The two words synonymous with fall? Pumpkin spice.
I’m actually a relatively new lover of all things pumpkin spice as for the longest time, I just didn’t get what the hype was all about. Why do people love the taste and smell of pumpkin so much? But then I actually tried a pumpkin spice latte (and pumpkin pie), and totally got why every freaks out about it, and if you can’t tell already, I’m kinda obsessed with it. Yes, I am that basic b*tch who loves everything pumpkin spice.
Since the scent literally smells like fall and coziness and warmth, I’ve been dosing myself in it for the past few months. I have my candles burning overtime, I’m slathering it on my skin, and pumpkin has even found its way in my skincare (although it doesn’t actually smell like the fruit.. it is a fruit, right?). If you are as obsessed with this scent as much as I am, then you’re going to have to pick up these three fall goodies.
Nest Pumpkin Chai candle and reed diffuser
First things first, when it comes to fall, you’ll need to pick up some fall-scented candles and the one at the top of my list is the Nest Pumpkin Chai scent. I actually grabbed this candle this past May at a sample sale in NYC and have been burning to light it (no pun intended) ever since.
This candle, available as a 2 oz. votive (C$23), 8.1 oz. one-wick (C$56) and a 21.1 oz. three-wick (C$90), is literally fall in a candle. The notes in here are a combination of wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon. It’s spicy and warm all at the same time.
Now I know what you’re thinking, that’s a lot of money for a candle. Yes, it totally is, but you can definitely tell there is a difference between Nest candles and others commonly found at the mall. Nest candles are made with a premium, soft, cosmetic-grade wax that will leave you with an optimal burn time. For example, the three-wick Nest candles have a burn time of 80 to 100 hours, whereas the Bath & Body Works three-wick candles are said to burn for 25-45 hours. That’s a huge difference in time.
If you aren’t into the whole candle thing, but want to still bathe your home in this scent, then look into the Nest Pumpkin Chai Reed Diffuser (C$64).
I’m actually new to the whole reed diffuser thing, but essentially it’s a vase of high-quality fragrance oils that are released into the air by the reed sticks. I keep this on my bedside table for a pleasant, faint pumpkin chai scent in my bedroom. I love candles, however, always get so paranoid that I’m going to burn my place down, so this is a nice way to still fill the room with this scent, but not have to worry about forgetting to blow out the flame.
The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin Line
If you want to take the pumpkin scent with you everywhere you go, well The Body Shop makes that super simple.
Available in a body wash, hand cream, and body butter, The Body Shop’s fall fragrance Vanilla Pumpkin line will have you pulling out these products again and again… just to give them a whiff! Seen here is last year’s packaging (I just so happened to come across this in my beauty closet and was so excited to use it), this year is inspired by Dia de los Muertos, AKA the Day of the Dead.
As for the actual scent, aside from pumpkin, this line also has vanilla from Madagascar, and hints of tonka bean, hazelnut, and maple syrup. Honestly, it smells as wonderful as it sounds. Next time you’re at the mall, pop into The Body Shop to give it a whiff. I dare you not to pick up a product as well ;).
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
Okay, so this last item doesn’t actually smell like pumpkin, but it’s one of the main ingredients (that counts, right?).
I absolutely adore Drunk Elephant Skincare, so when I saw that they had a day serum featuring pumpkin (C$100) as an ingredient, I was super intrigued. This potent vitamin C serum contains a powerful antioxidant complex, essential nutrients, and fruit enzymes to work together to firm and brighten the skin.
If you are looking for something to help with uneven skin tone, loss of firmness and elasticity, and dullness and uneven texture, then you may want to look into picking this up.
So where does the pumpkin come in? Well, this serum is formulated with pumpkin ferment extract and enzyme to dissolve dead surface skin cells. The serum also has 15 per cent I-ascorbic acid, one-half per cent acid, and one per cent vitamin E, and other enzymes to help prevent pollution damage and environmental stressors to your skin. Apply this serum as part of your daytime skin routine, where it will stay active for up to 72 hours.
Since we are officially into the holiday season when it comes to beauty, you can actually pick this up as part of their Agent Ellie skincare gift set, which includes the full size of the C-Firma, as well as travel goodies of some of their most popular products. Best part is that it retails for only $10 more than the price of the serum alone.
There are so many other pumpkin items available this season, but if you want to keep it super basic, the make the splurge for a PSL at Starbucks. Or bake some pumpkin muffins or cookies.. Or eat a pumpkin pie.. I think you get the picture ;).
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