Poppers and dog shampoo – the new pumpkin spice options

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Pumpkin spice season has begun and has spread beyond the Starbucks latte. The Guardian said the “increasingly unlikely and downright gross products now offer pumpkin spice options,” including “bone broth protein, deodorant and poppers” have shown “there’s nothing that can’t be pumpkined”. Although Americans purchased more than $236m in pumpkin-spice-flavoured grocery items in 12 months, this doesn’t include “myriad” pumpkin spice household items like scented candles and dog shampoo.

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Chas Newkey-Burden has been part of The Week Digital team for more than a decade and a journalist for 25 years, starting out on the irreverent football weekly 90 Minutes, before moving to lifestyle magazines Loaded and Attitude. He was a columnist for The Big Issue and landed a world exclusive with David Beckham that became the weekly magazine’s bestselling issue. He now writes regularly for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, Metro, FourFourTwo and the i new site. He is also the author of a number of non-fiction books.