This year, seasonal scents store Bath & Body Works went ham on pumpkin, with an impressive (and unnecessary, IMO) 120+ different pumpkin-related products in 20 different pumpkin-centric scents.
And we decided to smell them all.
...Well, as many as we could, anyway; we wanted to go with all the same type of product (we went with candles in this case) for consistency, and could only get 12 out of the 20.
But guess what? We smelled 'em and ranked 'em anyway.
We assessed each scent in four metrics: how accurate the scent was in relation to its name; how strong/overwhelming each scent was; how pumpkin-y, if you will, each was; and how balanced each was. Each metric was scored out of five, for a highest possible score of 20.
Here's how they stacked up:
12. Berry Pumpkin Strudel
Pumpkin and berries together? In a strudel? I was skeptical going in and, as I put my discerning nose to the test, I was right to be — the candle smelled overwhelmingly of fruit, but not really berries in particular... and there was no hint of pumpkin at all. 10/10 would not smell again.
5 (TIE). Pumpkin French Toast
The best thing about french toast is its signature brown-sugar-and-maple-syrup aroma, and that's 100% what you'll find here. It's a strong-scented candle. You can smell a bit of maltiness the way you might find in pumpkin, but if the label didn't say pumpkin on it, I never would have known.
5 (TIE). Pumpkin Cupcake
GODDAMN this is an overwhelmingly strong candle. Like, Febreeze-level strong. This shit will mask any and all other scents you've got going on within a 50-foot radius, at least (and if that's what you're looking for in a candle, then look no further). It's got a really sugary smell, and some pumpkin-esque spice.
1. Pumpkin Spice
Finally, it's the pumpkin candle we've all been waiting for — and who knew that it would come in the form of Bath & Body Works' year-round Pumpkin Spice scent? It's accurate to its description, it's quite pumpkin-y, but it doesn't overwhelm in strength, pumpkin, or spice. Now excuse me while I get down on one knee and propose to this candle.