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Savon de Marseille

By Sezz    
Taken at a French Market in my village on Sunday - quite difficult to get a good composition as there were rows and rows of these piled high, however I quite like this close-up...

Big blocks of olive oil based soap have been crafted since the Middle Ages in the South of France. In 1688 it became law that only soaps made according to strict, ancient methods could bear the famous mark ďSavon de Marseille.Ē

Only a few savonneries (soap factories) near Marseille still make this legendary soap in the traditional manner. But Savon de Marseille is once again being rediscovered for its purity and gentle skin care, and its popularity is on the rise worldwide. It takes the Maitre de Savon (soapmaster) about two weeks to make Savon de Marseille. The delicate mixture of olive oil, alkaline ash from sea plants and Mediterranean Sea salted water are heated for ten days in antique cauldrons, then poured into open pits where it hardens. Cut into cubes and stamped, the soaps are then set out to dry in the sun and mistral winds.

Thanks as always for your time, your thoughts/comments are very welcome
Regards - Sarah J x

Tags: France General Kent Soap Olive oil South east Weald of kent Staplehurst Marseille Savon de Marseille 300 Grammes

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woolybill1 Plus
14 38 78 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2011 9:23PM
An attractive composition with the blocks all facing different ways.
I like the sound of the ingredients, too Smile
Bill
tomcat 15 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2011 9:23PM
I feel clean already, after reading your delightful taleSmileTongue

Adrian
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2011 9:24PM
I like the detail in this Sarah. Thanks too for the enlightening information on this product which I had hitherto not heard of Smile

Nigel
annettep38 10 220 42 Luxembourg
15 Nov 2011 9:25PM
a great abstract!
I'm actually surprised you found the simple soap at a local market, nowadays they tend more and more to sell the fancy perfumed version.
the original version came with the crusaders, as the savon d'Alep. soap of Aleppo, now Syria.
Sezz 16 619 15 England
15 Nov 2011 9:28PM
Thanks gentlemen Smile
Annette, thanks also and for your info, most interesting!

Sarah x
dmhuynh72 13 44 3 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2011 9:38PM
So interesting Sarah, and I hope you brought a few back, well taken image by the way.
regards
Yung
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
15 Nov 2011 9:57PM
Sounds like quite exotic soap Sarah. You have captured their designs well too..........Sandy
15 Nov 2011 10:03PM
You certainly managed to get the perfect composition,despite the obstacle Sarah Wink Excellent work once again.
marktc Plus
10 101 15 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2011 10:29PM
An interesting composition as well as an informative description. Excellent image
Dave87 14 42 5 England
15 Nov 2011 10:30PM
Suitably wrapped (and with the history included) Iím sure these fine cubes of soap would go down a treat as small hanging presents on a Christmas Tree. As for the picture, very nice lighting here and by the two left hand soaps being placed differently to the rest adds extra interest. A simple tabletop shot thatís very effective.

Dave.
16 Nov 2011 7:09AM
You could break a wee toe if one of these fell on it.

Dougie
AnnChown 11 207 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2011 7:33AM
Great composition Sarah with the blocks facing different ways. Love it!
Ann
Richsr 14 91 223 England
16 Nov 2011 8:54AM
Good details and textures too Sarah, done a good job with the comp too
Regards Richard
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2423 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2011 9:23AM

Quote:Suitably wrapped (and with the history included) Iím sure these fine cubes of soap would go down a treat as small hanging presents on a Christmas Tree.
Dave has a heftier tree than we do, these are 300 gr blocks! I love the sense of bulk, and the chunky textures.
Moira
johnjo58 10 2 5 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2011 11:34AM
Great composition and foresight to see the photograph
David
ChrisOs 16 2 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2011 11:40AM
Great comp and superb lighting/exposure resulting in lovely colours. Thanks for the description too.
Chris
Joline Plus
15 34 59 United States
16 Nov 2011 12:12PM
Village markets provide some fine opportunities, and you certainly made good use of this one. Interesting history lesson, too.
posty57 13 6 2 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2011 1:19PM
Lovely and unusual image Sarah. It sounds as if the witches from Macbeth had a hand in the original recipe ! Smile

Barry
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
16 Nov 2011 2:07PM
What wonderful objects, and a very interesting story, too, Sarah Smile Excellent close-up, with super detail Wink
Trev Smile
Sezz 16 619 15 England
16 Nov 2011 2:20PM
Good afternoon and thanks very much everyone Smile

Sarah x
John_Horner 15 12 2 England
16 Nov 2011 3:46PM
A lovely composition Sarah. I admire your attention to detail and the narrative is wonderful.

Well done.


Got to nip off now..........................just reminded me I didnt wash behind my ears this morning.Wink

John
Fisher2 13 1 Ireland
16 Nov 2011 4:33PM
Well spotted even with natural light it looks superb.

dessy
oll1e 14 57 2 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2011 4:48PM
You always find something different Sarah !!!Smile,lovely light on the subject ,must be fun trying to wear one of these big blocks down Wink
wolfy 17 36 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2011 5:23PM
Excellent light and tones to these Sarah, very well seen and taken!
16 Nov 2011 6:09PM
Well I really like the comp' Sarah, but prefer their Ginger Soap. It smells much nicer Smile

John Smile
DanielD 11 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2011 7:51PM
Another ''picture at superlative'' Sarah - your post edited attention just highlights one more time the tones that I'm looking for Smile - I would like to learn some tips from you - I do appreciate the write up, too. - excellent shot

Regards Daniel
Sezz 16 619 15 England
16 Nov 2011 9:57PM
Thank you all for your time and comments, always appreciated Smile

Sarah x
Dave87 14 42 5 England
17 Nov 2011 6:11PM

Quote:Suitably wrapped (and with the history included) Iím sure these fine cubes of soap would go down a treat as small hanging presents on a Christmas Tree.Dave has a heftier tree than we do, these are 300 gr blocks! I love the sense of bulk, and the chunky textures.
Moira



Following the advice from our Moira (I've had a re-think)!! Iím now sure these fine cubes of soap would go down a treat under the Christmas tree!!

Dave.
derekhansen 12 210 24 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2011 10:16PM
Excellent detail Sarah and the light is very nice as well.
Derek
21 Nov 2011 12:36PM
Very delicate composition - and the light is just right for the subtle colours as well.

Michael
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
23 Nov 2011 12:18AM
Very nice close up shot.
-=\Walter

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