Crafting organic pumpkin polish, pumpkin centerpiece and mason jar candles.
Organic Pumpkin Body Polish
Pumpkin is a rich source of exfoliating enzymes, antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamins and minerals, naturally beneficial for skincare.
- 2 tbs cooked, strained, cooled organic pumpkin flesh-no skin
- 4 tbs organic sugar
- Drizzle of any good quality organic cold pressed oil
- Combine the pumpkin and sugar.
- Drizzle in a touch of oil and stir it all together.
- Apply using a circular motion to whole body excluding the face.
- Rinse off and pat skin dry.
- Use this recipe as a starting point and double/increase as needed for a full body scrub.
- Cooked pumpkins have different consistencies, if your polish is
too thin; add more sugar or a touch of organic ground oatmeal to thicken.
- If you are concerned about the pumpkin and your shower drain, use paper towels to tissue off the bulk of the scrub before you rinse off.
- You could also use this recipe to make a pumpkin enzyme facial, minus the sugar or use some ground oatmeal in place of the sugar. The oatmeal will sooth and soften the skin.
If you decide not to carve your pumpkin, they can easily be made into a vase type holder for a fresh flower arrangement. It is so easy and takes less than five minutes.
- Find a cup that is about the height of your pumpkin, a little shorter works best.
- Cut a hole around the stem of the pumpkin, using the diameter of the cup to gage how big the hole will be.
- After cutting out the top, scoop out the seeds and stringy flesh, use a spoon.
- Put your cup inside the pumpkin, fill with water.
- Arrange your flowers, you're done. Pretty!
It seems that most of us have at least a couple of mason jars stored away somewhere in the kitchen. I think that they make the most beautiful outdoor candles. I have seen them painted and fancy, but I prefer them as they are, simply crystal clear. This method shows not only the gorgeous, shimmering candlelight, but also the votive and bath salts. Yes, that's right; all you do is pour some semi chunky or smaller bath salts into a clean, dry mason jar (fill up a little less than half way) and snuggle in a white, ivory or your favorite votive. Five minutes or less, using what you probably already have.
If you like pumpkin food, I have a great vegan pumpkin dip on my blog that you might like.
Best Autumn wishes to all!
Pennie Mills of Vegan Aesthetics
(formerly Ladies Blend) creates cruelty free vegan jewelry and
housewares, she is an avid supporter of animal rights, animal welfare
and donates continuously to animal charities.