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Over 300 years ago, the Chinotto plant was brought to Savona from China by a Savonese sailor. The unique climate created by the proximity of the mountains to the sea made Savona the perfect environment for the Chinotto plant to thrive, and this charming Italian town became its new home. The bitter citrus of the plant came to be highly regarded among navigators, who believed it was an amulet that protected them from diseases and danger on the high seas.
Centuries of Chinotto cultivation made Savona famous as the “Town of Chinotto”. The Chinotto plant’s flowers are abundant and delicately scented, and the leaves and fruit peel contain oils often used in fine perfumery and cosmetics. The citrus is quite bitter when freshly picked, but can be transformed into delicious candied delicacies and drinks when properly processed. Marco Abaton, a perfumer from Savona, uses the iconic Chinotto to honor his hometown with the creation of two fragrances that enhance the olfactory notes of this celebrated fruit.
As the Savonese sailor brought the Chinotto to Italy, Marco Abaton now shares his creations with the world through his unique Chinotto perfumes.