Sweet Sheep Featured Fragrance: Pumpkin Spice

It’s that time of year again, folks! I think autumn must be one of a knitter’s favorite seasons, the renewed crisp in the air and the need for woollen goodness can really inspire yarn-y creativity. I’m not ashamed to say that I look forward to fall and all of its spice-filled goodness, and while I’ll surely miss the sun-drenched days of summer, I’m thrilled to bring my Pumpkin Spice lotion bar back for the season.

Sweet Sheep Featured Fragrance: Pumpkin Spice | Woolen Diversions

Pumpkin Spice lotion bar

Why I love it: The Pumpkin Spice fragrance is warm and comforting, with layers of cinnamon and nutmeg spices over a sweet, fresh, pumpkin base. Confession time: I used my Pumpkin Spice sample size bar year-round. It lived at my desk in my office and I just finished the final bits of it last month. This fragrance brings me joy at any time of the year!

What it pairs well with: It’s the first of the autumn scents that I’ve reintroduced so the others aren’t out yet, but typically I include Pumpkin Spice in a sample set with Frosted Cranberry (tart, sweet, juicy) and Apple Butter (sweet, spicy, autumnal). If you wanted to maximize cinnamon goodness, I’d recommend Cinnamon Chai, and if you wanted to pair it with another baked sweet scent, I’d recommend Lemon Cake. Keep an eye out for some Pumpkin Spice-scented soap in the future, too!

Don’t forget, Sweet Sheep will be vending at the Squam Art Fair tomorrow, Sat. Sept. 19th, 7:30 – 10 pm in Holderness, NH. Hope to see you there!

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Name This Scent! Contest

I’ve come to realize that some of my Sweet Sheep lotion bar fragrances are more challenging to name than others. An example of an easy one is Kumquat.

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Kumquat!

This bar smells exactly like how biting into a kumquat tastes: bright, fresh, juicy, tropical, citrus. If you’ve never eaten a kumquat, by the way, I recommend that you do so as soon as possible. It’s the only citrus fruit with an edible rind. The rind is thin and very sweet which plays nicely off the sour pulp of the fruit. Anyway, back to the problem at hand: other scents are harder to capture in a name.

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Down by the Bay

For example, the above photo represents the bar I call Down by the Bay. The fragrance oil that gives its scent was named Tobacco & Bay Leaf by the supplier. I did not think that name evoked the right emotions for the way the lotion bars smelled. To me, the scent is herbal and tangy, citrus-y and a little salty. It reminds me of bright beach days and sweeping expanses of sea. ‘Down by the Bay’ seemed to fit much better.

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The scent that needs a name!

Now, for the current dilemma! I’m having the hardest time coming up with a good name for a new holiday fragrance depicted above. I think the photo captures the essence of the fragrance well enough, but a good name is eluding me. The scent has a base of spruce, is clearly a holiday/Christmas tree kind of scent, with an almost candy- or berry-like sweetness to it. It evokes a sense of merriment and cheer, cold days and warm nights. It’s woodsy without being completely herbal, and sweet without being overwhelmingly sugar-y or fruity. When I smell it I think about opening up boxes full of Christmas decorations, but something like “Old Tinsel & Ornaments” just didn’t seem right… ha.

Here’s where you come in!

If you’d like to play along, please suggest a name you think best represents the holiday scent in the third photo. Post your suggestion either in the comments below or on Sweet Sheep’s facebook page. I realize the difficulty in naming a scent you haven’t smelled but brainstorming is fun and winning stuff is even more fun, so why not give it a try? Every person who suggests a name by 11:59 pm (EST) on Sunday 12/7 will be entered for a chance to win one lotion bar of this fragrance. On Monday I’ll compile a list of my favorite suggestions and open it up to a vote on the blog. If a name you suggested wins the poll (voting will end next Thursday), you’ll receive a lotion bar and lip balm of your choice! (If more than one person suggests the same name, then I’ll use a random number generator to determine who wins.)

So how about it, want to play along?