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Hero - Ortigia

December 15 2014 – Mercantile London


The Catania elephant has been the symbol of the Sicilian city since the 13th century. Used as the symbol for the Ortigia sandalwood scent, the elephant is said to contain mystical powers and the people of Catania have since used the symbol as a good-luck charm to protect them against outbreaks from Mount Etna.

Ortigia sandalo boxed soap

With six on-line apothecary brands and more in store, choosing one brand, never mind one fragrance, to take this week’s hero spot, caused a few ‘discussions’. However, after much testing and spraying we have given the title to
Being, we feel, a true unisex blend of essential oils including: sandalwood, narcissus, cedar and teak, it offers a rich, heady, complex and sophisticated blend, which is noticeably different to what's currently out there as a unisex offer, but never overpowering.


Offering the craftsmanship of a master perfumer blend, without the “how much?” price tag of some brands, additional products of soap, body cream, shaving gel and stocking filler sized options to layer the scent, cool packaging and a great hand feel to the 100 ml bottle, we feel Ortigia Sandalo is truly deserving of this week's love. Well done...

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