Fer A Cheval Since 1856
The Story Of The Oldest Soap Factory In Marseille
In the 19th century in Marseille, hundreds of little manufacturers produced soap, Marseille’s iconic product. For one of them, it was the beginning of a special adventure.
In 1856, on chemin de Saint-Marthe, a candle manufacturer became a factory dedicated to producing Marseille Soap and, after an acquisition in 1895, the factory continued manufacturing Marseille soap on behalf of several brands including Le Chat. In 1953, it assumed charge of perpetuating a historic brand that since 2003 remains the factory’s only representative: Fer à Cheval.
Fer à Cheval manufactures and select the ingredients to create the bases for Marseille Soap. They are at the very source of the product and pass on this know-how from generation to generation, so much so that they are now a Living Heritage Company and hold a Tourism Quality label for maintaining age-old expertise.
Fer À Cheval, A Good-Luck Brand
In the 19th century, it was customary to give your soap factory or brand an expression, word or another phrase evoking happiness and luck to make the business prosper under the best auspices. With the name Fer à Cheval (horseshoe) proudly accompanying the symbol stamped with seven nails, success and fortune were born at that point.
And they are indeed fortunate because today Fer à Cheval remains the oldest Marseille soap factory to perpetuate its production using an age-old recipe.
We like to believe that this name will continue to bring them continued good luck.
A special story from a special brand, which is why we love Fer à Cheval so much!
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