In 1900, barely 22, Marius Fabre founded his soap company in Salon-de-Provence. He started up in the garden shed, where he set up two cauldrons and a few moulds.
At that time, Salon-de-Provence was an extremely prosperous city, thanks to the commerce of oil, soap and coffee. The abundance of raw materials in Provence (olive oil in the Alpilles, soda and salt in the Camargue and oils (coco-nut and palm) coming in from the colonies via the port of Marseilles) had made possible the development of the soap-making industry. The arrival of the railway in 1873 greatly facilitated commerce. From 1939 to 1945, the Second World War breaked out, and rough materials were hard to find. The 1940’s announced the decline of the soap industry in the Marseilles area. The Marius Fabre soap factory resisted, trying to find new outlets. From the 1950’s onwards, the soap industry declined in the Marseilles area. Although many soap companies closed down, the Marius Fabre company managed to overcome difficulties. In the 1960’s, the purchase of a famous brand name «La Sainte Famille» (The Holy Family) from the Roux company in Marseilles, gave new life to the Marius Fabre company
In 2010, the Marius Fabre soap company celebrated its 110th anniversary. Participating alongside the Marius Fabre family, generations of local inhabitants have worked beside the factory cauldrons to contribute to the fame of Marseille soap and the Marius Fabre company, and we’re glad to be a part of it.