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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Pumpkin Products

I recently visited the newly opened Bath and Body Works that has been long anticipated here in Victoria. Normally I stock up when I go down South, but now I can enjoy all their lovely goodies year round. Yea, me! Here is a link to the 'We love Pumpkin" products  at the store if you want to have a look/see too.

My favorite scent of the season was the Pumpkin Pecan Waffle candle. Looked high and low for soap products with this scent and although they boasted many different pumpkin products this one wasn't on the lineup. So, like I always do when faced with a challenge, I began research and experimentation...


Here are the recipes...if you need the fragrance oil, LMK it's $5 per oz. plus shipping. Lotion Base is $10 per lb.

Pumpkin Pecan Waffle BBW Type Shampoo Bar

1 lb Transparent Melt and Pour Soap

1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Purree

15 ml Pumpkin Pecan Waffle Fragrance Oil

6-8 Pecan Halves  (perfect)

Melt the soap in the microwave for 2 min, then 30 seconds until liquid. Add the pumpkin puree and fragrance oil. If you want to add some chopped pecans for texture, make sure you chop them fine or grind them to a powder in the food processor or you may find them too abrasive when washing with the finished bars. Pour into a mold. A medium plastic container for food works well (Glad brand or other). Stir until it starts to thicken or the chopped nuts will all float on top of the finished soap. If using whole nuts, float them in a pattern so that one nut will be on each bar you slice. Waiting until the soap begins to gel, but before a thick skin forms gives the best effect.


Pumpkin Pecan BBW Type Bath Bomb

1 c. baking soda

1/4 c. citric acid

1/4 c. powdered pecans (chunky ones are pretty but uncomfortable in the bath) 

1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pecan Fragrance Oil

Mix the dry ingredients. To a 1/4 c of mixture add the fragrance oil and mix well with gloved hands. Mix this into the rest of the dry ingredients. Mist with a mixture of 50-50 witch hazel and water solution, until the bomb batter holds together in a 'snowball'. Use as little misting as possible. Pack tightly into molds and gently tip them out to dry overnight or in a warm oven (open door of oven once it reaches 200 F and then turn the oven off once it reaches temperature--this works in more humid climates like Victoria in the Winter and Early Spring) until hard.


  Pumpkin Pecan BBW Type Sugar Paste 

2 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. almond oil

1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pecan Fragrance oil

Mix all together well. Store in a dark glass container. To use in bath, wash with paste liberally to soften and exfoliate the skin. Rinse well.


Pumpkin Pecan BBW Type Body Bar

250 g. deodorized cocoa butter

1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pecan fragrance oill

Melt the cocoa butter and add fragrance oil. Pour into ice cube or other plastic mold. Refrigerate until hard. Store in airtight container at room temperature. This makes an excellent massage bar. 


Pumpkin Pecan BBW Type BodyButter

1 c. Lotion Creator Concentrate (available exclusively from Jentle Soaps)

1 c. water

1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pecan Fragrance Oil

Melt Lotion base, add water, mix well, add fragrance. Use liberally to soften and fragrance skin.