In Type O Negative's song "Black No. 1," Peter Steele sings "Her perfume smells like burning leaves," and I've been forever searching for a scent like that which evokes the spirit of Samhain! What do you picture the autumn season smelling like? For me it's a woodsy, smoky scent of autumn leaves with a bit of candy corn sweetness, apple orchard tartness, pumpkin patch earthiness, and a sprinkle of brimstone. Who knows if a scent like that actually exists, but I'm on a quest to find it!
In my search this year I've come across a few small, independent companies who are making perfumes, bath bombs, lotions, and other potions in lovely autumn and Halloween scents that I'm absolutely drooling over! I've compiled some of these for you below, all of which are vegan and cruelty-free (note: always double-check ingredients since formulations can change, though most of the businesses listed below are themselves vegan and cruelty-free!).
Hopefully this year I can find some scented treats that will keep me smelling like Halloween long after all the jack-o-lanterns have been blown out on October 31st.
Image via BPAL's site
Image via MoonCraft Emporium's site
Image via Witch Baby Soap's Instagram
Image via Cellar Door's site
Image via Quixotic Eye's site
Image via Ghoulish Delights' Instagram
Trader Joe's Pumpkin Body Butter (review) is an inexpensive (it only costs $4.99) way to smell like autumn! I love its sweet yet tart mix, which reminds me of apple cider mixed with a hint of warming pumpkin spice. I love the thick, luxurious body butter and stock up on it every year so I have autumn-scented lotion year-round! If you don't have a Trader Joe's nearby, you can get some on Amazon (though at a very steep mark-up).
Image via Lush's site
What does Halloween smell like to you?
What are your favorite Halloween potions to keep you smelling like Samhain throughout the season (and beyond)?