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A Luxurious Take On a Hippie Home Staple: Fornasetti’s Ortensia Incense Box

Incense Box Fornasetti Ortensia
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* Handcrafted from wood
* Incense scented with the Flora di Fornasetti fragrance
* Glazed ceramic lid features lithographic image of house muse Lina Cavalieri

Long associated with religious rituals or as the home fragrance of choice for hippies, incense hasn’t always had a reputation for luxury. That is, until you discover this exquisite Fornasetti-designed incense box, filled with master nose perfumed fragrant sticks.

The Ortensia incense box is hardly a humble stick holder — handcrafted from wood by Italian artisans, it’s topped off with a glazed ceramic lid featuring classic Fornasetti flair. Find a close-up lithographic image of the house’s muse, operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri, peeking out from behind flowers. 

Slide that lid off, and inside you’ll find 80 opulent sticks of incense, scented with lush Flora di Fornasetti. The house’s signature fragrance is a musky floral created by master nose Emmanuel Philip. Strike a match and perfume the air with top notes of ivy, lily of the valley and white rose. Middle notes delight your senses with iris, orange blossom and jasmine, finished with a base of tuberose, sandalwood and musk. Prop up a stick in the tiny well of the lid: wipe any ash off with a soft, dry cloth.

Fornasetti’s incense box is truly an experience for the senses, beautifully designed to please your eyes and olfactory. As an indulgence for your own enjoyment or a thoughtful hostess gift, this box and its contents are sure to delight, regardless of hippie status.

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