Well it's Autumn of course, so I thought this would be the perfect time to do a pumpkin DIY. Nothing like a Head to Toe Pumpkin Mask to get you in the spirit! I mean you will be literally COVERED in pumpkin. So let's jump in.
First off, I want to mention that this book is written by Jessica Ress who is the owner of Angel Face Botanicals. After Jess sent me some of her products some odd months ago, I fell in love with her ethos, products, and energy. Jess is a plant and crystal intuitive. She's studied aromatherapy, reiki, crystal reiki healing, sound healing, and herbalism.
Her book goes over everything from facial masks/scrubs, moisturizers, facial oils, eye creams, body butters, infusions, bath/spa products, + more. I love the variety of projects that you can do yourself with this book. A lot of these recipes contain very simple ingredients and are not hard to re-create at all. Jess recommends to make these recipes with focused healing intentions and lots of love. I loved that little inspiration at the beginning of the book to get you going.
So let's get on with this DIY!
This is described as a nourishing, skin-brightening, soothing and moisturizing mask.
Here's what you'll need: (Yields 1-2 Full Body Masks)
1 Cup flesh of one small pumpkin, pre-prepared, or 1 can pumpkin
1/2 Cup of Cooked Oatmeal
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I used Avocado, that's all I had)
1 Teaspoon Fresh Grated Ginger
1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Grated Orange Zest
1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
1/2 Cup of Raw Turbinado Sugar
Before I did anything with the other ingredients, I first cooked the oatmeal. Then I refrigerated the oatmeal letting it cool down before I moved on. For this recipe I decided to go with an organic can of pumpkin instead of using a fresh one. Then, in a medium sized bowl I used a fork to blend the cinnamon, avocado oil, and oatmeal together. The recipe recommends letting those ingredients sit together for 10-15 minutes. After letting that sit, I added the pumpkin along with the ginger, orange juice, and orange zest. After stirring, add the sugar and make sure to blend well.
To store the mask: put it in the refrigerator for a few days in an airtight container.
To use the mask: Jess recommends to take a quick shower or to use after a long soak in the tub to soften skin and remove toxins. The warmth of the shower will help to open your pores more easily for the mask to absorb into the skin. It is recommended to towel dry and then apply the mask all over your body. For me, I just sat on my shower chair while simultaneously letting a hair mask saturate my hair. It was a full pamper day in my house. I let the mask sit for about 10 minutes, but you can do up to 15 minutes. You will also want to use this on your face, keeping it on for the recommended 5-7 minutes. After the allotted time I washed both masks off. It is recommended to use a mild soap after. I used Dr. Bronner's. (Keep reading to see what I thought of this recipe)
Honestly I think the last time my skin was this soft is the day I was born. It may sound like I am exaggerating, but this was intensely moisturizing. My skin was super plump and hydrated. I also smelled like a pumpkin pie which was quite nice. I kind of wanted to lick this off my skin, so don't do this mask if you're hungry! I did have a bit of trouble in getting this to stay on my skin. Once I sat very still and just accepted my position, I didn't have much of it fall off. There was a slight tingling that occurred, but nothing that made it uncomfortable. The ginger and cinnamon are warming agents to the skin. Overall it was definitely a fun way to get nutrients and hydrate my body. I much more preferred to use it on my face though.
The face mask resulted in my skin appearing more bright, plump, and just down right rejuvenated. I think I would do this DIY more so knowing that I would be using it for my face. I was kind of terrified thinking of clogging my drains since I live in a very old house. I wonder if this would work sitting outside in the sun and rinsing it off with a hose after? I think I shall try it in the summer time.
Any who, I had such a fun time making it. I always love DIYs, so when Jess asked to collaborate on this, I was pumped. I've actually done another DIY based off of one of her other recipes that I will be sharing in some time.
You can find the book here: http://www.angelfacebotanicals.com/products/100-organic-skincare-recipes-make-your-own-fresh-and-fabulous-organic-beauty-products
Make sure to follow Angel Face Botanicals on Instagram @angelfacebotanicals
*This book was gifted to me so I could share a DIY with my readers. I find it would definitely be worth it to purchase, especially if you area beginning to DIYs and want to learn an array of recipes.
As always, thank you for reading! Much love xoxo
Andie is a green beauty blogger who also has a Youtube channel, Andie The Green Queen. She focuses on vegan, cruelty free, and gluten free products, cosmetics, lifestyle and more.