Transport yourself to the sun-drenched fields of Provence with Fer a Cheval's Marseille olive pomace soap. Crafted using pomace from the second press of olives, this soap is imbued with the centuries-old tradition of French soap-making in the Nabulsi style.
During the first and second Crusades, European crusaders were enamored with Nablus soap and began importing it from Palestine, or the Kingdom of Jerusalem as it was then known. Inspired to produce it locally, from the 1500s onward Marseille in France, Castile in Spain, and Zapona in Italy developed the largest soap-making industries based on the same traditional process, but with more cost-effective vegetable oil ingredients. These adaptations of the old-world soap-making process would eventually circle back to Palestine and have a significant impact. In the 1800s, the Cana'an family began manufacturing Marseille-style "green soap" in Nablus, providing a more affordable option that was more economical to use around the house and yard.
Fer a Cheval's Marseille soap is a tribute to this historical exchange of ideas and traditions. The crushed dry seeds and skins from the third press of olives give the resulting liquid a molasses-like consistency and dark green color, while the chlorophyll lends a distinct scent of olives and earth. Unlike Nablus soap, which has almost no scent, Fer a Cheval's Marseille soap has a relatively strong aroma that will transport you to the rolling hills of Provence.
These are huge bars which you'll likely want to cut into smaller pieces. Or ask us in the note to your order and we will cut it into four pieces. Each cube weighs a generous 600 grams, measuring 3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches, perfect for display in a soap dish or for cutting into smaller pieces for use in the bath or shower. Its versatility extends beyond personal hygiene, as it can also be used for stain removal from fabrics and as a natural pesticide in the garden.
Experience the centuries-old tradition of French soap-making with Fer a Cheval's Marseille olive pomace soap, a testament to the cultural exchange between Palestine and France.