Have you ever wondered how easy it is to create your own natural beauty products? How about making pumpkin beauty products?
I know I have and thought it would be hard, in fact it is super easy and fun. However, it can get a bit messy, so take care.
Autumn is here, and cooler weather means hearty food; Stews, casseroles, roast meat with vegetables and more.
Pumpkin is one of my favourites. What about you?
Some things I love to make with pumpkin are mash, roast pumpkin and pumpkin chips with a little bit of cheese melted over them. What is your favourite pumpkin dish?
I stocked up on pumpkins from my local greengrocer, The Veggie Patch at Blackheath. Getting your fruit and veg from a local greengrocer is great.
The idea of using the left over pumpkin mash means that my body is getting the vitamins on the skin, it is all natural, there is less waste, it is good for me.
“Healthy food inside and healthy natural products outside”
How to make Pumpkin Mash?
Firstly, you need to cut up your pumpkin into smaller chunks. Making all the pumpkin into similar sizes means that it will be cooked quickly, and all the pumpkin will cook at the same rate.
Once all done put a cup or two of water into a saucepan and boil the water. Once boiling add the pumpkin and leave on the stove until it is all soft and ready to be mashed up.
If you are using the mash for eating you generally add some milk and butter, plus you could add other items to the mash, for example onions, and crushed up almonds or pumpkin seeds.
If you are using the pumpkin mash for beauty products, then just mash it up and put it in a sealed container until you are ready to create your own handmade works of beauty.
What are the health benefits of pumpkin?
- Great source of fibre
- High in beta-carotene
- May help with reducing diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers and also help delay ageing and body degeneration.
- Pumpkins also have calcium, magnesium and some B vitamins.
- Beta-carotene helps boost the immune system.
- Pumpkins are high in antioxidants – Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.
Why is it good for your skin?
Pumpkins are a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. These helpful vitamins help soften skin while improving any damaged cells. What a powerful vegetable is the pumpkin!
What did I use to create my pumpkin beauty products?
- Mashed Pumpkin
- Brown Sugar
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- 1 egg
- The Apple Cider Vinegar was for the Pumpkin Face Mask for oily skin, but I didn’t make this one. Read on to see the recipe for this face mask as well.
- Measuring cups
- Containers to store the products in
Make sure to refrigerate your items after you make them. They are made with real vegetables and therefore will perish if not kept well. Use quickly and enjoy!
What pumpkin beauty products did I make?
I’ve created a sheet so that you can have all the info in one spot, download all the pumpkin beauty recipes in one PDF printable.
- Pumpkin Body Sugar Scrub
Mix 1 cup of pumpkin mash with 1 cup of sugar. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and mix together until you make a paste.
- Pumpkin Body Butter
Mix 1 cup of pumpkin mash with 1 cup of coconut oil. You can make a smaller batch, but if you are like me you will love this and so will your skin.
I ended up putting the mixture in my blender to get all the lumps of the coconut oil out. Smother over your skin during a shower.
The Pumpkin Body Butter is my favourite product.
My skin gets so dry during Autumn and Winter, the cooler air zaps the moisture from my skin and means I need to be vigilant with the body moisturiser.
- Pumpkin Face Mask for Dry Skin
Mix 1/4 cup of pumpkin with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 whole egg. Mix until all smooth, then you test it out. I left it on for 20 minutes.
- Pumpkin Sugar Lip Scrub
Mix 1 teaspoon or 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin mash with a 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil (or you could use coconut oil), and add 1 teaspoon or half a teaspoon of fine sugar (I used brown sugar).
Mix all ingredients together, and then rub on lips to exfoliate.
- Pumpkin Hair Conditioner
Mix 1 cup pumpkin mash and 1 cup of yoghurt, plus a teaspoon of honey. I couldn’t help myself as this mixture smelt amazing I had to have a taste, and it was so yummy!
What other hair conditioner could you eat as well?
Leave for 30 minutes. Have a shower afterwards to make sure it is all washed out.
I didn’t make the below pumpkin face mask. My skin is rather dry, so I wanted a mask that will help my skin feel more hydrated.
- Pumpkin Face Mask for Oily Skin
Here is the breakdown of how to make this other pumpkin face mask:
Mix 1/4 cup of mashed pumpkin with 1 whole egg, add 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and mix together. Leave on for 20 minutes then wash off.
What else can you make with pumpkins?
For the body: Soap, foot scrub, and other face masks.
To eat: Cakes, soups, pumpkin butter, pies, drinks, bake the seeds to eat later, muffins, smoothies, add to your breakfast cereal (oats), use the mash as baby food or addition in meals to help kids eat more veggies.
For fun: Halloween lanterns and bowls for a dip at parties.
I hope this post gives you some inspiration to make your own cheap pumpkin beauty products.
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