Bormes-les-Mimosas, la savonnerie

Welcome back to Bormes-les-Mimosas!

Last week, we visited the city of Bormes-les-Mimosas, this week we’ll have a look at « la savonnerie » (and by the way, this is what I wanted to talk about in my last article…). So, here we are: la savonnerie, Bormes-les-Mimosas.

« La savonnerie »? What?

Let’s start with a little bit of French.


“Savonnerie” comes from the word “savon”, and “savon” means soap. In French, in many cases, when a word ends with “erie” it means : the place to make / the place to sell.

So “la savonnerie” means the place where soap is made.

“La fromagerie” means the place where cheese is made and sold as “fromage” means “cheese”.

“La pâtisserie” means the place where “le pâtissier” works and makes cakes.

“La boulangerie” means the place where “le boulanger” works and makes bread.


On this picture, we are in « une boulangerie » and we can see « un boulanger » making bread.

“La poissonnerie” means the place where “le poisson” is prepared and sold. “Poisson” means “fish”.

“La crèmerie” means the place where “la crème” is prepared and sold. “Crème” means “cream”, so in this traditional shop, you will find all kinds of products made from cream, milk and butter.

“La boucherie” is the place where “le boucher” works. “Le boucher” means “the butcher”.

And of course, “la parfumerie” is the place to go when you visit France! It is the place where “le parfum” is sold (and sometimes made but only in a few cities).


And another one you do not want to miss when visiting France : “la maroquinerie” is the place where you can buy all sorts of leather products: handbags (sacs à main), bags, wallets… Leather, leather and only leather. “Leather” means “cuir” in French but there is also the word “maroquin” to describe something made out of leather. We use more “cuir” than “maroquin” but we kept “maroquinerie” as the shop where you can find good quality leather goods.



So… back to “la savonnerie” (now that you know nearly everything about French vocabulary).

The South of France is well-known for its quality soap like “le savon de Marseille” (“savon” means “soap”).


And the cute and tiny village of Bormes-les-Mimosas is of no exception. When you go to Bormes-les-Mimosas, you cannot miss “la savonnerie”. Following the tradition of this region, they make beautiful, natural and traditional soaps with high quality ingredients. These soaps smell so nice… Here is the address of their boutique:

11 rue Carnot, 83230 Bormes les mimosas

If you cannot make it to Bormes-les-Mimosas but you are in the region, you can visit their boutiques:

7 quai Gabriel Péri, 83980 Le Lavandou

Passage du port, 83240 Cavalaire sur Mer


They also have an online boutique:


And again, I’ve prepared a few words to help you improve your French, enjoy!La savonnerie Bormes

See you next week,

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