Pumpkin is fall’s most prized possession, claim-to-fame and ultimate romancer.
‘Tis the season to cover every square inch of your kitchen floor with newspaper – for the sole purpose of allowing your creativity to enable your messy ventures with pumpkin seeds and slimy guts, to add pumpkin to your favorite recipes and to scan your local coffee shops in mild terror each time you order a Pumpkin Spice Latte (for fear of being labeled “basic.”)
You’re not alone.
In my household, my pumpkin-carving ventures always result in the most bizarre resemblance of Japanese Anime characters. No matter how I carve them, my result is always the same. I have actually come to look forward to being reunited with my Japanese Anime friend every fall.
Oh, pumpkin: We adore the scent of you, the flavor of you and the powerhouse of health and vanity-related benefits you provide. Below I offer a list of my favorite beauty and wellness products and tasteful concoctions – made in celebration of you. There are offerings of splash, slather, smell and devour.
For the Body
Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Queen Pumpkin Butter
If you haven’t tried Haus of Gloi pumpkin butters and perfumed oils, you must go here as soon as possible. This brand is vegan-friendly, reasonably priced and of supreme quality. I have yet to purchase a disappointing product. The pumpkin butters contain actual pumpkin seed oil, which is incredibly nourishing to the skin. Most notably, I am able to apply the butter directly to my skin immediately after shaving without the risk of painful burning or stinging.
The fragrance of the Pumpkin Queen butter gives me the feeling of being wrapped in my warmest, coziest safe haven of blankets on the most frightening, ghoul-infested night. It is as though the spirit of fall has been captured in a jar. Do not expect it to smell the way your favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte tastes, however. It is far more interesting.
The scent is incredibly comforting, explosively delicious and undeniably pumpkin, yet understatedly sexy. Perhaps its hint of amber is responsible for the subtle splash of sexiness. There is a whisper of musk as well.
LUSH Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar
LUSH stores give me the same feeling I had when I visited the Hello Kitty store as a child. Their assortment of products gives me the most euphoric kind of panic attack. Their bubble bars and bath bombs make bath time more colorful, fluffy, frothy, yummy and, therefore, entertaining. This particular bath bomb excels in every category, with the lovely addition of “glittery.”
It smells like a bright, citrusy and tart punch, but does not contain even a mere hint of the object of our desire. In the realm of fall, there is a subtle hint of cinnamon, however. Its appearance is deceiving, therefore if you assume it smells as much like a celebration of pumpkin as it alludes, it will not indulge you. However, it’s so pretty and festive, I had to include it within this list.
This bubble bar turns the bath water a vivid orange, produces shocking amounts of foam and “fluff”, and leaves behind a veil of gold glitter once the bubbles subside. You are at no risk of disappointment as long as you are not anticipating the scent of pumpkin.
Shea Terra Organics Shea Butter & Malawi Sugar 2-in-1 Gingered Pumpkin Body Scrub
Shea Terra Organics never disappoints with their consistent integrity and quality, and this product wins the award for my greatest number of repurchases. It is smoothing, refining and moisturizing. It is just as much a body scrub as it is a moisturizer. If you are especially dry, you may need an additional lotion or body butter following your bath or shower. However, if your skin is no more than moderately dry, this product alone will be sufficient.
Its scent reminds me of this unforgettable pumpkin tart I once devoured from a local coffee shop in Saint Louis. It is equal parts pumpkin, spice, cream and candy, though never offensive nor overly fragrant. The scent lingers delicately on the skin for hours following bath time.
For the Face
Mychelle Incredible Pumpkin Peel
This is my favorite product to use when I need my skin to look better within a matter of hours, but without the risk of irritation. It is an ideal and gentler alternative to an acid peel.
This peel contains pumpkin enzymes which gently decongest while dramatically smoothing the texture of facial skin. Results can be seen and felt after a single use. I typically experience mild redness for approximately five minutes after rinsing the product from my face, but never any irritation beyond that time period.
Most importantly, it smells so divine you will have to stop yourself from licking it from your fingers (but, I beg of you, please don’t).
Mychelle Pumpkin Renew Cream
This product is a staple of mine year-round. It can always be found on my bathroom counter. It smells mildly of pumpkin, and spreads like velvet across the skin. It is neither oily nor especially emollient, providing the perfect balance of moisture which absorbs into the skin effortlessly. There is never any residue or greasy feeling, and it primes the skin for makeup. Additionally, I find the enzymes and gentle acids within the formula to be helpful at keeping breakouts at bay.
Sage Goddess Pumpkin Pie Gem-Infused Exfoliant Scrub
I could never, in even my most fortunate moments of being guided by inspiration, craft a sentence half as pretty as the scent of this product is “wow” inducing. The first time I washed my face with it, I stood wide-eyed and speechless in front of my bathroom mirror for almost a minute before finally demanding of my own reflection, “What is in this freaking stuff?”
Although it is sold as being suitable for the face and body, I prefer its gentle texture solely for my face. You will never obtain such an organically rosy glow elsewhere, and the texture of your cheeks will be as smooth as glass. There is also a lovely surprise in the center of the jar.
For the Burn…
Pumpkin Pie Soy Candle by Pure Integrity Candles
If your fall and winter seasons are incomplete unless you burn pumpkin-scented candles every day, as I do, this recommendation is guaranteed to improve your life. Even if you dismiss my every other recommendation, do not disregard this one. This candle smells like the most decadent, creamy, mouth-watering and legendary slice of pumpkin pie imaginable. In fact, your nose will try and convince you that it is, in fact, pumpkin pie.
It is so incredibly indulgent to my sense of smell, my tastebuds often stand at attention and beckon for a sinful slice. I’m not sure how the makers of this candle achieved such, but the fragrant notes absolutely greet the nose in delicate waves. First, there are the scents of creamy pumpkin and cinnamon. Secondly, nutmeg makes an entrance. Finally, the entire pie is complete when greeted by the scent of buttery, flakey crust. Please just trust me on this one. I will be awaiting your letters of love and gratitude.
Pumpkin Pie Incense by IntenseIncense
You know how there are an abundance of incense varieties on the market and it’s easy to get excited at the store when you see one you are certain will become your favorite of all time, but then you burn it and it smells absolutely nothing like you were hoping it would? I’ve experienced such disappointment nearly a hundred times.
Purchase of this product will cause no such scenario, however. It smells like smoked pumpkin pie or, perhaps, somewhat like sitting next to someone eating pumpkin pie at a bonfire. It epitomizes fall, and it never disappoints. If you love the smell of pumpkin pie, buy this. If you do not, just continue burning your nag champa.
For the Tastebuds…
The Best Ever Homemade Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer
Each of my most faithful readers are already aware of my sincere love for coffee. I’ve even written a love letter to it. The recipe above is a merging of two of my senses’ greatest loves. I recommend blending all ingredients into a Blendtec (which I own and faithfully use) or a Vitamix (which I have used, but do not currently own).
Be sure to blend well until the creamer is warm, and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It typically remains fresh for about five days.