Next time you’re biting into a date – that dried fruit, which conjures up images of oases, palm trees (and just possibly camels) – have a sniff, first. You’ll get a sweetness, maybe a hint of caramel, from this ‘fruit of Heaven’ as it’s known. (Dates are one of the oldest cultivated tree crops.) In perfumery, date is used as a fruitily sweet fantasy note – especially in gourmand fragrances – giving a drizzle of caramel, honeyed, buttery sweetness.
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