Now that the feast has been served and the leftovers have been put away, I hope you’re not sick of the flavor of the season!
Pumpkin is everything right now, and the orange gourd-like squash is being incorporated into body and bath products, home fragrance and hair products because of its many astounding properties. Pumpkin is delicious (and good for you too) in baked goods, pies, soups, stews and chili. Its warm, inviting fragrance reminds us of this season and happy times with family and friends. And besides all of that, pumpkin rocks for external use, packing enough antioxidants, vitamin C, and alpha hydroxy acid to help clear up your skin and impart a glowy, fresh look. At this time of year, pumpkin starts popping up in everything, and with good reason. It’s amazing on so many levels!
These are a few of my favorite pumpkin products — some of which I’ve been lucky enough to review recently. I hope you find them as delicious and effective as I do!
For the first time, The Body Shop listened to the voice of the people to make their latest product! Their new Spiced Pumpkin bath and shower gel was chosen as the winner of their Create an Original competition in Autumn 2010. Stephie from California, congrats! You did GOOD! This shower gel is rich and warm and delicious and inviting without being too food-like in fragrance. Delicious for fall. Love it! $5.99.
I’ve been a fan of Yum Yum Candle‘s products for a while now! Yum Yum Candle is an indie, small business that makes high quality bath and body items, and heavenly candles that make your whole room smell delicious. I was finally lucky enough to meet the creator of these beautiful candles at the Circle of Sisters convention earlier this year. There we chatted, hugged, and she gave me this awesome Pumpkin Spice candle. I wanted to eat it the moment I smelled it! Instead I brought it back to Chicago with me and waited till now. It is SO delicious. If you want to make your home smell like you baked something, this is your candle. $10.99 to $18.99.
I already mentioned the antioxidants, vitamin C, and alpha hydroxy acid contained in pumpkin, and the geniuses of Peter Thomas Roth harnessed the orangey goodness into their Pumpkin Enzyme Peel. Meant to detoxify and purify your face and neck, this could be your new favorite thing if you have dull skin or blackheads. Pumpkin enzymes help to strip away the dead cells on the surface of your skin. Granted this isn’t the cheapest solution at $44, and it’s increasingly hard to find. If you can’t find this in stock, you might want to try an at-home method. DIY pumpkin mask with honey and whipped cream, anyone?
Yes, pumpkin pulp is great for your skin and pumpkin seeds are good for your hair! Pumpkin seed oil is extremely moisturizing, and the ingredients in this creamy conditioner are so wonderfully delicious. Pumpkin seed oil, organic virgin coconut oil, oat protein – my hair loves it any time of year! $12 a bottle and well worth it IMO.
Those are some of the best pumpkin infused bath, body, hair and home items I’ve tried so far! Do you have any favorites? Do you prefer to buy, or DIY when it comes to food-related beauty?