Olive oil in Salon
Olive growing and the oil trade were among the biggest businesses in 19th century Salon. The town used its prime ingredient to follow in the footsteps of Marseille and make soap in accordance with the rules set out by the Edict of Colbert in 1688.
The town played its cards right: its huge oil resources combined with the gradual mechanisation of manufacture and the arrival of the railway in 1873 saw Salon rank among the best in the oil and soap trade. It is actually known as “the capital of oil and soap”.