Spa Foodie: DIY Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Scrub

Last night I officially became a spa chef! I Bobby Flay’d it up in my kitchen with my favorite flavor of the season – pumpkin. I am a pumpkin fanatic. Nothing says fall like pumpkins to me. Childhood memories of carving silly faces. But, I especially love the smell.  The power of pumpkin doesn’t stop there – they can be very beneficial to human skin. I embarked on a journey creating the perfect at-home pumpkin body scrub recipe using all ingredients that are good for your skin. Most of them you’ll already have if you’re in the fall baking mood. I just had to buy the pumpkin puree which only costs around $3.

Why these ingredients? Pumpkin is full of Vitamin A, C and zinc. Honey is an amazing product for your skin because it is an antibacterial, hydrates and smooths your skin as well as provides anti-aging antioxidants. Cinnamon is a natural astringent. Brown sugar helps minimize pores. After some experimentation, I reached the perfect measurements:

1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup granulated brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp honey

Don’t be alarmed that the brown sugar or cinnamon will turn your pumpkin a darker color. Feel free to play with the amount of sugar for the right amount of scrub you want. I like a good scrub so I added some white granulated sugar to enhance the texture.

Warning: While you may be tempted to eat it, I warn you it is very sweet! Best to just leave it for your skin to enjoy.

I did my usual shower routine but instead of body wash I used my new pumpkin scrub. My bathroom smelled delicious! When I got out of the shower my skin felt like a baby’s bottom. I was very impressed by the softness. This scrub is great for getting rid of dead, dry skin.

Pumpkin is chock full of vitamins and is a rich source of nutrients and antioxidants to help your skin achieve a healthy glow throughout the season. I suffer from dry skin during these brutal New York winters so I’ll definitely be using this again.  I say don’t limit this recipe to just your body. You can add more honey to create a moisturizing face mask.


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Spa Foodie: Edible Sugar Lip Scrub

Sugar Scrub

Although this recipe has little nutritional value, it will help to de-flake your pucker for a perfectly kissable pout. This DIY exfoliating sugar scrub will invigorate and plump your kisser for a lip-gloss ready look. It includes brown or white sugar as an exfoliant, honey for hydration, our beloved olive oil for added moisturizer and powdered cinnamon as a quick plumper. Along with a quick weekly rub down, don’t forget to drink plenty of water everyday, as it is necessary for lips to be hydrated for them to actually look full and juicy. Happy scrubbing!

Related: Whipped Grapefruit & Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe


1/2 teaspoon of brown or white sugar
1/2 teaspoon of honey
1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
a pinch of powdered cinnamon

How to use:
  • Mix ingredients together in small bowl or even on the palm of your hand.
  • Using your index finger, rub on dry lips gently, in small circular motions.
  • Scrub for 2-3 minutes.
  • Wipe with a warm washcloth.
  • Apply chap stick/lip balm to lock in moisture.
  • Uses once-twice per week (Over exfoliating can cause damage to sensitive skin cells)