Friday, January 3, 2014

Santa Maria Novella Spotlight: 1

Writing a blog also means reading blogs and there are few things so wonderful as finding a taste-maker that never misses a beat, especially when you have favorites in common! With that in mind, imagine how excited we were to see Santa Maria Novella product featured on Olivia Palermo's style blog and website, something we carry in the shop! SMN fits right in with our family of timeless items and the companies who make them. In light of the Palermo write-up, it seemed only proper to do a little expose on what we have to offer here in the shop!

Wax Tablets  - $34 at Pickwick's Mercantile
Our wax tablets are our top SMN seller and gracious, did they fly off the shelves during the holiday season. More than just charming, they're functional- a great way to scent a room or small space without toxic sprays and aerosols. Handmade by the monks at the abbey in Florence, they are created with the same molds and methods now as they were over 400 years ago. This picture shows Pot-Pourri and Citrus/Relax, but we also carry Lavanda (lavender), Rosa (rose), and Melograno (pomegranate). They smell lovely and last ages! 

Acqua de Colonia perfumes - $110-$175 at Pickwick's Mercantile
     The Acqua de Colonia line of scents from Santa Maria Novella is knock-out. Jody's pick is "Angels of Florence", a beautiful blend of white flower, lime, and bergamot, with a host of other special ingredients and it's no wonder why. That being said, many of our customers are grateful to discover the solaflors, which smell true to single flowers. If you've been looking for an unmuddled carnation, honeysuckle, or even lavender, the search is over!

Tonic Waters  = $34 at Pickwick's Mercantile
Available in May Flower, Orange Blossom, Rose, and Mint
Something we hear often (and strive to amend) is "I don't really do perfumes". Well, if we can't completely change your mind maybe we can find a compromise that will surprise you. Toss these lightly scented tonic waters in the refrigerator and use them to refresh and tighten your pores. You won't leave that dreaded trail of cologne, but will carry a fresh and natural scent that is as close to the skin as a good, familiar soap. 

Incense Papers  - $30 at Pickwick's Mercantile
The legend goes that these were once a purchase popularized by the infamous Borgia clan. These incense papers are meant to be folded up, accordion-style and then lit. Their rare and decadent scent, a traditional incense, will fill your space and soothe the mind, maybe even bring about some of the epiphanies that dotted the era in which they had their beginnings.


I'm realizing now that there is too much goodness here to celebrate in one blog post. Tune in tomorrow for the rest of the round-up on our beautiful Santa Maria Novella products! In the meantime, check out:

Olivia Palermo's Style Blog and Website (home-page)


And, as always, if you see anything you love but aren't able to come in and purchase, send me an e-mail at and let's talk! I would love to help get it to your door!

1 comment:

  1. This reminds me of Flying Wishing Paper that I just bought. You guys need to get some of those!