Santa Maria Novella

Santa Maria Novella

"In Florence, a short distance from the famous square by the same name, at number 16 of Via della Scala, stands one of the world?s oldest pharmacies: Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. For nearly eight centuries, Santa Maria Novella has created the world's most luxurious and exclusive lotions, soaps, and scents. All products are still carefully prepared in Florence, Italy.

Among the preparations still produced following the old formulary of the Dominican friars are the hair products and a wide range of products for treating the skin, such as Pasta di Mandorle, an excellent hand cream and Polvere Bianchire le Carni, a valid vegetable expedient for thoroughly cleansing the skin as well as milk, creams and oils for the body, bubble-baths and soaps. Soaps, hand-moulded one by one, aged for sixty days in ventilated cabinets and hand-wrapped are still produced with the machinery of the nineteenth century."

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