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The Lurid Library’s Pumpkin Patch

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The incense-tinged scent of forbidden tomes and the musk-laden remnants of infernal servants slithering through an overgrown, neglected pumpkin patch.

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Incense, weeds, pumpkin and a whiff of leather. So, this definitely smells someone tried to summon a demon in a library but ended up summoning an infernal pumpkin that has clearly taken over the library and does not give two damns that this used to be a library for nefarious purposes, and has re-purposed it as a pumpkin patch for its own malefic purposes. So yes, demon pumpkin takes over your library. Medium throw and wear length.

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I just pulled this puppy from the mail, so I will update later if it ends up shifting greatly after it settles, but what I get right off is Patchouli with a capital "P" and a bit of leather, which is always understated on me.  I get no pumpkin spice, which usually amps, and I get no hint of pumpkin.  I have been looking for a dark pumpkin scent that would work for me, and this does indeed work - but maybe that's b/c I can't smell the pumpkin?  🎃 

It gets very dusty, black musky on my skin after a few minutes, which I could take or leave, but then... THEN it becomes copal.  Lovely, glorious copal, which I adore, and which is an unexpected surprise.  The copal begins to temper itself back in with the other notes, and now I do get a vague impression of books, though that might be b/c I know I'm supposed to.  I never smelled the original Lurid Library, but this is very nice.  I would definitely recommend it to copal and patch lovers, and can allay the fears of anyone dreading being pumpkin spiced to death.   

I do wish I could smell even a hint of pumpkin, but perhaps this will come out in the last wisps of dry down or as the bottle ages and the patchouli has time to settle.  

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Of all the pumpkin patches, this was probably the least pumpkiny of them all. It's very pretty. But I get a lot of pencil shavings, which is not my normal response to cedar or other resins. It's not a complex incense or a lovely book scent to me, just slightly perfumey pencil shavings. No fear for pumpkin spice here! Just a faint twist of pumpkin to the normal Lurid Library, which I traded away because it never did smell like books on me. 
 
If Lurid Library didn't work on you, this is a soft and slightly more incensey pile of pencils and pumpkins. If it did, I'd give it a try for sure!

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(Side note: I haven't sniffed The Lurid Library in years, and can't remember what I thought of it.)

 

Wet: Pencil shavings, some kind of dusty musk scent, and leather. Pumpkin, where you at?

 

Dry: The pencil shavings have mostly calmed down (aka they're still kinda there, just not as crazy as earlier); otherwise that dusty musk and leather are still there. You know what still hasn't arrived? The pumpkin.

 

Not a winner for me.

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I recently got to try The Lurid Library, which was more like a cologne-y incense than a book scent to me.

I was hoping the pumpkin patch version would be more to my liking. Alas, it's more like a powdery incense on me. I get zero pumpkin from this whatsoever.


Wherefore art thou, pumpkin?

 

If you're looking for a library full of books plus pumpkin, this isn't it. The Lurid Library's Pumpkin Patch is not for me, since I didn't get books or pumpkin from this one.

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I don't know what it is about BPAL's library scents, but my skin chemistry obliterates them.  I did try Lurid Library recently and got soft incense rather than old books, and while it lasted a long time, it was very quiet on me.  The Lurid Library's Pumpkin Patch smells similar to me.  There is no pumpkin spice here, not that I expected it in a pumpkin patch; there may be some faint squash vines and soil, but I'm not finding any appreciable pumpkin.  And after an hour or so, there was very little scent left. 

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