Sicilian brand Ortigia made something of a splash in the capital when it opened in 2008, for its exotically presented soaps and skincare, which come in handmade packaging covered in designs inspired by Italian palazzos, mosaics and tiles (making them perfect for gifts). Ortigia uses plants indigenous to Sicily to create its luxurious but well-priced toiletries. There are 13 fragrances incorporating aromatic oils such as lavender, pomegranate, Sicilian lime, orange blossom and bergamot (the essential oil derived from the bitter orange tree), with base materials such as olive oil and almond oil strengthening the natural agenda. Each range includes bath oil, salts, soaps, room sprays and candles. The new Geranium collection is sure to be a bestseller, and the classically packaged Almond Milk body cream is divine. The firm’s first stand-alone London boutique opened in spring 2008 in a fittingly elegant building in Sloane Square; a Marylebone shop followed suit shortly after. Branch 23 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4PF (7487 4684).
55 Sloane Square
|Opening hours:||Open 10am-6.30pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Sloane Square tube|