It’s that time of year: Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back and grocery store shelves are filled with pumpkin everything—from Oreos to hummus. Another place you’ll find your favorite fall treat? In the beauty aisle. The fibrous orange flesh is used in some of the most potent skin- and hair-care products, thanks to its terrific smell and secret anti-aging powers. Scrub, lather, and enjoy these picks, all packed with pumpkin.
For the shower
Philosophy Pumpkin Icing Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath ($18, ulta.com)
The pumpkin scent is spellbinding, but this ain’t no witches brew. It’s formulated with sugar beet extract for a gentle wash that conditions, too. Or, for a relaxing treat, pour some into a bath and make bubbles. The sweetness will linger lightly on skin and hair throughout the day—in a good way.
Acure Body Wash, Ultra Hydrating Coconut + Pumpkin ($12, amazon.com)
This wash combines the best of both worlds: the sweet smell of summer (think pina coloda) and the richness of fall (pumpkin lattes!). Moisturizing oils leave skin soft and supple.
Wen by Chaz Dean Fall Ginger Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner ($40, chazdean.com)
This multitasker does the job of your shampoo and conditioner so you can skip a step in your AM hair routine and hopefully have enough time to make a Starbucks run. It leaves your hair squeaky-clean without stripping strands of natural oil and luster—and smells wonderfully delicious!
For dry skin
Arcona Pumpkin Body Lotion ($35, nordstrom.com)
This creamy lotion boosts moisture and improve skin’s texture and tone, thanks to a dose of glycolic acid. It absorbs quickly without leaving behind sticky residue and smells amazing.
Desert Essence Organics Hand Repair Cream, Pumpkin Spice ($8, amazon.com)
A combo of nourishing pumpkin seed oil and hydrating jojoba oil leaves hands soft and smooth—not greasy—and helps heal dry cuticles. Licorice leaf extract is also a real treat; it may help even tone and fade dark spots. The scent is subtly sweet without smelling like you just won a jack-o’-lantern carving contest.
For luscious lips
Eminence Cinnamon Kiss Lip Plumper ($13, amazon.com)
Pumpkin extract hydrates and smooths chapped lips while cinnamon plumps. Bonus: It tastes good enough to eat! Swipe it on before you apply lip color or on its own for natural-looking fullness. The tingling sensation? That’s just the cinnamon bringing on the plump.
For younger looking skin
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum ($80, sephora.com)
Packed with antioxidants (pumpkin ferment, pomegranate enzymes, and ferulic acid to name a few), this super serum helps fight off the UV- and pollution-induced free radicals that break down collagen and elastin. Use in the morning after washing your face for softer, firmer skin and to protect it from future damage.
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask ($58, sephora.com)
The enzymes found in pumpkin have gentle exfoliating powers that will help remove dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, more even complexion. Apply this grainy mask to clean skin and let sit for 3-7 minutes (depending on skin sensitivity) before massaging rinsing with warm water. It gets skin so glowy you’ll want to use it more than the recommended two to three times a week, but don’t get too carried away—everything in moderation right?
And finally, for clean hands
Pumpkin Treats PocketBac Sanitizers ($8, amazon.com)
‘Tis also the season for cold & flu! These hand sanitizers come in three yummy scents: Pumpkin Pecan Waffles, Pumpkin Cupcake and Pumpkin Marshmallow Latte—no typical overpowering alcohol smell here. Formulated with conditioning agents, they leave hands feeling clean and soft, never tight and dry.