Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie
Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie
1 cup ice
1/2 cup whole milk
1/3 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon honey
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Mix in blender until smooth and frothy. More of our favorite winter smoothie recipes here!
Pumpkin and Chocolate Cupcakes
This recipe combines two of our favorite things: pumpkins and chocolate. And it’s easy enough for novice bakers. Recipe here from I am baker.
Halloween in the city usually means being prepared to walk to your destination in the cold, through rowdy throngs of revelers, as you try in vain to search for a cab. The alternative? Host a party at home this weekend. Be the ultimate Halloween hostess with these suggestions:
1. Laduree Macarons. For an elegant touch, serve up these Halloween macarons from Laduree. These limited edition macarons are flavored with orange passion fruit and come in a glam black and gold box. $20 for a box of 6. www.laduree.com
2. Roses. A super simple way to decorate your apt - bunches of blood red roses. Festive and chic.
3. Youngblood Eye Shadow. It’s one of the few nights of the year when you can get away with ultra dramatic eyes. Go dark and shimmery with Youngblood mineral eye shadow in Raven. $20 at www.ybskin.com
4. Compartes Hot Mexican Truffles. No Halloween is complete without chocolate. Spice up the night with these mexican hot chocolate truffles. Adorned with skulls and filled with cayenne pepper and cinnamon, this is a Halloween treat for grown ups. $24 for a box of 10 at www.compartes.com
5. Truth Art Beauty Bath Tea. It’s going to be a long night so take time out in the afternoon for a relaxing bath with these herb-filled sachets. Chamomile and Lavender will help you relax and de-stress. $25 for a pack of 5 at www.truthartbeauty.com
6. Pumpkin and Cider Cocktail. A festive cocktail is always in order. Try this recipe from Serious Eats. www.seriouseats.com
7. Skull Bowls. With all your special treats, regular serving bowls just won’t do. Fill these skull ceramic bowls with candy and place around your apartment. $36 for a set of four. www.sears.com
Acne Prone Skin and Face Oils
We know that some of you with acne prone skin are hesitant to you use face oils. But they really are great for oily/acne prone skin in a number of ways:
1) One of the causes of acne is when your skin produces too much oil. A lot of people with oily skin tend think they should use oil free moisturizers or harsh products that will strip their skin dry. The problem is that this actually can cause your skin to overcompensate by producing even more oil. Nutritious face oils like Argan for example, are filled with squalene and fatty acids that are similar to the compounds in your skin’s sebum. Therefore when you put Argan on your skin, it actually has an inhibitory effect on sebum production and helps regulate sebum production and re-balance your skin to a healthy state.
2) We also offer Rosehip seed oil, which is unique in that it contains a natural source of tretinoin, which is the active ingredient in Retin A. So what this does is basically increase the rate of turnover in cells so that cells are shed before pores can get clogged.
3) Some oils like Argan and Pomegranate have also been shown to have natural antiseptic (anti bacterial) properties.
4) Healing Effects: Many oils like Pumpkin, Argan, etc, are also high in Vitamin E , which has healing and soothing properties and has been shown to reduce redness and help reduce the appearance of scars. Rosehip also can help reduce the appearance of scarring through the tretinoin.
So overall, face oils are great at both preventing acne as well as healing acne! Please let us know if you have any questions regarding our face oils: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pumpkin Panna Cotta
Speaking of Pumpkins and getting into the Fall spirit, we came across this super easy Pumpkin Panna Cotta recipe by Mark Bittman. We hope you enjoy!
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup pureed pumpkin, squash or sweet potato
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Put 1/2 cup of the milk in a 6- or 8-cup saucepan, and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Let sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, blend together the remaining milk, cream, pumpkin, sugar and cinnamon. The mixture should be perfectly smooth, so it is best to use a blender.
- 2. Turn the heat under the saucepan to low, and cook the milk, stirring occasionally, until the gelatin dissolves. Pour in the cream mixture, and turn the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until steam rises. Turn off the heat, and ladle or pour the mixture into 8 4-ounce ramekins or other containers.
- 3.Chill the panna cotta until firm, and serve, with creme fraiche or whipped cream if you like.
- Yield: 8 servings
Ingredient Spotlight - Pumpkin Seed Oil!
With Halloween fast approaching and Thanksgiving a few months away, we thought it was the perfect time to feature one of our favorite fall ingredients - Pumpkin!
Pumpkin Seed oil is an all-around wonderful skin care ingredient for all types of skin. It nourishes with a variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, E and zinc. Pumpkin is especially great for dry and mature skin because of its high essential fatty acid content. It’s also a natural source of salicylic acid (how cool is that?), which helps exfoliate the skin.
We’ll be featuring several Pumpkin-based blends as part of our Fall inspired seasonal blends, so stay tuned! In the meantime, you can always add Pumpkin into your Face Nourish through our Texture Refining and Firming Boost.