Pumpkin season is here, and that is just as much of a treat for your skin as it is for your taste buds. Pumpkin is beneficial to your skin in many ways, from nourishment to exfoliation. Pumpkin is packed with vitamins, enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids, and other nutrients that can help smooth, brighten, and moisturize your skin.
While you have probably seen pumpkin spice in the form of lotions and candles, have you ever thought of adding it to your massage? Not only will you be able to enjoy the amazing benefits of softer, radiant skin all over, you will also be able to relax to the comforting scent of fall with this easy DIY pumpkin massage lotion bar.
- Coconut Oil
- Pumpkin Spice infused oil*
- Pumpkin seed oil (optional)
- Double boiler or melting pot
- Silicone molds
- Plastic wrap
Important note: Depending on how firm or soft you prefer your lotion bars, the amounts of ingredients used will vary. More beeswax will result in a firmer bar, less will be softer; more oil used will result in a softer bar, less will be firmer. Equal parts of the above ingredients is a good place to start to get a sense of where you can adjust your recipe. If you choose to add pumpkin seed oil, adding a bit more beeswax will even things out.
Melt beeswax first in double boiler, melting pot, or pan. Slowly stir in other ingredients until mixed; remove from heat and pour into your molds. Allow to cool completely or put in fridge for faster setting. Wrap the finished product with plastic wrap to help sustain freshness.
Rub the bar directly on your skin and massage in. Alternatively, you can also rub the bar between your hands and then massage in (this will help warm up the bar). The bar will begin to melt when warmed by your skin, and will release its nourishing benefits.
* There are many excellent tutorials on how to infuse your own oils. It is an easy process that can take as long as 1-2 weeks or as little as 1-2 hours, depending on the method you choose. For pumpkin spice, use cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.