My olfactory gallery of autumnal scents cannot be imagined without quince. According to a Georgian tale, quince took all summer to decide whether it was a pear or an apple, when suddenly the chills of autumn arrived, and there it was—neither pear nor apple, neither sweet nor pretty. Yet, the scent of this fruit is unlike any other—sweet, with a honeyed undercurrent, as well as fresh with a spicy exotic note. The fragrance of quince would pervade my house when I was growing up, as my mother made her quince preserves, boiling hard pieces of fruit in sugar syrup till they released their unique fragrance and turned into rose coloured jewels. The aroma would rise up like a breeze from the exotic gardens of a faraway land.
At last, I have been able to find a way to experience the gorgeous fragrance of quince as often as I like. It is the Diptyque room spray in Coing, which means quince in French. The fragrance makes me think of ripe fruit bursting with juice surrounded by green leaves. Not only is the scent wonderful, its lasting power is amazing. In addition, Coing functions remarkably well as a personal fragrance.
Diptyque Coing is also available as a candle or as a scented burning essence. For buying information, see the listing for Diptyque under Perfume Houses.