How to make a Tudor pomander

Pomanders were perfumed balls, worn by rich Tudors to tackle the terrible smells of the time! As the Tudors rarely washed and there were no flushing toilets, they carried these clove-studded oranges to freshen their clothes. They also believed pomanders could ward off illness.

The  word “pomander” comes from the French “pomme d’ambre”, meaning “apple of amber”.


For this make you will need:

  • A fresh orange
  • A large number of clove spices
  • Some ribbon
  • A pair of scissors
  • A couple of dress pins