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Saponificio Varesino Italy

Saponificio Varesino - Fine soaps and exclusive skin care from Italy

With passion & tradition! Saponificio Varesino was founded by Dante Bardelli. Over the years, the Italian soapmaker has perfected soapmaking by constantly introducing new processing techniques, making it one of the top addresses in Italy when it comes to high-quality fine soaps and skin care products. show more

Saponificio Varesino - Fine soaps and exclusive skin care from Italy

With passion & tradition! Saponificio Varesino was founded by Dante Bardelli. Over the years, the Italian soapmaker has perfected soapmaking by constantly introducing new processing techniques, making it one of the top addresses in Italy when it comes to high-quality fine soaps and skin care products.dambiro

Great craftsmanship meets daring

Experience, patience, attention to detail and high-purity vegetable raw materials - all these are needed to be a successful soapmaker. Dante Bardelli had all the prerequisites when he courageously and innovatively founded a small manufactory right after the end of the war in 1945: the Saponificio Varesino. On the shores of Lake Maggiore, nature provided him with the precious ingredients that he processed into the finest soaps with great craftsmanship. In doing so, he relied on a traditional process that required the utmost skill: the Savon de Marseille.

While the famous Aleppo soap was already invented in Syria in the 8th century AD, it took almost a millennium for the health and cosmetic benefits of hygiene in general and soap in particular to become established in Europe. It was the luxury-loving Sun King Louis XIV who made cleansing rituals, in the literal sense of the word, hopeful and thus not only gave mankind the pleasant smell that is fortunately common today, but also prevented diseases that can be traced back to a lack of hygiene. Whether this was due to foresight or just a sensitive nose remains to be seen. In any case, the Sun King summoned the best soap boilers in the country to Versailles to develop a method based on Arabic soap processing that could also be easily implemented in Europe: vegetable oils are mixed in a large cauldron and saponified during the boiling process with the addition of sodium bicarbonate, alkali and sea salt in a chemical process that lasts for hours. Thus, the port city of Marseille was virtually predestined as a production site due to its lush vegetation and location on the Mediterranean Sea: Olives grew in the hinterland as a basis for pure vegetable oil, the sea was a supplier of the salt for the lye and Provence offered a veritable cornucopia of essential scents that transformed the bars of soap into fragrant treasures whose creamy lather cleansed and nourished the skin at the same time. With the "Colbert Edict" in 1688, the king also stipulated that at least 70 percent of all ingredients must consist of vegetable oils and that only natural colourings and additives may be used. How wise... Even today, Marseille soaps meet all the requirements of sustainable cosmetics. Unfortunately, the Sun King forgot to patent the precious plant soaps.

This, in turn, benefited Dante Bardelli: for he possessed great talent in saponification, which he has passed on for generations. In the 1960s, his Lavender Soap conquered the market, shortly afterwards his refined Velour Paris Soap, before the company's Orchid Soap found many lovers in the 1980s. At the same time, the company's descendants perfected the great craftsmanship through state-of-the-art production processes and expanded the product range to include coveted toiletries and perfumes. Today, the Saponificio Veresino company stands for the highest quality care and shaving products as well as precious perfumes. You can see: Experience, patience, attention to detail, the purest ingredients and innovative daring were and are the key to success.dambiro

100% Natural Ingredients

Since 1945, Saponificio Varesino has worked only with the best raw material and packaging manufacturers to ensure the highest quality down to the smallest detail, leaving nothing to chance. They also attach great importance to environmental protection, for example by operating their machines via a photoelectric system and using biological and naturally degradable packaging material. Sustainability in product development plays a major role for the company.dambiro

Traditional soap making

The noble and 100% vegetable soaps are still produced in the traditional Marseille way. Only a few soap manufacturers preserve this old tradition. After all, experience, patience and attention to detail are just a few of the requirements for a soapmaker who still makes soap in the traditional artisan way. He needs these to be able to correctly assess the texture of the soap at every step of the production process and to correct it if necessary. Artisanal soap making starts with filling the kettle, continues with saponification, soap boiling, salting out and ends with the actual solid soap. It is an art that a skilled soapmaker masters better than any industrial manufacturing process.dambiro

Longstanding tradition and values

The values and tradition of Saponificio Varesino have been passed down from generation to generation to honour the art and passion of the founder, Dante Bardelli, who had the courage and talent to create this company.dambiro

 

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