Ortigia is a small Italian soap and scent company founded in Sicily in 2006 by  Sue Townsend.

This luxurious range of soaps, scents, creams, candles and lotions are formulated using natural products. These are all indigenous to Sicily. Completely inspired by the aesthetics, colours and scents of Italy’s most historic and tropical region.

The perfumes are distilled from the flowers of Sicily by master perfumer, Lorenzo Villoresi.  The base of all the products is natural perfume and natural ingredients:,e.g.  olive oil, and vegetable glycerine. Lovingly made using organic colouring , no sis,  nickel or silicone .

You will be pleased to know that our products are  not tested on animals. and are paraben-free.

Our range uses traditional products with modern ethics and integrity!

All Ortigia products are made by small family companies who pride themselves on the quality . The highly decorative packaging is designed by Sue Townsend and draws on exotic Sicilian images and colours.

The name Ortigia comes from the small island that lies at the edge of the ancient fortified city of Siracusa. This is situated on Sicily’s southeastern coast. The crumbling streets showcase  baroque façades of great splendour that look out on to 3 sides to the sea.

The Piazza del Duomo is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy.

It is situated on the southeastern side of Sicily,. This part of the island is known as “la Sicilia Orientale”.  This is because of its proximity to Africa and  the almost tropical climate.

Within the rich volcanic soil of Mount Etna, which is  Europe’s highest active volcano..There are hundreds of orange & lemon groves and this is the only place where blood oranges grow. They  also grow  grapefruit trees, almond, pistachio, saffron, vine, olive and cactus.

Sicily is enriched with a colourful history of conquest, invasion and assimilation.  It has been fought over and colonised: by the  Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Hohenstaufens, Angevins, Aragonese and Bourbons.  They have  all left their mark  and ,examples can be found throughout the island.

Ortigias’ island  history, is reflected in the uniquely rich and layered culture that is found in Sicily today.

This has inspired the creation of the Ortigia range!