Le Vrai Savon de Marseille

Very popular in France and abroad, Marseille soap is a simple product whose qualities have been vaunted for centuries. Traditional Marseille soap is made from oils of 100% vegetable origin. It is therefore naturally eco-friendly: it is biodegradable (100% in under 28 days) and does not pollute the environment (particularly water), unlike industrial soaps and detergents that are made from petrochemical compounds. Finally, due to its method of manufacture by cooking and slow drying, it is economical and can last twice as long as conventional soap.


Free of fragrance, colouring and synthetic additives, traditional Marseille soap is naturally gentle and hypoallergenic, and does not irritate the skin. Back in the 19th century, it contributed to the decline in infant mortality and infectious diseases. It is antiseptic and can be used to disinfect wounds. Midwives also recommended it for washing infants and their clothes.


Traditional Marseille soap cleans clothes efficiently with no risk of allergy. Some people still make their own detergent, as our grandmothers used to do. It removes the most stubborn stains on carpets and delegate fabrics alike.

Traditional Marseille soap has always been the favourite of those who take particular care of their health – customers who are demanding in the selection of products they use every day and mindful of the environment.

How to recognise traditional Marseille soap?

Traditional Marseille soap is made:

  • solely from vegetable fats (no ‘sodium tallowate’, animal fat), with no colouring, no fragrance, no additive and no processing aids.
  • in Marseille or the Bouches du Rhône area.
  • in cauldrons in accordance with the traditional process of soap making.

The four most important soap factories in the Bouches-du-Rhône region of France (including the Savonnerie du Midi) decided to join forces in 2011 by setting up the Union of Marseille Soap Professionals (UPSM), with the aim of protecting traditional Marseille soap.

They signed a Quality Charter that guarantees the composition of traditional Marseille soap as well as the process used to manufacture it and its geographical origin. La Corvette products are fully compliant with the requirements set out in this charter and bear the collective registered brand.

Products bearing this stamp are made of traditional Marseille soap, as defined by the Union of Marseille Soap Professionals (UPSM)


Our tips

  • To ward off night cramps:
    Place a piece of Marseille soap under your bed !

  • To remove stains:
    rub the stain with slightly damp Marseille soap, before washing. The stain will disappear more easily than with all synthetic detergents.

  • For washing delegates:
    dilute a handful of Marseille soap flakes in a little hot water and then pour this mixture into 5 litres of water. Soak the washing, rub gently and rinse thoroughly.

  • To make your own detergent:
    mix 80 g of Marseille soap in 1.5 litres of water with a soupspoon of bicarbonate of soda. Shake vigorously. Pour half to a full glass of the mixture directly into the drum depending on the amount of laundry.

  • To wash animals:
    use Marseille soap as natural shampoo for the toilet of pets and breeding.