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DIY Pumpkin Facial Mask
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DIY Pumpkin Facial Mask

I know that you are usually expecting a recipe from me.  However, I decided to branch out and find a face mask that consists of ingredients I would otherwise maybe put in a dessert! Essentially, I got tired of paying for over priced facial products and in an act of defiance, adapted this vegan friendly facial product.  If you do have a little extra money on hand and don't have time to make your own, check out the Dani website.  These environmentally aware and mostly vegan beauty products (they use soy as their base) are beautiful and locally made in Bend, Oregon.  I happened to live in Bend for three years and fell in love with their products.  Their Grapefruit Ginger scent is divine.

Okay, onto pumpkins. Pumpkins are rich in antioxidants like beta-carotine, zinc, vitamins A & C, and natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which leave your skin healthy and soft. Pumpkin is cheap and your skin will be so grateful for this seasonal, therapeutic balm!


  • 2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin (puréed)
  • 1 tablespoon of soy yogurt or ¼ teaspoon of soymilk

Optional additional ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon of brown sugar (helps exfoliate) or
  • ¼ teaspoon cranberry juice (helps keeps skin from looking dull) or ½ teaspoon oatmeal (if you’d like a thicker mask; oatmeal is great for dry skin)


  1. Mix all of your ingredients together and then gently apply to your face (avoiding the eye area).
  2. Relax or meditate for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse with warm water, and then moisturize with your favorite lotion.

Your skin will be glowing.




*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. Veganara
    It sounds wonderful, and this is a very well-written blog! I am out of votes for now, but I will definitely come back and vote tomorrow. Thanks for your vote and comment on my Do-It-Yourself Doritos recipe, btw!
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    1. Virtually Homemade
      Virtually Homemade
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  2. SnakeWitch
    I've written a few articles about facial masks for a client of mine, and have quite a bit of information about this stocked up. I might pull some out... As for beauty products, I recommend Lush because quite a lot of theirs are vegan, and if not, have only honey in them. They are environmentally-friendly because they use only natural ingredients or safe synthetics (check out their website to know what that means - and use minimal packaging, at times NO packaging - the items you buy, such as soap or a massage bar, aren't wrapped and they put it in a small, teeny-tiny paper bag for you.I wrote an article about them. Look up my list of articles if you are curious to know more. All of this to say that I voted for you, because I didn't know pumpkins could be used for facial mask. And Halloween being fairly close, it's a good idea to let people know what to do with the filling of the fruits they are about to use as decorations!
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    1. Virtually Homemade
      Virtually Homemade
      I love lush! It's such a beautiful store and the smell when you walk in is amazing. Although Dani has packaging it is all environmentally friendly and I love to support small businesses on the cutting edge. You should check out their web site. Dani also uses natural ingredients and safe synthetics - vegetable oil bases, pure soy waxes, essential oils, and organic ingredients whenever possible; and without petroleum, paraben, artificial colors, dyes, animal by-products, or sodium or ammonia laurel/laureth sulfates. It's good stuff. However, pumpkin works well too!
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      1. SnakeWitch
        Is Dani in Canada? I would love to check them out, then.
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  3. Carolyn
    Vote #3! Just in time for the fall pumpkin harvest!
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  4. Katapoet
    Interesting. Voted.
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  5. BuddhasDelight
    lovely and inspiring. gives me that cozy october feeling... :) voted!
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  6. Roopam
    O yes...pumpkin is a great for the skin...voted!
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  7. Carolyn
    Congrats for making Top Posts! Love the pumpkin pic.....pretty enough to frame!
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  8. Fearless Vegan
    coconut milk should also be nice...i use it as a face cleanser with a little bit of turmeric in it..haven't used soap on my face in years...another mask you could try is made of almonds ,banana mash & mint can also store this for a week in the fridge..almond too acts as an exfoliator..voted...please read my article.."An Extraordinary Deed or Every Ordinary Man's Moral Obligation" I am new to this forum..its a warm fuzzy feeling to see the support we have from fellow writers..this sort of healthy co operation is unheard of in the writing circles..look forward to learning a lot from you guys/gals..keep sharing:)
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  9. Veggielicious
    Will be voting. :) I love pumpkin.
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