Pin on Bath and BodyHave you ever heard of the legendary Santa Maria Novella ; the pharmacy, that originated in a monastery around in Florence, Italy? Originally specializing in medicinal herbs to make remedies and treatments for the sick, it now is owned by Lafco, and operates as an apothecary featuring the best-quality natural, botanical ingredients to make fragrant and sumptuous products. We picked our top four overall amazing, gift-giving selections see slideshow , but also had the pleasure of speaking with Jon Bresler, owner and founder of Lafco, to learn a bit more about the SMN Santa Maria Novella brand philosophy and the differentiating factor of the products. How do you balance keeping the history and authenticity of the Santa Maria Novella legacy in tact, while catering to an ever-evolving, modern consumer? The SMN history and authenticity is what it is — historical and authentic.
Santa Maria Novella - Idrasol Cream
It was used as a household cleanser following the plague that ravaged Europe and its heavenly scent and antibiotic and antiseptic properties made it very popular. Four hundred years later in , the pharmacy opened its doors to allow women to buy natural salves, lotions and balms to use as beauty therapies. From the garden to the gate, those same products are unchanged today and have achieved a cult following. The best natural products, plant extracts and oils with healing properties, including virgin beeswax, sweet almond and grape seed oils, egg yolk and glycerin, all designed to nourish, rejuvenate and fragrance the skin. The collection includes the famous rose and orange blossom toning waters and skin tonics, hydrating creams such as Crema F the Vitamin F Cream, eye serums and night oils, as well as an exfoliating mask and facial washes. The body is also well catered for with specific creams, powders, washes and fragrances. Finally, the sun care range includes post-sun washes and SPF lotions.
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