Salon, the capital of oils and soap
Salon had 14 soap factories in 1914 (the Lurian soap factory, the Gounelle soap factory and the Garcin soap factory are among the most important). After the Second World War, most of the soap factories in Salon and Marseille closed down. Today, two soap factories are part of the Salon’s heritage and have been awarded “Living Heritage Company” label by the French government, which recognises the excellence of their industrial and craft skills.
The Marius Fabre soap factory :
Discover why your soap is called Marseille soap.
Since 1900, the Marius Fabre soap factory has been perpetuating the artisanal production of Marseille soap and black soap with olive oil.
Discover the authentic atmosphere of their soap factory and its workshops. A moment of exchange and discovery, young and old alike will be able to discover a craft that is still alive and well, handed down from generation to generation.
Free visit for individuals of the soap factory + museum
Museum opening hours:
WINTER (from October 1st to March 31st): Monday to Saturday, from 9.30 am to 12 am and from 2 pm to 5.30 pm.
SUMMER (from April 1st to September 30th): Monday to Saturday, from 9.30am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6.30pm.
The Rempal Latour soap factory:
The authentic and ecological Marseille soap.
Established since 1907 in Salon de Provence, the City of Soap Makers, the Rampal Latour soap factory opens the doors of its workshops all year round. We offer free visits to our production sites: the historic factory and the modern factory.
The historical factory :
When you enter this factory, inaugurated in 1907, you will immediately be transported into the atmosphere of the traditional soap factories of Salon with its unique atmosphere, the delicate perfumes that will surround you and the noise of the machines.
The modern factory:
In 1907, the Rampal Latour soap factory opened its doors in Salon de Provence. More than 100 years later, the soap factory continues to keep the tradition of Marseille soap alive, and is expanding with the construction of a second production plant in Salon de Provence.
Free guided tours upon reservation only.
Times: Thursday and Saturday at 10 and 11 am.