I am not sure about you but I personally find the ingredients in the conventional soaps quite worrisome. The amount of toxic ingredients, great claims is dizzying!
I remember growing up, my mother used to go to the soap maker to buy soap for laundry every Friday. She would use whatever is left after all our clothes are clean and drying on the clothesline to wash my hair and hers. Our whites were always so white; our clothes used to take a beating as my brothers and I loved playing in the dirt and climb whatever trees we had in our backyards. Amazingly enough, our clothes were always stain-free after my mother had a go at them on laundry day.
She always has a gigantic block by the sink.
Later when I moved away on my own, I realized that I didn’t care much about the soaps I get from the stores, the fragrance, the price, and all the plastic container are just not what I was used to.
After a few clicks here and there on the web, I found out that Savon de Marseille is biodegradable and economical. By now, I am pretty sure you guessed it rivals your regular castile soap it’s a proud French product that is very well-loved!
This soap is loaded with vitamin E due to its olive oil content, which makes it great to use on the skin and hair. It does wonders for dry skin, especially in the winter. It’s great for sensitive skin too. This great vegan soap has a soft pleasant earthy scent to it. It is in no way offensive and doesn’t linger. I love the fact that I can use it for dishes and have no residue. It cuts through tough grease and stains like no other!
In any given day, I would take a cube of Savon de Marseilles over Castile soaps, or any kind of soap! Why? The ingredients.
There are plenty of phony imitations out there with questionable ingredients and great claims!
Buy it from a trusted source and you should be good! The original Savon de Marseille has a dark olive-green color, with no strong scent, with no more than 3 to 5 ingredients and animal fat is or perfume is definitely not one of them! I usually find great Savon de Marseille at my local health store and a few trusted online stores.
I usually buy a big quantity online to avoid shipping fees and to make sure I don’t run out. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a good one on Amazon. The ones I tried were way off and quite funky!
When using Savon de Marseille for laundry in the washer, I usually have a little preparation to do as a solid piece of soap in the machine is not practical.
I use a box grater specifically reserved for stuff like this. On the large side, I grate the soap into small pieces, then I boil around half a gallon of water for half a soap. I, then add the soap flakes to the hot water. Stir well. I let it rest all day. Then, transfer it to a container with a lid to use when needed. I will sometimes add a few drops of essential oils like orange, lavender, or any other oil I prefer. That is it!
It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, it’s cruelty-free, non-toxic, zero-waste, and easy. It’s definitely not a complicated science project!