How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Body Scrub

How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Body Scrub

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Who doesn’t love a good body scrub? Now that the fall is approaching, it’s time to start thinking about home made body scrubs. If you love the smell of pumpkins and fall air as much as I do, then this DIY body scrub will be a hit for you and your family. You can even use this recipe for gifts for friends, family, teachers, and your children’s sport coaches.

Did you know that body scrubs can turn your standard morning shower into an invigorating and rejuvenating spa experience?

What is a body scrub? It’s an exfoliating scrub that cleanses your skin while gently buffing away dead skin cells to reveal a radiant new layer of young, smooth skin.

Most body scrubs are made of small, rough grains suspended in moisturizing, gentle bases. The grains, which are sometimes salt or sugar crystals, flecks of walnut, or even sand, exfoliate your skin by helping to loosen dead skin cells so that they can be rinsed away. The base helps care for the live skin cells left behind by providing a gentle, protective layer of moisture that will help your skin glow with health and beauty.

Body scrubs are traditionally a luxury item, and can be very expensive. Designer body scrubs can cost upwards of twenty dollars for a few ounces. Homemade body scrubs are inexpensive and easily made out of all natural ingredients. Your pumpkin body scrub can be pure and gentle without any of the potentially damaging chemicals or preservatives that are found in many commercial brands.

To make a scrub, all you need to do is to pair a naturally abrasive ingredient with a soothing and moisturizing base. The most popular and practical abrasive ingrediant for homemade body scrubs is sugar. Sugar’s small grains and ability to melt easily make it the least abrasive, so you can be sure that your sugar based body scrub will help your skin rather than harm it.

To make your Pumpkin DIY body scrub, you will need the following items:

  • spoons for mixing
  • glass mixing bowl
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • sealed glass containers to store the scrub in


  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of white or brown sugar
  • 1/2 of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spices. You can also use 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or nutmeg instead.


For this scrub, you should use white or brown table sugar, which is great for your skin. Add the sugar to some coconut oil that is already melted, vanilla extract, and some pumpkin pie spice. Mix it together and use it just like any other body scrub. Adapt the quantities of ingredients according to your preferences. I purchase my glass storage containers at the local dollar store.

For the best results, apply your homemade body scrub in the shower after gently cleansing your skin. Use a circular motion to buff away dead skin cells, and pay extra attention to rough areas like elbows and knees. Allow your scrub to linger on your skin for three to four minutes, and then rinse away your homemade scrub in lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry gently to seal the moisture into your newly revealed fresh layer of glowing skin.



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