Today, the old pharmacy still uses all-natural raw ingredients and ancient artisanal procedures to create its trademark cosmetics, extracts, fragrances and liqueurs. All products are herb-based, and raw ingredients such as the balsamita, roses and irises all come from local producers. Today, the pharmacy offers over 800 products, some of which date back 400 years and boast very interesting stories.
Potpourri, for example, first came about in the middle of the XVII century. Today, it’s still a mixture of the typical buds, leaves and flower petals found in the Florentine hills. The Alkermes liqueur dates back to the 15th century and the recipe used today is the same one that Fra’ Cosimo Bucelli wrote in 1743.
The ingredients used haven’t changed: alcoholic spice extracts, distilled rose water, distilled orange blossom water, sugar and kermes. Among the most popular products (and the most ancient) are the Acqua Santa Maria Novella and the Pasticche S.M Novella (candies), which are still made with balsamite (costmary). Balsamite is well-known for its digestive and calming properties.
This shop will soon become a tea room where you can sample delicacies of from another era. Additionally, a museum will soon open, displaying ancient objects, manuscripts and machinery from the old factory—something exciting to look forward to! In the meantime, you can explore the magnificent space, do some shopping (naturally) and discover the pharmacy’s many treasures of historical and artistic value.