9/21/13

Pamper Your Skin with Pumpkin


I love fall. I get make soup and hot cocoa and wear sweaters. Of course the fall harvest has been celebrated since the beginning of this great nation. Nature is so full of wonderful goodness. Did you read about what corn silk can do? No wonder the Pilgrims and Indians sat down together to give thanks.  And what about the other Thanksgiving staple: pumpkin. It is full of vitamins as well as the antioxidant beta-carotene which is touted to fight cancer. The antioxidants stifle free radicals which can help your skin fight of wrinkles. Pumpkin seeds lower cholesterol and are serotonin producing, making your feel happy. Turns out an old fashioned pie in the face is actually very beneficial for vibrant, healthy skin.

Pumpkin face mask:
3 T pumpkin puree (anti-aging)
1 T goat's milk or coconut milk (softening)
1 t honey (cleansing and antibacterial)
Mix it all together and spread on your face. Leave for five to ten minutes and chase the kids around the house while making monster noises, then rinse with warm water. Let's do the mask, let's do the monster mask! Ha Ha!


But I digress. The real purpose of this post is to share my first ever attempt at making goat's milk lotion. Not as easy as you may think, mainly because goat milkers seem to guard their luxurious recipes with their lives. So, based on my experience making whipped body butter, I created my own recipe. In honor of the great pumpkin Charlie Brown, I just had to incorporate wonderful pumpkin to the mix.

 Moisturizing Pumpkin Foot Cream
 
 
Start off making yourself a nice strong cuppa! You will need the cinnamon variety. Warm up 12 oz of water and pour it over the tea bag to let it seep.

 
It smells awesome. While it is becoming all tea like, add to a pot:
2 oz Beeswax
2 oz SHEA BUTTER
8 oz Coconut Oil
8 T Palm Shortening
Melt it down and take off when the last bit of beeswax is liquid.


Add 1/3 cup of pumpkin puree, mix to combine (I prefer an immersion blender for this step.)

 

Then pour in 12 oz cinnamon tea and 8 oz goat's milk

I like to switch to a hand whisk, then add:


1/2 t vitamin e
1/2 t preservative (like germabin II) A must unless you keep it in the fridge.
5 drops clove, 5 drops cinnamon or cassia oil
1/4 t nutmeg (just for fun)

Whip it all with an immersion blender, beaters or just a whisk until it cools a bit. It will get thick like pudding. This recipe is thick and will not work in a pump dispenser. It is fantastic on cracked summer flip flop feet!


 Would you like to try some? The cream that is, not a  pie in the face. Although that would be fun. In honor of 900 likes on Facebook, I am giving away one jar pumpkin pie foot cream and a jar of pumpkin pie hand lotion (recipe to come).

 
If you would like to be entered in the drawing, be sure to like my Facebook page or follow my brand new Pinterest Boards. Then just leave a  comment below telling me your favorite thing to do with a pumpkin. Check back in next Saturday to see if you are the winner. You will need to contact me to get your awesome prize! Good Luck!

9 comments:

  1. Sounds awesome!! I love pumpkin oatmeal :)

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  2. Sounds great, bet it smells wonderful to, with the cloves, and cinnamon oil added. Liked your facebook page. I found some goats milk soap recipes on Pinterest, that I was going to try as soon as I get the things needed. I've never made soap before.

    Linda @ Mixed Kreations

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  3. Oh I love so many things with pumpkin! Last year I made some delicious pumpkin bread... I think I'll make some today :)

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  4. A number of years ago I had a pumpkin mask from a boutique store I used to work at. I loved it. It smelled amazing and made my skin so soft and smooth. I had forgotten about it until now. Thanks for sharing, I will be trying this.

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  5. I adore pumpkin and ALL of its many uses!!! I will just dish up some pumpkin pulp and put it on my face. However, I cannot guarantee that I would just eat it off my face lol!

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  6. I harvested around 30 pumpkins this year! I want to try roasting the seeds, my sister likes to use them for baking, and I want to let the nieces and nephews each pick out one. :)

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  7. Great ideas - definitely will try the mask! Catherine

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  8. Oh Wow these are great. I'm definitely trying the mask tonight. Been cleaning the house all day with the kids and I think a nice bath and a mask are in order for mama tonight.

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  9. Thanks all for your awesome pumpkin ideas. I will pick a winner tomorrow. Be sure to check back!

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