Marius Fabre since 1905
In 1900, barely 22, Marius Fabre founded his soap company in Salon-de-Provence, France. He started up in his garden shed, where he set up two cauldrons and a few moulds.
At that time, Salon-de-Provence was an extremely prosperous city, thanks to the commerce of oil, soap and coffee. The abundance of raw materials in Provence coming in from the colonies had made possible the development of the soap-making industry.
Today, his great grand daughters, Marie and Julie Bousquet-Fabre, are keeping his spirit alive with the same passion by running a company of 20 people and creating tons of soap a year.
For over 110 years and through four generations, the Fabre family has been trying to keep their ever threatened know-how alive: making true Marseilles soap by conserving the techniques of saponification of high quality raw materials in cauldrons, using vegetable oils, especially olive oil. No colorants or synthetic substances are added. This exceptional purity renders it beneficial for the skin and environmental-friendly. When produced the soaps are wrapped in recycable packaging. At the dawn of the 21st century, consumers are rediscovering these virtues of natural and environment friendly product, an alternative to chemical and petroleum based products.
Fabre’s Marseilles soap is not only recommended by dermatologists for skin that cannot tolerate soap and synthetic cleansing bases, but is a remarkable stain remover, cramp preventer and first aid help.
Fabre’s olive oil black soap on the other hand, is produced that same way, natural and applicable on all surfaces and fabrics such as cookers, floors, leather, silverware and jewelry, glass and linen.
The Living Heritage Company (EPV) label is a mark of recognition of the French Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Employment, put in place to reward French firms for the excellence of their traditional and industrial skills.
The Marius Fabre soap factory is recognized as an “Living heritage company” by the French Ministry since 2009, such as prestigious French companies like Chanel, Guerlain, Christian Dior…