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Sandalwood Eau de Cologne

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Product code: SAN-7010342

Sandalwood Eau de Cologne

100ml
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Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella’s Sandalo fragrance is a warm, persistent, single woody oriental note scent. It is inspired by sandalwood, one of the most ancient and mystical fragrances. Sandalwood is native to India. It was used to build Hindu temples and furniture for ceremonial robes and bridal trousseaus.

Thin strips can be burned as a room fragrance. It is one of the trees in the legendary Buddhist paradise; it is said its wood was used for the wheels of the sun wagon. The precious essence is obtained by distillation. It summons peaceful and serene sensations and relieves tension, predisposing for awareness of self.

Fragrance Notes: Single oriental Sandalwood

The first stage of existence of the “Officina” can be traced back to the 1221 when the Domenican friars, arriving in Florence, built their monastery just outside the city gate. Shortly afterwards they began to study and experiment the properties of officinal herbs grown in their gardens next to the monastery. The preparations obtained in this way ( medicaments, balms and ointments) were at first intended for the monastery’s small infirmary, used to keep the friars and other members of the community in good health.

In 1612 the monk Fra Angiolo Marchissi opened the pharmacy to the public, earning in this way, from the Grand Duke of Tuscany who had taken note of “such apothecary talent” the right for the dispensary to bear the honorable title o “His Royal Highness’s firm”. So the Domenicans officially started their commercial activity selling their curative and ephemeral products directly. Thus the Officina Profumo - Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella (Perfume and Pharmaceutical Oficine of Holy Mary Novella) was born with an emblematic name that gave precedence to perfume or the ephemeral rather than the curative aspect of more spiritual inspiration, the medicinal or pharmaceutical. In any case this seemed to have been the shrewd move, if it is true that the first “testimonial” of the Dominican brand was Caterina de’ Medici, the Florentine noblewoman who was crowned Queen of France for whom the friars created the essence that was known as Acqua della Regina – Water of the Queen, today named Water of Santa Maria Novella. During the 18th century the fame of the products and formulas developed by the friars spread far and wide reaching Russia, India and China. In 1886 after the confiscation of the Church’ property by the State, for the first time the control passed in the hands of a layman, Cesare Augusto Stefani, nephew of the last Dominican friar who had been the Director of the Officina.

In 1991 Eugenio Alphandery approached the Officina, “tradition and innovation” has been since then his “motto” and this principle has been applied both to broadening the range of products and to opening shops and corners abroad. After 400 years of uninterrupted business in the building situated in Via Reginaldo Giuliani tradition is perpetuated and renewed. Raw materials of the highest quality are still used and apothecary father’s artisanal procedures are still followed, yet the company avails itself of modern technology and state of the art equipment.

On May 2014 has been inaugurated a very special place for the Officina: the garden of Santa Maria Novella which reminds to the hortus conclusus that was cultivated around the monastery by Dominicans monks in the far XIII century. During the design of the garden we have created a walk around trees, flowers and medicinal plants with the purpose of improving all our senses. In the central part of the garden there is the Balsamite major, a medicinal plant used by the Dominican monks to prepare the Acqua and the Pasticche of Santa Maria Novella since many years. The perfumed queen of the day has been the Rosa Novella, a kind of ibrid and gallic rose which its creator, Mr. Roberto Cavina, have dedicated to the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica of Santa Maria Novella. In order to the tradition, a small vegetable garden has been realized by the factory and its growth follows the rhythm of the nature so visitors will be able to appreciate the fruits of every season.

Officina Profumo - Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella sells its products not only in Florence but in the main Italian cities. There are monobrand stores in France, Spain, England, Germany and Russia. in Far East in Japan.
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