Our soap is certified
MADE USING THE BEST MANUFACTURING METHODS THAT MEET THE HIGHEST STANDARDS
- ✓ Palm oil-free
- ✓ Colorant-free
- ✓ Perfum-free
- ✓ Synthetic product-free
- ✓ Sulfate-free
- ✓ Essential oil-free
- ✓ Endocrine pertubator-free
- ✓ Preservative-free
A SIMPLE, UNIVERSAL, AND EFFECTIVE SOAP
Our soaps are multipurpose
Our homemade soap can replace almost all of your daily industrial soaps (even black and alep soaps):
- Face and body soap (for adults, children, and even babies)
- Laundry detergent
- Dishwasher detergent
- Household detergent (floors, furniture, kitchen, bathroom)
All this is possible because our soap is 100% natural ! Our soap is certified organic and is more cost-effective. Do the math by replacing all of your household products, shower gels, and laundry detergents with our soap.
On average, a 100g soap lasts a month. Of course, it depends on your use of it (body, laundry, dishes, floor) and the frequency of use. Please note that our soap (and therefore the flakes) contain water which will evaporate in the coming months. Don’t be surprise if your soap or your flakes are lighter than the weight written on the package if you use them a few months after reception.
The making of our soap
Our Castile soaps are made in our workshop in Marseille. They are handmade using a natural process called cold saponification.
The average size of a 100g soap is 8 x 6.5 x 2 cm.
They are made from 100% organic olive oil.
Ingredients: Sodium Olivate (soap), Aqua (water), Glycerine (natural glycerine derived from olive oil), Olea Europaea Fruit Oil.
Soaps made through cold saponification
Saponification is a chemical reaction between olive oil and soda, which results in soap and glycerine. The soda used to create our handmade soap is sodium hydroxide (NaOH), also known as caustic soda.
Our recipe dates back several generations and undergoes a cold saponification process.
The soda that we use is a very high-quality.
After preparing the soda with water from Marseille, we mix it with the 100% organic non-GMO olive oil from Spain.
The saponification is carried out and rests in a very special heated room (hot process technique) in order to obtain our cleansing base. Finally, we let our soap dry for 3 weeks in a special special ventilated room.
Our soaps are like the ones made « in the olden days »
Our soaps contain 7% superfatted soap. It’s a surplus of oil in the bar that isn’t saponified. This olive oil has not been transformed by the soda molecules and remains in the soap. This overfeed allows you to nourish your skin thus making a very mild soap that suits all skin types even the most sensitive ones.
Our soaps don’t have identical shapes, they sometimes come out a little misshapen. This is perfectly normal. They are handcrafted in old fashioned bowls and containers which makes it even better for people looking for authentic and genuine soaps that our ancestors would make or use.
Our soaps have a light green colour, that might please everyone, and tends to whiten as time goes by. It’s quite normal to have this green color, as the soap is made from 100% organic olive oil. Could we change this colour? No, and that’s a definitive answer as changing the colour would mean we would have to add colourants or dyes. This goes against our beliefs as we are looking for the most natural, authentic, and simple way of producing a soap that’s safe for your skin.
Our soaps are unscented and we do not add fragrances or essential oils. They are natural and neutral.
Our soaps are family-friendly
Our cold saponificated soaps are made out of organic olive oil, water, and natural glycerine.
The organic olive oil is the only vegetable oil used in the fatty-base for our soap. No other oils added !
The result is a naturally gentle and universal soap that's free of essential oils. It's perfectly suited for pregnant and breastfeefing, children, and babies. It's also ideal for anyone with sensitive, dry, or greasy skin. Our organic soap helps sooth and prevent red patches, irritated skin, and other issues by strengthening the skins hydrolipidic barrier.
The glycerine in our soap hasn't been added, unlike industrially manufactured soaps that are said to contain "glycerines." Instead, this glycerine is naturally present in olive oil.
Our soaps are environmentally-friendly
Our superfatted purely vegetable oil soap is fully biodegradable and respects the planet. It neither pollutes the seas nor the rivers and contributes to reduce our impact on the environment.
Our gentle soaps are sold without any plastic packaging. We put all our energy and knowledge in the manufacturing of our soaps as that’s our main priority.
As we do our best to reduce waste, our soaps are wrapped in recyclable kraft paper and sent in a cardboard box with no delivery paper or invoice.
Our soaps are economical
Our soaps are three weeks old when we ship them. The soap will continue to dry which makes it more economical but we recommend waiting one more week which will allow the soap to harden. This will avoid it melting too quickly.
Protected from dust and humidity, your soap can be keeped it up to 2 to 3 years.
But what does our soap look like after a year for example? Well, it might start getting a bit white. It is one of the properties of Castile soap. On the left you can see a 3 week old soap and on the right our soap after one year.
What is the difference between our soap and the so-called "Savon de Marseille"?
Here are the main differences between our soap and the traditional "Savon de Marseille":
- Our soap is made by cold saponification whilst Marseille soap cooks in hot cauldrons. Our method allows all the olive oil properties to remain, especially the moisturising virtues.
- In the making of Marseille soap, glycerin is removed at the end of the process adding an exfoliate aspect. We decided to keep it in our soap (which brings more softness and moisturisation).
- Many Marseille soaps use other vegetable oils in addition to olive oil (coconut oil, copra oil, or palm oil). We decided to only use organic olive oil for our soap's fatty compound.
- Marseille soap is harder than our soap because it cooks in hot cauldrons and because it often contains other vegetable oils.
- "Savon de Marseille" is a cube while ours has a completely different shape. They also have a label that says "72% olive oil" on one of its sides. This label only exists in the last 4 soap factories in Marseille which still use their traditional expertise and knowledge. Our soaps undergo a cold saponification and, although they are made in Marseille, we don’t have this label (even though we use a lot more than just 72% of olive oil).
It is difficult to find proper handmade soaps made in France. For example, some soaps don't contain any vegetable oils but animal fat. In the INCI list, you will find it under "Sodium Tallowate".
Other soaps are made from soap pellets, this meaning that the soap maker buys a ready-made soap mix from an manufacturer but isn't making soap in a traditional way.
What can you do with our soap?
These are the different ways you can use our soap:
Wash your body
Our soap can be applied to the whole body. You don’t have to use a lot of soap for it to work. The best way to use it is to take a wet washcloth and rub it 10 times on the soap (that should be sufficient to wash your entire body). If you prefer using liquid soap, you can dilute our soap with water and put it in an empty sterilised jar/bottle as per the recipe below.
Make your own liquide soap for hands or body
Heat 250 ml of water to simmer, then reduce heat and add 50g of our soap grated (or flakes). Stir and then wait until the mix cools down before placing the liquid in a sterilised container of your choice. According to the consistency, you can adjust the water quantity.
Wash your hair
You can also use a washcloth to wash your hair. Rub the washcloth over the soap ten times, then rub the top and sides of your head three times in a circular movement. This will give you enough soap to perfectly wash your hair.
Careful: this is not an industriel shampoo, so consider rinsing your hair abundantly with water to avoid getting greasy hair. To finish off you can also use an apple cider rinse (1 tbsp of vinegar for 10 tbsp of water).
About that, if you’ve always used industrial soap you should be aware that your hair might seem a bit greasy for a few weeks. This is a normal reaction as your hair has gotten used to the silicone in your regular shampoo. It therefore takes a little while before your hair gets used to the absence of silicone and starts being capable of absorbing the glycerine.
If you have long hair, here is some advice from Ines, one of our loyal customers: “I pour some soap in my hands and rub it on my scalp with the tip of my fingers to lift the roots. I then rinse my hair thoroughly with water and tilt my head forward for the soap to run from the roots to the ends of my hair. I finish with a cold-water rinse, this way the cuticles close nice and tightly, avoiding the hair getting greasy too quickly. My hair is nourished, shiny, soft, and my curls are beautiful”.
Wash your laundry
Heat 1 liter of water (to simmer) and turn the heat down before adding 30g of our grated soap (or flakes). Let the flakes melt and stir once in while. Once the mix has cooled down, add 1 tbsp of sodium bicarbonate. You can add fragrances if you fancy a particular smell. We recommend to favour fragrances to essential oils, as oils lose their efficiency when heated and are more polluting. Take an empty sterilised laundry liquide bottle and pour the mix in it. Leave it to rest for 24h or overnight. Don’t forget to shake your mix because each use.
If your water is particularly calcareous, you can add white vinegar as a softener. And we recommend, about once a month, to clean your machine by launching a vacuum program with soda crystals.
If you have stained your clothes, you can rub the soap with a bit of cold water directly onto the stain before putting your clothes in the washing machine. This will easily replace an industrial stain remover.
Wash your dishes
Heat 1 liter of water (to simmer). Turn the heat down before and add 20g of our grated soap (or flakes). Let the flakes melt and stir once in while. Once the mix has cooled down, add 1 tbsp of sodium bicarbonate and 2 tbsp of soda crystals. Take an empty and sterilised washing-up liquide bottle and pour our mix in it. And that’s it! Compared to the quantities you previously used, you simply need to use a bit less in your dishwasher (can also be used when washing up by hand).
Use it for shaving
Our soap contains enough grease to be used as shaving balm or shaving foam. Simply moisten your soap bar, then apply it to the area to be shaved. Shave, rinse, and dab with a towel. Thanks to our natural soap, you won’t be needing any aftershave.
Clean the floors
Heat 1 liter of water (to simmer) and turn the heat down before adding 30g of our grated soap (or flakes). Let the flakes melt and stir once in while. Once the mix has cooled down, add 1 tbsp of white vinegar. Take an empty sterilised bottle and pour the mix in it. To wash your floors, use 1 dose of this mix for 1 liter of water.
You don’t have to use vinegar. If you don’t like the smell of it, you can replace it by 1 tbsp of sodium bicarbonate.
A couple of frequently asked questions by our customers
How can the soap bar be sliced?
The 1 kg soap bar can easily be cut with a large knife with smooth blades.
How to store the soap?
To prevent our soap from melting prematurely, we recommend keeping it on a soap holder, protected from the damp. In this way, it can dry between uses. This might mean taking out of the shower if necessary. We also advise leaving it to dry a few days after reception. This will make it more economical as it will be drier and will used less quickly.
Can the soap’s glycerin clog my pipework?
To avoid your washing machine/dishwasher pipes getting clogged because of the glycerin in our organic olive oil soap, we recommend about once a month cleaning your machine by launching an empty cycle with soda crystals set to a high temperature (+60°C).
You can also pour soda crystals down your bath or shower drain if you think it’s getting clogged.
Can your soap be used to clean reusable nappies, period underwear or reusable sanitary towels?
Using a homemade laundry detergent (with or without glycerin) can indeed in the long run clog these products, making them less absorbing. The presence of glycerin in laundry detergents is often proscribed but this is usually when glycerin has been added to soap and/or present in huge quantities, which isn’t the case with our soap.
In any case, we recommend declogging your nappies, period underwear and sanitary towels regularly, which you can do at the same time as your washing machine. This allows you to clean them thoroughly and to avoid all absorption problems.
To do so, we recommend launching a high temperature wash with 1-2 tbsp of soda crystals.
This way, it allows you to use our soap to make your laundry liquid as well as washing your nappies or your menstrual underwear with it, if you regularly degrease your machine.
Use tests carried out on our soap
Our products are made in France (Marseille) in accordance with the current French norms. Comme Avant focuses on transparency, quality, and customer respect. This is why we clearly display the tests we have carried on our products.