Afternoon Brunch at Santa Maria Novella

A Peek Inside Santa Maria Novella and its Centuries-Old Scents & Potions

The centerpiece of the bright and airy store in Chevy Chase


Celebrity hairstylist Johnny Wright was the host of the brunch and a huge advocate of Santa Maria Novella products

This 3-piece candle was one of my favorite finds and will be the perfect gift for mom

A peek of my outfit – I’m wearing a 3.1 Phillip Lim jacket and Celine bag

These infused waters are made with an original hundred-year-old recipe and make a lovely gift

I had a hard time picking out a favorite scent – their citrus oil was one of my favorites

I fell in love with the simplicity and purity of their ingredients – Their coveted potpourri is made from herbs and flowers all grown without pesticides in the Florentine hills

These milk soaps are made with real whole milk! They are triple milled, hand molded using 19th century equipment, then aged for 60 days in ventilated cabinets

My outfit for the day – 3.1 Phillip Lim jacket, Calvin Klein leather pleated skirt, Celine Trapeze bag, & Jimmy Choo Mary-Jane heels

Santa Maria Novella is beloved today by designers, celebrities, and fashion icons (Garance Doré and Designer Jenni Kayne are fans), but “Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella” was founded in 1221, centuries before fashion brands and iPhones, by Dominican Friars who started making herbal remedies and potions for their monastery in Florence. Their multi-purpose preparations have gained a cult following over the years centuries (a friend’s mom swears their Almond Paste can alleviate any skin ailment (allergy, age spots, dryness) and lasts her for years). Santa Maria Novella only has five stores in the US, and recently I visited their Chevy Chase location for a fundraising event to benefit Children’s National hosted by Johnny Wright. Look through my photos above to learn about my favorite finds and gift ideas.

  • Dwayne Brice

    Fantastic post! Thanks so much! 😉

  • Clara

    amazing post…

    many thanks!!

  • millaj

    Awesome!! The outfit is effortless chic!