The fragrance mixers of the Medicis

Elixirs, balms and secret ingredients: Founded in 1612, the Officina Profumo Farmaceu­tica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence is one of the world´s oldest cosmetics companies. Eugenio Alphandery put the former monastery pharmacy on the map worldwide. He relies fully on the quality of the products and sometimes on the intercession of prominent clients.

Hard to believe: These magnificent rooms belonged to the pharmacy of the monastery that cared for the poor.

An adornment for your bathroom: the fine flacons of the Officina SMN are eye-catchers.

Applying the latest technology, the natural ingredients are processed and elaborately packed in the lab.

Terracotta pomegranates are soaked in perfumed oil. The scent of Tuscany is in your flat thanks to the Officina´s room fragrances.

Critical glance: the head gardener checks the growth of the fruits.

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A selection of products are now also available in the MÜHLE store Berlin.

Photos: Conny Mirbach