Quince was used by the early Arab perfumers, by the Greeks and Romans:  they steeped the fruit in oil, and made a perfume from its flowers that was called ‘Melinum’.  It’s pretty unusual to see quinces growing (although the Spanish do use it to make a paste, membrillo, which is served with cheese) – but they look half-way between a pear and an apple (to which it’s related).  And funnily enough, the scent’s somewhere in between the two, too…

Smell quince in:

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre


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