The Provencal art of soap is a savoir-faire that has been passed down by craftsmen and craftswomen who have made artisanal soap for generations in the countryside and villages surrounding Marseille, in the south of France. Our own soap story begins in one of these tiny villages, with the Savonnerie de Mane. In 1980, just as the first seeds of L'OCCITANE's story were being sown, Olivier Baussan founded a soap factory, with knowledge passed down to him from a master soap-maker, and our long history with soap making began. From these beginnings, Mr. Baussan endeavoured to reinvent and reinterpret the recipes he inherited while remaining true to their origins.
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