Allow me to continue to earn my keep on the fairground ride we call “PUMPKIN SPICE ALL THE THINGS!” with this decadent, pumpkin-y pumpkin spice body lotion. You’ll smell a bit like a pie and your skin will be soft and happy—I think you’ll like it. Don’t blame me if you have to fend off hordes of PSL (pumpkin spice lattes, for the un-initiated) lovers, though.

How to make Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion

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Like all lotions, this one is an emulsion of a water part and an oil part. I’ve spiked the water part with a bit of maple syrup instead of honey—it felt much more pumpkin-y to me, but the high sugar content means the maple syrup will perform a similar humectant (moisture attracting) role in the lotion. I’ve also added some silk, ’cause it’s awesome.

How to make Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion

The oil part is lovely, lovely pumpkin oil. Mine is bright orange, but you might find yours is green (my pretty orange one is from Saffire Blue). If you’re buying your pumpkin oil specifically for this recipe I’d seek out an orange one (your supplier should be able to tell you what colour theirs is), but if you already have a bottle of the green stuff, that’s totally fine. Your lotion just won’t be the pretty orange shade that you see in the photos. If you want the orange and are ok with dropping the pumpkin seed oil, you can use a blend of grapeseed or safflower oil and a bit of bright orange sea buckthorn seed oil.

How to make Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion

Pumpkin seed oil is a pretty cool oil. Pressed from the seeds of the pumpkin, it’s rich in vitamin E oil, which helps the skin regenerate, making pumpkin seed oil a great carrier oil for irritated autumn and winter skin. It’s also rich in zinc and protein, but I wouldn’t recommend making a pie out of it 😉

How to make Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion
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Not surprisingly, the essential oil blend is inspired by pumpkin pie spice. A base of sweet, vanilla-like benzoin is lightly accented with cinnamon bark, ginger, clove, and nutmeg essential oils. If your skin is quite sensitive you may find this blend to irritate your skin as it has quite a few “hot” essential oils in it. You can try halving the spice essential oils, or dropping them all together. Or, if you have a pumpkin spice tea on hand you could steep a cup of that (or just some whole “pumpkin spice” spices) and use it for the water part of the recipe (this is also a great alternative if you don’t have all the essential oils on hand).

How to make Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion
How to make Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion

The lotion itself comes together quickly and easily, with just a bit of weighing, melting, heating, and whisking. I stored mine in a wide-mouthed clear glass jar to show off the pretty colour, so I was sure to add a broad-spectrum preservative since finger-dipping causes lotions to mould in a flash.

How to make Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion
How to make Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion

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Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion

6g | 0.21oz emulsimulse/ritamulse (or other complete emulsifying wax—not beeswax!)
19g | 0.67oz pumpkin seed oil (orange hued preferred)

3g | 0.1oz maple syrup (dark is best)
¼ tsp silk peptides
72g | 2.43 fl oz water

2 blobs benzoin essential oil
2 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
1 drop CO2 extracted ginger essential oil (the steam distilled stuff smells awful)
1 drop nutmeg essential oil
1 drop clove bud essential oil
(See note in entry above on alternatives for sensitive skin/if you don’t have all the essential oils)

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Weigh out the emulsifying wax and the pumpkin seed oil in a small saucepan and melt over medium heat.

While the waxes and oils are melting, combine the water, maple syrup, and silk in a small glass measuring cup and gently warm.

Once the oils have melted, add the water mixture. Heat through to ensure everything is melted before removing the pan from the heat.

Whisk the mixture as it cools, whisking in the essential oils and any broad spectrum preservative you may want to use. Decant into a 120mL/4oz pump-top bottle or jar. The lotion will thicken into a nice orange-tinted cream (the thickening may take a few days if you are using a different emulsifying wax than emulsimulse/ritamulse). Don’t worry, the cream won’t colour your skin! Enjoy your new PSBL (pumpkin spice body lotion) 🙂

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