Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

Cosmetics in Centro Storico

This branch of one of Italy’s oldest pharmacies stocks natural perfumes and cosmetics, herbal infusions, teas and potpourri, all shelved in wooden, glass-fronted cabinets under a flamboyant Murano chandelier. The original pharmacy was founded in Florence in 1612 by the Dominican monks of Santa Maria Novella, and many of its cosmetics are based on 17th-century herbal recipes.

There's a second branch at Via delle Carrozze 87 that opens daily, Sundays included.