Pumpkin Queen has been part of Haus of Gloi’s autumn release for the last few years. I picked these up this past autumn (2012), but I remember getting a sample of it in 2011 as well.
In the jar the pumpkin butter smells of peaches, sweet pumpkin and clove. I think I get a bit of amber but it’s not overpowering. On skin it’s much less sweet, and I smell the hay, nutmeg, and herbs a lot more. Honestly, it’s a bit savory. The amber is there but it’s not going crazy on me like amber tends to, so that’s nice. I like this one more in the jar. It’s still nice on the skin, just very different. I recall another autumn release (Saft Ernte) being very peachy as well, so next autumn I’ll grab a jar and/or bottle of that instead.
The formula is wonderful as always. HoG’s pumpkin butters are my favorite.
In the bottle the perfume smells like sweet pumpkin, clove, and a touch of amber. The peach is much less pronounced, but there’s a creaminess. Wet on skin it’s again much less sweet, with the hay, spices (especially the nutmeg), herbs, and amber coming out more. The amber is stronger here, I think. It does have that same savory note that I get from the pumpkin butter, but there’s also something else… as it dries the pumpkin gets a bit more present, bringing it back from dangerously close to Eu de Christmas Ham to a dry, spicy autumn scent. Once it’s been on the skin for a while I smell something slightly smokey, like a distant bonfire, and as time goes on it seems to regain a bit of that peachy sweetness I liked about the oil in the bottle. Actually, it’s lovely. My opinion on this one has been a bit of a roller coaster while wearing it. I loved it in the bottle, didn’t like it so much at the start, but by the end I love it again.
Would I buy it again? Hmm. This is a tough one. It’s not what I was expecting – if I’d gotten a sample first (actually I think I DID buy a sample of this, sniffed it, loved it, and ordered the full-sizes without ever trying it on because I AM STUPID) I likely would’ve gotten Saft Ernte instead. But after my initial disappointment, I really do like it. So, yes, I would buy it again.