There are three requirements on my beauty checklist when I'm buying and trying a new product. 1) The formula: If it isn't for oily skin, it isn't for me. 2) The smell: I can't stand bad smelling-products, especially with skincare. (Mascara, you get a pass on this one.) 3) The packaging: It has to look fabulous, even if it's just going to sit in a drawer. I also prefer paraben-free products; it's not a deal breaker, just a bonus point.
The Lotus Moon Pumpkin Peel ticks off all of those boxes, and more. Initially, I was scared to try a peel on my face, having only used masks in the past. However, this peel was more gentle than any cleansing mask I've ever tried.
Lotus Moon Pumpkin Enyzme Peel, $48, smbessentials.com
The formula is for oily/combination, sun-damaged skin (that's me!) and helps to "normalize cellular turnover, and smooth the skin surface and accelerate the emergence of new cells". I have very pigmented skin due to roasting in the sun like a turkey, and I'm also shamefully addicted to popping zits. I never realized that using a peel instead of a mask would help cellular turnover, while also being a bit more hydrating.
Everything you've ever wanted to smell in autumn is in this jar. Since it's ten percent pumpkin (pumpkin puree, pumpkin wine, and pumpkin enzymes) with a dash of cinnamon, it makes your face smell like a pumpkin pie; which makes the peel experience even more spa-like. And the packaging is simple, but expensive-looking because of the thick glass jar (which comes in handy if you tend to drop things, like myself). You don't get a ton of product, but it lasts for a while. I haven't even gotten through a third of it, and I've been using it since August.
I applied it twice a week -- five to seven minutes per session -- and combined with the Lotus Moon Natural Skin Brightening Complex, I'm finally comfortable leaving my house without foundation.
Rating: 5 out of 5. A luxurious treatment that smells of everything pumpkin latte goodness for your face, and it actually works. Sold!