As promised, today was my not-long-awaited foray into experimenting with DIY beauty. What with it being fall and all, I figured I’d make something pumpkin-y, so I attempted an easy ‘pumpkin pie’ facemask. I also have a nice store-bought comparison I can do, having recently snagged Wild Honey Apothecary’s Pumpkin Cocoa Mask ($22.00 for 2oz). Doesn’t it look delllicccious? Mmmmmm!
First of all, why would you want to slather your face in pumpkin anyway? Well, pumpkins are packed full of vitamin C and vitamin A, which help boost collagen production, amongst other things. They’re also loaded with AHA’s, which increase cell turnover and brighten skin. So, this is the perfect anti-aging ingredient.
Let’s start with my newly bought pumpkin cocoa mask, shall we?
First off, this product smells AMAZING. I have no words. It basically smells like chocolate – far more than it does pumpkin. It’s also got honey in it, which makes it VERY sticky. Applying it was difficult. Once on, it smelled lovely, but I didn’t feel a tingle or any sensation. I left it on for about 20 minutes, and it did leave my skin nice and soft. I probably won’t buy it again because of the price, but it feels luxurious simply because of the divine smell!
Now onto my DIY ‘pumpkin pie’ mask. Here’s what I put in:
2tbsp organic pumpkin puree
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp milk
a dash of pumpkin pie spice
Mix it all up and apply with the back of a spoon (I keep one of those plastic Yogurtland spoons around for this purpose)
Now we’re in real-time because, I’m still wearing it! My face is bright orange (this is the perfect Halloween-day beauty treatment!). Unlike the bought mask this feels really nice on. The best word I can describe for it is ‘cooling.’ It also smells, well, like someone smushed pumpkin pie onto my face!
OK, just rinsed it off. This mask had more of a brightening and tightening effect than Wild Honey’s, which was more softening. This may be because it has pumpkin seed oil in it, so a few drops of oil in the DIY one would probably yield a similar result.
Price- DIY wins, naturally.
Smell- a tie. I love both cocoa and pumpkin!
Texture- DIY is smoother and easier to apply
Result- pretty much a tie.
Overall verdict: DIY WINS!!!!