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Old 26-01-2011, 15:07   #1
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Wink Looking for Sea Soap . . .

Hi everyone, we are new to the forum. Now in Liguria, Northern Italy... with our 40 ft sloop... Cruising around the Med...
Can't find a cake of sea soap anywhere... any ideas? What's sea soap called here... in Italy?
Has anyone found a good subsitute, in this area?
Thanking you in advance.... Paula
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Old 26-01-2011, 15:13   #2
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I know of sea salt , sea scouts and have even been sea sick but no sea soap so sorry
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Old 26-01-2011, 15:21   #3
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Hi everyone, we are new to the forum. Now in Liguria, Northern Italy... with our 40 ft sloop... Cruising around the Med...
Can't find a cake of sea soap anywhere... any ideas? What's sea soap called here... in Italy?
Has anyone found a good subsitute, in this area?
Thanking you in advance.... Paula
Looked up salt water soap on Google and found several. Mountain Equipment CO-OP is only one of many.
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Old 26-01-2011, 15:22   #4
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If you can't find purpose-made stuff in Italy (sorry I don't know the word!), we've had a number of suggestions here: Joy, Johnson's Baby Shampoo, etc.
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Old 26-01-2011, 15:24   #5
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This one was recommended on one of the forums a while back. It is formulated for bathing in salt water. And I think it's made in France:

About Us - Savon de Mer Fresh & Salt Water Shampoo & Body Gel
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Old 26-01-2011, 15:42   #6
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There was a similar post on this topic recently that may be of use:

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Old 29-01-2011, 10:24   #7
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Re: Sea soap

Thankyou all for your suggestions..
I have since found a local artisan bar soap used by the local fishermen and old salty-types here... Its called Antica Savona, a brown coloured olive-oil based soap, great for washing hair, and clothing.
The town of Savona was apparently the birth place of olive oil soapmaking
introduced by the Benedictine monks into this area, then the name became known in France as "Savon", with the Italian artisans going to Marsailles for work... so the name became" Savon du Marsailles", the word in french for soap is now savon.... interesting ... eh?
They also make a shampoo liquid sea soap.
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Sounds good. Buy it wholesale and start selling in the U.S.!
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normal washing up liquid works great,or cheap shampoo for the crew but great tip on the savona de marseilles,thanks will get some for my future wives........
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Well, thanks for the tip, Cormorant, but I think we'll be here in the Med for some time to come, its so lovely... this little soap problem I have had to resolve recently, and lo' and behold... the solution came just this week... unexpectedly
Nice idea to sell it in th U.S., I'm Aust. so I don't have many contacts in USA, just a few friends... don't know how to get started...
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Joy liquid detergent is the classic salt water soap. We used it for everything as it was easy to use and available reltatively cheaply.
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