It’s Halloween and I’m up to my elbows in dismembered jelly fingers for trick or treaters. So what does a perfume lover wear on such a day? Well, if you ask me, there’s one go-to brand that really does have a scent for every occasion and Halloween is no exception. It has to be the wonderful Library of Fragrance Pumpkin Pie.
Now despite the playful image, Library of Fragrance scents are taken very seriously indeed by me. I have yet to come across one that was poor or that didn’t do what it says on the tin (or bottle). My earlier review of Library of Fragrance Play Doh compared it to Dior Hypnotic Poison and I make no apologies for it. Pumpkin Pie is of a similar calibre and after today I won’t just be saving it for Halloween.
Pumpkin Pie opens with clove and cinnamon. I was wearing it today and as my skin warmed it up, I was wondering what it was that I was reminded of. It was a happy childhood memory that I couldn’t place…and then it came to me- Dentyne chewing gum in cinnamon flavour! I apologise if I’m not making this sound attractive. It may have reminded me of this gum, but with the addition of spicy clove and warm, toasty vanilla, this also evokes a kitchen flooded with the aroma of home baking. It has some similarities with Library of Fragrance Gingerbread, and shares the same cosy warmth. The cinnamon and clove join forces with a wonderfully rich vanilla and they all hold hands to give a familiar and comforting pumpkin spice accord. It gets very addictive and you may want to wear it long after Halloween has been and gone.
What I like about Pumpkin Pie is that the vanilla is rich and buttery without being sweet or cheap smelling. This is a proper freshly baked slice of something Nanna just made. The Pumpkin Spice accord is huge in the states, especially pre Thanksgiving time, and it’s catching on over here. I’m glad about this because I love a bit of spice and I love a good cosy scent around this time of year.
When I’m wearing my witches’ hat later and traipsing about in the cold, I can at least be sure that I will smell far less threatening than the very fierce six year old vampire who will be next to me.
You can buy Library of Fragrance Pumpkin Pie from The Library of Fragrance website. Branches of Boots also carry a selection of Library of Fragrance scents.
With thanks to Vanessa Musson of the wonderful Bonkers About Perfume blog for my bottle. It was a very kind gift gratefully received.