The Pumpkin Scrub That Banishes Breakouts

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Founded in the mountains of Taos, New Mexico, Krysia Boinis' organic beauty brand Vapour is focused on clean, nontoxic, sustainable products infused with healthy-skin antioxidants, botanical extracts, and moisturizers that look as good as they feel. And because testing the entire world of all-natural beauty is Krysia's job, we couldn't possibly think of anyone better to give us a crash course in DIY beauty.

As it turns out, pumpkins are great for your skin—they're loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, plus heaps of beta-carotene, zinc, potassium, and antioxidants, which help eliminate redness and spots.

Added bonus: This scrub is incredibly easy to make, and you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen right now!

My mom introduced me to DIY skin care. She had one rule: Use anything in the kitchen except what's under the sink. Anything that was edible was fair game, and powerful seeds were planted; food is not only what you eat, but what you put on your skin. Creating meals with organic, whole-food ingredients, she taught me to put on my body what I would be happy putting inside my body.

This pumpkin and papaya scrub is inspired by my mom's love of using seasonal produce in our skin care creations. The first pumpkins are arriving at our farmers market, so now is the perfect time to enjoy this delicious seasonal scrub.


10-Minute Pumpkin Pie Body Scrub


  • 2 cups of fresh organic pumpkin but canned pumpkin can be substituted.
  • 1 papaya
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 cup organic sugar


1. Start by steaming 2 cups of fresh organic pumpkin for 15 minutes or until soft when prodded with a fork. Do not oversteam, as vital nutrients are degraded by overcooking.

2. While your pumpkin is steaming, remove the seeds from a papaya and scoop the flesh into a mixing bowl.

3. Once the pumpkin is steamed and cooled, mash it and the papaya with the back of a fork (or in a food processor); add 3 tablespoons raw honey and 1 cup organic sugar. Mix well.

4. Spread the mixture on your hands and feet and massage in small circular motions for several minutes to gently release dead cells and rough skin.

5. Try to spend a few minutes on each part of your body using light to medium pressure. The abrasiveness of the sugar will remove dead skin cells.

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