This is the story of the oldest pharmacy in Castellar del Vallès, which started in 1892. It was named after the pharmacist Josep M. Yangüela, a botany lover, who bought the pharmacy in 1940. At that time it was a small place with furniture and wooden panels and ready-made, as was typical of that time.
In addition to the pharmacy, Josep M. Yangüela had other passions, including the sea that led him to travel throughout the Mediterranean, causing each time he returned home, his suitcase was full of Mediterranean wisdom, of ancient recipes of ointments, ointments and traditional compositions of the countries visited. He shared this knowledge with his friends and daughter, Maria Lluisa, also a pharmacist, and later with Tania, his granddaughter, who, like his mother, would become his accomplice in the preparation of different preparations and in the different tasks in the back room.
Tania recalls: “At the age of 15, my grandfather introduced me to ancient formulas. He taught me how to adapt to the nature of the new principles, not to mention ingredients as old as active: Argan oil, olive oil, salt, aloe vera … “. From an early age, Tania had pointed her nose at the pharmacy counter, scoured the establishment. Josep M. Yangüela knew that the only way he could calm his granddaughter was to sit on his lap as he called the wholesaler for that dial telephone and asked for the medicines that he needed to be served.
Then they entered the laboratory, where father and daughter made different formulations of cosmetics and perfumes, on a huge clear stone counter, using the oscillating plates of the scales of the time and with different weights, weighing in an mortar. of stone. It was a game. Make creams, ointments, pack, play with the aromas, let them soak in opaque jars full of alcohol in the basement … It was a dream factory.
Since 1993, Tania R. Yangüela has been running the pharmacy. He inherited the curiosity never satisfied by the knowledge from his mother. From her grandfather, the passion for the Mediterranean. Passionate traveler, interested in other cultures, she keeps the spirit with which the Yangüela Pharmacy was founded, and with her she has managed to keep that game alive in a small laboratory.
“We have not yet awakened from that dream. The factory is still going on with prodigious equipment … And that game that started in that lab is still going on. ”