Scent Name: Pumpkin Patch I
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenie 2009: 9/05, 8/06
Scent Description and Notes: “Once upon a time, many centuries ago, there lived, in the meadows of Ireland, a lazy, wicked farmer by the name of Stingy Jack. Lazy, wicked and cheap, yes, but also as shrewd as a fox. One night, Stingy Jack came across the Devil as he was walking down the road, and he invited Old Scratch to have a drink with him. They walked to the closest tavern, and drank together through the night. When the time came to pay, Stingy Jack convinced the Devil to change himself into a sixpence so the two of them could fool the bartender. Instead of paying the barkeep with the demon-turned-spare-change, Stingy Jack palms the sixpence, and puts it in his pocket next to a silver cross — keeping the Devil from changing back into his true form, and rendering him powerless. Jack, thinking himself quite clever, then makes a deal with the Devil: he would set the Devil free on one condition — that the Devil would swear never to pass Stingy Jack’s soul into Hell. The next year, on All Hallow’s Eve, Stingy Jack dies. Because of his wickedness and pettiness, he is turned away from the Gates of Heaven. As he approaches Hell, the Devil is there, laughing at Jack, barring his way through the Gates of Hell, as he had renounced any claim he had on Stingy Jack’s soul. The Devil, laughing still at the look of dismay on Jack’s face, tosses him a coal from the Fires of Perdition and tells him that the flames of Hell will light his way, wherever he may roam. Undead and disconsolate, Jack returns to his farm in Ireland, carves out one of his turnips and places the coal inside it. To this day, he wanders the Earth, aimlessly: the man neither Heaven nor Hell would have. Through time, the turnip of lore morphed into the pumpkin that we now use for our Hallowe’en decor. For your demonic lantern-carving pleasure, we present five delightfully strange pumpkin variants:
1. Pumpkin, almond, brown musk, and honey. ” -BPAL
Oil Color: A daffodil color.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from ralenth, who tries to match the bottle art to the art she provides on the imp. On the back, she has the notes of the scent in large, cursive font. On the side, she has her decanting name, while the front features the name of the collection and the name of the scent framing the image that she associated with the scent – a silly carved pumpkin with the words “Halp! I’z been eated!”
- ITI: Ooh, I’m not normally a foody, but I respond well to the pumpkin and brown musk together. It smells like there is brown sugar in there as well.
- Wet: I get more of an odd muskiness now that it is on my skin. While it is not mentioned in the note list, I get nutmeg and a little berry as well. The honey does sweeten things up, but I don’t get much almond.
- Dry: I get more mulling spices with my pumpkin. I actually like this quite a bit.
Other Impressions: Vanilla and pumpkin – a very sharp tasting pumpkin pie, very strongly flavored. It’s a little foody for him. -Tony