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The Vanilla perfume from the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is a warm oriental sweet solinota. The vanilla plant belongs to the botanical family of orchids native to Central America. The smell of vanilla arouses a feeling of relaxation, relieving tension and providing a sense of well-being. Since ancient times it has been attributed aphrodisiac powers. The Aztecs prepared a drink that they consumed in large quantities by mixing vanilla (called “Tlixochill” ie black berry) with cocoa, as a sort of ancestor of modern chocolate. Legend has it that Emperor Montezuma offered Hernando Cortez a fragrant drink with a slightly particular taste: it was vanilla-scented chocolate. Cortez in 1500 brought chocolate to Spain from where it later spread throughout Europe.