Seine et Marne. Discover the soap made in Montereau

Soap with Fontainebleau sand, Flagy honey, ochres from Vaucluse or even lavender from Provence: the products offered by Elodie Druesne are local, varied and rich in color
Soap with Fontainebleau sand, Flagy honey, ochres from Vaucluse or even lavender from Provence: the products offered by Elodie Druesne are local, varied and rich in color (©Sacha Loar Photographer)

I’Ribambulle workshopit’s a story that begins five years ago. Elodie Druesnethen employed in the quality laboratory of a company in the food industry and graduated from a BTS in biochemistry, is offered a box of handcrafted cosmetics by his spouse.

A gift that will change everything in the life of the young woman, who was born and lives in Montereau.

“I started, then I couldn’t stop”

Élodie then began to make face creams, body balms and even make-up remover oils, before discovering the process of making handmade soaps.

“I said to myself, I really have to try. But before I started, I refined my techniques for at least six months, in particular by watching videos. Then, once I started, I couldn’t stop “, she confides.

Colors, smells, manufacturing process: the biochemist will thus test everything that is possible to test in the world of artisanal soap design, until asking herself two years ago “Why not launch my own business ? “.

“Initially, I just thought offer workshops to learn how to make these soaps. But many friends encouraged me to go further. So I started to find out and I realized that it was very complicated, because the regulations are exactly the same as for a large laboratory,” explains Élodie Druesne.

Far from abandoning her project, she persevered and thanks to the joint help of the chamber of commerce and industry of Seine et Marne and Initiatives Melun Val de Seine, she obtained a studio within the chamber of trades and crafts of Montereau in October 2021.

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The real adventure can then finally begin: “I did some work for two months and the sale will officially begin on April 2. I start as a micro-enterprise because, for the moment, I keep my current job part-time in order to have financial security. The long-term objective is obviously to be able to do only that,” she specifies.

For its first months of opening, Élodie expects the production of approximately 250 soaps per monthbut hopes to eventually reach around 500: “I focus on quality, so I don’t want to do too much either,” she insists.

Elodie Druesne makes her soaps in a workshop located within the Chamber of Trades and Crafts of Montereau
Elodie Druesne makes her soaps in a workshop located within the Chamber of Trades and Crafts of Montereau (©GF/RSM77)

Fontainebleau sand and Flagy honey

As for the models on offer, future customers of the neo-entrepreneur will be able to find seven soaps in bright colors and to elaborate designswhose names all have a local or humorous connotation.

We can cite in particular the Bellifontainbased on sand from Fontainebleau, the Just Leblancan entirely white soap based on shea, or theHappy Growercontaining honey from Abeille de Flagy, a nearby beekeeper.

In addition to the soaps, Élodie Druesne will also offer two solid shampoos, a balm deodorant, a soap dish and various boxes to offer to your loved ones.

Regarding the logo, the young woman deliberately chose a character that is not skinnyto go against the usual commercials of models in the shower that we can regularly see on television.

It should be noted that the young woman wishes to obtain as much as possible from French producers and importers, so that her soaps remain as local as possible.

In terms of prices, the cheapest soap is Juste Leblanc, which is sold at the price of €4.50 each. Then the other products offered go from €6 to €8.20.

If for its launch, the soaps of the Atelier Ribambulle will only be available at the chamber of trades and crafts (workshop n ° 2, entrance on the side), Élodie Druesne has already established contacts with possible resellers of Montereau and its surroundings.

And if the products manufactured by Élodie will first be intended for individuals, the young woman also hopes to be able to sell her soaps to guest rooms or even hotels of the territory.

Practice
Address: 1, rue Alfred Nodet (entrance on the side of the chamber of trades and crafts), 77130 Montereau-Fault-Yonne
Opening hours: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday April 2, for the official launch of Atelier Ribambulle, then Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Contact: 06.95.80.44.92 or hello@atelier-ribambulle.com
Facebook: L’Atelier Ribambulle
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