Oppidum artisan made skin care was founded by two Frenchmen located in the Southwest of France in 2017. One is a researcher, passionate about archives and old books and history. The other is an engineer with his head focused on projects and his feet on the ground. Christophe Fargier and Jean-Christophe Gaven are impassioned and determined to design cosmetic creations entirely dedicated to the respect and well-being of the skin using natural raw materials. They devoted more than 5 years to researching, testing and developing formulas using precious ingredients.
Interestingly, Oppidum is a Latin word meaning a main settlement during the time of Ancient Rome where goods were produced and traded. Oppidum design and create their products in a small village in France that dates back to an ancient town and forest. Thoughtfully made soaps, oils and balms are handcrafted with raw ingredients and based on ancestral and state-of-the-art methods, a merging of old and new. Quality standards of using certified organic ingredients and master craftsmanship are essential to their vision. Moreover, they offer a visit to their workshop where one can observe traditional methods of soap-making. All their soaps are hand cut with a sculptor's tool.
We love the gorgeous texture of the balms, immediate comfort and hydration from their wonderful oils and the modern soap reinvented to cleanse, nourish and repair. Oppidum is a zero-waste company that chooses to use glass, wood and paper, all recyclable or reusable jars and dispensers. They are so lovely you may end up keeping them for another use!
All products are cruelty free, PETA approved. Certified organic by COSMECERT and labeled by Slow Cosmetique. Oppidum is also a member of New SoapMakers. The Association of Soapmakers (ADNS).