From Our Family To Yours
With Love and Integrity
South of France® Natural Body Care was founded in 1999. Since then, it has become one of the top-selling brands of all-natural bar soaps and liquid hand soaps sold nationally. The original South of France soap formula was developed by a French expatriate in the US and manufactured in France using a traditional Marseille triple-milled recipe. Today, South of France® soap is manufactured in the USA, still kettle cooked in small batches using this traditional Marseille recipe with all natural vegetable ingredients.
South of France Natural Body Care is owned by two sisters, Molly & Katherine Oliver. As mothers, with a love of Provence and a legacy in natural products, we continue to expand the collection 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. We look forward to transporting you with our luxuriously experiential products, even if only for a quick daydream in your pampering morning shower experience!
Katherine & Molly
Sisters & Co-CEOs
Non-GMO Project Certified
All 12 Bars
South of France Natural Body Care is proud that ALL 12 of our Bar soaps are Non-GMO Project Verified. The verification is an assurance that a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance, helping you make informed shopping decisions.
To find out more, visit the Non-GMO Project.
All 12 Bars & Hand Washes
South of France Natural Body Care Bar Soaps are certified Gluten Free by the National Celiac Association.
For more information, visit www.csaceliacs.org
All products have been certified by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ Leaping Bunny Program. No animal testing is used in any phase of product development by South of France Natural Body Care, its laboratories or suppliers.
For more information, please visit www.leapingbunny.org.
Forest Stewardship Counsel
Responsible Forest Management
FSC certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.
A Global Standard for Sustainable Palm Oil
There is an ever urgent need and growing global concern that commodities are produced without causing harm to the environment or society. RSPO certification is an assurance to buyers of palm oil products that the standard of production is sustainable.
The Certified Vegan Logo is a registered trademark, similar in nature to the kosher mark, for products that do not contain animal products or byproducts and that have not been tested on animals.
Love the Planet
We make a conscious effort in our everyday work to recycle, re-use and reduce waste. All of our packaging is recyclable and we encourage you to do your part to be green.
Small Batches, Big Hearts
South of France Natural Body Care is family owned and operated. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Are your soaps biodegradable?
South of France Soap is completely biodegradable. All surfactants used in South of France soaps are biodegradable. This means all surfactants (sudsing/cleaning agents) are broken down into simpler compounds by natural biological action helping to eliminate sudsing/foaming problems in lakes and streams.
I saw that your ingredients listed “essential oils and fragrances.” What does that mean? What are the ingredients? Are they all natural?
As has historically been the case with South of France products, our products today are infused with blends of Natural and Essential Oils and Fragrance, which result in our complex scents that evoke sensory images of life in the South of France. While natural essential oils are used in formulating the fragrance notes, trace amounts of synthetic ingredients are also used. These synthetic ingredients do NOT contain phthalates, parabens, EDTA or animal by-products and are gluten-free. Synthetic ingredients also replicate certain natural notes that could otherwise only be obtained through the use of endangered natural materials. We cannot divulge the specific recipe of each scent because we work with master perfumers for whom each composition is their own unique and proprietary creation.
What does “French Milled” mean?
French Milled, or triple-milled, soap is milled, or refined, three times, which concentrates the natural vegetable oils. This process results in a longer-lasting bar that dissolves far more slowly than other soaps. Triple French Milled bars are characteristically heavier and denser bars that that produce richer, thicker foam than regular bar soaps. Sometimes “French Milled” is referred to as “hard milled”. This is the traditional soap-making method that has been practiced in Southern France for centuries.
Are South of France soaps hypoallergenic?
South of France soaps are free from the following harsh chemical ingredients that are commonly used in the body care industry: Sodium Laureth Sulfate/Sodium Laurel Sulfate Tetrasodium EDTA Parabens Phthalates Animal By-Products Animal Testing Synthetic Colorants South of France cannot make the claim that our products are hypo-allergenic because we do use essential oils and blends of fragrance to impart scent to our products; the ingredients used for fragrance can trigger specific allergic reactions. Typically, an individual who is sensitive to fragrance can work with his or her dermatologist or allergen specialist to isolate and identify which fragrance(s) trigger their specific reaction and thereby avoid using products with that particular fragrance. Because South of France products do not contain harsh chemical ingredients, often individuals who have (1) sensitive skin or (2) an allergy to one of the afore-listed harsh chemical ingredients, find that South of France products provide relief from their allergies/sensitivities while synthetic products fail to do so.
Is South of France packaging recyclable?
Yes, our bottles are manufactured with a minimum of 30% post consumer waste and is recyclable. Our cartons are fully recyclable and FSC certified. For more information see our About page.
What is shea butter?
Shea butter is derived from the nut of the Karite Tree, which is native to the dry savannah belt of West Africa. Shea butter is a natural moisturizer, possessing a high concentration of Vitamin E. It nourishes, rejuvenates, hydrates and conditions the skin as it promotes cellular growth. Although the Shea Nut is essentially a tree nut, it does not belong to the list of commonly allergenic tree nuts; there are no reports of allergic reactions to Shea nuts or products containing Shea butter. Additionally Shea butter has been proven useful in relieving dry skin and dermatitis.
What is the shelf life for South of France soaps?
South of France soaps have a shelf life of at least five years, if not longer; however, the fragrances contained in our products will begin to fade after approximately two years. This is due to the fact that South of France products do not use harsh chemical preservatives, a decision that was made with your safety in mind. So, while your bar of Lavender soap (for example) may begin to lose its fragrance after two years, the bar itself will remain perfectly good & useable for up to five years.
What are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Tallowate, and are they found in South of France soaps?
Sodium Laureth Sulfate and its close relative, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLSs) and Sodium Tallowate, or Tallow are NOT found in South of France soaps. Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate are inexpensive synthetic foaming agents and degreasers, widely used in commercial soap production. In industrial application, SLSs are mainly used as engine degreasers, floor cleaners and car wash soaps. SLSs are commonly used in clinical trials to intentionally irritate the skin, so that researchers can measure the rate at which skin heals. SLSs are linked to eye irritation, rashes on the skin and scalp, and other allergic reactions. South of France soaps do not contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. South of France soaps produce rich, dense foam naturally, and are gentle to the skin. Sodium Tallowate, or Tallow, is animal fat, and is found in many commercial soap products. It is inexpensive, plentiful and has been known to clog pores. South of France takes pride in the fact that our products never contain any animal by-products and are cruelty-free (never tested on animals).
Are any of your ingredients tested on animals?
No, we are cruelty-free and have been certified by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program that no animal testing is used in any phase of product development by South of France Natural Body Care, its laboratories, or suppliers. For more information see our About page.
Are your products vegan/soy/gluten free?
Yes! We are gluten free (and certified by the Celiac Sprue Association), soy-free and all our soaps are vegan.
What is vegetable glycerin and why do I want it in my soap?
Vegetable Glycerin is a by-product of the soap-making process. It’s a natural humectant, which means it attracts moisture from the environment to its surface. Glycerin’s most common function in beauty products is to prevent soaps, creams and makeup from over-drying. South of France soaps are made with only the most pure vegetable based ingredients, like palm and coconut oil. Because Vegetable Glycerin is a valuable commodity to the health and beauty industry as an additive in lotions and cosmetics, many soap manufacturers sell the glycerin that results from their soap-making process to other companies. South of France retains this important ingredient and adds it back into the soap. The resulting bars are excellent for dry skin, as the Vegetable Glycerin content helps hold moisture in the outer layers of the skin.
Where is the soap made?
Utilizing the centuries-old Marseille method of soap-making, our products are manufactured and packaged in the United States.
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Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera)
A compound expressed from the leaf of the aloe, which is a South African lily like plant. It has been used medicinally for more than three thousand years and aloe gel is considered an effective healing ingredient for the treatment of burns and injuries.
Blends of Fragrance
Any natural or synthetic substance or substances used solely to impart an odor to a cosmetic product. Fragrance typically accounts for a relatively small percentage of the total volume of any given beauty care product. At South of France, every product we produce must meet our rigorous standard of being at least 99% natural. The rationale for using a blend of natural and essential oils with synthetic fragrance components is that not every scent is able to be produced naturally; one of our most important qualities as a brand is the wide variety of fragrances that we offer. We believe that we’ve created the perfect balance for our customers by offering a wide variety of 100% natural fragrances options, along with many options that cater to virtually any scent preference, while eliminating phthalates and harsh chemical additives. Please understand that, aside from partially-synthetic fragrances used in some products, all South of France ingredients are 100% natural.
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
The natural fat obtained from the fruit of the Karite Tree. Also called Karite Butter.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea)
The leaf of a tropical Asiatic evergreen shrub or small tree with reddish or white flowers. Used to scent perfumes and in antiwrinkle creams.
Cellulose is an organic compound that is the structural component of the primary cell wall of green plants, many forms of algae and the oomycetes. Used commercially to increase the absorbancy and viscosity of cosmetic products.
One of the most widely used acids in the cosmetic industry, it is derived from citrus fruit by fermentation of crude sugars. Employed as a preservative and sequestering ingredient to adjust acid-alkali balance, as a foam inhibitor and plasticizer. It is also used as an astringent alone or in astringent compounds.
Cocos Nucifera. The white, semisolid, highly-saturated fat expressed from the kernels of the coconut. Lathers readily and is a fine skin cleanser.
Essential Oils / Natural Oils
The oily liquid obtained from plants through a variety of processes. The essential oil usually has the taste and smell of the original plant. Essential oils are called volatile because most of them are easily vaporized. The only theories for calling such oils essential are (1) the oils were believed essential to life and (2) they were the “essence” of the plant. The use of essential oils as preservatives is ancient. A large number of oils have antiseptic, germicidal and preservative action; however, they are used primarily for fragrances and flavorings.
Removes impurities from water by means of a fine physical barrier, a chemical process or a biological process.
Mass Balance Sustainable Palm Oil
Elaeis Guineensis. Palm Butter. Palm Tallow. Edible plant oils derived from the fruits of palm trees. Palm oil is extracted from the pulp of the fruit while palm kernel oil is from the seed of the palm. Reddish oil that contains high amounts of beta-carotene.
USDA Organic: In 2000, after a 10-year development process, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rolled out its rules covering use of the word “organic” on foods. The USDA accredits independent certifiers, who then check the claims of producers. The system has three levels: 100% Organic: Can only contain organic ingredients, meaning no antibiotics, hormones, genetic engineering, radiation or synthetic pesticides or fertilizers can be used. Can display the USDA organic logo and/or the specific certifying agent’s logo. Organic: Contains 95% organic ingredients, with the balance coming from ingredients on the approved National List. These products can also display the USDA organic logo and/or the certifier’s logo. Made with Organic Ingredients: Must be made with at least 70% organic ingredients, three of which must be listed on the package, and the balance must be on the National List. These products may display the certifier’s logo but not the USDA organic logo. NOTE: The soap industry is not regulated by the FDA. Organic and natural claims can be made on soap packages that do not meet the above mentioned standards.
Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Widely used antioxidant in beauty products, it is obtained by the vacuum distillation of edible vegetable oils. Used as an antioxidant for essential oils and fats.
Products made of plant oils such as avocado instead of animal-derived glycerin.