Luscious Pumpkin Body Butter

Ever get annoyed at the pumpkin puree left over from recipes that don’t use the whole can? Now there is something sublime you can do with it: Whip up this luscious body butter, a beta-carotene feast to moisturize, nourish and smooth your skin. Pumpkin Body Butter is easy to make, smells absolutely heavenly and does simply divine things for your skin. Pumpkins—they’re not just for pie anymore!

Pumpkin puree has enzymes and antioxidants that offer results similar to gentle alpha-hydroxy action: It removes dead dull cells, while its beta-carotene-rich antioxidants nourish your skin. Coconut solids are a lovely natural moisturizer, and ground cinnamon is gently warming, stimulating and antibacterial.


  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, preferably organic
  • 1/2 cup solids from a can of coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Mix ingredients in a bowl. Apply generously to clean skin (standing or sitting on a towel, if you like), massaging gently to work well into the skin.

2. Allow to remain on for 10 minutes or so, then rinse with warm water and pat dry.

By Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen (Inner Traditions, 2001).


mac C
mac C4 months ago

Having never used coconut milk, I didn't know it was solid. Thanks, I will try, sounds great.

Jurgita P.
Jurgita P.about a year ago

can I just use coconut oil instead?

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Natasha Salgado
natasha s4 years ago

Love it. Thanks for this facial recipe!!

Penny B.
.4 years ago

Sounds great, thanks.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Thank you for the article

susan k.
susan k4 years ago

To fun , thanks for sharing

Melissa S.
Melissa S4 years ago

I'm going to have to write this one down. My sister loves pumpkin anything (who am I kidding, I do too), and she's an absolute bear to shop for. This one's beyond easy to throw together from the looks of things.

Brianna B.
Brianna B4 years ago