In the 19th century in Marseille, hundreds of little manufacturers produced soap, Marseille's iconic product. For one of them, it was the beginning of a special adventure...
In 1856, on chemin de Saint-Marthe, a candle manufacturer quickly and exclusively became a factory dedicated to producing Marseille Soap, the factory Fer à Cheval.
We are at the very source of the product and pass on this know-how from generation to generation, so much so that we are now a Living Heritage Company and hold a Tourism Quality label for maintaining age-old expertise.
With already 160 years of existence, the Savonnerie Fer à Cheval carries on a recipe passed down to each new generation of master soap-makers. Saponification takes place in our old cauldrons according to a traditional method... Following the recipe certified by Colbert's Edict in 1688 and consolidated by Napoleon Bonaparte's decree of 1812, we manufacture it in five steps: pasting, graining out, boiling, washing and liquidation. These five steps are the reason for the iconic soap's renown.
Logo of authenticity
Fer à Cheval is one of the founders of the UPSM (Union des Professionnels du Savon de Marseille), literally Union of Marseille Soap Professionals, which strives for the certification of authentic Marseille soap.
This logo guarantees a soap made:
• exclusively from plant-based oils, without chemical additives, preservatives, or fragrance
• in cauldrons according to the ancestral, 5-step, Marseille process