Etablissement Marius Fabre Jeune
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It is specialised in making Marseille soap and black olive soap. This family-run firm, where manufacturing secrets are passed down from generation to generation (Marius FABRE’s great granddaughters are keeping the saga going), is located in the historical soap making area of Marseille. The current production premises, which Marius Fabre moved into in 1927, date from the end of the 19th century and have eight cauldrons. The company’s rare know-how is a manufacturing process that was developed in the 17th century (Edict of Colbert, 1688).
The term "Savon de Marseille” corresponds to a manufacturing method that can only take place in open-air cauldrons, like those that can be seen in the "cauldron room” in the Savonnerie Marius Fabre. Made from carefully selected plant oils (notably olive oil), the soap is cooked for several days. This process guarantees an "Extra Pure” soap of great quality.
A guided tour of the production workshops is organised twice a week for individuals, or by appointment for groups.
To celebrate its 100th birthday in 2000, Savonnerie Marius Fabre opened the "MUSEE DU SAVON DE MARSEILLE”, on its production site in a former drying room. It is the only museum in France on the subject of soap.
The company sells its products directly at its on-site boutique; it works to order and also produces for distributors of quality products in France (Galeries Lafayette, Grande Epicerie de Paris, boutiques selling natural products, garden shops, etc.) and abroad, where it distributes to all continents.