Do you love the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte so much that you wish you could bathe in it? Well, with these DIY beauty treatments, you can. Below are recipes for a Moisturizing Pumpkin Epsom Salt Scrub, Pumpkin Spice Bath Bomb, and Pumpkin Spice Coffee Body Scrub. The moisturizing scrub recipe comes directly from Carmen, a model from TRUE Model Management. Check them all out below:
Note: For human use, the Epsom Salt Council recommends only Epsom salt with the USP designation.
Moisturizing Pumpkin Epsom Salt Scrub
“This exfoliator is my DIY go-to. This recipe is super quick and easy to make, and great for exfoliating and moisturizing your legs at the same time! It smells great and gets you into the spirit of the new fall season.” – Carmen, a model with TRUE Model Management
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- ½ cup of pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- Mix the Epsom salt and pumpkin puree into a bowl until completely combined.
- Stir in the pumpkin pie spice until blended.
- If the scrub looks a little loose or runny, add more Epsom salt into the mixture until it has a thick, paste-like consistency.
- Apply the scrub in circular motions and let the mixture stand for one minute before rinsing with warmwater.
Pumpkin Spice Bath Bomb
- ½ cup baking soda
- ¼ cup corn starch
- ¼ cup citric acid
- ¼ cup Epsom salt
- 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tbsp. water
- ¼ tsp essential oil
- ½ tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- Orange food coloring
- 2 plastic ornaments or spheres
- Add the dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir until combined. (Baking soda, corn starch, citric acid, Epsom salt, pumpkin pie spice.)
- In a separate, smaller bowl, add all the wet ingredients and stir until combined. (Water, essential oil, coconut oil, food coloring.)
- Slowly, add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, but only a little at a time. Stir between pours to prevent the wet and dry ingredients from reacting or fizzing. (This wouldn’t pose a risk, but you want to save that fizzing for when you drop it into your bath.)
- Once all of the wet and dry ingredients are mixed together, it should have the consistency of wet sand. If it doesn’t look like it’s sticking, stir in ½ tsp of water at a time until you can press it between your fingers and it holds together.
- Pack each half of the ornament with the bath bomb mixture. Make sure each half is filled to the top. Then press the two ornament halves together and set aside. Do the same thing with the second ornament.
- Place both ornaments in the refrigerator overnight.
- The next day, slowly open each ornament and remove the top and bottom halves.
- Place in your next bath and enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Coffee Body Scrub
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 1 cup freshly ground coffee
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup coconut oil
- Mix the Epsom salt, coffee grounds, and pumpkin pie spice in a medium bowl, then add the coconut oil and stir thoroughly until you have a paste.
- Get in the shower, wet your skin and turn off the water. Use the palm of each hand to vigorously scrub your body, from neck to feet, for several minutes.
- Rinse your body and enjoy your glow. Your skin should feel smooth and lifted.
As temperatures drop, our skin takes a beating from harsh winds, low humidity, and forced heat in our homes and offices. The Epsom Salt Council partnered with TRUE Model Management to learn how some models treat their dry, winter skin with all-natural, DIY beauty treatments.
Epsom Salt and Oatmeal Facial Mask
“Clear skin is important in my line of work, and I love to create DIY facials to help me keep my skin looking its best. This Epsom salt and oatmeal facial is one of my favorites. I like to apply this mask just before bed, so that my newly cleaned and moisturized skin can breathe all night long. This mask leaves my skin smooth, clear, and moisturized.” – Hannah
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbs Epsom salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp honey
Mix the ingredients together until they are combined. Wet your face before you apply the mixture to your skin in circular motions, covering your face evenly. Once the mixture is applied, leave the mask on for 5 minutes. Next, rinse your face with warm water.
Fresh Lip Treatment
“Use this recipe to exfoliate and moisturize your lips.” – Dale
- 3 tbs Epsom salt
- 1 fresh strawberry
- 1 tbs of olive oil
Crush 1 fresh strawberry – be sure to remove the stem – and mix it with the Epsom salt mixture. Apply the mixture to your lips using gentle circular motions. Do this for a minute or 2, then rinse with warm water. You can proportionally increase the amount of ingredients to create an additional body scrub.
“It is important that I have great looking nails. My cuticles tend to get dry in the wintertime, so I try to take extra care to soften and remove my dry skin and cuticles. This recipe is super easy to make and requires very few ingredients, which I prefer to pre-packaged cuticle softeners.” – Veronica
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tbs Epsom salt
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 1 – 3 drops of essential oil of your choice
Mix the ingredients in a shallow bowl, then submerge your fingers (or toes) into the mixture and let soak for 5-10 minutes. After soaking, your cuticles should be soft and moisturized and will be easier to cut and/or push back.
Epsom Salt Body Butter
“The winter weather is very drying for me; this recipe is great for replenishing moisture back into your skin. I like to switch it up by using different essential oils, so that the scent goes along with the season. Lemon is one of my favorite scents and one that I think works all year long, as it is so refreshing.” – Janel
- 1 cup coconut oil (you can use Shea butter if you prefer)
- 2 tsp Epsom salt
- 1 – 3 drops essential oil of your choice
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. Apply a thin layer to your skin by massaging in circular motions. Store the remainder in an air tight container.
Moisturizing Foot Scrub
“This food scrub will remove dead skin and leave your feet feeling brand new.” – Dale
- 1 tbs Epsom Salt
- 1 avocado
- ¼ cup cornmeal
Scoop out the avocado and mash it in a bowl. Add the cornmeal and Epsom salt to the mixture and combine well before applying the mixture to your feet in circular motions. Let your feet set for 5 minutes and rinse with warm water. For stubborn calluses or dry spots, rub the inside of the avocado peel onto your skin. The avocado oil will help soften your skin. For an extra dose of exfoliation, take a dried out avocado pit (2-4 days should do the trick) and grind it up. Add the grounded up avocado pit to the cornmeal and sea salt mixture.
What’s in Epsom salt and how it works
Most people know about the importance of calcium and vitamin D, but many Americans are also magnesium deficient. Doctors say it stems largely from the increasing prevalence of processed foods in our diets. Today, 68 percent of U.S. adults consume less than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium, according to a recent study, and 19 percent consume less than half the RDA.
Epsom salt is made of naturally occurring minerals magnesium and sulfate, ingredients which can help improve health in numerous ways. A lack of magnesium—which helps regulate the activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body—can contribute to high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems and other health issues, doctors warn. Sulfate is essential for many biological processes, helping to flush toxins and helping form proteins in joints, brain tissue and mucin proteins.