Ortigia is a small Italian soap and scent company found in Siscily by Sue Townshend.
The luxurious range of soaps, scented, creams, candles and lotions are formulated using natural products indigenous to Sicily and inspired by the aesthetics, colour and scents of Italy's most historic and tropical regions.
The perfumes are distilled from the flowers of Sicily by master perfumer Lorenzo Villoresi, based on natural perfumes and ingredients: Olive Oil, vegetable oil. vegetable glycerine, and organic colours. No sls, nickel or silicone and the products arenot tested on animals.
Paraban free, the range uses traditional products with modern ethics and integrity.
All Ortigia products are made by small family companies who pride themselves in the quality of thier products. The highly decorative packaging draws on exotic Sicilian images and colours.
The name Ortigia comes from the small island that lies on the edge of the ancient fortified city of Siracusa, on Sicily's Southeastern coast. The streets on Ortigia are crumbling baroque facades of great splendour, looking out on three sides of the sea. The Piazza del Duomo is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy. Situated in the Southern side of Sicily, it is known as "la Sicilia Orientale" because of its proximity to Africa and almost tropical climate. In the rich volcanic soul of mount Etana, Europes' highest active volcano. There are hundreds of blood oranges and lemon groves, grapefruit trees, almonds, pistachio's, saffron, vines, olives and cactus.
Sicilia is enriched with a colourful history of conquest, invasion and assimilation. Its havs fought over and been colonised by the Greeks, Phoneians, Romans, Byzantians, Arabs, Normans, Hohenstrufens, Angevins, Aragonese and Bourbons, all leaving their thier mark.