Thursday, October 11, 2007

The sangria glasses aren't even put away, the clocks have yet to fall back, and yet we can't help being lured in by the pumpkin spice latte being brewed on every corner. Promising crisp, cool days and the rustling leaves of childhood, the confection is a bit premature -- if not cruel in its taunting.

Still, pumpkins are stretching their vines into such unlikely places as the sleek Swedish spa, Hela, which offers a special pumpkin peel facial this month. "They're full of these natural enzymes that smooth the skin, but are much more gentle than a regular chemical peel," says Amber Meyer, Hela's senior aesthetician. "The facial repairs and detoxifies the skin and it does, you know, smell delicious."

At-home treatments from Arcona, Molton Brown and June Jacobs also found restorative properties in the pumpkin patch, and tout the fruit's age-fighting antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E.

Of course, not everything promises such beneficial results. Some, such as Philosophy's pumpkin pie bubble bath/body wash and Slatkin & Co.'s travel candle simply claim to smell good.

For other scents of the season, there's B. Kamins Chemist's maple infused lip balm or Diptyque's Feu de Bois candle, scented to smell like a crackling pile of burning leaves.

-- Cory Ohlendorf

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