Fodor's Expert Review La Grande Savonnerie
Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.
The newest boutique on Marseille's soap scene, La Grande Savonnerie not only maintains the old ways (notice the statue of St. Florian, patron saint of soap makers), it's determined to pass them on. Classes in soap-making are offered every day for a nominal fee. Learn how to make natural cleansing products and cosmetics according to old recipes. Or just stock up on the lusciously scented soaps, in fragrances like lilac, rose, and lily of the valley. There are also cold-pressed beauty oils, handmade rose and orange blossom waters, and a range of Provençal linens.