Today’s Fall Fun Series prompt is one designed to expose our essential contrariness by sharing our autumn scent loves and hates. I’ve already stated that I blew myself out on apple scents last year – too sweet, too cloying. Then I went and bought about eight apple-based scents, and much to my surprise and delight, they’re all fantastic. So there’s that contrary business again! Or is it simply undecided?
Starting with the bad news, one thing I am quite decided on is that pumpkin scents, no matter the vendor or the blend, give me terrible headaches. There’s just a sour kind of note there that prompts some nauseatingly fierce headaches. And that’s a new thing this season – I suppose that makes pumpkin the new apple. 😉 Sorry, pumpkin, I’m sure I’ll be back on your tip next year.
But this year I’m back to Apple Acres, or at least *these* particular apples, Rosegirls’ Mini Melters in Apple Clove Butter, Lambeau Leap and Apple Strudel Rice Krispie Treats. These showed up on my doorstep yesterday just as I was lamenting a lack of pleasing Fall scents; had actually kind of forgotten that I had purchased them? But talk about great timing, and talk about great scents; I love them all.
Apple Clove Butter is probably my favourite. I’m not sure if it’s close to Beezy’s popular Apple Butter scent, but Rosegirls’ is a keeper – crisp, juicy apples shot through with warm mulling spices. I think it would be fairly spectacular blended with a rich, buttery bakery (such as Pie Crust or Nilla Wafers) although it’s great all on its own.
Lambeau Leap is, I believe, named after a football team. Green Bay, maybe (almost said Green Day there, whoops.) I really don’t know sports (GO SPORTS!!!) This is an odd fave for me, as it contains Sweater Weather, a popular woods-and-juniper blend from Bath & Body Works. It’s quite cologne-y, and I’ve never been much for woodsy, masculine scents. But in Lambeau Leap, blended with crisp apple cider and creamy Vanilla Bean Noel, it’s really nice; reminds me quite a bit of another Rosegirls blend that subs out the juicy apple cider for astringent pine. Very nice.
And finally, Apple Strudel Rice Krispie Treats, a not-too-sweet, not-too-bakery blend of flaky apple strudel and crispy Rice Krispies. This is the most linear of all the apple scents, and it’s lovely all on its own – I wouldn’t blend its delicious simplicity with another thing. Great choices, all.