Savon de Marseille, like Opinel knives, is a treasured part of French country life. It is an artisanal olive oil soap that's been made for some 600 years near Marseille using traditional methods and ingredients. This soap is something that I have used for many years. I find that it cleans and moisturizes in a way that modern factory-made soaps don't. I use it for hands, body, and hair. It doesn't have that strong chemical-like perfume of modern soaps; instead, it is mildly scented with bay leaf. I also like that it doesn't leave skin feeling dry. It really is quite different from modern soap.