What we like to simply call black soap has had a long history in the south of France. In 1900, a young man named Marius Fabre started making soap in his garden shed in the French city of Salon-de-Provence. At the time, Salon-de-Provence was a commercial center for many types of soap, oil, and coffee. During World War I, Marius Fabre left his wife in charge of running the business, which she did successfully for 4 long years during the war.
In the late 1920’s, Marius Fabre moved the company to the facilities it still resides in today. Throughout the twentieth century, Marius Fabre faced many ups and downs as times and technology changed, but through each generation of family leadership, the company pushed through the tough times and remained a reputable and trusted brand in the soap industry.
Today, Marius Fabre’s great granddaughters lead the generations-old company in making soap the same way it was made over a century ago. The family has a passion for making true Marseilles soap and are proud to carry on the traditions of their parents, grandparents, and great grandfather, Marius Fabre.