille soap, commonly known as French Milled, was born. Medieval soap makers cutting the Marseille soap by hand.   In 1370, in the throes of the Middle Ages, Crescas Davin became the first and official Marseille soap master to be registered using the ancient artisan process. By the 17th century, the Thirty Years War had caused major misery and shortages in soap for many European countries, such as Spain. Marseille had to pick...

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Why is Our French Milled Better Than Other Soaps?

French Milled soap is known to be the finest quality. Not only is it plant based, but it is smooth on your skin and so gentle that it lathers very easily, even in hard water! The milling process is key to achieve the level of quality and homogeneity. Other soaps may not have these properties, other soaps may be animal or petroleum-based. Step 1: Saponification It all begins with the saponification process where vegetable oils (coconut oil and/or olive oil, RSPO Palm, shea butter, argan oil) are mixed with water and various salts in a kettle and heated to get rid of excess moisture.   Step 2: Cooling The saponified mix then cools down from concentrated soap to a warm...

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A La Maison de Provence is now converting its labels to the Leaping Bunny program...

         A La Maison de Provence is now converting its labels to the Leaping Bunny program. By partnering with this Coalition of 8 animal protection groups (e.g. CICC: Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics), we reaffirm our commitment to guaranteeing products that do not contain any animal or animal-derived ingredients in our formulations. Moreover, A La Maison de Provence has always been firmly opposed to any form of cruelty and animal testing. Going beyond testing bans, working towards the same goal as the Leaping Bunny program, its Coalition, and its participating companies, we aim to help consumers make more animal-friendly and trustworthy shopping decisions. So next time you’re out shopping, look for the Leaping Bunny logo on...

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COVID-19 Packaging Shortages

Dear Valued Customers,   During this Pandemic, there has been an unprecedented high demand of A La Maison liquid soap and we will soon run out of our original black pumps from time to time. There has been a worldwide pump shortage and we did our best to find creative solutions/options for the pumps. In order to not run out of stock on liquid soaps, we have replaced the different color pumps and types of tops (see above). You may notice occasionally the following types of pumps on our liquid soaps bottles starting Oct 15th to through the end of the year. All the products are the same with the same exact ingredients. If you have any concern or question...

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What makes our A LA MAISON (”Just like Home” in French ) so uniquely different from other products?

Our Traditional Recipe dates back to1828 in France when Marseille soap masters developed the famous French Milled process. A slow cooking and purifying process which transforms Vegetable oils into glycerin rich, smooth and lathering soaps; softer to the skin than other products.

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