Mobility in France / Day 3 : Visit of a soap factory in Marseilles

“Today, 21st of March, we visited “Savonnerie Marseillaise de la Licorne”, the home of the famous soap of Marseilles. There are 5 establishments, all located in Marseilles and it became a very successful business through their experience of 3 generations.

The soap was born in Marseillse, from the Prehistorical age.
Colbert, the economic minister of Louis XIV on 17th century, introduced the use of vegetable fat only and he prohibited the use of animals’ fat. Nowadays, 72% of olive oil or other types of vegetal oils are guaranteed in the soap. The main ingredients are oil, soda and essential oils, honey and lavender flowers.

They showed us how soaps are made. Firstly, the oil is mixed with soda, then the soap is crushed with a granted rolling mill to smoothen the texture and secondly the ingredients were mixed and integrated into the soap composition. Lastly, the obtained product is put into a polder to compact it. The soap bar is then cut and manually stamped or molded.

We all created our personalized soap by cutting the soap bar and we really enjoyed it!

After the visit, we proceed our program to the soap’s museum where we had the possibility to know the history and the evolution of the soap. Since the weather was bad, we had to return to the school and in the remaining time we played football, ping pong with our friends and teachers until the lunch break. For the last 4 hours, we worked for our companies presentations.”

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Signed by Ericka, Silvia and Diana.

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