The History of Santa Maria Novella
Introducing Ireland’s first Italian apothecary –
Santa Maria Novella
A historic, unique apothecary with a range of handcrafted, premium products.
Launched in Ireland for the first time, Ireland’s newest apothecary, Santa Maria Novella opened its doors in the heart of DublinTown’s Creative Quarter, The Westbury Mall.
Introducing the store to the Irish market are Marija Aslimoska, the classically French-trained perfumer and Brendan Coyle, who brought the immensely successful Parfumarija, the first independent niche perfumery to Ireland. Together they hope to ignite the interests of customers with a premium line of Italian wellness and luxurious skin care products.
At the core of the product range is an abundant range of skin care products, taking inspiration from the decades of history bestowed within the apothecary. Founded in 1221 by the Dominican friars, the apothecary was originally established for making herbal remedies. Though word of their renowned remedies had spread world-wide, and with patrons including Catherine de’ Medici, it wasn’t until 400 years later in 1612, that Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella opened its doors to the public and still operates today.
Santa Maria Novella is regarded for their fragrant colognes for both men and women, soothing scented waters, luxurious soaps, calming hair care creams and a variety of home scents and candles. It also encompasses a wide selection of men’s grooming products with beautiful shaving tools and specialised beard grooming combs & brushes as well as scented shampoos and conditioners, bathing oils and creams, natural dental care products, baby care powders and even delicate shampoos for cats and dogs. To celebrate the festive season, Santa Maria Novella will also offer a variety of bespoke hampers for an exclusive time period.
Today, Santa Maria Novella still has products that date back hundred of years at its core. Steeped in rich history, they continue to craft their incredible, beautifully wrapped potions by hand and their formulas and production methods remain unchanged. Raw materials of the highest quality are still used and the apothecary fathers’ artisanal procedures are still followed, yet the company avails itself of modern technology and state of the art equipment.
A limited collection of the fine products are exclusively available in Marija’s boutique perfumery in the Westbury Mall, Parfumarija: