Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Horses Hooves is not a Myth

Each time we've come to Europe, we look to find artisans in their field working at their craft daily.  We've met so many craftsmen/women here that are incredibly inspirational, it's always a bit of a surprise to come across another one...

This time, so far, it's Fabrice, who we met in his shop that he owns with his wife.  They make soap.  Such a serious soap maker that when we asked him if he'd like to come to the Chateau and talk about the process, he said he didn't think he could do that because he and his wife would be making large trays of soap and they would just be too busy!
Instead, right there in the shop, he gave us a brief history of soap and we stood captivated while customers bustled around us just out to get their weekly washing supplies.

And something I'd heard for years and never seen proof of was finally presented to moi,
in full color:

Soap, from horses.  It can no longer be denied. 
In a mixture of my terrible, broken French and his mixt Frenglish, I do believe we got to the bottom of this!

Another interesting fact:  86%  oil was the maximum oil addition for a soap. 
They no longer go all out like that.  72% d'huile is all you'll get these days...

Still, a gorgeous bar of washing soap.
This could last you for more loads than you're willing to do!


Marion Williams-Bennett said...

Oh wow! The history of soap, in French! Though, I didn't know about the horses, now I am wondering....

I love your journeys!
Have fun!

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

Hey Molly, I am so glad you were able to find me. I also enjoyed our meeting & I am very impressed with your blog! Hope you & your mom & your group enjoy the remainder of your visit. I will be sure to follow your adventures here! Please, say hello to Kay for me.

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