Our story begins on islands at the centre of the Mediterranean
Olentium’s perfumes and bodycare are designed for self indulgence, sensuality and self-care. We create niche, fine fragrances and luxurious, spa-style botanical bodycare from our base on a Mediterranean island, drawing inspiration from the flora and sea that surround us.
Our Latin name Olentium loosely means ‘of scent, odor or smell’ and we look to ancient Mediterranean perfuming, bathing and anointing rituals for inspiration.
Using our products, you enjoy a sense of Mediterranean well-being wherever you live. Ancient ritual brought to you in modern alchemy in our line of premium bodycare and niche fragrances.
Olentium is based on the Maltese Archipelago on islands at the near centre of the Mediterranean. Once the crossroads of ancient trade routes shipping precious oils, silks and spices, the Maltese Islands have been influenced for millennia by Mediterranean cultures thousands of miles east and west.
Home for nearly 300 years to the Hospitaller Order of the Knights of Malta, the islands saw advances in medical care unrivalled in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Some 200 years later, Malta would be called the ‘Nurse of the Mediterranean’ for its role in caring for the injured in World War II.
Today, the small archaepelago is home to numerous spa and wellness hotels. Surrounded by some of the clearest, deepest waters of the Mediterranean, it is also an island sought out for by modern-day travelers for its inherent sense of well-being and relaxed, but very much contemporary Mediterranean lifestyle.
An expat in the Mediterranean for over 25 years, Olentium founder Liz Grech was originally a trained journalist and digital communications’ specialist. Pivoting interests and now careers, Liz gained a diploma in organic cosmetic formulation with Formula Botanica, and trained in natural perfumery under leading industry perfumer Karen Gilbert, and with Perfumer’s World.
She launched Olentium to merge her life-long passion for fragrance with her desire to share the sense of wellness inherent in Mediterranean island life. Liz designs fragrances and Olentium bodycare in her atelier-lab in a Maltese village house.