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Fer à Cheval soap factory is 15 min away from Vieux Port and Saint Charles Station, and 5 mn away from A7 exit 35.

Our summer guided tours start on Wednesday July 1st. 

Each day (from monday to friday) participate to one our our 5 session tours except on July 14th (French public holiday).

For security reason, wearing masks is mandatory.

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Founded in 1856, the Fer à Cheval soap factory is the oldest and largest in Marseille.

We make Marseille soapblack soap and household cleaning products.

In cube, bar, liquid or shavings, Marseille soap comes in different forms to meet your needs.



For more than 160 years, our master soap makers have been passing on a precious recipe: that of authentic Marseille soap. A little water, a little oil, a pinch of soda, a pinch of salt, and a lot of love. Michel reveals the secrets of Marseille soap.


Our Fer à Cheval soap factory embodies Marseille’s heritage because our history is also that of the region and its people.

We respect and perpetuate craftsmanship expertise that is passed down from generation to generation of master soap-makers. The recipe for authentic Marseille soap boiled in cauldrons is preciously guarded and remains unchanged to this day as it is so incredibly effective and gentle for the whole family.

We have kept the spirit of craftsmanship and work with passion and commitment to offer a Marseille soap of excellent quality that is as environmentally friendly as possible. Our soap does not contain any added preservatives, colourants, fragrances or animal fats.

" Notre savon n’est pas parfait, il est vivant. " 

" Our soap is not perfect, it is living. "

It changes over time, depending on the seasons and the vegetable oils that we select. But in our eyes, it remains the same love story.


Fer à Cheval is the oldest and largest soap factory in Marseille still in operation, is listed as Historical Monuments, like the Château d’IF, the Radiant City and the Fort Saint Jean.

After the Living Heritage Company label and the initiative of an IGP (Indication Geographical Protected) to protect of the genuine Marseille soap, this is a new step in the history of the soap factory that strives to preserve the meticuous and traditional production of the flagship product of the Marseille's culture. And above all, a great recognition since Historic Monument label in France allows to protect buildings because of their historical, artistic or architectural interest. In Marseille, 90 monuments received this label with Fer à Cheval being the only soap factory.


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