Handmade Officine Villadorata liquid soap is pure organic extra virgin olive
oil (90%). Like our solid soap, no preservative or synthetic chemicals are
used, neither is it tested on animals. In this all-natural mix, flour, pulp,
and fruit added to enrich the oil, make the most of their qualities.
The long craft process begins in small boilers where ingredients are transformed slowly into soap, and continue to "cook" at low temperature for six days, until maturity. The result mixture is then diluted in distilled water and left to decant until completely transparent. Only then liquid soap it is carefully poured in amber bottles to protect it from light and labelled by hand. In this process, warmth becomes a precious ingredient in Officine Villadorata soap.
For every Sicilian, the scents of orange blossom recalls sensations between real and unreal; between events past and those only hoped-for. It is the scent of Sicily – the Sicilians’ flower, and the flower of those who love this island. A constant breath rises from the orchards, inebriating body and mind. It suddenly enfolds you, melds the delicate sensation of perfumes with the artistic joy of the mind, plunges you into a soothing well-being and a sense of happiness.
The carob tree is another symbol of Sicily. Widespread in the Modica area, it creates an evergreen landscape. The cosmetic use of it is not well known, though the hand ground carob flour has excellent moisturizing, regenerative and smoothing qualities. Carob seeds, hard like horn and with uniform mass, were called ‘carats’, and were used as counterweight for precious stones. Hence, the term carat that we still use today.
Caper picking is still difficult today, and involves an almost sacred ritual that begins at dawn, when the buds are carefully handpicked one by one. Since antiquity, caper buds have been renowned for their healthful properties. Even then, they were used in anti-aging potions. Combining them with extra virgin olive oil strengthens their anti-oxidant, healing and protective virtues.
The marine salt from Mothya Island off Sicily’s western coast is probably the best known and most beloved in Italy. There is a saying that it’s even “saltier than salt”! In fact, it is rich in minerals — potassium, magnesium, iodine – also very precious for our skin.
Prickly pear is a highly versatile, multipurpose plant that loves the arid and volcanic soils found in Sicily. There, it has become an iconic plant. The flour obtained from its sun-dried pads is rich in vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants, making it an excellent cosmetic ingredient. From the earliest of times, popular tradition praised the plant’s anti-inflammatory, soothing and protective properties.