Six pumpkin beauty picks that celebrate the season.

The darling of holiday desserts and seasonal dishes, pumpkins are also a celebrated beauty elixir. The good gourd has a high content of vitamin A and beta carotene, two potent antioxidants. The fleshy pulp of the pumpkin contains an enzyme that lifts dead skin skin cells while the oil from their seeds contain a burst of nourishing vitamins. Plus, the spicy, sweet aroma is natural mood booster.

Here’s the pick of the pumpkin patch.

Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Cleanser. Wash away scary skin with this natural, daily cleanser. Gentle enough for sensitive skin, the pumpkin seed oil-fortified wash provides a deep pore cleanse and smells heavenly. $32 at eskinstore.com and Rhonda Allison retailers.

Eminence Organic Skincare Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel. Formulated with pumpkin, yam, pineapple and papaya, this mask is rich in enzymes, beta-carotene, amino acids and antioxidants that work together to slough off dead skin cells and fight the signs of aging. $53.50 at fragrancenet.com and select spas.

Acure Coconut + Pumpkin Ultra-Hydrating Body Wash. Formulated with organic pumpkin, omega-rich organic argan oil and cell-boosting argan stem cells, this hydrating power wash has an intoxicating day-at-the-beach aroma. $9.99 at acureorganics.com and select Whole Foods.

Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Body Lotion. A powerful remedy for extremely dry skin, this rich body lotion calls on nutrient-rich pumpkin seed oil and the subtle scent of green tea extract to nourish parched skin. $10 at burtsbees.com.

The Gnarly Whale Pumpkin Beach Waves Spray. Made with pure essential oil and free of harsh chemicals, the feather-light formula tames frizz while adding definition to natural curl. Bonus: This made-from-scratch spray doesn’t leave locks stiff and crunchy—just soft and laced with a clean scent. $12 at thegnarlywhale.com.

Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Triple Moisture Body Cream. When you’re craving the scent of pumpkin heaven, load up on this rich and delish body cream. Conditioning milk proteins, hydrating rice bran oil and protective acai berry extract team up for 24-hour moisture. $12.50 at bathandbodyworks.com.

Want to make your own pumpkin treatment? Mix up our Sugar & Spice Pumpkin Scrub for a DIY home spa treat!

Do you have a favorite pumpkin beauty product. Do tell by commenting below!

Pick of the Pumpkin Beauty Patch Six pumpkin beauty picks that celebrate the season. The darling of holiday desserts and seasonal dishes, pumpkins are also a celebrated beauty elixir.

Sugar and Spice Pumpkin Scrub

Sugar and Spice Pumpkin Scrub

A deliciously sweet pumpkin scrub for hands and feet.

Loaded with vitamin A and beta-carotene, pumpkins contain enzymes that when applied to skin, loosen the bonds that keep dead tissue cells clinging to the surface. Pumpkin therapy not only peels away dull outer cells but also delivers a burst of anti-aging and hydrating botanicals, leaving skin smooth and radiant. This recipe is great for dry…

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A Bewitching Treat at Spa at Camelback Inn

A Bewitching Treat at Spa at Camelback Inn

The Spa at Camelback Inn celebrates fall with a bewitching indulgence.

Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie and pumpkin picking – pumpkin is the go-to ingredient for fall food and fun. Why not indulge in this season’s signature vegetable with a pumpkin-themed spa treatment? Among its many health benefits, pumpkins is a natural exfoliator and promotes glowing skin. Escape to The Spa at Camelback Inn …

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Epic Blend Premium Lip Balms glide smoothly on lips to naturally moisturize and hydrate using top ingredients. See what Epic Blend’s Vegan, Hemp and More Moisture lip balms are all about. Your lips deserve it.

In elementary school, I was obsessed with lip balm. As a sports-phobic kid of more unique interests and hobbies, I was a lip gloss-phile with an addiction to my colorful Lip Smackers collection. Every time a new flavor appeared on the cosmetics shelf in Wal-Mart, my eyes would grow big as my lips craved the sweetness of orange sherbet or fruity flavors of strawberry kiwi. I’d stash my Lip Smackers in my desk at school and trade flavors with friends at recess. Totally healthy. Totally not cool.

Fast forward to two decades later, and I still can’t be without lip balm. Moisturizing my lips from the moment I wake up to right before bed has become as essential as guzzling dark coffee in the morning and drinking white wine at night. Nearly 30, my love for lip balm hasn’t changed. Except I don’t keep a collection, nor do I make trades.

Indicative of my minimalist beauty regimen and lost adolescence, I apply non-flavored lip balm out of necessity, rather than passion. But, then there’s Epic Blend. The name, for one, says it all. And you don’t find it at Wal-Mart.

Epic Blend lip balms re-introduced me to my adolescent adoration for lip balm’s delicious flavors and introduced me to premium natural ingredients. Here are 10 reasons (and a bonus!) for why every gal needs to replace her go-to lip balms with Epic Blend rejuvenation.

1. Natural Nourishment: Epic Blend organically revitalizes lips and is 100 percent natural with long-lasting moisture and staying power for day and nighttime endurance. Drench your lips with the More Moisture Epic Blend formula, including organic shea butter, coconut oil, sunflower oil, castor oil, beeswax and vitamin E.

2. Silky Soft: Applying Epic Blend’s More Moisture Cherry or Green Apple makes lips creamy and dreamy, especially for puckering up and smooching (without any greasies).

3. Hydration: Living in Phoenix, Arizona, the temperature is hot and hotter. It’s dry desert life here, and a gal learns to replace Diet Coke with H20, never cut bangs in the summer and always quench her lips with an (epic) moisturizer.

4. Organic Hemp: Organic junkies, this is for you. The Epic Blend formula is made with quick-absorbing, super-nourishing and anti-oxidizing Organic Hemp Seed Oil. Hemp lip balms come in vanilla, mint, coconut and citrus kick. Yum.

5. Non-GMO: Epic Blend lip balm contains non-GMO ingredients. In other words, the lip balm contains zero genetically modified organisms, which is a very, very good thing.

6. Gluten-Free: Beauties who live the gluten-free or gluten-conscious lifestyle rejoice, Epic Blend is free of gluten. No gluten!

7. Petroleum-free: Speaking of free, Epic Blend lip balm is also petroleum-free, which promotes eco-friendliness and green glamour. Applying a gasoline byproduct to your lips? Not exactly haute or healthy.

8. Vegan: Epic Blend’s Vegan Wild Berry and Pineapple Mint lip balms are 100 percent plant-based and beeswax-free. The all-natural, food-grade candelilla wax gives the balmy moisturizer its lusciously smooth texture. #cruetlyfree #savetheanimals #happyvegan

9. Lip Protection: You’ve got to respect the lips and treat ‘em well. That’s why Epic Blend provides smooth (and tasty!) protection with top-of-the-line nourishing ingredients. Epic Blend balms rescue chapped lips from dryness and dehydration to keep them healthily plump and sensual.

10. Rouge: The Epic Blend collection includes Garnet Star tinted lip balm to accent lips with a subtle sheer tint and delicate shimmer. Garnet Star gives lips a colorful allure while still doing its full-time job — hydrating and moisturizing.

BONUS: Now through Nov. 30, 2014, use code AZSPA20 on checkout and get 20% OFF your total purchase!

Naturally au courant, Epic Blend is for the fashionable yogi girl who uses organic fruit to juice after her early morning practice. The socially aware farmers market regular on sips her fair trade cup of joe, shops for fresh veggies and applies Epic Blend to moisturize lips every Saturday morning. Epic Blend is responsibly fashionable, and lip protection never goes out of style.

See for yourself at epicblend.com.

Bliss for Your Kiss: 10 Reasons to Love Epic Blend Lip Balms Epic Blend Premium Lip Balms glide smoothly on lips to naturally moisturize and hydrate using top ingredients.

A curl’s best friend, Ouidad has introduced a limited-edition, curly pink hair extension to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) through its Curls for a Cure program, which  supports the organization in its fight to find a cure. Ouidad is donating 100% of the $10 purchase price of the hair extension to BCRF, giving women a new way to wear pink and show support for the cause.

Established in 2002 by the brand’s fearless founder and breast cancer survivor, Ouidad, Curls for a Cure supports BCRF in its efforts to advance the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime. Since the program’s inception, the brand has donated more than $475,000 to BCRF, matching customer donations 100%, dollar for dollar.*

The Ouidad Pink Curl Extension is a temporary, synthetic clip-in extension that complements curly, wavy and textured hair. It is easy to apply, makes a fun fashion statement, and most importantly, shows a visible sign of support.

To further heighten awareness, women are encouraged to post a selfie sporting the Pink Curl Extension to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using hashtag #CurlsForACure. For every upload, Ouidad will donate $1 to BCRF (a maximum of $10,000).

Ouidad’s Pink Curl Extension is available for $10 each at Ouidad flagship and certified salons, ouidad.com and curlmart.com.

Shop for more pink beauty products that support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at bcrfcure.org.

Read our review of top Ouidad products.

Streak it Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness A curl’s best friend, Ouidad has introduced a limited-edition, curly pink hair extension to benefit the…

The Best of Fall Beauty 2014

The Best of Fall Beauty 2014

I’m not generally a slave to the seasonal beauty trends. I adore my go-to essentials like the eternally cheerful Jouer lipstick in Kate, the richly pigmented Eminence mineral bronzer and my all-time favorite eyeliner everChantecaille Lasting Eye Shade in titanium. Go ahead, just try to pry them from my overly moisturized hands. You won’t get far. The force (of habit) is strong.

But I’ve been…

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Sweet Vanilla & Coconut Oil Body Scrub

Sweet Vanilla & Coconut Oil Body Scrub

A touch of vanilla gives this gentle coconut oil body scrub a delicious scent.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that you’ve heard about the hair and skin benefits of coconut oil by now. If not, you can read this Huffington Post interviewwith celebrity nutritionist and early champion of the ingredient, Kimberly Snyder. In a nutshell, she says that coconut oil provides “deep and real…

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$45 Facial Deals: Banish Summer Damage!

$45 Facial Deals: Banish Summer Damage!

Rejuvenate your complexion with these exclusively priced facials!

Fall is in the air and we’re celebrating with treatments that banish summer damage and bring out your natural glow. From September 12 – October 12, these select salons and day spas are offering facial treatments for ONLY $45 when you mention AZ Spa Girls!

From all-natural facials that gently coax the best out of your complexion to…

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A Plethora of Plaits: 5 Braided Hair How-tos

A Plethora of Plaits: 5 Braided Hair How-tos

A chic departure from your everyday look, braids are versatile and glam.

Got the end-of-summer hair blues? Change is a coming but in the meantime, while you ponder your look for fall, keep hair under control with a braided creation. The fierce “Hunger Games” look has taken a softer, messier approach for the season, making the look even easier to achieve. Master Stylist Raphael Reboh, owner of Fem…

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