According to an article I read recently, sniffing pumpkin fragrance is so closely related to the pleasure we experience when biting into a pumpkin pie or sipping a pumpkin spiced drink, that our brains get a positive kick of dopamine (the brain's “feel good” chemical) when we smell it. Whether or not that's true, I'm always happy for fall to arrive in part because … PUMPKIN scented everything!
While there are still a few weeks until the official arrival of fall, you don't have to wait that long to get your pumpkin on. Order now from these members of the Indie Business Network, and when the big day arrives (September 22), you won't be without your pumpkin fix. You can thank us later.
1. Pumpkin Flan Candle Tin, by Albisa Candles (California)
Makers: Isabel and Albert Alvarez
Celebrate Cuban heritage with the Pumpkin Flan candle from Albisa. Fresh pumpkin intertwines with a smooth touch of caramel, plus delicate spice notes and brown sugar. Is your mouth watering yet? This is all you need to eat pumpkin flan … without actually eating it.
2. Pumpkin Peel Mask, by Body Systems (South Dakota)
Maker: Teri Patterson
Body Systems’s Pumpkin Peel mask is loved by spa goers all over, and you can have it in your very own home in a few days. In addition to being great for your face, this mask (which contains real pumpkin) is also a wonderful way to treat your feet and hands. Pumpkin is a rich source of enzymes that act like alpha-hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate the top layer of skin and reveal the newer and softer skin beneath.
3. Harvest Soaps, by Colorado Aromatics (Colorado)
Maker: Cindy Jones
Get cultivated skincare from this brand, which uses fresh Rocky Mountain water to make many of its products — including these Pumpkin Spice bars. If you want to add some seasonal variety to your pumpkin repertoire, you can pick up other fall-themed soaps including Sesame Anise Orange and Orange Clove.
4. White Girl Crack Pumpkin Spice Laundry Soap, by Shabby Chick Cleaners (Oklahoma)
Maker: Amber Malcom
When Amber first told me the name of this product, I really thought she had gone crazy. She laughed and told me I wasn't the only one. Then, she told me she cannot keep this in stock during the fall season. So, I present to you laundry soap which is apparently addictive … at least to some people. This laundry soap contains Shabby Chick's magical combination of laundry cleaner and a scrumptious blend of essential oils of clove, bergamot, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You could actually become addicted to doing your laundry. Go figure.
5. Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion, by Wild Air Skincare (Connecticut)
Maker: Lisa Kennally
This decadent line of pumpkin awesome restores supple skin with a potent cocktail of deliciousness. The lotion in particular invites you to pamper yourself like you deserve it, but why stop there when you can also get the sugar scrub and body butter too? (You know you wanna.)
6. Vanilla Pumpkin Pie, by Addylu Candles (Georgia)
Maker: Lindsay Welch
Crafted with American-made soy wax, the Vanilla Pumpkin Pie candle is scented in layers, first drowning you in the aroma of sweet vanilla, then rescuing you with the kiss of pumpkin, and finally settling you gently into a bed of bakery spices. You'll swear your grandmother is in the next room baking up a storm.
7. Pumpkin Spice Bar, by Grace Organics and Naturals (Washington)
Makers: Dale and Alanda Eickhoff
This Pumpkin Spice Bar is not quite ready for prime time, but we couldn't resist the chance to share it with you so you could see how it looks in the mold. Just look at that color! Be honest … you would stick a spoon in it if you didn't know better, right? We'll be sure to come back and update this post with a link to buy when they are ready. Meanwhile, we just had to share this picture with you!
I am so excited that fall is almost here! Crisp air, fallen leaves, sweaters… so much to be excited about, and these pumpkin products just make it all better! What is your favorite pumpkin product — food, drink, candle, soap, or lotion? What's the best pumpkin product you've ever used that we should know about? Share your pumpkin experience in the comments below!