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Squeaky Clean Savon de Marseille

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg:

A mixture of seawater, alkaline solution and fat

Documented use as far back as 2800 BC in Ancient Babylon

A carved “recipe” found on a stone slab from 2200 BC

The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all used it

Cooked for 8 days in a cauldron, dried for 2 days in a mould

Latin word Sapo

…Continue reading here for the history of Savon de Marseille in Provence. Find out how the soap making industry grew into a large employer and exporter. At one time, there were as many as 132 manufacturers of the traditional soap, now there are only four (4) remaining. How can you tell the real Savon de Marseille from the fake stuff? There is a five-step process, which must be followed for this soap to be called Savon de Marseille.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

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    Patricia Hauser
    June 2, 2018 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    Plan on being in Marseille in September. Would appreciate your suggestion on where to stay etc. Thank you

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