2010 blogger guest post: with Ashley English and her pumpkin face mask

by Admin on 14/09/2010

in Guest Series 2010, Whip Up Tutorials

September/October brings change of season, and fresh starts and frivolity and seriousness too. So for a break from whipup realtime I am introducing a few weeks of guest bloggers to liven up your crafty experience. To bring you something fresh, and hopefully invigorate you to make and do and be and think! Its going to be a fun few weeks so come along for the ride.

Today I want to welcome Ashley English to Whipup. I am a huge fan of Ashley and her books (which I reviewed over here) this is a woman after my own heart, Ashley lives on her plot of land in a small mountain community, where she lives and writes about sustainable food practices, and how to reconnect with food. I loved her books and really look forward to more. In the mean time you can check out her blog and her regular Design*Sponge column – Small Measures.

I don’t know where you hang your hat, but around my neck of the woods, the weather took a much welcome turn this week. Mornings that were previously hot, heavy, muggy, and not particularly welcome by anyone in my un-air conditioned 1930’s home are now cool, crisp, and beloved. I’m making simmering pots of slow-cooked steel cut oats for breakfast now and resting my hands lingeringly around mugs of steaming, fragrant tea. I’ve begun busting out my hoodies and cardigans and have even found the need, not witnessed in months, for socks, not to mention closed-toe shoes! I’ve even started hunting for fleece sock liners for my Wellies and wool long johns for the Hubs. Firing up the wood stove before too terribly long is also definitely now on the horizon.

Parallel with this resplendent weather, though, comes a drastic reduction in humidity. Subsequently, my skin, all dewiness and moisture during the haze of summer, can be rendered into a leathery mess unless I stage a quick “skintervention.” Unless I step in and step up the moisture, things can get ugly, fast. Always looking for natural, DIY, thrifty means of managing my skin care needs, come autumn, I turn to my old standby, tried and true-The Great Pumpkin Patch Face Mask.

It’s not everyday that just two ingredients can make you look radiant. Just two simple things alchemically interact, rendering your skin into absolute smooth, moist, plump perfection. Two things, pumpkin and yogurt, in combination, slathered onto your face and left to work their magic in minutes, can turn you from Leatherface to Cleopatra in half an hour. But don’t take my word for it-whip up this easy peasy concoction yourself, ready in minutes and, better still, available at a fraction of the cost of ready made goods.

The Great Pumpkin Patch Face Mask

The Goods:

  • 1/4 c. pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix!)
  • 2 Tbsp. plain whole milk yogurt (unflavored)
  • The Deal:

  • Place ingredients into a small bowl.
  • Whisk gently until completely combined.
  • Slather liberally on face and neck.
  • Leave for 15 minutes (I’d suggest using a head band to keep your hair off your face).
  • Rinse off with warm water.
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    1 Rachel September 14, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Thanks for this post! I will be making this mask very soon.


    2 Rebecca September 14, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I will be trying this, if only for the hilarity that will ensue when husband and daughter see me — in this small house there is nowhere to hide! Seriously this sounds easy, cheap and effective!


    3 joanna September 14, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    easy peasy is right ~ can’t wait to try it!


    4 Karen November 15, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Can you make this in bulk and store it for Christmas presents?


    5 kath_red November 15, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    I think that with these ingredients it would be able to be kept in the fridge for a few days at the most.


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    7 lisa October 27, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    How long does it stay good for assuming it has to stay in the refrigerator?


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