2009 new production site and foreign distribution.

In 2009, given the product line's level of success, the company decided to go from a small scale semi-traditional production process to a more organised and modern method. All without giving up the attention for the qualitative aspects that the product is known for.

Orphea was ready for new challenges and new markets!

2000 Growth.

In 2004, Orphea Salvalana became a market leader in Italy. The product range was expanded and original new fragrances were added: Virginia Cedar Wood (2004) and Lavender Maillette (2009).  Two new segments were also created to fill the need for Personal Protection and House Protection: Orphea Personal Protection (2000) and Mosquito repellent and House Protection (2009) insecticide products.

1995 Distribution changes in Italy

The mid-1990s was the time of a serendipitous meeting between Sylvia Bachmann and Dr. Re, General Manager of Tavola S.p.A.

The Italian entrepreneur realised the innovative and ecological potential of the product and signed an agreement to distribute it in Italy under the brand Orphea Salvalana. At the time, they opted for a more complex production process, though many aspects were still carried out by hand.


1920 The Swiss origins (natural)

The special story of Orphea starts in the 1920s when Johann Heinerich, a Swiss inventor, began to collect recipes for some effective natural remedies against insects. Thanks to his knowledge of herbs and plants, he created a complex formula containing over 400 elements extracted from plants and flowers able to protect wool garments naturally.

An interesting note: the name Orphea was chosen by Heinrich and his daughter Sylvia, It refers to the Greek myth of Orpheus, the expressive figure of balance and musical harmony, as a metaphor for the pleasant natural fragrance of Orphea.

1960 The evolution of an ancient secret...

In the mid-1960s, the invention was passed down to his daughter Sylvia. She had lived several years in Africa, and had studied the properties of plants and flowers as insect repellents. She perfected the formula even further.

This is how a small-scale manual production unit got started. It originally had a humanitarian scope because originally it employed only people who were in difficulty. The product was commercialised in the local Swiss market.