With an abundance of raw materials, olive oil, soda and salt from Camargue, Provence in the Middle Ages is the region par excellence of the soap. Junction of all exchanges, Marseille needed in the seventeenth century as the first French manufacturer of soap, followed by Salon-de-Provence and Toulon. In 1688, by the Edict of Colbert, Louis XIV institutionalizes the soap, in setting its rules of production: in addition to cooking in large boilers, there is a requirement to use vegetable oils such as pure olive oil , outlawing all animal fat. Visit the Savon de Marseille's fabric with its museum.
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