Are you tired of all things pumpkin? If you are, I’m so sorry, because I’m going to add yet ANOTHER pumpkin spiced object to your world–a sweet and spicy DIY pumpkin pie scrub that’s perfect for smoothing dry autumn skin.
I, actually, don’t think I could ever tire of pumpkin. Love, love, love it, from lattes, to pie, to this amazing sugar scrub. It’s just like bathing in pumpkin pie.
You’ll notice that the recipe doesn’t contain any pumpkin puree, by design. Pumpkin puree is a fine addition for single use scrubs, but won’t keep on your shelf. Despite what all those other yummy-sounding recipes say, pumpkin puree will cause your sugar scrub to spoil in a hot minute.
(Go ahead and take a look at this article to learn why adding fresh pumpkin to your DIY skin care products can be a bad idea.)
Please don’t add any pumpkin puree to a product you’re keeping on the shelf. Even in the fridge it will last 7 days MAX.
But with pumpkin seed oil, you get all the skin-yummy benefits of pumpkin without the spoilage issue.
Pumpkin seed oil is high in essential fatty acids, is emollient, and leaves your skin feeling extra smooth and soft.
You can often find it at larger health food stores, and definitely at soap making suppliers online.
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RECIPE: DIY Pumpkin Pie Scrub
This DIY pumpkin pie scrub will fit perfectly into a pint-sized mason jar. Decorate the lid with a cute fabric scrap and tie on a label with a ribbon and it’s ready for gift giving.
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup pumpkin seed oil
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon your favorite Pumpkin Pie soap fragrance oil
- 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
Mix the sugars together in a small bowl. Add the pumpkin seed oil and stir until the sugar is completely coated. Add in the fragrance oil and spices and stir well. Spoon mixture into a pint-sized mason jar.
Tip: If the scrub is too liquid for your liking, feel free to use less oil/add more sugar to get the consistency you like. That’s the beauty of DIY skin care, my friend!
Take 1-2 tablespoons of scrub into the shower with you. Massage gently over the entire body, paying attention to especially dry areas like elbows and feet. Rinse well.
You can also use this as a hand scrub. Set next to the sink, rub into the hands whenever needed, and rinse off.
Avoid getting water into the scrub, since this could cause mold growth. Use a small scoop or spoon to get scrub from the jar, instead of dipping in with wet hands.
YIELD: Approximately 1 pint
SHELF LIFE: About 4 months