Savonnerie des Diligences | LE MARMITON | Coffee Soap

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Entreprise québécoise, fabrication locale


This lemon-scented kitchen soap, based on espresso and ground fair trade coffee, will help you get rid of stubborn food odours (garlic, fish, onions, hot pepper, etc.). Lemon, an essential oil with antibacterial properties, leaves a soft, fresh scent on your hands. It is frequently used to brazenly exfoliate cellulite and remove dead skin from your body.

Note from the soap maker : Use this soap to massage your hands after a good day's work!

Ingredients : Oils (olive, organic coconut, beeswax), water, sodium hydroxide, fair trade ground coffee, lemon essential oil.

Handmade in Quebec

The Legend of Marmiton

With the construction of the railway that linked beautiful Canada from east to west, a flood of Chinese workers entered the country. One of these workers took up residence on the banks of the Missisquoi River near Eastman. He opened a small canteen where one could enjoy Tao General Chicken, Chow Mein, Egg Rolls, Tom Yum soup, Dumplings and Kimchis. No, shepherd's pie wasn't one of them!

At the end of the 1800s, these dishes were in sharp contrast to the traditional meals of the inhabitants. Let's talk about the locals! Pure-hearted people, working hard on their land from morning to night, trying to grow vegetables in the middle of the rock! Always the same habits and vegetables, uh.... customs, praying to little Jesus that the harvest would be generous and in every way the same as the previous year. These people liked nothing less than change.

On the day that Le Marmiton moved in, there was much chatter. He was taken to task, people were wary of the unknown smells that floated around the canteen. Only a few crazy people with eccentric goatees and forked tongues had ventured to greet this wind of change loud and clear! They didn't hesitate to go and eat the exotic dishes of the Marmiton and make the noise that we were coming out fresh and rejuvenated. The pleasure was all the more intense as these young people often ended up near a fire, talking about everything and nothing, and about the faraway places where the Marmiton came from. The echo of the laughter eventually made its way to the village, and without any further detour reported the rumour of the existence of the "little special one".

The parish priest and his horde of devotees, no longer able to be curious, volunteered to go and unravel the mystery of the "little special one". As soon as they arrived at the canteen, the smells of ginger, coriander, fennel, pepper and lemongrass emanating from the kitchen took over their sense of smell. It was mouth watering that the table of good people took the audacity to ask for the "little special". The Marmiton, eager to satisfy their desire, came back with small rectangles that gave off a lemony smell. They all crunched at the same time, and all spat out at the same time. The kitchen boy, bewildered, wondered why they had tried to eat the "little special" that was used to wash their hands, not to eat! So, before judging, it's better to try!

Author: Sébastien Boismenu
Reviewer: Venise Landry
Translator: Christopher Carrie