Dante Nesti with his son Roberto, June 1959

Dante Nesti, Firenze 1990

Mrs. Donella Nesti supervising the costrunction of the new factory, May 1970

Roberto e Laura Nesti

Nesti 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation 

 

 

Dante Nesti

 

THE FOUNDER


It was a sunny morning in early summer just after the Second World War, when young Dante, in search of some meat for his family to eat, was traveling through the broken cobblestone streets of Florence on his bicycle. Trying not to loose his balance while avoiding the large holes in the street, he didn’t see a large stone and tripped over it, falling roughly to the ground. Covered in dust and with his knees all scraped, he noticed the wheel of his bicycle had a flat tire. By the time he reached the market, the meat was already all finished. His bright blue eyes suddenly looked down. The butcher noticed the disappointment in young Dante’s face and decided to give him the leftover fat pieces of the meat telling him that if he mixed it together with soda he could make soap. Soap? Soap!!! An item that was quite rare in those times; the war had just ended and what was once considered a necessity that was always available, was now hard to come by. Young Dante got back on his bicycle, went straight to the hardware store to buy all of the necessary supplies that he was told he needed, and headed home. He returned home without any meat, with his knees scraped and bruised, but with a light in his eyes that made the blue shine even more intensely. He asked his mother for the copper basin that she normally used to wash the clothes with, and he closed himself in the garage.
For days he tried and tried until he noticed at the bottom of the basin a solid white block had formed. He put it over a small net to dry and once it was ready, he cut it up into pieces and gave them to his family, friends, and even friends of his friends to try. Day by day, demand for his soaps quickly grew and Dante found himself busy doing something that he had created on his own and was all his, and that filled him with pride. He soon bought a piece of land next to his house and by 1947, his small venture had become a full blown company and was registered by the Chamber of Commerce of Florence. Today, the Nesti Dante factory is one of the most highly regarded facilities in Europe for the manufacturing of soap using the method of soap production with the water boiler. The company is proudly run by the second and third generation of the Nesti family who established the company motto:
“ We work not to be the biggest, but to be the best.” 

 

 

THE FACTORY TODAY


Non-polluting 9.000 square meters covered industrial complex
Soap manufacture by the classical cauldron method
Complete production cycle using stainless steel silos, cauldrons and machinery
Daily production capacity: 35 tons of toilet soaps
Daily packaging capacity: 250.000 bar soap
Additional production of liquid and powder soap
National and International Quality Certification
Attention is paid to ethical and enviromental sustainability

Soap was first used tens of centuries ago, but it was in Florence, when the Medici Familywas in power, that soap-making became a real profession; the corporation of Master Soapmakers was formed under the noble Art of Physicians and Pharmacists, with an alley in the heart of Florence still bearing the name of the Via dei Saponai (Soapmaker’s street).

 

 

OUR PHILOSOPHY


Formulated with quality, purity and integrity without compromise. Naturally active premium ingredients, organic wherever possible. Only pure whole plants oils from sustainable cultivation. No mineral oils, no parabens or aggressive ingredients. Vegan fiendly, no animal ingredients or testing - ever. Skin and enviroment friendly for a guilt free legacy. Supporting the responsible recycling for all our packaging.
Made in Florence, Italy with love and care® since 1947.