Marseiller Seifen. From Rampal.
Soaps from Marseilles owe their legendary
reputation to the rich local olive
culture, the palm and coconut oil arriving
in the harbor of Marseilles and the
lush herbal flora of the Provence.
The family run firm of Rampal began
producing soap in 1828 with an oil content
of 72% from a recipe that has not
changed since then: boiled in copper
kettles, the soap mass is ground six
times into the finest flakes and compressed
into extremely compact bars.
Without preservatives, artificial dyes or
These herbal soaps owe their fragrances
to essential oils, while the finest
clay and high olive oil component
its cleansing and skin care
attributes. The soap bars are pressed
in old brass molds with historical soap
stamps. The fanciful stamps (crocodile,
boat, horseman and one that just says
“Extra“) are the evidence of 19th century
self-confidence in the power of the
image to make the soap more visible.
And although they are in a sense relicts
from a by-gone era, because of their ingredients
they hold their own with the