Santa Maria Novella Potpourri is a popular product by this famous Farmaceutica company.Â Let me give you a bit of its interesting background history. This company was incorporated by the Dominican father shortly in 1221 which makes it really really old. I mean I don’t know of any other company from that time still in business. And guess what, this is no surprise that this makes Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. This company was the alpha dog of CVSes and Walgreens during its time.
So basically the ministers and friars and preachers who used to live spartanly and humbly in the monasteries wanted to make some money to continue their life style. These guys started out with growing and breeding and cultivating herbs which would then be used to prepare the medications, creams, balms, cure for baldness etc. (ok last one is a joke, I don’t if they tried curing baldness but it could be possible).
Pretty soon, which in those days meant couple of decades or centuries, these guys fame spread far and wide. People became attracted their products from as far away as Russia. So the CEO of the company, who also ran the monastery decided the time is ripe for opening the doors to the public. This in today’s terms would mean hiring a bank like Goldman Sachs for doing an IPO. But then at some point of time later on, the Italian state became interested in the church activities and decided to nationalize the operations of this pharmaceutical company. And so the control passed on to the government. All this happened by the middle of 19th century which means sometimes in 1850’s. The government passed it on to Augusto Sefani, who was the last Dominican director of the Officina. Signor Sefani made good use of his office and continued with the tradition. Basically production is so meticulous and controlled that only very high material gets produced.
So ladies and gentlemen thats the story behind this company and I hope you enjoyed reading through it. Now let me give you some details on the product and how much would it usually cost.
The aroma of Santa Maria Novellaâ€˜s fabled Pot Pourri has percolated every nook and cranny. It is extremely and radically popular from the day it was introduced 20 years ago. The scent is Florentine and is absolutely unforgettable. The product is available as a pot pourri sachet, a luxurious soap or in a brisk cologne.
Below are the average price details
* Pot Pourri 90 gram bag: $35.00
* Pot Pourri Soap each bar: $18.00
* Pot Pourri Soap box of 4 bars: $65.00
* Pot Pourri Cologne 100ml bottle: $110.00
* Pot Pourri Urn 20 grams: $48.00