We started making soaps 8 years ago to fund a circus camp in Canada for one of our daughters. She made the soaps with me and sold them at holiday fairs and farmers markets, a couple of years later, she passed it on to my third daughter who was very happy taking over the soap making activities. With the change came the exuberant creativity. When we moved to Maine in 2015 we had to decide what we would do with the soap business, keep it or let it go.
We decided to bring it to the next level of integrity and purity. We researched a lot about soap making and recipes from the Mediterranean area, because we still wanted to use only 100% olive oil as our base for the sustainability aspect. Using organic ingredients brings us closer to the old recipes we found, and make our heart joy-jump.
We want to share with you our findings.
Italy, Spain and France were early centers of soap manufacturing, due to their ready supply of raw materials such as oil from olive trees. During the 6th century, craftsmen from France made olive oil soap by combining the ashes from sea plants with olive oil.
At the end of the 16th century, soap was being produced by small family companies around Marseille, France. In the south of France, particularly in Provence, they had the necessary raw materials; olive oil, salt and salicorne ashes from the Camargue.