Growing up, my grandfather used to gauge the true coming of winter by the first frost. "Frost on the pumpkin," he would say. It was always a warm, sweet reminder to me that we had made the turn into the last, chillier days of autumn, with wintertime sparkling ahead.
With our first frosts on the pumpkin just taking place this past week, what better time to whip up a sugared, pumpkin delight?
You can whip this scrub up in a few minutes while baking your other pumpkin goodies, as the ingredients are those you will likely find in your kitchen right now. You can also make this scrub unique with additions of vanilla bean, ground cardamom, honey, melted shea butter and more.
Aside from being tasty in a pie, pumpkin is a natural exfoliant and is loaded with nutrients for the skin.
Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub
(makes one 8 ounce mason jar)
1 cup organic brown sugar
2T + carrier oil (sunflower is a great choice for a scrub – add more for a more “runny”scrub)
2T cooked, pureed pumpkin (canned is fine)
¼ t – ½ t pumpkin pie spice*
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl and transfer into a clean, glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
- Apply in a gentle, circular scrubbing motion to damp skin in the bath or shower, avoiding sensitive areas (and any open wounds, abrasions, irritations, etc.).
- Rinse with warm water, taking care, as the shower may be a bit slippery from the oil.
- Gently pat skin dry and, while skin is still warm and slightly damp, apply your favorite lotion to seal in moisture.
Keep this scrub refrigerated and use it within one week. There should be enough for 2 full-body applications.
*For those with overly sensitive skin – you may want to use a lesser amount or omit the pie spice as it can sometimes be irritating.