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From Soup to Skin to Seeds: Creative Ways to Repurpose Pumpkins

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If it was good enough for Cinderella’s carriage, then it is good enough for me. Pumpkin is stepping out in many different styles this fall season and not just in latte form. Charlie Brown is not the only one calling this versatile and healthy food “Great!”

According to HuffingtonPost.com, “Pumpkins are rich in vitamins A, K and C and minerals such as zinc, copper, magnesium and potassium -- nutrients that hydrate dry skin and stimulate hair growth.”

By that accord, or should I say gourd, pumpkins can make an incredible hair conditioner with the HuffingtonPost whipping up some of its puree with yogurt and honey.

Your pumpkin hair (no, it will not turn orange) will not only look but smell delicious and trust me, I know. I am a bit nostalgic for my fall Fridays in Philadelphia where I would head to my favorite salon for a blowout with pumpkin-infused styling products.

The fabulous comments I would get a bit later at Happy Hour proved it was the scent of a pumpkin-spiced woman that many found enticing. It was either that, or the pumpkin beer on tap and in his hand.

Come to think of it, I got engaged on a fall Philly Friday. Perhaps, this prego mamma should slice up some gourd allure to feel like a passionate pumpkin princess. I have an even better idea -- hubby pumpkin foot rubs! How about girls' night, pumpkin, pumice pedicures?

Similar observations of the pumpkin spice smell were made by Dr. Alan R. Hirsch as featured on HealthCentral.com with them said that men prefer the “scent combination of pumpkin pie and doughnuts.”

Sorry Dunkin’ I am not slathering myself in Boston Crème. Although, my son likes to “dunk” the now bruised pumpkin in his mini-basketball net. I say, ditch the donuts and go orange from head to toe with pumpkin body lotion.

Care2.com suggests, “If you have a little leftover pumpkin in the can ... and happen to be in need of gorgeous skin: Skip the jack-o’-lantern face and try a honey pumpkin exfoliating mask.”

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