Pumpkin Body Scrub Recipe
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Learn how to make a pumpkin body scrub recipe to exfoliate and nourish your skin.  The natural enzymes in the pumpkin and the salt will leave your skin glowing and feeling so soft.

I'm going to blame it on the crazy weather we're having this year, but my skin has been dry and tight.  The Epsom salt Council recently sent me some Epsom salts to use in a recipe, so I decided to try their pumpkin spice salt scrub recipe.  




Normally, I use sugar in my body scrubs, but salt scrubs are more abrasive, so they exfoliate better.  I liked that this recipe also has pumpkin.  Pumpkin has many benefits for your skin and acts as a natural chemical exfoliant.

I love fall, and I love pumpkin spice.  I added some pumpkin spice to give this a little extra scent.  It smells so good!


Pumpkin Body Scrub Recipe


Pumpkin Benefits for Skin


Pumpkin is a wonderful ingredient for skin care recipes because it has natural fruit enzymes and AHAs that act as a chemical exfoliant.  This helps smooth and brighten the skin while increasing cellular turnover.

High in vitamins A and C, pumpkin can also naturally soothe and soften the skin.  It can also boost collagen production.

Pumpkin molecules are small, so they can penetrate deeper in to the skin if you use them topically.




I recommend using homemade pumpkin puree.  I make it in the fall and freeze it in ice cube trays.  Then when I want to make a DIY recipe or use it in cooking recipes, I just need to thaw a few cubes.

If you don't make it, buy organic pumpkin.  And be sure to buy pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling because it has spices and other additives.

You can use pumpkin puree in one of the following recipes:


Epsom Salts


I normally use sugar in my body scrubs, but I wanted to try a salt scrub.  Epsom salt isn't really  a salt, but it behaves like one for this pumpkin body scrub recipe.

Salt scrubs are more abrasive than sugar scrubs are, so they exfoliate better.  They can also be more irritating for your skin.

If your skin is sensitive, feel free to swap the Epsom salts for white or brown sugar.

Learn more about salt scrub vs sugar scrub and learn the differences between the two.




Spices 


I also added some pumpkin spice to make this smell good.  Cinnamon can be irritating, so omit this if your skin is sensitive.

If you don't want to use the spices but want a scent other than pumpkin, you can add half of a teaspoon of real vanilla extract to get that bakery scent.

Carrier Oil


You can make this with just pumpkin and Epsom salts, but it will be really thick.  I added a little bit of oil to thin it a little bit.

I recommend using either grapeseed oil or fractionated coconut oil.  Both are light oils, sometimes called dry oils.

They both nourish your skin with fatty acids and vitamins.  Both absorb quickly, so they won't leave your skin feeling oily after you use this pumpkin body scrub recipe.

Pumpkin Body Scrub Notes


Pumpkin is like a natural chemical peel.  It has enzymes that work to remove dead skin cells.  It can be irritating for some people.  

Do not use this pumpkin body scrub recipe on your face.  The salt is entirely too abrasive  and will cause tiny tears in your delicate facial skin.

You can make it with brown sugar for your face.  

If you have sensitive skin, omit the spices.  You can also swap the Epsom salts for white or brown sugar.

Use a body scrub about once a week.  If you use it more often than that, your skin can get irritated and red.

Since this pumpkin salt scrub recipe doesn't have a preservative, you will need to discard any leftovers.  



Ingredients

Directions


Step #1


Mix all ingredients together.  It will seem like you don't have enough pumpkin, but keep mixing.  You want it to be kind of thick.  

Step #2


Apply to your body in a circular motion.  Do not apply to your face because the Epsom salts are too harsh for sensitive facial skin.

Rinse well.  Apply lotion if desired.


pumpkin, body scrub, salt scrub, pumpkin spice,
Yield: 1 scrub
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $5

Pumpkin Salt Scrub Recipe

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 10 Mtotal time: 15 M
Exfoliate your skin naturally with this pumpkin salt scrub recipe.

materials:

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil or fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

tools:

  • Bowl
  • Spoon

steps:

  1. Mix all ingredients together. It will seem like you don't have enough pumpkin, but keep mixing. You want it to be kind of thick.
  2. Apply to your body in a circular motion. Do not apply to your face because the Epsom salts are too harsh for sensitive facial skin.
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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.