ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Officine Villadorata soap is entirely handmade throughout the process. For saponification, we only make use of prime organic extra virgin olive oil fresh from the crusher (80%), sustainable agriculture coconut oil (20%) which gives the right foaming, and some native natural plants and products indigenous to Sicily to constitutes the scents and perfumes, true treasure of our island.
Officine Villadorata soap contains no synthetic chemical or preservatives and no test is performed on animals. We use only natural top quality ingredients. After a long period of maturation, at least 60 days, soap is ready to be wrapped and sealed by hand, one by one, before leaving the craft workshop and going to tell its story.
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 antioxidants, making it an excellent cosmetic ingredient. From the earliest of times, popular tradition praised the plant’s anti-inflammatory, soothing and protective properties.
For every Sicilian, the scent 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.
In Sicily, almond tree found a perfect habitat, especially in the Val di Noto, between Syracuse and Ragusa. A distinctive variety, famous all over the world is grown in this region. The almonds are handpicked in the early hours of hot August days, and then placed onto white sheets to slowly dry in the sun. The thick and woody shell of this variety preserves the fruit’s ample quantity of vegetable fats and essential oils. This is nature’s way of protecting flavour and delicate scent.
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 antiaging potions. Combining them with extra virgin olive oil strengthens their anti-oxidant, healing and protective virtues.
Pumice stone is the symbol of Lipari Island, where white quarries overlook the sea. A distinction of this volcanic stone is its porosity. This trait allows it to float in water and gives it stunning purifying and soothing cosmetic properties. It is manually gathered and screened to preserve the purity and brightness. This ingredient is highly prized due to its high silica content, its volcanic origin and a uniquely bright colour.