Ortigia is an Italian fragrance and lifestyle company created in Sicily in 2006 by Sue Townsend. I love the luxurious range of soaps, scents, creams, candles and lotions. The problem is always which one to choose.
This is made even more difficult when confronted with the entire range in the beautiful Ortigia shop in Florence in Borgo San Jacopo, overlooking the Arno. Liz and I visited the shop on a recent trip to Florence. We were also delighted to go to the office to meet the lovely Eleanor, who gave us lots of information about the products.
The scents and perfumes are made from natural essences. The glycerine soaps are made in Switzerland using olive oil, almond oil and vegetable glycerine. The perfumes have delicious names like Zagara (orange blossom), Melograno (pomegranate), Fico d’India, Ambra Nera (black amber) and other exotic delights.
The heavenly packaging, designed by Sue Townsend, is in exotic Mediterranean colours, taken from brightly coloured scraps of fabrics and images found in friends’ homes. The black Sicilian palm tree features in the packaging and in the shop decoration.
Ortigia is available world wide. In Brisbane it is sold at Ollie and Lloyd at Emporium in the Valley and Absolutely Fabulous at 39 Logan Rd, Wooloongabba.
Not quite a black Sicilian palm tree, but pretty just the same.