Once upon a time, I was a pumpkin spice addict. I bought every single pumpkin candle on the market and tried every new pumpkin flavored food item. After a few years of this madness, it finally dawned on me that the things I was smelling and tasting weren’t actually pumpkin; it was just the spices used in pumpkin pie. Since then I’ve become very critical of the “pumpkin” items I purchase and only have TWO realistic products to share with you today.
I’ve gone through many phases of pumpkin candles; my original favorite was Pumpkin Cupcake which is just a vanilla scent with a hint of spice. As I’ve refined my palette and discovered what true pumpkin smells like, the only fragrance that I can appreciate now is Pumpkin Pie from Bath & Body Works. You get a realistic pumpkin note, mellow spices, and a pie crust. It’s divine and BBW is crazy for not brining it back this year!
While most people love the PSL, my pumpkin drink of choice is Maine Root’s delicious Pumpkin Pie Soda. You may think this is strange, but let me assure you, if you enjoy pumpkin pie you will love this. Upon first sip you get an authentic pumpkin flavor and then after a moment you get the pie spices; it’s delicious. I discovered this soda six years ago and now fall officially begins for me once it’s back in stock at Whole Foods.
If you asked me five years ago what my favorite pumpkin items were, I would have given you a list longer than my wedding vows. I still enjoy pumpkin things, but only when they’re done right. I predict in the next several years, pumpkin spice everything will begin going out of style – Bath & Body works is proving that this by not even doing a pumpkin collection for the first time in over six years!
What are your favorite pumpkin items? Share in the comments!
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What a beautiful pumpkin pile image, the other two aren’t bad either. I just love that you included a soda, I don’t drink pop other than ginger ale if I’m sick, EXCEPT when it comes to holiday release sodas like Jones soda. I wonder if my closest Whole Foods (45 min away) carries this? I’d be down to try it. When I read Sandra’s pumpkin ale and now yours, I gave a forehead smack, how could I forget the pumpkin beverage?
I’m on the same page over the fresh pumpkin debate, if a scent only =pumpkins+spice,
it has to be special or unique for me to take a second sniff. I’ve always loved Pumpkin Wreath by Yankee because of the tonka bean and woods, but it’s retired while pumpkin spice and pumpkin bakery continue being churned out every year. I’ve come across a few fresh ones in vendor wax, I’ll have to review my scent lists and posts and try to come up with a few.
Mmm, that soda sounds great. It seems like a super alternative to root beer, which I really dislike, although I like the concept of it – a pumpkin-spicy soda would definitely fit the bill. Can’t really do pumpkin scents this year because they’re now giving me righteous headaches, but I love that BBW candle – you’re right, it’s super realistic smelling, not just a bunch of cloves and nutmeg down in some orange wax. 😉