Transport yourself to the Cote D’Azur one lather at a time with these locally-made small batch luxury soaps.
South of France Natural Body Care defines its mission as “small batches, big hearts.” Founded in 1999 by two local sisters, Molly and Katherine Oliver, the brand has grown into what is now one of the highest sellers of all-natural bar and liquid soaps nationally.
The original formula for South of France soap was developed by a French expatriate living in the United States. The soap was manufactured in France using the traditional Marseille “triple milled” recipe. Triple milled means that the soap is milled three times in order to guarantee the bar is long-lasting and dissolves slower.
Today, the soap is produced in the United States, with the company is based in Erlanger, Kentucky, but still uses the traditional French recipe.
Molly and Katherine, both mothers, value the use of natural ingredients in their products. Each one of their bar soaps are Non-GMO Project Verified, assuring that they’ve been produced according to consensus-based practices for GMO avoidance. Both the bar soaps and hand washes have also been certified gluten-free by the National Celiac Association.
Continuing their consumer-friendly certifications, all of South of France’s products are cruelty-free, according to the Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ Leaping Bunny Program. This means that no animal testing is conducted by the company or any of its suppliers or producers. Another bonus: all of South of France’s packaging is recyclable.
The brand remains as transparent as possible for its consumers by including an “ingredients glossary” on their website that gives a breakdown of every ingredient used in their products and what its purpose is.
Molly and Katherine drew upon their love of the Provence region of France for inspiration. They have filled their products with “scents that evoke happy memories of times spent wandering through small towns, picnic-ing in the countryside and playing with our children on the beaches along the Mediterranean sea,” say the CEOs.
With different scents in categories such as citrus, floral, and indulgent, there’s truly a product for any preference one may have.
According to the sisters, “Our family and its employees stand behind the quality of our products and believe in our traditions. We find joy in sharing the love of great soaps with you and yours.”
You can find South of France Natural Body Care products at a local Fresh Thyme Farmers Market (in Montgomery and Newport) or on southoffrancebodycare.com.