Where does the word “bandoline” come from and What does bandoline mean in French?

Could be that under another name the hair dressing bandoline is in use today.

It was a sticky aromatic ointment used by dandies of a century back for keeping hair smooth and mustache waxed and pointed and it was made from the boiled pips of the quince.

Later it was also used in the making of jellies and soups.

The name was probably coined from the French bandeau, “band” or “fillet,” and Latin linere, “to anoint.”

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