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Ortigia is the essence of Sicily: a synthesis of the scents, colors and inspirations of one of the largest and oldest islands in the Mediterranean.

It is a small company of essences and perfumes, founded in Sicily in 2006 by Sue Townsend (one of the co-founders of “Crabrtree and Evelyn” in the 70s) and currently based in Florence.

During one of her travels, Sue Townsend lands in Sicily, discovering a place full of natural, cultural and artistic beauties unique of its kind: the story of  conquest, invasion and integration of the past, in fact, has strongly contributed to the cultural and artistic richness of this splendid land. Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Staufi, Angevins, Aragonese and Bourbons: these populations have each left their mark on the Sicilian territory.

Particularly in Eastern Sicily, on the small island of Ortigia, in Syracuse, Sue Townsend discovers the wonderful palaces and the splendid Piazza del Duomo, considered one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, and which represent the richness of the Baroque all over the world. . Sicily conquers her to the point of convincing her to dedicate her professionalism and experience to this magical place. Thus was born Ortigia, a brand that includes both body and home products, from perfumes to creams, soaps, diffusers, candles.

One of the key aspects of the company is the use of natural Sicilian ingredients, such as orange blossom, lime, bergamot, pomegranate, prickly pear, almond: this land, in fact, is extremely generous: in the volcanic soil of Etna - the highest active volcano in Europe - there are hundreds of orange and lemon groves; only place where blood oranges grow. There are also plantations of grapefruits, almonds, pistachios, saffron, vines, olives and cacti.

The base of the products is natural, with organic colors, and no parabens, sls, nickel or silicone are used. The perfumes are made to measure by one of the most famous Italian perfumers in the world and distilled directly from the Sicilian flora.

One of the distinctive aspects of the brand is the packaging, entirely designed by Sue Townsend and handmade using silver sheets and reliefs, highly decorative and based on exotic images and unique Sicilian colors.

The Leopards and the palm of the logo, for example, are inspired by the mosaics in the Hall of King Roger II, dating back to around 1170 inside the beautiful Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo - the oldest royal residence in Europe and declared by Unesco World Heritage Site.

In recent years, Ortigia has worked to expand its range of products for the home, such as glass plates and trays, and fashion: scarves, sarongs, kaftans and shirts in pure cotton or pure silk, all made in Como (one of the industrial districts of the most important textile in Italy) and of course made following the great Sicilian inspiration that has always distinguished the brand.

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