Pomegranates — one could write a book about their importance in world myth, folklore, history, cuisine, horticulture, medicine and nutrition. I recently read that Greek brides sometimes toss pomegranates instead of bridal bouquets at their weddings (take note Brides-to-Be: if your fiancé's obnoxious old girlfriend will be in the line-up for the toss, a Greek-themed wedding could be fun — wink wink — thud thud).
In the spirit of another Greek tradition (smashing a pomegranate at the threshold of a house on New Year's Day to bring good luck), take a fresh pomegranate, crush it on a hard surface, drizzle honey on the fruit and then sprinkle a pinch of old-fashioned scented talcum powder over the sticky mixture (Spuma Di Sciampagna's Perfumed Talcum Powder perhaps). Sniff. What you smell will come close to Santa Maria Novella's centuries-old melograno (pomegranate) fragrance. Melograno is a sweet-tart, lightly floral, slightly powdery, unisex perfume.
About the size of an extra-large turkey egg (yes, I know a turkey), Santa Maria Novella's scented, (unglazed) Terra Cotta Pomegranate can be easily held in the palm of the hand. Santa Maria Novella partially fires its handmade clay pomegranates at a low temperature, then immerses the terra cotta pomegranates in a vat of melograno-scented oil for one week. After their 'soak', the terra cotta pomegranates are completely fired, supposedly sealing the melograno aroma into the clay. (Wouldn't you love to be near the kilns on firing day — the air must smell fantastic.)
Due to the small size of the Terra Cotta Pomegranate, do not expect it to scent a large space; its throw is less than 8 feet. This is a perfect scented product to use on your desk at work (it won’t annoy your perfume-hating office mates). Santa Maria Novella claims the melograno fragrance "inside" the pomegranate lasts 9-12 months. The durability of the fragrance depends on where you place the Terra Cotta Pomegranate; if kept out of direct sunlight and away from the drying effects of heating or air conditioning vents, its fragrance will last longer. When the terra cotta pomegranate becomes scentless, use it as a paperweight, nestle it in a dish of potpourri, hang it from the Christmas tree….
At $55, the Terra Cotta Pomegranate is not an inexpensive home fragrance product. Santa Maria Novella’s Melograno candle, $52, scents a larger area but will, of course, leave you with nothing but a wax stub after it has completed its perfuming duties.
For buying information, see the listing for Santa Maria Novella under Perfume Houses.
Related review: Santa Maria Novella Melograno bath & body products