By Kim Taylor

Santa Maria Novella in Soho’s historic Puck Building offers an exquisite array of traditional northern Italian perfumes, and in scents that evoke the timeless elegance of Florence. Crafted to be the most sublime fragrances in the world, and presented in iconic keepsake glass bottles with gold tops, the Eau De Cologne collection encompasses unusual scents such as earthy Hay, vibrant and peppery Marescialla, the green and floral Ginestra, spicy Cuba, the iris-lotus fusion of Citta Di Kyoto, sunny Sicily, the unique Nostalgia and masculine Opoponax.

Other fragrance options in this line are more traditional but equally spectacular: vanilla, vetiver, violet, rose, honeysuckle, jasmine, magnolia, amber, carnation, patchouli, and lily of the valley, to name only a few. Sate your curiosity about this inspired collection and visit the boutique, which also carries fragrant candles such as the SMN Winter Candle, room fragrances, delicate soaps, body lotions, terra cotta objets d’art infused with a variety of scents, and grooming items for children, too.

Santa Maria Novella fragrances can be layered as well – for example, vetiver can be layered with Ginestra, violet could be layered with rose and amber, or hay could be layered with carnation. A trip to this charming boutique is reminiscent of Florence, one of Italy’s crown jewel cities. Whether you’re looking for a place that carries the perfect gift, or looking for a fragrance that will stand the test of time, visit — or the store itself at 285 Lafayette Street, just south of Houston Street. Ottimo!

Originally published February 2011
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