Pumpkin IV (2009) Pumpkin Patch 2009: 8/5/09 - 11/5/09
Posted 19 August 2009 - 03:31 PM
in the bottle bog standard BPAL pumpkin, a little reminiscent of pumpkin V from 2007 and pumpkin queen: swarthy, buttery pumpkin but not quite as buttery as, say, jack
wet on skin i'm getting the richness of the tobacco and just a little resin from the myrrh. no clove to be found yet, which is good, as i love the concept of clove, but generally find it doesn't work in any way on my skin
dry on skin a little clove, yeah? just enough to spice it up and make it swing a little toward foody. this reminds me very much of pumpkin V '07, only not as bright. it's a wearable foody pumpin that's just a little bit dark and resinous. a surprise winner from my haul and this will most likely keep me happily in pumpkin for a long while. highly recommended if you liked any of the above pumpkin blends.
Posted 21 August 2009 - 08:17 PM
On my skin, tobacco comes right out on my skin along with pumpkin spice. As it dries, clove emerges.
This dries down to a beautiful, resinous pumpkin spice tobacco.
Posted 29 August 2009 - 04:21 PM
I love clove, love tobacco, love black musk, and love myrrh, but, this ended up smelling...soapy.
In about 6 hours, the soapy problem went away and all I could smell was myrrh. I can't give up on it yet, though, and will try again. sometime, before I swap it away.
Posted 30 August 2009 - 03:42 AM
Posted 08 September 2009 - 09:05 AM
On the skin: Smoke fades really quickly. Now it is pumpkin and clove. So good! Wow!!
This one might actually have beaten out Pumpkin V for my favorites of the pumpkins this year. Sooooooo good!
Posted 11 September 2009 - 12:38 PM
Posted 12 September 2009 - 11:50 PM
wet: this is a very spicy pumpkin, it doesn't exactly smell like clove, more the feel of clove with heavy pumpkin and smooth tobacco.
dry: as this dries, the myrrh slowly warms. this is a very rich pumpkin scent with heavy, dark spice and a smooth musky tobacco feel underneath it all. my favorite of the whole patch.
Posted 18 September 2009 - 12:05 AM
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Posted 23 September 2009 - 01:55 PM
On my skin, I doubt that I could pick out any of the listed notes in this. It smells like the best pumpkin ever, but I couldn't place my finger on why that is. I think that the myrrh adds a warm, golden, almost sparkly feel to the pumpkin. The clove and pumpkin spice here is sweet and not at all overwhelming. And the tobacco/black musk are just a curl of sweet smoke underneath the other notes.
Pumpkin IV is sweet and foodie, but also perfumey and very wearable, with almost a sexy-sugar feel to it. I love this a lot. Pumpkin IV and Pumpkin II are my favorite of this year's pumpkin blends (and I like Pumpkin III as well). I might even get a second bottle of this blend.
Posted 23 September 2009 - 05:43 PM
Posted 24 September 2009 - 04:13 PM
Wet: Cloves and buttery pumpkin. I'm really only getting buttery pumpkin pie so far. Way off in the distance, there might be an interesting and faint scent of something else.
Drydown: Still very buttery and pumpkin, but the cloves, tobacco, and myrrh are taking a stronger role. Black musk usually shows up last to the party with me and lasts the longest, so I'll have to wait a bit more. At the end of the drydown, it's all myrrh and musk with a pumpkin backdrop.
Posted 25 September 2009 - 02:55 AM
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Posted 29 September 2009 - 01:58 PM
Wet: Straight up pumpkin, though not buttery.
Dydown: The pumpkin does go somewhere, and I'm left with this spicy clove mixed with myrrh and a tinge of sweetness.
Dry: There's a teensy bit of pumpkin peeking out of the spice pile. It's very nice and wearable, with minimal throw.
Overall: Nice, but I would like to see more pumpkin. Will retest later in the month for a final verdict.
Posted 29 September 2009 - 09:55 PM
In the vial, it was very, very much that warm buttery sweet pumpkin that I associate with a pumpkin scent. It's quite nice. And I love that bright orange color. But once on my skin, that rich pumpkin smell completely disappeared. Apparently, with this scent, I'm amping the black musk like crazy. There is this dark almost smokey note radiating up off my skin. I can't really detect any of the other notes.
It stays like this for quite some time.
It's been several hours now and sadly, this has faded so badly that I'm barely able to smell anything at all. What I can smell still is the musk with the myrrh, clove and tobacco notes dancing along the edges in turn. Again, I love clove and would've preferred if it was a bit more prominent.
Overall, I'm on the fence about this one. It's nice, but it's not OMG!WOWing me. I've got about a month to wear it a couple more times and think about whether it makes the bottle want list.
Posted 29 September 2009 - 10:19 PM
Wet: Everything but the pumpkin! The black musk and the tobacco are really strong.
The dry-down: This was one of those scents that again I was hesitant to try because of the black musk. Musk and I usually get along, but black must is often too strong for me. (I had a problem with Black Lace because of this issue; the Indian musk seemed more like black musk on my skin.) Slowly, the buttery-sweet note of the pumpkin is reasserting itself, thank goodness, along with the clove. There's just a faint touch of myrrh, and the tobacco has a papery note to my nose. I was in a tobacco drying barn once as a child, and it's a lovely smell, as I remember, and I have hoped that I would find that note again in any of Beth's oils with the tobacco note, but it just doesn't seem to be.
Ultimately, this scent is dominated by the black musk. If you like Black Lace, but would have liked it to be a bit sweeter, then Pumpkin IV may be something that you would like.
This post has been edited by thekittenkat: 03 October 2009 - 10:38 PM
Posted 02 October 2009 - 08:45 PM
Resin-y pumpkin with clove (makes it more sharp) and alongside tobacco and black musk make this appear to be a dark pumpkin blend, but in reality it is sweet. Very deceiving, but I totally adore it.
Posted 03 October 2009 - 04:36 AM
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Posted 10 October 2009 - 11:31 PM
It is very evocative of Fall and takes me back to my teen years when I went to a local renaissance faire every September. It was there that I first encountered perfume oils and Pumpkin IV is the scent of that cart.
I quite like this, but I'm glad I got it as a sample from a decant and not a full bottle as find it a bit too heavy for everyday wear. I can see wearing it to parties or when reading tarot cards.
Posted 18 October 2009 - 12:06 AM
Posted 27 October 2009 - 05:48 PM
Still very foody and cakey, but a bit of the vegetal pumpkin aspect comes out. More clove and tobacco and myrrh - this is much more balanced and complex on my skin, although the pumpkin and black musk and sweet foodiness in general definitely dominate.
Still sweet but no longer buttery. Much, much more clove - it now dominates along with the delicious tobacco note. Myrrh still makes this bitter and overall I find this a touch too sweet, but barely. I think without the myrrh I might find this workable. It is the best tobacco note, and the clove is bitter clove which I don't love but unlike other cloves also don't hate.
Oddly, the final dry down of this is very earthy, almost like a soil note. The myrrh, tobacco, and bitter clove all hold well and in balance with each other, but the pumpkin is long gone, and the black musk is a backdrop note. At first is has good throw but it fades after a few hours to almost nothing. Not bad, but not my style.