I spent Friday morning in a heady cloud of sage, honey, lavender, pomegranate and a mixture of herbs and flowers from the Tuscan hills, all thanks to my clever friend Michelle who has opened her gorgeous shop in de Waterkant. Santa Maria Novella was created by Florentine monks in 1612, and to this day all products are still made or finished by hand in Florence. The packaging is exquisite, nothing is tested on animals and the essential oil fragrances are pure luxury. The products range from perfumes to body lotions, hair care, soaps, baby products, bath salts, candles and incense. I have an essential oil wax tablet that’s been hanging in my cupboard for about 3 months and my clothes still smell like the catwalks of Milan…if only they looked like it too.