Beauty | October 25th 2016

7 Crazy-Awesome Ways to Use Pumpkin in Your Beauty Routine

This week is Beauty Week at HBFIT and we are SO excited to be content-swapping with the babes over at Byrdie Beauty for #HBFITxByrdie. Byrdie, part of the uber chic posse that brought you Who What Wear and My Domaine, is one of our favorite resources for all things beauty. The Byrdie team will be sharing beauty tips and tricks, how you can elevate your fall pumpkin obsession even more, and giving us inside access to their own editorial team’s go-tos all week. We can’t wait to show you what they have to say…

Here’s an important PSA: pumpkin is crazy good for you. It’s chock full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Unfortunately, we don’t always consume the healthiest of pumpkin-inspired recipes (yes, we’re referring to the notorious PSL…pumpkin pie and bread also need not apply).

So how can we soak up more of that pumpkin goodness? As it turns out, very easily. It’s time to start incorporating this underrated orange gourd into your beauty routine. Thanks to high levels of beta carotene and bitamin C and E, pumpkin protects your skin against UV damage, free radicals, and premature wrinkles and sagging. As if that’s not reason enough, studies have shown that the yellow-orange pigments, called carotenoids, lend a natural glow to the skin. If pumpkin is the secret to enhancing and maintaining a glowing visage, we’ll take it.

Here we’ve assembled a list of the best pumpkin DIY beauty treatments. They’ll make your skin and hair happy and healthy, despite the looming chill in the air.

Keep scrolling to see a list of 7 pumpkin recipes to include in your autumn beauty regimen!

Hydrating Pumpkin Face Mask1-pumpkin-mask

Aside from all the wonderful benefits of pumpkin, this face mask from Beautylish is super hydrating and anti-aging thanks to the honey and lactic acid in milk, respectively. Bonus: It only takes 3 ingredients. How can you not try this mask?


2 Tbsp. Pumpkin Puree

1/2 Tsp. Organic Honey

1/2 Tsp. Milk

Mix the ingredients, apply to clean skin, and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, and your skin will be brand new.

Pumpkin Body Scrub2-pumpkin-body-scrub

This body scrub has extra exfoliating powers due to the natural enzymes found in pumpkin. According to Leah Bergman of Freutcake blog, pumpkin enzymes “eat away layers of dead skin cells and rejuvenate skin texture.”


1 cup course raw sugar or salt

1/2 cup pure organic pumpkin puree

1 tsp honey

1 Tbsp sweet almond oil

Simply mix together and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use.

Pumpkin Bath Bomb3-pumpkin-bath-bomb

Asia Cintro from Fun at Home with Kids blog is the DIY queen behind these Insta-worthy bath bombs. The recipe is quick and easy. You won’t need to buy a single bath bomb this season.


Pumpkin Cookie Cutter                                                    

1.5 Cups Baking Soda

1 Tbsp. Cinnamon

Food Coloring

6 Tbsp. Citric Acid Powder

2 Tsp. Olive Oil

Combine baking soda and cinnamon, add food coloring and mix. Add citric acid powder, mix again. Finally, add olive oil. Who knew bath bombs were so easy to DIY?

Pumpkin Hair Mask

Naturally Curly shared this simple, yet effective hair mask recipe. Coconut oil (a.k.a your hair’s best friend) paired with moisturizing honey and pumpkin is sure to breathe life back into your ravaged strands


1/4 Pumpkin Puree

2 Tbsp. Unrefined Coconut Oil

2 Tbsp. Honey

Combine all three ingredients and apply on clean strands. Cover with a shower cap and sit for 15 minutes. Rinse and style.

Pumpkin Spice Soap

We don’t know about you, but we live for fancy soaps. There’s nothing more luxurious than a creamy, moisturizing (and beautifully scented) soap at the end of a long day. Heidi, from Happiness is Homemade blog, promises that this recipe only takes 10 minutes.


Shea Butter Soap Base

Red and Yellow Soap Colorant

Soap Mold

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Microwave Safe Measuring Cup with Spout

Melt the soap base in the microwave, mix in the pumpkin pie spice and colorant, then let sit in soap mold for about 30 minutes. Voilà! You have an adorable DIY soap.

Pumpkin Lip Scrub

Erica from Fashion Lush swears by this DIY lip scrub to exfoliate and prep lips for lipstick. As she put it “Putting lipstick on top of chapped lips is like trying to paint an old wood table without sanding it down first, the result is not gonna be pretty.” We couldn’t agree more.


1 Cup Brown Sugar

1/3 Cup Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

Mini Mason Jars for Storage

Simply combine dry ingredients then add in wet ingredients. It can be stored in room temperature.

Pumpkin Spice Lotion

Susie from Pins and Procrastination dreamed up this simple, all-natural lotion recipe. It just happens to smell amazingly like pumpkin pie. Whip this up and package it in cute jars for friends. It’s the easiest way to become the Lauren Conrad of your squad. 


¼ Cup Cocoa Butter

2 Tbsp. Almond Oil

2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

1 Tsp. Beeswax

1/8-1/4 Tsp. Paprika

10 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

7 Drops Ginger Essential Oil

5 Drops Nutmeg Essential Oil

2 Drops Allspice Essential Oil

2 Drops Cloves Essential Oil

Heat the oils, wax, and butter until melted, then add paprika. Place bowl in fridge. When the consistency is almost solid, stir in the essential oils for a minute. Yes, it’s decided. We’re making this immediately.

Looking for ingredient recommendations? If you don’t want to go through the trouble of pureeing your own pumpkin, try Farmer’s Market Pumpkin Puree ($3). As far as coconut oil, we can’t get enough of Spectrum Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil ($8).

Love DIY beauty? Next, read up on celeb favorite DIY beauty recipes.