Beauty DIY: Pumpkin Cheesecake Masque

Hey you! So Halloween just ended, and Thanksgiving is around the corner. What to do with all of that extra pumpkin? You don't want to eat it and have more calories, but you don't want to throw it out either. Instead, make it into a masque for your face! Yes! This easy masque is great for skin and takes moments to whip up. It makes a cute gift, too. Check out how I made it:

N e e d:
1/2 c cream cheese
1/2 c pumpkin puree (fresh is preferred, but canned is fine)
4 Tbsp light brown sugar
dash of nutmeg

D o:
  • Mix cream cheese and pumpkin together.
  • Apply to face and let set for 20 minutes.
  • Wash away with warm water. 

T r y:
  • For presentation purposes, I made this look like a tiny pumpkin cheesecake, with my "crust" being the brown sugar and then spooning in the mixture. I added a little cream cheese on top and then dusted with nutmeg for more of an authentic pumpkin cheesecake smell. But when I do this at home, I use a small bowl.
  • The brown sugar (I recommend light) can be used first as an exfoliant and then the masque can be used. You can also mix in the brown sugar.
  • Since this is a gloopy mix, I like painting on the masque with a tint brush (used for applying dye to hair and can be purchased at beauty supply stores for less than a dollar) and sometimes then using a plain sheet mask on top to keep it from getting everywhere!
  • Pumpkins are a great source of vitamins A, C, and zinc. Those with acne or oily skin benefit the most. 
  • The cream cheese is an excellent moisturizer.
  • The nutmeg smooths skin and treats it. It also gives this recipe that pumpkin "pie" smell. 
  • The brown sugar is an exfoliant.
  • I do not use cinnamon, as it can burn and exacerbate skin.
  • Pumpkin cream cheese exists, but I prefer making it myself, so I know exactly what goes into my masque.
  • This masque can be made/used cold or warm. 
  • This keeps for about a week in the fridge.
Looks good enough to eat! But it goes on your face instead!



  1. This is so cool.
    I never thought you could make a masque out of it.

  2. Wow! I didn't know about pumpkin masque! It's great solution, definitely will try

    Thank you for lovely comment on my blog, have a great week!

  3. I wanna eat it too :DDD
    It seems a great mask, I'll try it for sure!
    Xxx beauty



  4. I know that this masque is definitely not going to end up on my face, it will end up being dessert, lol. I hope you have an inspiring week ahead doll!

  5. I agree - a fun and creative idea. I really ought to try it!

  6. That sounds like a good use for any leftover pupmkin. You have reminded me too that I haven't had a face mask recently!

  7. ha ive been tempted to eat it! ...eh maybe not :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  8. I adore pumpkin! What a fun, seasonal home-spa treat! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  9. Oh my gosh this sounds amazing! Sadly I'm allergic to cheese so might try putting coconut milk instead? Can't wait to give it a go though!
    Carrie xx


  10. Is it wrong that I want to eat it?

    P.S. I'm giving away a $100 credit towards a pretty new dress! I'd love for you to enter.

  11. I found you over at Jean's (Has Been Shopping) blog. Yeah, I'm pretty sure only half of the masque would make it to my face. I love natural face masques! Great tips and your masque really does look good enough to eat! No, really! I'd eat that!
    Sherri @ The Kitchen Prescription

  12. I want to eat this mask, Elle! Sounds very nice :)

    P.S. I just started a new blog - hope you'll like it :)

    xx M

  13. Oh, this is such a dangerous thing for you to show me, Elle! A new excuse to indulge in pumpkin cheesecake!!


  14. Haha, I thought it was to eat! And I would have liked so, cause I love pumpkin and cheese! But OK, for the face is also very good - and you are right, no cinnamon, it tingles. Great mask, I shall try it! Thanks for sharing it, I love beauty treatments! denisesplanet com

  15. I am amazed by all of the brilliant ideas you are always coming up with. I bet this mask smells amazing. I am definitely giving it a try.

  16. I agree looks good enough to eat but its for face:( Nivce Diy!

  17. Is it bad that I'd want to eat it, haha! I don't think I could use it as a masque...it would make me so hungry :)

    The Tiny Heart

  18. This is SO cute! I'm not a fan of pumpkin taste but I loooove the smell... I'm definitely doing this!!!!!

  19. Oh wow this looks AMAZING!! Such a fab idea.. love the photo's xx

    Gemma // missmakeupmagpie.com

  20. good enough to eat!! i might have to try this one. i used cinnamon on my face once and burnt the heck out of it...not good!

  21. Wow, what a great idea! I never would have thought about doing something like this. I love pumpkin everything during this time of the year!

  22. Great idea, tnx for sharing doll!!!!

  23. I have to try this! I love pumpkin everything this time of year, so this is definitely something worth trying. :)

    Ash | ciaobella0816.blogspot.com

  24. I always enjoy your recipes for self made cosmetic. This one looks really cool too and you can put it on your face and maybe the leftovers stirr in the pan! LOL! Thanks for sharing! XOXO, Sissi http://www.beauty4free2u.com/

  25. This mask literally sounds good enough to eat. And I bet it smells really nice too!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  26. I've been wanting to make my own mask for a while and this looks great :) Can't wait to try it!


  27. I feel like this must smell absolutely amazing. I actually don't like pumpkin when it comes to eating it, but I do like the smell. Pumpkin spice candles!

  28. This is so cute! Makes me want to eat it, haha!

    Hey, this is random, but I saw some of your "gift idea" posts recently and I was wondering what your absolute FAVORITE beauty gifts would be. Hair or make up, whatever.

  29. This sounds so good I might just eat it...!

  30. This is too cute!!! Love the way you presented it.



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