Pumpkin spice trumps all flavors during October with flavors warming us up on the chilly mornings of autumn. If you can't get enough of the spice at your local coffee stop, you can rest assured a pumpkin spice body scrub will do the trick. Allow your skin to drink in the aroma and skin benefits of pumpkin, and take the pumpkin spice obsession to the next level. This homemade pumpkin spice scrub recipe will give your morning breakfast beverage new meaning and make room for new, healthy skin cells.
The almighty pumpkin is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins C and E are great for skin health, and when you combine them with the amount of nutrients in pumpkin, this fall treat has the skills to regenerate and restore skin cells. According to sources at Canyon Ranch, vitamin A has been proven to fade dark spots and smooth wrinkles. And for me, scars from mosquito bites and any overexposure to the sun are perhaps the main reasons why my skin starts craving pumpkin by the time August rolls around.
It's not just the pumpkins that will have your skin glowing and even-toned; this recipe has nutmeg and cinnamon which are great exfoliates with anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation of pimples. Sweet orange essential oil will lift the appearance of old scars from acne or bug bites and with just a touch of clove, this scrub is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and full of stimulating antioxidants that are balanced by vanilla essential oil, which provides a calming aroma for your skin and mind to be dreaming of pumpkin spice on the regular.
Carve The Inside Of A Pumpkin
Obviously, you'll need a small-medium sized pumpkin to get started. Purchase an organic pumpkin and remove the top stem with a sharp knife. Scoop out the pumpkin guts and seeds with an ice cream scoop or large metal spoon. If you get some of the skin while you're scooping, it's no big deal because the nutrients are there too. Save your pumpkin for crafts and measure out the pumpkin seeds and pulp. The remainder can be used for future DIY recipes.
It's important that the seeds are raw for this recipe, cooked seeds will have a harsher consistency for the body and if you didn't cook them yourself, they may have added flavors. The uncooked seeds should be soft enough for a heavy-duty blender, but if you are concerned about the blades, mash the seeds down (without the pulp) before you blend. Since I'm only blending an ounce and my blender works best at grinding a lot of seeds at once, I added 2 ounces of the raw sugar and coconut oil to get everything working together. Blend for 10-15 seconds and place into a glass bowl.
Make Your Base Scrub
Pour the rest of the sugar and oil in and mix well. Next, add the nutmeg and cinnamon. These spices are both considered "irritants," so make sure you only use the amount the recipe calls for or you could irritate your skin. Many highly antiseptic herbs need to be used with caution because they do such an awesome job at cleaning, too much of a good thing can remove natural oils and cause dryness, leading to irritated skin. Of course, if you've ever had a reaction to using either nutmeg or cinnamon topically, you can leave them out of the recipe and still get some pumpkin love in your scrub.
I like a nice, thick consistency in my scrub; adding more sugar or honey will give you a thicker scrub and adding more oil or even a teaspoon of distilled water will loosen your scrub. If you choose to add honey, start with a small amount as too much honey can easily turn your scrub into a sticky blob.
Spice Up The Pumpkin Scrub
Typically, you don't want to put essential oils in the bowls you use for cooking etc so before you add your essential oils, transfer the scrub into a sealable jar. Add the essential oils in the container and mix with a small wooden spoon. Be especially careful to not put too much clove oil in your container as it's going to be another very potent ingredient that has amazing skin benefits when used in small doses.
Once you've mixed up your scrub, apply a small amount on the inside of your elbow and be sure that you have no reactions to any of the ingredients. I like to wait an hour for a reaction to occur before I get scrubbing, but anyone that has sensitive skin prone to dermal reactions can wait 24 hours to be extra careful. Use your scrub weekly in the shower after you've given yourself a nice warm rinse of water, opening up your pores to receive the benefits of your new pumpkin spice scrub. Be sure to avoid using your scrub on open skin or right after a shave, as exfoliating during these times can be irritating.