Pumpkin is arguably this month's most celebrated ingredient. We carve it, mash it, bake it, and puree it. We light it up and serve it up. So why shouldn't we make it the star of our October beauty treatments too?

Halloween marks the start of what is often an expensive holiday season with parties to plan, places to go, and endless gifts to wrap. So, after you have exhausted all the pumpkin recipes, use the leftover pumpkin to make your own pumpkin hair mask, body scrub, and body butter (recipes below). These treatments, partnered with your favorite Look Beauty facial mask, make for the perfect low cost at-home spa treatment.

After making the pumpkin spa treatment items, start by applying the hair mask. While the hair mask is conditioning, apply a Look Beauty facial mask. Look Beauty offers five different facial masks addressing some of the most common face care issues. Look Beauty combines vitamins, extracts, and essential elements in an easy-to-use spa like facial treatment. Partnering these treatments together you receive double the benefit without spending double the time!

With your hair and face refreshed, use the pumpkin body scrub to slough off dry skin and the pumpkin body butter to rehydrate. Concerned about the smell of pumpkin? That may not be all bad. A study conducted by The Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation showed that 40% of men responded positively to the pumpkin scent when mixed with lavender.

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Don't forget to save the seeds! A great healthy snack during your spa night can be some toasted pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin Body Scrub

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  • ¼ cup pureed pumpkin (cooked)
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar

*Look Beauty Tip: add a teaspoon cinnamon for an even more aromatic experience

Steps: Mix ingredients into a bowl and apply using a damp cloth. Massage mixture using cloth in circular motions and rinse off to remove mixture left behind.

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sea salt, Paprika or Cajun seasonings

Directions: Remove the seeds from the pumpkin and rinse off any pieces that may have stuck. Set aside on a paper towel and sprinkle with sea salt while still damp. Once the seeds have dried the salt will have dissolved on shell, toast them on a pan at medium heat (no oil required). Finish by sprinkling with some paprika or Cajun seasonings if you want a little more flavor.

Tip: No time for the DIY pumpkin treatments? Simply puree and store jarred pumpkin in the refrigerator for later use.

Pumpkin Hair Mask

  • ½ cup of pureed pumpkin (cooked)
  • ¼ cup of natural plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

*Look Beauty Tip: treat yourself one of our masks and make it a whole pampering experience. Get two treatments without spending double the time!

Steps: Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Apply the mask to all of your hair from root to tip. Cover hair with a shower cap and leave on for about 30-45 minutes. Rinse off well and style as usual. The mask is an excellent conditioner and helps make hair shiny and soft.

(Found on ecouterre.com)

Pumpkin Body Butter

  • ½ cup of pureed pumpkin (cooked)
  • ½ cup solids from a can of coconut milk
  • ½ tablespoon of cinnamon

*Look Beauty Tip: Don't have coconut milk? Use an unscented cream or coconut oil.

Mix ingredients in a bowl and apply gently on skin. Leave on for 15 minutes

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(Found on yahoo.voices.com)

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