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Shelley Callaghan Antica Farmacista

Susanne Pruitt and Shelley Callaghan

Co-founders of the luxury (and just downright dreamy) home and body fragrance brand Antica Farmacista, Susanne Pruitt and Shelley Callaghan are moms, successful businesswomen and delightful human beings. They spent some time telling us all about their Mother’s Day traditions, the benefits of a good bottle of wine and what’s new that has them excited.


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A three-part miniseries in which we ask the founders of beloved home fragrance brands to share their favorite aromas and their secrets to creating a home’s signature scent. First up, the business partners, best friends and fragrance fanatics behind Antica Farmacista: cofounders Shelley Callaghan and Susanne Pruitt.


Nordstrom Beauty Blog: Of all in the world, what are your top three favorite smells?
Susanne Pruitt: One of my all-time favorite scents is freshly cut grass. I grew up playing golf with my dad, and the smell of the crisp, green grass in the morning is reminiscent of those days. I also love the spicy notes of coriander (found in our coriander, lotus & cucumber scent) and the soothing notes of sandalwood.

Shelley Callaghan: The smell of the cigars my father smoked when I was a child is definitely one of my most cherished scents. Even today, I can smell a burning cigar as I’m walking down the street and be instantly transported to those great memories of my dad. Another favorite is fresh Daphne odora, in bloom throughout Seattle in early spring. Intoxicating! (By the way, we are working to re-create this fragrance.) The scent of sautéed chopped garlic would be another; it’s a staple in my kitchen, and a meal just doesn’t seem complete to me without it!

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A leader in luxury home fragrance, Antica Farmacista blends the finest essential oils and natural ingredients to create one-of-kind fragrances for the home and body. We find Seattle-based best friends and the co-creators of the brand, Shelley Callaghan and Susanne Pruitt, in conversation, as Shelley finds out about Susanne’s favorite holiday scents and how she gets ready for the holidays.


BFFs in Business: Susanne Pruitt (left) and Shelley Callaghan launched Antica Farmacista in 2003. The pair attributes their success to laughs and friendship.

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Heavenly Scents for Home

To give your abode a truly home-sweet-home air, a few well-placed fragrance elements can make every room smell divine. Here are two of our favorite collections, with décor-worthy designs as pleasing to the eye as they are to the nose.


Antica Farmacista. With over 20 fragrances in this beautiful collection, there certainly is one (and likely more) that will appeal to you. Though any one fragrance would make a room smell delicious, some scents enhance particular spaces especially well. Try a fresh herbal in the kitchen, a soothing elixir in the bedroom and a breezy floral in the bathroom.

Preferred pick: ‘Bergamot and Ocean Aria’ Home Ambience Perfume smells like the beach. Fresh notes of saltwater blended with soft jasmine, tranquil lavender and crisp bergamot evoke the allure and effervescence of the ocean. Warm notes of white musk and lush oak moss complete the captivating scent.

diptyque. The diptyque Home collection blends classic and modern, with a cult-status assortment of intimate, unique scents that honor nature through carefully chosen raw materials.

Preferred pick: The ’34 Boulevard Saint Germain’ Diffuser is shaped like an abstract hourglass, mingling old-world charm and modern design. This visually distinctive vessel diffuses fragrance through gravity and osmotic motion, and simply requires an occasional turn. The aroma? A charming mix of citrus, spices, florals, amber and hints of wood and eucalyptus that pays homage to diptyque’s first boutique in Paris. A completely chic, luxurious way to scent your home sweet home.

Discover even more heavenly scents in our Home Decor shop.

—Stefanie Frank


Cheri Botiz, our National Beauty and Fragrance Director, shares her top five favorite Mother’s Day Gifts.

Hello everyone! I wanted to share with you 5 of my favorite beauty and fragrance gifts for Mother’s Day that I know any mom would love—I know I would!

1 – Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne ($55-$110). Every time I smell this fragrance, it makes me happy. Mom will definitely get compliments with this one.

2 – Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ Extrait de Parfum ($350). This gift is an exquisite customer favorite. Any mom would be very happy with this long-lasting, floral concentrate.

3 – Antica Farmacista ‘Champagne’ Home Ambiance Perfume ($62-$92). Everyone loves to walk into a beautifully scented home. This fragrance is so unique and vibrant. Perfectly fresh.

4 – I Love New York Mother’s Day by Bond No. 9 Fragrance ($175). I love this for the bottle alone! It’s so fun to have on the vanity, and the tangerine scent is intoxicating.

5 – Diptyque Scented Candles ($60-$90). I could not pick just one; these are all wonderful. Pick up multiple candles and cluster together for a gorgeous statement on your dining table.

Bonus: receive a rose-gold-toned mirrored compact as a gift with any $150 women’s fragrance purchase while supplies last. It will automatically be added to your cart at Checkout.