Santa Maria Novella



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The perfume Marescialla from the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is a bouquet of spicy oriental woody notes. The exclusive formulation is of nineteenth-century origin with the spicy top note of mace accompanying the dry and aromatic woody notes of the heart and base. The original formula of the fragrance, born as a perfumed “poudre” (powder), was created by a French noblewoman, Countess D'Aumont, wife of a Marshal of France, who used this fragrance to perfume her gloves. It is said that because of her interest in alchemy, she was suspected of witchcraft and burned at the stake. The "bouquet à la Maréchale" was all the rage at the end of the 19th century, so much so that Tomasi di Lampedusa made his protagonist Angelica wear it at the great ball by the Salinas in his literary masterpiece Il Gattopardo ... "from the neckline of Angelica saliva the scent of bouquet à la Maréchale .... "