Got pumpkin? Enzymes in the pumpkin and granules of sugar work to exfoliate and refine, while coconut oil hydrates. Add delicious spices and vanilla to leave you seasonally scented! Our favorite eco beauty guru, Paige Padgett, shared her go-to recipe exclusively with us—it’s not even in her The Green Beauty Rules book but we got the scoop. Forget pie, this is the pumpkin recipe for fall!
Pumpkin Pie Full-Body Sugar Scrub
1/2 cup pureed fresh, Tetrapak’d or BPA-free canned organic pumpkin
1/2 cup organic brown sugar (use white if you want more exfoliation)
2 tbsp organic coconut oil
1 tbsp honey (optional)
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon*
1/2 tsp nutmeg*
1/4 tsp clove*
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. For a vegan version omit the honey and double the coconut oil. Use as a dry scrub before bathing; if you shower first, make sure you dry off well—you don’t want the sugar to melt, so you get the maximum exfoliating benefits. Let the sugar do the work so you don’t have to! Spend extra time on your heels, ankles, elbows and any dry areas. Rinse off afterwards. Can be stored, refrigerated in an airtight container, for up to a week.
*You can substitute two teaspoons of pumpkin spice for the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
If you have sensitive skin reduce the cinnamon and clove by half. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to perform a patch test with the spices as cinnamon and clove can be irritating; if that’s the case, just eliminate the spice mixture—it still smells great!